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Finally -- a Dunkin' Donuts in San Diego...

I went to school in Boston, so probably a nostalgia thing but. . .I loved the plain Dunkins as well as a split, buttered, toasted corn muffin (which is the way they will serve it, if asked). The coffee was never a big deal in the 80s--you just got it to dunk the donuts or muffins.

Spencer liked the corn muffins too. . .for those of you that liked the detective series.

May 05, 2012
davidnaimark in San Diego

Any good deli in San Diego?

The guy told me their fryer blew up---so I couldn't sample a knish--which he raved about. My comment above is limited to their pastrami.

Apr 27, 2012
davidnaimark in San Diego

Any good deli in San Diego?

Just go to their website (which is listed in a post above). The home page lists where they will be on each day. It was super easy to find them--right where they said they'd be.

Apr 27, 2012
davidnaimark in San Diego

Any good deli in San Diego?

I tracked them down today. had a Pastrami on Rye and a Cel-Rey soda. I so wanted to like it--but alas, I didn't. I am crying. Some other New Yorker please go and tell me that I am wrong and that they must have had an off day. I can't even write any more about it. Super nice guy though--makes it even worse. I am going to try again. Ugh. . .

Apr 26, 2012
davidnaimark in San Diego

Mango Sticky Rice

The version at Thai Basil in Downtown Encinitas is excellent.

Mar 28, 2012
davidnaimark in San Diego

Driving myself crazy, need one specific dinner rec, please help!!!

If it were me, all things considered--I'd phone up Bice (not far from where you'll be staying) and ask to speak to the Chef and make sure he will be there--he usually does cook on Monday nights. He is very nice and accomodating. I'd tell him that I want him to put together a tasting menu for 2 of whatever good seasonal stuff he has on hand.

Oct 07, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Need Amazing Food this Friday

Do restaurants participating in restaurant week only serve that menu? If so, I totally agree. I've never been much of a fan of RW--although I guess I get why it exists. Hmmm--most places are going to be a zoo--OP I'm having concerns about your plans!! Maybe Orange County??? Or TJ as suggested above? Or maybe hire a great chef to come to your house?

Sep 21, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Need Amazing Food this Friday

I loved Addison but there are definitely mixed opinions about it--it is certainly luxurious though.

I've never had a bad meal at George's or Tapenade --i.e. probably very safe to ensure a solid splurge, but not necessarily the most intriguing, and certainly not newest kid on block.

Sep 21, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Cavaillon

Anybody been since they got new Chef/Owner? I did see a couple of reviews during the transition, but I'm more interested now that they should be up and running.

I noticed that they are claiming they have a cheese cart--very intriguing. Only other cheese cart I know of in San Diego is at Addison.

Also see that they are importing Turbot from Brittany. . .

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Cavaillon Restaurant
14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127

Sep 21, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Davanti Enoteca, Little Italy

Not really sure what all the controversy is about--since I had kids, I don't really keep up with the food gossip.

However, was walking in LI looking for a late lunch today and saw DE open at 2PM. Super--friendly host gave me a choice of wherever I wanted to sit in a nice room. Gorgeous bartender (hope my wife isn't reading this) took my lunch order and served.

Glass of Prosecco ($7)--decadent at a weekday lunch. Roasted corn/mushroom salad ($8) was light, warm, and delicious. Order of prosciutto ($8) was 4 generous slices with some apple on top (which went really well). I asked for some bread and barkeep brought me 4 freshly toasted pieces of some kind of great crusty loaf and olive oil (free).

Not supercheap--but what a great lunch! Felt like I was in Italy, or North End of Boston, or someplace great. . .I hope somebody goes there to eat because it was really empty.

Sep 01, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Market Restaurant in Del Mar

When the chef was at Arterra, I thought his food was excellent, generous, unpretentious, and well-priced for the quality. I've tried Market twice and been underwhelmed--expensive, really small portions (and I don't like to overeat), and the staff seems to have a "holier than though" attitude--kind of like "you should be more appreciative for the chance to sample our Chef's cuisine". All of this imvho--maybe I should give them another try, last was about 2 years ago.

I'd give Blanca a shake.

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Arterra Restaurant
11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

Jun 06, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Cemitas

Any thoughts as to where to procure a cemita (puebla-style Mexican sandwich) in San Diego. Note: not looking for tortas here. Thanks.

Jun 06, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Razor Clams in San Diego

Point of clarification: is the Atlantic variety the same as the European variety? Thank you all for the helpful information. I'm going to check out Ba Ren and Santa Monica Seafood.

May 30, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

Razor Clams in San Diego

Looking for Razor Clams either to buy fresh or to have in a restaurant. Had them in Boston last year and they were amazing. Thanks!

May 28, 2011
davidnaimark in San Diego

One Sandwich for Every American City

Guys--this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much. Please keep the suggestions coming. I am already seeing several common themes emerging . One of the interesting ones is the notion that the one sandwich in Philly might actually be the Roast Pork, Rabe, and Provolone rather than the more commonly thought of Cheesesteak. I'm not surprised to see The Lobster Roll prominently mentioned. Ditto I thought Banh Mi would make an appearance and it has.

May 19, 2011
davidnaimark in General Topics

One Sandwich for Every American City

Hello--haven' t posted in several years but am working on a project and hoped I could get some input. If you were visiting a particular American city and could only get ONE (1) sandwich, what would it be, how would it be prepared, and where would you get it?

Note that this is not the same question that is posed in the excellent thread "Your ten best sandwiches". Here, I'm not really looking for your favorite sandwiches or even necessarily the best sandwich on offer, I'm looking for what you'd eat if you could only eat one sandwich in a city. I realize that this may represent an impossibly anxiety-provoking task for many (i.e. the horrifying notion of going to New Orleans or Chicago, for example, and only being able to pick one of the many amazing offferings). Despite the difficulty, I will appreciate any attempts.

I'll start with a few:

1. New York City--for me, it would have to be a classic Hot Corned Beef on Rye (such as that served at Carnegie Deli). It would be annointed with deli mustard and served with a half-sour pickle. It would neither be too lean nor too fatty. It would be machine-sliced (because that is more common/iconic), even though I realize it might be better if it were hand-sliced (ala Katz). The bread would be twice baked and sour. Nothing more, nothing less.

2. New Orleans--for me it would be a Central Grocery muffuletta. Preparation is easy on this one, because there is no choice--it is prepared only one way. I would specify, however, that it should sit for at least an hour prior to consuking to ensure that the oil from the olive salad has adequate time to penetrate/lubricate the bread and meats.

May 19, 2011
davidnaimark in General Topics