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Fresh Tortillas

Love, love the tortillas from Pancho Villa's (as DD mentioned) but before I discovered that they started making them in-house, I would always buy them at Otay Farms Market in Chula Vista. They imposed a 4 dozen limit because of the demand.

Jul 06, 2014
LisaSD in San Diego

Dining in La Mesa: any suggestions?

Very good and comprehensive list (although I would NEVER recommend Charcoal House!).

Also wanted to mention Pietro's which is tucked away in a corner off the frontage road on Fletcher Parkway. It has a super friendly owner and I noticed he has a nice group of regulars that frequent it.

Also, Gus' restaurant on Baltimore, north of Lake Murray isn't fancy in their decor but serves some good, solid meals. We have had some good meals at Banbu Sushi on Fletcher Parkway which is around the corner from the chain Sammi's (just including it on the list...not really a fan).

Did someone already mention the Brigantine?

Jul 05, 2014
LisaSD in San Diego

CHOW Reviews: Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt - Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

A co-worker recommended it but I thought I'd do a little more research. Sur La Table has a Memorial Day event this weekend where you get a $20 gift card with purchase of $60 machine. Based on what I've read here, I guess I'll get it. Thanks for the info!

May 23, 2014
LisaSD in Cookware

SD Night Market

Thanks for this! It's about time someone came up with something like this. I hope it succeeds!

Sep 02, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Best flour tortillas in east county?

I also meant to say that the tortillas at Garcia's Puebla Mexicana on East Main in El Cajon looked tempting. Has anyone tried them?

Sep 01, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - September 2013 [Salad]

I love the Pear Salad on fresh greens at Hanna's Gourmet (see photo). It has a light vinaigrette with hazelnuts and Craisins. Only served at lunchtime unless you ask real nicely for Hanna to make it for you for dinner too.

Tender Greens (locations at Liberty Station, UTC and downtown) still make some of the freshest salads around (with or without a protein of flank steak, chicken or ahi).

I haven't tried it but my husband loved the Stone Fruit salad at Neighborhood downtown. I don't know if that is a seasonal item but he's been jonesing to go back for another one. I'll find out...

Sep 01, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Best flour tortillas in east county?

Here are the ingredients listed on the package of tortillas that I just bought at Pancho Villas: Harina, manteca vegetal, margarina, royal, sal which I believe translates to: Flour, vegetable shortening, margarine, Royal baking powder, and salt.

They haven't been making these there that long (maybe 6 months) but already they are flying off the counter. Otay Farms Market in Chula Vista used to be my "go to" place for these kinds of soft, flavorful tortillas but I haven't been there since.

pRon, the tortillas at Pancho Villas are not thick like Los Cuatro Milpas. I think you are right that they use lard there...sure feels like it!

Sep 01, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - August 2013 [The Sausage!]

Tried the Italian Sausage at the Little Italy Farmer's Market last Saturday and really enjoyed it. They said they are available from their restaurant Petrini's on Ash street.

Aug 30, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - September 2013 [Salad]

I guess I won't be disappointed as the regular Chowhounds fulfill their monthly dish of the month recs with the cry: "Lettuce Entertain You!"...<smirk>

Aug 30, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

Oh, I found the actual article that covers Catalina Offshore in depth...I think this will help you in your search chezron.

http://www.sandiegofoodstuff.com/2008...

Aug 30, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

After reading about Catalina Offshore in Caron Golden's blog "San Diego Foodstuff", it was definitely on my "to-do" list to go. I finally decided yesterday to make a trip down there after hearing the recommendations here on Chowhound. The place was bustling and almost everyone said Hi or Welcome when I entered. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful Sashimi Grade Ahi where they had perfectly cut sizes for me to pick from. Ate it nigiri style and it was outstanding!

Also picked up some little-neck clams and am looking forward to cooking those up tomorrow.

