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Mojitos

So it was more a tequila version of a Caipirinha

about 10 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Ethnic plus

If we include gelato places in the Italian category we have to include Escogelato - over the last year consistently best gelato in SD (fruit (weakness of Pappalecco and Chocolat) and non fruit)

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Ethnic plus

As much as I like Cucina Urbana it has little to do with Italian food (Italian inspired perhaps). Solare might be your nest bet for Italian currently in SD.
For Indian I would add Rasraj on Miramar.
Smoking Goat is great (had just another good night on Friday) but had absolutely nothing to do with What you normally call French food. The closest to "classic" French food (even though there are, as with all countries so many regional differences) might be Hexagone.
For Gourmet add Georges Modern which easily beats your two other choices especially 9-10,

2 days ago
honkman in San Diego

Enchiladas Suisse

Are you still living in East County or are you joining culinary civilization by moving closer to SD ;)

Sep 20, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Restaurant Week!

The worst 4 weeks every year for restaurant visits - even more "safe" dishes than usual hardly any cheaper than usual in crowded restaurants with below average service. What's not to love. Always the perfect time for a trip to city without restaurant week or to pick a restaurant which doesn't participate like Juniper & Ivy for us next week.

Sep 20, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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What say ye, SuperChowers?

Just go on the Site discussion board and you will see how "happy" everybody is about the "end of CH as we know it"

Sep 20, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Wine stores in North County

Winesellar & Brasserie

Sep 19, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Good bread in No County

They are at the Farmers Market in Little Italy on Saturday and sometimes on Sunday at the one in Hillcrest

Sep 18, 2014
honkman in San Diego

restaurant/lounge with food near Humphreys on shelter island

Went to Pearl recently twice and really enjoyed the food. Another option would be Solare

Sep 18, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Good for a group in the Gaslamp?

Cafe Chloe has a private room which will have the right size for your group and the food will be good.

Sep 18, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What say ye, SuperChowers?

Once we got to know the people at TBH much better I didn't write anything significant about them anymore

Sep 17, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What say ye, SuperChowers?

Cgfan is a good example - I absolutely don't agree with his ban from this site because he hasn't done anything wrong. On the other site if somebody is so familiar with a restaurant that he is onsite during their off hours to for example photograph their work during prep etc it is obvious that somebody is not any longer "just a regular customer". And even though people will always say that they are not treated differently than other customers I believe that chefs will treat them differently as they often do with special regulars and also in addition they are aware of this "free" advertisement through pages like CH. In these cases I think such posters should stop posting about these places as they will not describe regular experiences and will be very biased

Sep 17, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What say ye, SuperChowers?

I would say both writers haven't added much to describe the restaurant in any way.

Sep 16, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What say ye, SuperChowers?

That has nothing to do who wrote anything but just if a meal is prearranged by somebody who is either known to the restaurant or works in the industry which will make it a very unusual and biased dinner and the actual report on mmm-yoso also sounds very different from how he normally writes.
In addition, I don't know the person behind mmm-yoso or the writer from SD Reader so why should I trust somebody more than the other.

Sep 16, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What say ye, SuperChowers?

With all respect I wouldn't really count much on the second one as it was more or less hosted by somebody known to the restaurant, working in the field etc. You will get a very different treatment compared to a "normal" customer

Sep 16, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Thai and Holy Basil

Thanks everybody with very helpful responses. Has anybody seen holy basil in SD ?

Sep 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Thai and Holy Basil

Where are the best places to buy Thai and Holy Basil (if possible in the Mira Mesa area). I tried Lucky Seafood, H-Mart, Vietnamese supermarket in the Target mall on Mira Mesa Blvd but couldn't find anything. Some herbes looked similar but appeared to have different names - anybody knows if it is sold under different names

Sep 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

Carnitas Shack has now also a location in Del Mar which appears to be much less crowded (and close to the 5)

Sep 12, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

The main attraction for the Ferry Building itself are the prepared food vendors and we don't much on the same level and so I agree with DD that SD is not ready for such a building. The problem now is that if we bring in high level (and high cost) vendors in like in the Ferry Building it will fail similar to high end (and high cost) restaurants in SD. If we just have the lower level vendors in such a building I don't think they will be an "attraction" like the Ferry Building enough to sustain such an operation.

Sep 12, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Best Places to Eat Now

Smoking Goat, Lion's Share, Georges (downstairs), Restaurant at Pearl (since it will be hot next week it is a great location to sit outisde at a pool and eat great food and drink good cocktails)

Sep 12, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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San Diego Public Market - RIP?

Produce at farmers markets is no different than produce at any supermarket (Ralphs, WF, Vons etc.). You have to pick out the good pieces between the wilted, spoiled produce and you have to go around to find the best prices. With that we don't have problems to find cheaper, and not wilted produce at the farmers markets than in supermarkets especially (but not only) if you look at organic produce in season. (In addition farmers market vendors tend to have produce,e g. heirloom you don't find in supermarkets.
Funny that you mention SF Ferry Building when complaining about high produce prices as this is a prime example for high produce prices on their actual farmers market (Tue, Thu, Sat).

Sep 11, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

You can get fresh produce (and that's the main reason I go to a farmers market) at farmers markets often cheaper and better quality than your regular supermarket, e.g. peaches, eggplants, oranges, broccoli, okra, apricots last week for example. When was the last time you went to a farmers market ?

Sep 11, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego's Local-Mussel Dishes

Since we are talking about mussel dishes in this thread most of these mentioned here I have tried and found much better than the mussel bisque. It sounds more that you like it more for the memories than the actual dish which is fine for you but not really a good guide for visitors

Sep 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego's Local-Mussel Dishes

Tried it years ago and it is not a horrible dish but also nothing really good or outstanding. Just an average dish at an below average restaurant (which makes it a good dish for the restaurant)

Sep 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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San Diego Public Market - RIP?

Are you implying that that farmers markets are only for "the one percent" because this particular farmers market wasn't more expensive than any other one in SD (some of the same vendors are in LI, Hillcrest etc.). I never understood their choice of location which in my opinion killed the project (It is nice to have the goal to revitalize a specific area but it should be based on a sound business plan which i doubt in this case)

Sep 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego's Local-Mussel Dishes

Restaurant at the Pearl has a nice version, Urban Solace is not bad

Sep 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

Do they make the chacuterie in house ? If not what's their source ?

Sep 05, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Jakes at the Cove?

If it will be anything like the place in Huntington Beach it will fit perfectly in SD foodwise (Cheesecake Factory like food with shorter menu and Hawaiian theme)

Sep 03, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Best Burgers and Fresh Fries in San Diego?

So you care more about the wrapping than the actual product - I think that's a good statement about the "quality" PBR. And a overly glorified historic view on anything (food or non food related) is one of the biggest problems for progress and improvements

Sep 03, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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Best Burgers and Fresh Fries in San Diego?

Not everything has to be artisanal or handmade by a 85 year old grandma living in a small hut but at the same time there should always be a minimal quality level and PBR is missing it by so much that it is OK to "yuking....

Sep 02, 2014
honkman in San Diego