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If I'm looking for a good Cuban restaurant ...

You and me both....

Haven't been to Embargo Grill. Having lived in Miami for several years, and other Caribbean places, Andre's is good enough when I have a hankering and don't want to drive up to Downey. Or make my own pasteles or yucca.

Feb 20, 2014
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Brooklyn Girl- early review

I recently had this happen - I think it was at Bleu Boheme. A restaurant I want desperately to love (it does indeed remind me of my beloved moules) but when they make you wait upon one person? I do not understand. I am more likely to run up my costs waiting on said person with apps and/or drinks, so the idea of making me wait is simply contrary to business! I do not understand it.*

*Please, someone in the biz, enlighten me in a way that makes logic to someone who is simply a hungry (and often tired) customer!

Oct 06, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

Thanks! PCC is one of my favourite places for pho so I admit I rarely go past it. I keep going to Punjabi Tandoor for MM Indian but I need some new places to try...

Sep 03, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

Meh. I've decided to move close to BLAH. And other restos in walking distance. No, not kidding.

Aug 27, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Dim Sum in San Diego

Another vote for Pearl. Best I've had in SD, and I make it there at least twice a month.

Aug 12, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

I'd love to hear any new names in the Mira Mesa area. I'm in the area often and keep going back to Pho Cow Cali and the fairly new Kabob Shop.

Jun 22, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Delicias - 9-Course Tasting Menu or Keeping up with Chef McCabe

I had this Monday and it was most excellent. And a lovely change of pace from generic_salad_02.

May 15, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Philly 'hound in town for two days.

My recommendations are slanted towards those where you have a view or atmosphere that reflects San Diego.

I think there are few options that showcase SD more than AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Beautiful setting, great food. Not hole-in-the-wall, but you definitely know you're in SD. Same for George's. Both places offer a great view with great food.

Bali Hai or C-Level for a great view of downtown SD. C-Level has better food by far, but the price point is naturally higher; both are stunning for the view.

On the other end of the dollar, Super Cocina. Great food, cafeteria style, but you will know you're not in Philly. Super Sergios, naturally. Las Cuatro Milpas.

RIP Flavor Del Mar.... sigh.

Feb 13, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Quick bite near Ken Cinema?

Bleu Boheme is great food, but not quick. You can sit at the bar for faster service, but it's not fast food by any definition.

Stopping at the Blind Lady on your drive in would be another recommendation, but not if you're looking to park near the Ken and grab something before you walk in.

I guess I just talked myself into your third recommendation for Burger Lounge. Hah!

Feb 13, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Do you know any of these people?

I feel the same way. I'd rather lurk and learn.

Feb 11, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in Not About Food

Good date restaurants in Normal Heights area

+1 Bleu Boheme

Jan 28, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - VOTING THREAD

CHOCOLATE (down with poppers!)

Jan 28, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Feb. 2013 - DISH or INGREDIENT of the Month

KALE SALAD.

I hear the one at Fake's house is deevine.

Jan 23, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

two great restaurants in mission hills/hillcrest

I barely noticed their decor. At night that space is buzzing with all the people. I think the designers thought more of the decor and little about the noise baffling. I dislike loud spaces, I (typically) want to hear my companions...

And the food overall was meh. I briefly reviewed it here so that has more detail should you wish it, but to summarize: meh.

Jan 19, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Feb. 2013 - DISH or INGREDIENT of the Month

CHEESE CURDS.

Jan 19, 2013
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Not Beer, But Wine

Another home run! Went there today and I picked the wild boar burger. It was excellent. He's gone now, but I will be going back for the rabbit.

The Stone numbered beer (epic or something) was also amazing. Hints of clove and gingerbread, yum!

Dec 14, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

I need me some soup (92101)

Very good to know, thank you!

Dec 14, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Not Beer, But Wine

He prefers a comprehensive wine list. I haven't eaten at the Lodge in some time, thank you for the suggestion.

I haven't been to the Fishery but it was on my personal list, so I'm glad to hear it also has wine for him. A good reason to get out and try it!

Dec 11, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Not Beer, But Wine

This was an excellent suggestion, thank you! He liked everything and I loved their duck quesadilla.

