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Regional, sit-down Mexican reccos for the parental units

Super Cocina hasn't been mentioned, and I think it might be worth considering for your parents. It definitely satisfies the authentic criteria, and there is plenty of seating (though it's not a sit-down/table service kind of place). It serves regional, homestyle dishes out of a steam table. Definitely on the hole-in-the-wall end of the spectrum.

Feb 03, 2015
Katherine H in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

Local Habit has a sign on the door saying that they are closed for several months for renovations. I hope they reopen - it was on our semi-regular rotation for a casual meal/beer.

Jan 21, 2015
Katherine H in San Diego

How to convince wife to go to TJ

I would second the suggestion of Club Tengo Hambre or Turista Libre for a nervous first-timer. With both outfits, your guides meet you on the U.S. side of the border and escort you across to a waiting shuttle bus and then drive you around to your appointed destinations. At the end of the tour, they drop you off at the pedestrian line to cross back north. I've been on trips with both groups, and I felt that Tengo Hambre was better-organized, but it's also generally more expensive.

Jan 13, 2015
Katherine H in San Diego

Refillable wine bottles?

I just heard that San Diego Cellars in Little Italy offers this. I have not been, but I believe they sell wine under their own label.

Dec 27, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Taphunter shows it available at several bars and bottle shops in the area: Of those on the list, I would probably head to Hamilton's, though it can get crowded at peak times.

Dec 03, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Thanksgiving in SD (with our dog)

Check out this thread:
Of the restaurants listed there, I know the Prado will be serving on Thanksgiving:

Oct 21, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

If Coin-Op appeals, I'd suggest Wang's for dinner beforehand. I've found picky/non-foodie eaters to be happy there, and I enjoy the food as well (as long as you are prepared for Americanized Chinese food and not expecting anything amazing or particularly authentic). It has a festive feel and a full bar.

Note re Coin-Op: I think I've had my ID checked at the door, so you should confirm whether they are 21+.

Sep 25, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

dinner followed by drinks with out of towners

I'd second the 30th Street recommendation and the restaurants named above. Enjoy some local SD beer afterward at the new Modern Times on 30th and Upas (across from Smoking Goat), Hess Brewing, or Toronado.

Aug 12, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

In case anyone is confused (as I was), this appears to be a different outfit than Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill on India Street.

Jul 07, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Good food within walking distance of San Diego City College and Sheraton Marina?

Rustic Kitchen at 819 C Street is within walking distance of City College. I haven't been myself, but I have heard good things about their tacos from a reliable source. The main part of downtown/Gaslamp is a bit of a walk from City College, but the 7 bus and the blue/orange trolley lines both stop at City College and would make the trip quicker.

Jun 23, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Private room for small party- Uptown

I believe Kous Kous in Hillcrest has private/semi-private spaces and would be fun for a group.

May 08, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Solana Beach/Del Mar Eats

Check out Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza in Encinitas:

Apr 15, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

Tender Greens for lunch (call in ahead to avoid the line) or not-too-late dinner (open until 9).

Blind Burro has some good seafood and veggie options for dinner (open until 10 or 11).

The deli/salad bar at Jimbo's in Horton Plaza is a good quick lunch option very close to your hotel.

Cater for wedding at new central library

Alchemy catered our cocktail-style wedding reception with tray-passed appetizers and several stations of small plates. We were very happy with the food and their prices.

Mar 06, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Graduation Dinner

A few ideas: Alchemy (South Park), Ritual Tavern (North Park), Fig Tree Café (locations in PB, Hillcrest, and Liberty Station). All have menus that will satisfy a range of eaters. Alchemy and Fig Tree definitely take reservations, and I think Ritual would do so for a larger group.

Jan 08, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

In the same area as Origano and Arrivederci (Hillcrest), Charisma Cucina Italiana has tagliatelle Bolognese ($14.50) on the menu. It's a cozy little spot with good pastas. Parking can be tricky in that area, however, which might not be good with a grandmother in tow.

Jan 07, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Visiting San Diego what should I NOT miss?

Sadly, I think El Charco is closed. Kirk K reported they were closed for remodeling back in October (, and a Yelp reviewer reports the sign is still up as of 12/28. Too bad as I loved that place!

Jan 07, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Xmas Day

Eater just posted a roundup:

Of their list, 100 Wines might be an interesting, non-stuffy choice not far from the Gaslamp. I've only had drinks and appetizers there, but I've enjoyed what I've had.

Dec 13, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

new restaurant to take our hosts?

I've seen kids at Stone Liberty Station.

Dec 05, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Mimi's Cafe in San Diego (3 Locations) - Prepared Thanksgiving Dinner?

Just curious, does this strictness for SENTRI extend to the 1-liter per person limit on wine/alcohol?

Nov 25, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I went to check it out on Monday night (opening day). My husband and I arrived a little before 6, with no reservations, and were told that the only available table was on the patio. We opted to take it, even though it was chilly and they don't have heaters out there (yet?). We had the fried squash blossoms, Mozza caprese, pane bianco (the $4 bread referenced above), a Brussels sprouts pizza, the butterscotch budino, and two quartinos of red wine for a total of $93 before tip. I've dined at the Mozzas in LA and Newport Beach before (once each), and I thought the food here was comparable - and good. I can't compare the spaces, since we didn't really see the inside of the location here (we were escorted from the host stand just inside the front door straight back outside to our table and didn't take time to wander inside). I love that caprese (burrata, pesto, and roasted cherry tomatoes) with the warm pane bianco and I would happily go back just for that.

Nov 20, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Best Taco Tuesday/Happy Hour

I like Barrio Star, and they have Tuesday specials (not as cheap as Oscars, however).

Nov 07, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Coconut cake

It's a white layer cake with key lime curd filling (there may be some coconut in there too), frosted with vanilla buttercream (I think) and covered in shredded coconut. I think of it as a coconut cake with a key lime twist.

Oct 16, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Coconut cake

It's not quite traditional, but I really like the key lime coconut cake at Twiggs Bakery.

Oct 15, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

San Marcos 2013

Good beer and burgers at Sublime Ale House in Restaurant Row.

Oct 08, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego


Salt and Cleaver on 5th in Hillcrest might be another option.

Sep 29, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

I also went this week, forgetting it was restaurant week. We arrived at 8ish on Wednesday night and had dinner at the bar. The food was great, but the room was so loud we had a hard time hearing each other, even though we were sitting side-by-side. I hope it will quiet down once restaurant week is over!

Sep 20, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Food Tour Suggestions

Sep 15, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Foodie Wedding

I've been in wedding planning mode for the last six months or so (having our reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park with Alchemy catering in November).

Restaurants with views (that also do a lot of weddings): Bali Hai, Candelas on the Bay, JRDN/Tower 23

I think the Mission Beach Women's Club and San Diego Rowing Club are both on the bay and very flexible as to catering.

I went to a lovely wedding catered by Waters at the Martin Johnson House (Scripps Institute), but it is an outdoor-only venue, which may not be good for December. If you love Waters, I might suggest contacting them to see if they have venue suggestions.

One other thing: it gets dark early in December, so if it's an evening reception, you may want more of a bay/city view, instead of looking out onto the dark ocean.

Sep 15, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Help need a unique anniversary dinner

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant

Apr 16, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego