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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

Isn't (a large) part of the value of any restaurant what is said of it (the perception of the quality of the restaurant, power of social media)?

about 3 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

According to Eater Zarco is already closed and lasted less than 6 months

about 10 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

"People linger at Urban Plates way more than at Carnitas Snack Shack." - You never have the chance to linger at UP as long you want as people do at CCS - UP needs much faster table turn around since there are never enough seats and people stand close to your tables and wait that you leave (we had people ask us at UP if we are leaving the minute we finished our meal even though we didn't plan to leave). At CCS they sit for much longer time than at UP

Jan 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

I go to this place since it started opening in 2011 and I can't a single time I hadn't to wait in line to order my food

Jan 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

The lines out of the door at UP are pretty much there from the beginning especially at lunch.

Jan 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

UP might be based in the business model of TG but the meals at UP were better than what we had at TP (UTC)

Jan 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Heritage Pigs in SD

Frozen pork belly will also give you good bacon in the end but independent what you will do in the end with any meat fresh has a better quality than frozen one as the freezing and thawing will have an impact on the quality of the meat.

Jan 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

It will be expensive but when a shop like Bird Rock Cafe moves in this area I think CCS would also be able to do enough business to survive even with an expensive lease

Jan 26, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

CCS locations have to be hipster or toutist heavy - Little Italy would be the best mix of both

Jan 26, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

For us it's Del Mar

Jan 26, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Must try restaurant ...

We only tried the one in Del Mar and are since then surprised how people can recommend PrepKitchen - overpriced, uninspired, badly executed food.

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Heritage Pigs in SD

That's a good price for high quality pork belly (now we have just to wait for fresh meat)

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

But Urbal Plates has a much better menu than CCS for the demographic living in Del Mar (and if I would eat more often in that area I would also prefer UP more often as it has a much broader menu whereas CCS in nice from time to time but the menu is too limited (more or less only some variations on pork sandwich, wrap or burger with your pork special thrown in)

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego
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Dinner in/near gas lamp

Cafe Chloe

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

LJ has a lot of tourists in the areas of these restaurants which help them survive. The tourist areas of Del Mar are far away from CSS

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

I think it is more about that this part of Del Mar tends to be "Cougar Town" (just visit Searsucker in the same mall and enjoy the show) and that part of the customer base tends often not to prefer the typical CSS cuisine (meat heavy, fatty, hardly any vegetable)

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Heritage Pigs in SD

How much was the pork belly (more interested in the pork belly in the moment for some SV adobo)

Jan 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

North County Sausages

What do you like from the Meat Men ? Tried several of their salamis and was very underwhelmed (missing Knight) compared to what we normally order like Olympic Provision etc.

Jan 24, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

There was about 1/5 (if at all) of the greens which also had more the look and taste (hardly bitter) of shredded butter lettuce. But even with frisee salad it would need a much stronger/aggressive counterbalance as the pork belly glaze was very sweet (in general I think restaurants shy away too much from bitter flavors and incorporate to many sweet flavors).

Jan 24, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

There were no bitter greens with our order

Jan 23, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

The app was good but found it a tad too sweet and some bitterness would help to balance the dish

Jan 23, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Avant garde, modernist, quirky recs?

Atelier Crenn

Carnitas Snack Shack

At least at lunch (and I guess that's where they are making a large part if their revenues) it is very crowded. Never went to the NP location (I don't think elevated pub grub is worth an extended waiting time in line) but the food was good in Del Mar but also nothing earth shattering (what I was expecting after reading so much about it). Urban Plates is actually one of the better lunch places and even though CSS is nice from time to time Urban Plates has on a regular basis better and more interesting food (and so perhaps also the longer lines)

Jan 23, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Query - Charles Phan cookbooks

I have the VHC and haven't cooked from it yet but there are a number of interesting recipes on there. I looked at the Slanted Door book and was rather disappointed as I didn't find the recipes interesting. The book was also quite cocktail heavy but with rather standard ones and I prefer books like Death & Co or PDT

Jan 22, 2015
honkman in Home Cooking

YES!!!... Del Taco is headed for New Jersey... Not in Bergen, but Essex is close enough...

Horrible food

Jan 22, 2015
honkman in New Jersey

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

It opened in 2009. I think they made over time a few wrong decisions regarding the direction of the menu (large vs. small plates) and in the end lost a bit their original identity. Obviously it didn't help that the original chef left half a year ago

Jan 21, 2015
honkman in San Diego

"Fresh" Ham for Lechon Asado

So they are currently not offering fresh (unfrozen) pork ? I was planning to visit them soon for some fresh pork belly but I am not interested in previously frozen ones.

Jan 19, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Milestone birthday weekend for vegetarian/vegan foodie?

Bridge is only refundable if unused - you can see similar examples all over RW menus on mom'n'pop to upscale restaurants. And to be honest it is understandable because restaurants want to make money and "special" dinners are one of the best ways, including some wine dinners and the best example is still Valentine's Day dinner - whoever still goes out for dinner on Valentine's Day is quite frankly stupid.

Jan 18, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Cactus Cooler Soda

Have you tried BevMo ?

Jan 17, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Where can I find Brandade de Morue at a French Restaurant in San Diego?

Cafe Chloe had it as a special on their menu some time ago

Jan 17, 2015
honkman in San Diego