Dec 11, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Not Beer, But Wine

I tremble at the thought of Hash House portions.

Dec 10, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Not Beer, But Wine

I've never been to the Wine Cellar or Cowboy Star, although the latter has been on my to-do list for some time. Thanks!

Dec 10, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Not Beer, But Wine

I have a friend who is coming to town who, like most of us, enjoys good food and ambiance. But he also has two other things he likes to have in a resto:

1. Well-rounded wine lists.
2. Food volume. He thinks California restos tend to be on the lighter side, he likes plates that have enough food for what is admittedly a voracious appetite. He has at times ordered two entrees if the meal (protein and greens) is about 10 ounces...

I've done the usual searches through the past few pages, but most of the discussion centres around beer and very few reviews address volume per se. I rarely look for either of these qualities specifically, so I thought I'd give a shout out to our local folks and see what names people came up with, or else places to avoid.

Suggestions welcome!

Dec 10, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

I need me some soup (92101)

Ooooh, I love mushroom soup. Where's your go-to place for that?

Dec 04, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month

Speaking as a longtime lurked, very infrequent poster, I think this would be a great way to participate more. Not to mention that it helps gives me better focus for my "go explore SD food" crawls.

Dec 04, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Client Dinner near Convention Center

I just went to Oceanaire last week, and found the food was good - fresh seafood and the best crab cake I've tasted on the West Coast (not that I go out of my way to try, having lived in Northern VA before). I did think the atmosphere was a bit more formal outside the small packed happy hour bar. That was packed, so if you go for the dolla oysters, go early.

Nov 11, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Burrito Tectonics

Thanks, I'll check out Roberto's as well. Unfortunately, I've learned my lesson about willy-nilly ordering in the Mexican joints around here, which is completely counter to my usual behavior.

Cotija? Really? I just had a reflexive ewww...

Nov 11, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Burrito Tectonics

Thank you for the review! It may save me some time as I live in the area and had previously been venturing elsewhere for my CAB (points north and south, and further away). It's too bad about their B&C - I've been having a yen for that of late, but now I also know to avoid it for fear of disappointment.

Nov 11, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Brooklyn Girl- early review

I went last weekend for dinner. Date and I split apps and cocktails. We had the shrimp and chorizo, the Vietnamese meatballs, and the sausage.

The shrimp was the best prepared in my opinion. The textures were interesting and the taste was savory and not too overpowering, the masa with the juices was worth licking the plate.

The Vietnamese meatballs were too sweet on the glaze and the texture was fairly bland. We didn't finish this dish after we each had one meatball.

The sausage was meh. It was serviceable but nothing stood out for me aside from the mustard. I find that sad as I'm an avowed carnivore.

The cocktails were good. The popcorn that they provide when you first sit down seemed stale to myself and date. When I mentioned that to the server, she replied that it was made fresh that day (that seems to be a common refrain, from having read other posts) and in addition, it was seasoned, so that may make it taste different. I replied that I thought stale is a texture, and not a taste.

The ambience was loud and crowded on a Saturday night, so obviously they're still pulling in business. I won't be going out of my way to return, however, unless someone else really wants to go.

Nov 11, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Best lobster burrito

Back when I worked in Torrey Pines, Roberto's in Del Mar was my go-to. Now that I'm on the 15 corridor, Mi Ranchito is my Mexican go-to, although it's further away. Given that I'm still discovering the food nooks here, though, I'll drive. Plus it's on the way home, hah.

Do agree on their lobster burritos, it's a good blend of the ingredients. Enough lobster chunks to warrant the price and the crema brings out the sweetness of the meat. The tortilla has a great texture as well, which is key for any burrito.

Nov 04, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego

Tonkotsu Ramen in Clairemont

Thank you so much for the rec. I'd never heard of this style (hadn't really known much about noodles other than udon) and found it amazing. Broth was very thick and creamy, I couldn't finish it. Noodles were a bit al dente for lack of a better word.

They still don't have their liquor licence but there is a liquor store right next door for carry-out beer and spirits, if so desired. Sit outside on the patio, the inside was very warm.

Sep 03, 2012
TeeBeeinSD in San Diego