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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Cucina Urbana is good but try to make a reservation as it is very popular even on Sundays.

about 23 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Haven't been to Chez Loma for many years but at least 7-8 years ago is was a terrible attempt at French food from 40 years ago and badly executed - even French Gourmet in PB might give you a better experience.
I think Coronado is a beatiful place to have vacation and walk around but with the Coronado bridge it is just 15-20 minutes drive to Little Italy (Juniper & Ivy), North Park (Smoking Goat, Urban Solace) which give you food options you don't have on Coronado.

Aug 26, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

You shouldn't take her "reviews" serious - she tends to use her Twitter account to mention that she is on her way to restaurants (including Bracero). Since her picture is well known do you expect that she will get a normal treatment when chefs know that she is coming to write a review

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

Ground breaking ?

Aug 23, 2015
honkman in San Diego

China Poblano- Jose, where are you?

$130 for the 24-course tasting menu we had was a good value

Aug 21, 2015
honkman in Las Vegas

China Poblano- Jose, where are you?

Saam is good and not really that overpriced

Aug 21, 2015
honkman in Las Vegas

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Get it at Lion's Share where it is grass-fed as a burger should always be

Aug 19, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

We have tried the tres leches cake before and it wasn't very good. Overall the food we tried on two visits several months ago (late night after some cocktails) was unfortunately surprisingly mediocre and felt sloppy prepared (not sure if they only have the B-team on a friday late night). The cocktails were disappointing unbalanced which seesm to be mainly an issue that the bartender seemed to think that he was too cool measuring ingredients for the cocktails and doing it freehand is the way to go. (It would be nice if those "cool" bartenders would go from time to time to some serious/real bars where every bartender is measuring his/her ingredients as it is the only way to get consistently good cocktails). Overall based on these two visits I am surprised that so many people have good experiences with this place

Aug 18, 2015
honkman in San Diego

So, what MUST I buy from Whole Foods?

Whole Foods also uses not ultra pasteurized milk. What's not so good about TJ organic milk is that they add organic non-fat milk solids. Why not just use organic milk as is without adding anything ?

Aug 18, 2015
honkman in Chains

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

J&I is nice with kids on the patio (inside can be quite noisy). Urban Solace is a nice example of SD food - not too unusual comfort food but from a chef who cares a lot about his sorcing if ingredients.

Aug 17, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

What I heard is that Oceana has good but expensive food (entrees ~$30). Not a fan of Luce but I think Little Italy isn't too far from Seaworld and you could go to Monello.

Aug 15, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Grandma friendly restaurants

How about 3rd Corner in Encinitas

Aug 14, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Grandma friendly restaurants

Which part of SD are you living ?

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

The problem Cucina Urbana is the noise level (one of the loudest in SD) - at least for our daughter it is too loud

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

Jaynes also has desserts (and one of the best (small) patios in SD and you can make reservation for it, Urban Solace only takes reservations for the main room but not the patio (I would in general recommend reservations in SD when possible a few days in advance) - and yes tipping is 15-20%

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

If you are looking for octopus Cucina Enoteca (Del Mar) might be a better option than Davanti Enoteca as the menu overall at Davanti is lacking compared to Cucina

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

Green Acre is closed at the weekends.
For Wednesday dinner you could do something on the 30th St (which not too far from the zoo). We go with our 3 year old to Smoking Goat, Jaynes Gastropub or Urban Solace (all three have great patios and reasonable prices)

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

It depends if you want a "fish heavy" lunch or have more options. Overall I would recommend Green Acre over El Pescador as it has better food in a very nice setting

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

Zumbar is very crowded in the morning (and very small) so don't expect any place to sit even.

If you can't make it to Escogelato I would recommend Gelato Vero (and to some extend also Pappalecco (even though the last few visits were disapppointing) over Bobboi and Bottega

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

Zumbar has excellent coffee but rather limited items for breakfast (mainly a few pastries from Opera Cafe). I don't think it is a good place for breakfast (especially if you like also something savory). I would recommend Isabella Cantina in PB on your way to Seaworld.(OT but I think Seaworld (not only because of the controversies)isn't such a great place to visit and is overrated and would recommend the SD Wild Animal Park (very different to the zoo). It would also give you the chance to visit Escogelato (best gelato in SD). I know a lot of people like Point Loma Seafood but I think it is just OK and would add perhaps some Italian (housemade pasta) to your itinerary with either Cucina Basilico or Monello (another different option would be Carnitas Snack Shack in Del Mar)

Aug 13, 2015
honkman in San Diego

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

I wouldn't call Lion's Share expensive and even J&I has a lot of small plates for good prices

Aug 11, 2015
honkman in San Diego

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

Lion's Share is open until 2am and has some of the best cocktails in SD and good food. Juniper & Ivy is open until 10pm and has some of the best food in SD

Aug 11, 2015
honkman in San Diego

The Farmer and The Seahorse (Green Acre III)

Both Green Acre sites are still there (and are always full)

Aug 11, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Bracero

So even the music list is ground breaking

Sirena Little Italy

At least a month ago both TVs were still there (and another reason not to visit this place and sign that the restaurant doesn't know what it wants to be)

Aug 11, 2015
honkman in San Diego
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Sirena Little Italy

No, the menu has very few interesting dishes - it looks like a restaurant which doesn't really know what it wants

Aug 11, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Sirena Little Italy

If you want to go you should do it soon - every time we pass the restaurant it might be 25% occupied if at all independent of day and time.

Aug 11, 2015
honkman in San Diego

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

Was very underwhelmed by Bobboi

Aug 10, 2015
honkman in San Diego

Great coffee in SD..?

Lofty (Encinitas) very much depends which barista is working on that day - some of them working way too hot. Overall Zumbar is by far the most consistent in SD (with Caffe Calabria as second)

Aug 08, 2015
honkman in San Diego

So, what MUST I buy from Whole Foods?

It will depend where you live - here in San Diego we have fantastic produce and many excellent farms and WF has build good relationships to many farms so tgat you can get great produce which you normally only get on the farms directly or some farmers markets

Aug 06, 2015
honkman in Chains