While I was waiting for the clams, I was greeted by Tommy Gomes who educated me on some different fish that I was unfamiliar with. What a friendly guy! He also greeted the various chefs who were coming in for their daily pickups and his friendliness really came across as genuine and caring. I'll definitely be back!

Aug 30, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

Made with a Poblano Chile, Belinda's Cocina who sells at the La Jolla Farmer's market and SDSU (www.belindascocina.com for her schedule) consistently has the best chile rellenos in town. One time she asked me if I wanted Chile Verde on top instead of the usual red sauce (which is also very good) and I was hooked. The word "consistent" is key because I have enjoyed different ones around town and sorry but they are hit or miss.

Aug 26, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Callebaut - Guittard - Sharfen Berger Chocolate

Sur La Table (in Fashion Valley and soon opening in La Jolla) has Scharffen Berger, Vahlrona and Guittard chocolate.

I saw a great variety of chocolate at Vons in Liberty Station awhile back but didn't pay attention to the brands because I wasn't needing them at the time. Might be worth a phone call...

Aug 26, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

El Charco en Chula Vista

I love it when old threads get revived so I can see what I've missed. Nice review...you told me everything I want to know DD. Can't wait to try it!

Aug 12, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego
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Anything of note in La Mesa? (doubt it, please prove me wrong)

I second the recommendation for Carnitas Uruapan. They are consistently flavorful and moist.

The Lunch Box draws big crowds at lunchtime and for breakfast too. I love their curried chicken salad sandwich that is served on grilled raisin bread. Sounds weird but it is delicious!

Aug 07, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

NYers heading to San Diego

Oh yeah, Rancho's in Northpark is delicious! I forgot about them.

And thanks for the heads up on Pokez...good to know! (and Dagney...I didn't give them a yum...I said I'd never been there. I figured it had been there a long time, so someone must keep them in business...)

Aug 07, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

NYers heading to San Diego

Downtown + vegetarian + mexican = Pokez (http://www.pokezsd.com/pokezmenu.pdf). I've never been there but I've seen it mentioned many times.

Non-Mexican vegetarian will be satisfied at Tender Greens which is now downtown (http://www.tendergreens.com/locations...).

Aug 06, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

new Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives

Yeah it definitely made me want to visit OB Noodle house for the Pho!

I've had Luigi's and the pizza sauce tasted like straight out of a can tomato sauce with no seasoning. No one liked it out of the 4 people who ate it.

Aug 06, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Lobster Bisque and Seafood

Island Prime and C Level had good lobster bisque. Don't know if they still have it...it's been awhile for me. I personally prefer the Mussel Bisque at Dobson's downtown.

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Favorite Mexican grocery store?

Otay Farms Market in Chula Vista (southwest corner of Broadway and Main street) has a large selection of nice, fresh produce and in-house made flour tortillas (that always have a line of people waiting for them). They have a restaurant within it that serves delicious food (barbacoa, caldo de res, red enchiladas, carnitas, etc.) and has trays and trays of guacamole and salsas (molcasalsa is my favorite).

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego
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Where can I buy Tajin in San Diego?

It's definitely available at Pancho Villa's Supermarket which is on El Cajon Blvd, just east of the 805. Also, they have DELICIOUS in-house made flour tortillas there that you need to be sure and try!

My friends like when I use Tajin to make a simple cucumber, diced fresh tomato, thin sliced red onion and cilantro salad. So great for summer...yum!

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Ochoa Family Chorizo - National City

Does anyone know what happened to Ochoa Chorizo on Highland in National City? They briefly became a sausage retail location selling a variety of sausages (while still selling the chorizo) and now it has signs that Don Vicente (located across the street) will have something there. Was driving by with no time to stop and ask. Anyone know?

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Weekend near Petco

We're heading to the game on Sunday too and I'd forgotten about Basic. The pizza they served during one of the Comic Con screenings was delicious! That or Neighborhood will be one of our choices. Had a great burger at Neighborhood and the person sitting across from us at the shared table said his braised short rib was excellent!

