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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

I am sorry to say that the last meal we had at the Red Hook a few years ago was bad - the steak was full of gristle and when we complained, the waiters were nasty and and offensive.

Looking on Y+++, they are listed as closed/

Apr 14, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Gustaf Anders, especially the "Easter Smörgåsbord".

Apr 14, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Born in the Year of the the Dragon

Hello DoctorChow,

Thank you for your kind inquiry!

We were going to go north of the border, but my presents didn't arrive at the UPS store on Saturday.

The original plans included: FoF sandwich for breakfast at McDonald's on Palm Ave. with the Filipino social club gathering there. Lunch at Pho Hiep Grill in Chula Vista with their delicious spring rolls and bun.

http://phohiepgrill.com/home.php

Dinner was supposed to be to-go sushi from Meijo in Imperial Beach (tthey use beautifully decorated hard plastic trays for their take out - I save and reuse them).

Since those plans went "gang aglay" and since I am a "fire sign", we ended up at Tapanco Steak House in Rosarito, where everything is cooked over a mesquite wood fire (rack of lamb, rare - Yumm!) and the guacamole is prepared tableside in a molcajete where you pick the additions.

Apr 14, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Born in the Year of the the Dragon

Where should iI go to celebrate my birthday?

Apr 12, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

Thank You! Brunch at Slash/1 tiommorow - Fried oysers, Clams Casino and...othther yumms.

There might be some champagne, but sadly, no uni or ikura.

Apr 12, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

I want the original Whaling Bar at La Valencia back, with Gregory Peck sending over a Shirley Temple drink to celebrate my birthday, which is today.

Apr 12, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

List some of your fave lunch spots. .

No, not all, she keeping the dialogue here vital and active. Very much of a difference. .

Apr 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Plan Tijuana: The Interrupted Renaissance of Avenida Revolución

Fior the original stor and beautiful historiic pics, go to: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

Apr 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Plan Tijuana: The Interrupted Renaissance of Avenida Revolución

From The OC Weekly

By Bill Esparza

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Plan Tijuana: The Interrupted Renaissance of Avenida Revolución

Apr 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Taste of Balboa (Newort Beach) This Weekend

Someone asked about Mutt Lynch's bar - don't know.

I do know that the Blue Beet (formerly Sid's Blue Beet) and the Class of '47 won't be participating.

Apr 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Taste of Balboa (Newort Beach) This Weekend

For info on participating restaurants (Sabatino's!) and times, go to this link: http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/even...

Apr 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

List some of your fave lunch spots. .

Hi Beach Chick
Here you go: http://tiochino.com/

Apr 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

List some of your fave lunch spots. .

Meijo in Imperial Beach

Pho ho Tiep in Chula Vista

/filet-oFish at the McDonalds with the Filoino crew playing card ganes on Palm. Helloo ipse.

Apr 10, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

La Fonda Restaurant in Baja

The Dueling La Fonda Restaurants.

It seems like there are two La Fonda restaurants operating in the same location now - Joe Dmytri took back his section of the property that was originally his home and the people who rented to buy his interests are operating in the old original location next door that he shut down and turned into a storage space years ago.

La Fonda has a colorful and legendary history and it seems it is still is still adding to the story.

Here is a link to a recent report of a visit to La Fonda on the Baja Nomad forums:

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthrea...

Apr 09, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Nesai, this is the joint that some of you were discussing earlier.

Hi, Kevin

I don't know what others were saying earlier, but Nesai in Newport Beach on Riverside Drive is owned and operated by Michiko Soffer, the widow of the legendary Sid Soffer of Sid's Blue Beet in Newport Beach.

Her first restaurant in Newport was Issay and we were regular customers. She used to take me to wine tastings with her.

Apr 05, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach dinner

Right back at you.
:)

Mar 29, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach dinner

Hey, Kevin

We are friends (in the Internet kind of way),

I would never diss any any of your recommendations, unless I have personal experience that I need to report.

Mar 29, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach dinner

I don't know Garlic Jo's

For background, I have eaten great Cajun food at the festivals in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Jack Shrimp fits into the "authentic" Cajun category.

So there you go - Just my opinions,

Sincerely, GJ

Mar 29, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach dinner

Just adding another suggestion - Nesai on Riverside Dr. in Newport Beach.

http://nesairestaurant.com/

Mar 29, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Paul's Kitchen - glop, glop, gloppiness

There is something about memory and tradition that overpowers critical analysis of the food being served.

My LA Times coworkers regularly hauled me to the Redwood Room after work for end-shift cocktails, and then took me to Paul's Kitchen so I could absorb the alcohol.

Good times

Mar 26, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Where is the Best Vegetarian Pho in San Diego

Just asking,

If you have to "Make it Better", then it was not p\made well in the first place?

Mar 25, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

San Diego's Donut Star to Open in Fountain Valley, Orange County

Yes, you are absolutely correct.

I apologize for my mistake. :(

Mar 24, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Where is the Best Vegetarian Pho in San Diego

May I please ask someone to define what "vegetarian'" means?

Mar 23, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Yorba Linda - corner of Imperial Hwy and La Palma

If you like Japanese food, try Ise Restaurant.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ise-sushi-jap...

Mar 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

Just asking,

How does such a high-profile, big-name restaurant mess it up so badly that sophisticated, experienced Chowhounds get so upset that they report their disappointments repeatedly and there is no response?

Is it arrogance or indifference?

Mar 20, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

La Fonda Roberto's - Tijuana

Here is a link to their website on elmesero,com (no English translation on the site is apparent),

It looks fairly recently updated - maps to their location on the front page and the menu and services are are listed on the main page links.

Just don't get a headache from all the of fancy flash videos they have up,

http://www.elmesero.com/la_fonda_de_r...

Mar 20, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Long Beach next week

Well, Geezo, I am sorry to hear that it's a hipster spot, now.

I lived in Long Beach twenty years ago when i was trying to climb up the executive ranks at the LA Times, but those days are long ago and far away,

These days, I take care of Great Danes and Rottweilers in Baja.

Mar 18, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach next week

I am so glad to learn that Schooner or Later is still doing well and favorite with CH.

On a nice morning, there is nothing better than sitting out on the patio that looks over the harbor.

Mar 18, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

San Diego's Donut Star to Open in Fountain Valley, Orange County

Mar 18, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

I'm craving...

I am craving the restaurant in Cap Ferrat where we spent many hours eating wonderful Provencal food for hours next to other families on the patio, while the from the guys Morocco wandered through and tried to sell us stuff.

I also miss the meals at Chateau Eze.

Didn't want to dress up for the four-star Michelin restaurant in Monaco.

Mar 17, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego