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San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

I find restaurants always odd when the general recommendation seems to be "that you have to know the menu". If I go to any restaurant I expect that any dish the restaurant decides to put on the menu is at least good - nobody is expecting high end dishes in a mom'n'pop restaurant but they should be more than just edible. I much more prefer to support restaurants which have a very small limited menu which is well executed than restaurants which put dishes on the menu because they think it might be expected from them but it is badly executed. So why would you avoid more than half of the menu at Hacienda de Vega ?

(I have tried a few times Michelada but always found the flavor horrible (same with Bloody Mary)

about 2 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Looking for fresh "asian" wheat noodles

I looked sometime ago at Zion and couldn't find any fresh wheat noodles without unwanted additives

about 2 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

At least the photos of their dishes don't look good (and the ingredient list to their cocktails is worse than most clubs/bars in the Gaslamp)

about 3 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

When did they open ? (There seems to be a new restaurant every few weeks). (And I like their webpage - "In today’s humdrum hamburger-chicken wing world, ...")

about 4 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Potential REAL butcher shop in San DIego

Don't use the B-word

about 7 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

For me overrated and overpriced are very closely related.

about 18 hours ago
honkman in Los Angeles Area

Looking for fresh "asian" wheat noodles

Just googled it and it looks like what I was looking for - Thanks

about 19 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Looking for fresh "asian" wheat noodles

I am looking for a recipe for "asian" wheat noodles. Obviously there are different variations and brands and they are sometimes described as yakisoba or lo mein noodles in recipes. Since we are living close to H-Mart I saw larger varieties of these type of noodles as "fresh" noodles in their fridge. Unfortunately all of the brands seem to use Yellow 5 and 6 and sodium benzoate. I don't want to start a long discussion about pros and cons about these additives but I would like to avoid them if possible (and no I won't die or get ADHD when I once eat them in a product). Does anybody know if other shops, e.g. some of the japanese supermarkets around Convoy, have these products without the additives ? (and no I don't look for special organic artisan products made by one sect of monks which once a year come down from their mountains and commit suicide afterwards but just for something decent which isn't fluorescent in the dark.

about 22 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

That's not terrible difficult - it might be better than Luna Grill but it is still not even a good place. Places like for example Mediterranean Cafe on Washington have much better dishes for a similar price (obviously nothing beats Berlin for a good doner where it was "invented")

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

For me overrated means that after a meal you feel you paid way too much for the quality of the food (especially compared to similar restaurants in the same city) - at least for us this not the case with both Mozzas

1 day ago
honkman in Los Angeles Area

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Kabob Shop isn't great but much better than Luna Grill

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

I haven't had a bad meal at Osteria Mozza (after about 7-8 visits), Pizzeria Mozza can be quite loud and the service is inconsistent but the food was always good to excellent (~15 visits)

Confused about new-wave coffee

Since Lavazza isn't roasted close by your city you will get "old" coffee. I would recommend to find out where are some good coffee shops who roast their beans closeby and test some of their beans. Will Lavazza give you horrible coffee ? No - Will you easily get better local coffee with a little effort ? Yes

Feb 27, 2015
honkman in General Topics

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

With "the works" - really nothing special and average at best

Feb 27, 2015
honkman in Los Angeles Area

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

I can accept an off day from the FOH or BOH but the single most annoying thing in any restaurant is any type of TV anywhere - do really so many people have a shorter attention span than a protozoa and need either a smart phone (which also should be banned in any restaurant) or a TV to not get bored by having to actually talk with your partner (and people wonder why divorce rates are so high)

Feb 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

"It does have a couple of flat screens..." - And crossed off the list of restaurants to visit

Feb 27, 2015
honkman in San Diego
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How long will you stand in line for food?

If you have access to something for the first 30 years of your life it is hard to lower your standard afterwards. Since we are still eating bread in the US we are obviously have lowered our standard (and most recently a "old fashioned" bakery started in San Diego with outstanding bread)

Feb 27, 2015
honkman in General Topics

Organic food and good atmosphere-possibly a patio

Eat at the Pearl

Feb 26, 2015
honkman in San Diego
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Yes, it is mainly based on one sandwich but for us it is Bay Cities Deli with the godfather sandwich - an average sandwich at best and completely overhyped

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Completely agree - lousy carte blanche, excellent "ten"

Feb 26, 2015
honkman in Los Angeles Area

How long will you stand in line for food?

"But the bakeries, even there, even the ones with a high reputation, just aren't generally putting out bread that really qualifies as great" - Than quite frankly you don't go to the right bakeries. There are many bakeries in Germany which make outstanding bread waiting for in line (and we have a very high standard for bread). So which bakeries have you recently visited and what bread did you buy ?

Feb 26, 2015
honkman in General Topics

How long will you stand in line for food?

"Bread. This has become a category too dominated by sourdoughs and exotic fancy breads. It's astonishingly hard to find bakeries, even in continental Europe, that do really good traditional breads. Those that do remain strangely obscure and hence queue-free." - Go to Germany and you find at every street corner excellent bakeries with many varieties of traditional and non-traditional breads. (and obviously short lines). Every time I am back in Germany to visit family I realize how few good bakeries exist here in California

Feb 25, 2015
honkman in General Topics
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Chow in Escondido?

"Average" is already an improvement over the normal "overrated horrible americanized food"

Feb 25, 2015
honkman in San Diego

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I was more surprised from the OP that people think it is a new creation - I had watermelon salad with feta in restaurants 15 years ago.

Feb 24, 2015
honkman in General Topics
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San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

A match made in a cook pot

Feb 24, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Looking For Best Food With a View for Out of Town Visitor

Other options (especially with the dated food at MrA) could be:

Cusp - good cocktails, decent to good food (but in La Jolla)
Humphreys Restaurant - haven't eaten their in centuries
JRDN - good food, not too far to drive from downtown
Sea 180: haven't eaten there yet but some reports on CH sounded promising

Feb 24, 2015
honkman in San Diego

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

"The young chefs try to be unique so they combine what has never been combined before and mostly for good reasons" - That has very little to do with the age of chefs or that it has never been combined before. Most of the these combinations are based on influences from cuisines around the world, e.g. watermelon salad (with olive oil) with feta and onions is nothing new and well established.

Feb 24, 2015
honkman in General Topics

Looking For Best Food With a View for Out of Town Visitor

Somebody we know described it as badly made hotel food

Feb 24, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

If this Luna Grill is from the same chain as the few others in SD, e.g. Carmel Valley than there is nothing you couldn't get much better at Balboa Market not too far away.

Feb 23, 2015
honkman in San Diego

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I found it actually refreshing that A Change of Appetite hasn't menus or combinations but leaves you much more room to explore the book by yourself.

Feb 23, 2015
honkman in Home Cooking