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Old Town rec

If I "had" to recommend someplace in Old Town (for "oldsters"), I would go with Casa Guadalajara as well. The house-made flour tortillas make up for a few of their menu deficiencies. The carnitas are moist and flavorful. It's loud in there if the Mariachis are playing so ask for outside seating if that bothers you.

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Short Review Food Trucks on Tuesdays La Mesa

You can find the list of food trucks that are visiting La Mesa at sdfoodtrucks.com. We've enjoyed the food we've had there. They stopped coming during the holiday season because Best Buy didn't want to have them using up their parking spaces during prime holiday shopping time. Bring your chairs unless you like sharing your meal with ants...

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Anyone tried The Great Maple yet?

Glad I didn't know they were tied to Hash House when I went on Monday night with a co-worker! Not a big fan of HH with its oversized portions and unimpressive food. We both decided on the Ribeye w/ Pomme Frites served with a red wine demiglace. We had to ask three, no FOUR times for our drinks and we had a server that never seemed to be around but that is the short list of my complaints. Our steaks were delivered extremely quickly (almost "too" quickly) but they were perfection in both flavor and temperature. The steaks are placed over a mound of perfectly fried and seasoned thin potatoes that sat in the demiglace. I don't like soggy fries so I would ask that they be placed to the side next time but if you like them that way (to sop up the demiglace), you will be happy. I ordered the apple pie with salted caramel and spiced pecans to go. It was a good idea but spiced pecans left a strange afterburn in the throat and I felt like it was competing with the pie rather than enhancing the flavor. Kind of bland, blanched apple pie filling that could have used more sugar and cinnamon.

Will definitely be back to try more things. Love the interior...

Aug 04, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Gorgeous weather...best bars/restaurants with outdoor space?

The outside patio at Tender Greens in Liberty Station was packed the last time I was out there. Nice breeze and then a walk around to see all the new activity (Stone Brewing company will open soon) made it a nice destination.

Not quite outside but with the huge open windows giving it an "outside feel" was Prep Kitchen in Little Italy. Definitely tasty bites and a great Happy Hour!

May 11, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

Best non-chain American style steakhouse?

It was easy to think of 2 non-chain Steak restaurants right off the bat but would I say they are the "best"? Nope! But, they are consistent which I guess says quite a bit. They are: The Butcher Shop and Saska's.

I've got to say, we went to dinner with friends at Cowboy Star and had terrible steaks. All four of us did NOT get them cooked the way we ordered them (2 of us sent them back). For a place in which that is all they do, you would think they would cook them right. Granted, it was in the year they first opened so I guess I could give them another try. But that is an expensive experiment.

May 11, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

good ethnic eats

If you want the real deal, you can get it in La Jolla. Some of the BEST Mexican food I've had ANYPLACE is at Belinda's booth at the Farmer's Market on Sundays from 9-1pm (7335 Girard). Food made from scratch and she always has a line. I highly recommend the Chile Rellenos. She poured Chile Verde over mine one time and now I'm hooked. Sooo good!

May 11, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego

January 2013 Dish of the Month - SOUP

2 soups that I can recommend that are especially tasty are the Caldo Talapeno (usually spelled Tlalpeno) with big chunks of chicken, some chitpotle chiles, rice, avocado and onion and the Shrimp Soup at Palomino's (9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, SD). If you go there at lunchtime, you'll see bowls of it at just about every other table!

Had high hopes for the soups at the Soup Shoppe but the Clam Chowder, while it tasted pretty good, was separating and kind of curdling. The Lobster Bisque was somewhat bland and not hot enough. Soup should be hot...duh!

Otay Farms Market in Chula Vista has some of the most flavorful Caldo de Res (Beef Soup) I've ever had. Lots of big chunks of meat along with the usual corn, potatoes, etc. You can get their freshly made, delicious tortillas to go.

Jan 19, 2013
LisaSD in San Diego