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Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

You mean it is not enough to ask my driver to park the Rolls Royce in front of it ?

Apr 15, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

"Sure, aren't most places ?" - At all other places we never have problems finding two seats on Friday or Saturday nights

Apr 15, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

Forgot PP but it is a really crowded on Fri- and Saturdays

Apr 15, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

We don't go for cocktail hour but often have cocktails when eating out - some of our current favorites are Lion's Share, Fairweather, Grant Grill, C&C, Pearl, Cucina Urbana, Table No. 10 (can be hit-and-miss), Juniper&Ivy

Apr 15, 2015
honkman in San Diego

LA Trip Report (April 2015)

Burgers and even more burgers

Apr 14, 2015
honkman in Los Angeles Area

Cocktail supplies in San Diego : bitters, liqueurs, etc

I think Polite Provision is selling some of their bitters etc.

Not sure what happened to RX Bitters: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

Apr 14, 2015
honkman in San Diego

LA Trip Report (April 2015)

Next time visit San Diego for some of the best beers (and most breweries) in the US

First Bite: Chef's tasting at Juniper & Ivy

We had it for the first tiome a few weeks ago and it is highly recommended - together with TBL3 the best you can get in SD in terms of modern tasting menus.

Apr 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

We really like Passionfish but it is a very, very loud restaurant (Cucina Urbana on a Friday night would be a quiet special dinner place compared to lour last visit at Passionfish) and every child (and adult) could go crazy after sometime inside there.

Apr 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

...and the 10 minute story in a loud high-pitched voice with high-pitched commentary from 5 girl friends. And the "bro" who has to tell his jokes/stories to his other "bros" (and the whole restaurant) or the other "bro" who has to start singing and...

Apr 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

If it would be just The Laugh...

Apr 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

My point is that "unruly, loud, and or misbehaved" adults are in our experience much more a problem for special dinners or date nights (or any meal at any restaurant) than kids. It seems that people have a much lower tolerance for kids, which are often well behaved, than loud, obnoxious adults (so often a few men or a few women together at a table will create a very loud table which annoys everybody at restaurants like Georges, J&I, Cafe Chloe or Table No 10 but I have never seen people complaining about it on CH.)

Apr 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

OT, but I find a comment about a restaurant being "primarily an adult venue" quite odd. Every restaurant, independently if neighborhood or fine dining, is as much a children venue as an adult venue (as long as there are no legal reasons, e.g. Starlite). We go out at many types of restaurants every week and there are many more times that adults don't know how to behave than children (even at upscale places like Georges) but I never see anybody on this board write about "sensitivities" that adults should know how to behave. I know this post is very OT but I found DC's post quite strange.

Apr 12, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

We see small kids often at J&I so it shouldn't be a problem. If you want to have a quiter time you can also request a table on the patio

Apr 12, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Restaurant closings outnumber openings

"Let me try to sound a little less insulting this time" - Why ?

Apr 12, 2015
honkman in San Diego

What's new with Brian Malarkey?

Malarkey hasn't much to say about the business directions of the Hakkasan Group

Apr 12, 2015
honkman in San Diego

What's new with Brian Malarkey?

He mainly focuses on restaurants outside of SD -he is opening up stuff on LA and LV

Apr 10, 2015
honkman in San Diego

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

SAVEUR: THE NEW CLASSICS COOKBOOK

Good budget dinners ($10-20 pp) that aren't Mexican or Ramen

Drive down Convoy Street and pick a restaurant - there are also two blogs (forgot their names) which try to cover all restaurants on Convoy that might help you to narrow down your desired restaurant

Apr 08, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Good budget dinners ($10-20 pp) that aren't Mexican or Ramen

$10-20 is for appetizer and entree and should it also include any drinks ?

Apr 08, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Duck liver in San Diego

I haven't been to the one on Poway - how do you like it ?

Apr 08, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Duck liver in San Diego

DeLa Ranch at LI Farmers Market also sells them and you get them directly from the source

Apr 08, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

I guess the Padres are like our dining scene - looks like a lot of potential but when it's under competitive conditions it tends to break down

Apr 07, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

No commercial breaks so the attention span has to be longer than normal and so Americans are overwhelmed and can't follow the game

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Hey, no jokes about soccer

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Week in Escondido/San Diego

HdV might be the most "overhyped" restaurant on this board

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego
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Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

I went once to Petco Park to see baseball and it might have been the most boring hours ever - if I would have the choice to watch another game or take a rusty fork and repeatedly poke it in my eyes I happily choose the fork.

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Everybody missed our ferry expert.

Good "new" restaurants" - Juniper & Ivy and Table No. 10

And Gjelina is a regular spot in LA but we haven't been to Taco Maria (it is on our list)

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

That would be OK if baseball would be at least a sport

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Together with Restaurant Week the worst news for good restaurant visits in downtown - crowded places, expensive parking etc. Let's hope they play as "good" as ever and it is over soon.

Apr 06, 2015
honkman in San Diego