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Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

Thanks for the replies, sorry for the uber late response as my mind was for some reason really messed up that day when I labeled Tampa garden as sichuan, must of had some 'bad' chinese fast food'.

Hot wok sounds good, I'll give it a try as my current chinese restaurant outside of SGV is pretty far (Hop Woo/Tien Woo down by west L.A.). I noticed how super close it is to Cal State Northridge so is there a time of day best to go if it's frequented by college kids or not?

Aug 11, 2013
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San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

Thanks for the link, what he seems like he's doing is quite admirable in that instead of americanizing the food, he's comparing in to more popular dishes that people can say 'hey if it's just like meatloaf and I like meatloaf, then I'll try it'. Great way to entice those that are timid to trying new cuisines while also learning the history behind it and realizing it's not as wierd as people may think it is.

Aug 08, 2013
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Does San Diego do East Coast Chinese Food?

You mean dead or gave up on eating chinese in San Diego.

Aug 05, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

I know a buffet isn't typically the best quality food of a cuisine type but in this case where Filipino food has potentially unusual flavors where you don't want to end up ordering something you don't like and end up ruining your experience as well as having a large variety of dishes, it might be a good first choice. Conching's cafe has a lunch buffet but due to obvious turnover issues in a buffet due to lack of tourists finding/trying it, I'd highly suggest going on the weekend where it'll be busy and so the turnover of food will be high. As for good dishes, it'll honestly depend on your reaction to the flavors in general as well as possible apprehension to unhealthy stuff. The latter would be lechon and patas, lechon being most similar to chinese roasted pork(not bbq pork) but the difference being that the chinese version is known for the skin and the meat ONLY if it's the belly cut whereas Lechon is cut before frying so they are all tender/crunchy as opposed to just one cut(assuming it's cooked properly). Patas are large pig knuckles/hocks that I have no idea how it's done but it's crunchy on the outside with very tender tendon and meat on the inside. Sisig(pork) is like very small lechon with lime juice. They usually have beef adobo which is popular but not my cup of tea as it's a bit on the strong side of that flavor profile. Kare-kare is basically ox-tail in a peanut sauce, very delicious but due to oxtail costs, you won't see it at the buffet. The selection is pretty good so you'll be able to get a good idea of the flavors.

Decor is non-existent, borderline worse than non-existent except for an out of place poster of sailor moon(wierd). There's two floor's and the top floor is the buffet whereas the bottom floor is ordering food though there's other places better for ordering(karihan,tita's kitchenette). Downstairs also has a dessert called halo-halo which ia very popular and is combined with magnolia brand ice cream but alas due to the proximity of Niederfrank's I never end up trying it. The buffet is $10 last I checked.
It's located in a large two floor strip mall at the far corner away from the intersection.

3400 E 8th st, suite 115, National City, Ca 91950
(E 8th st and plaza blvd is said intersection)

Aug 04, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

Filipino food. San Diego, specifically National City has very good Filipino food and has had it back before gaslamp had tourists and yet nobody I personally know or heard of visits for the Filipino food. It's not just San Diego as well as I know some very good Filipino restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Angeles I frequent that are also under appreciated by non-Filipinos. Part of the reason I suspect is that Filipino food visually looks un-appetizing as well as has flavor profiles that may be too different for people to give it a chance but this doesn't change the fact that we have a culinary food scene that we can identify with San Diego while also knowing it's easily in the top 5 of a cuisine type. Oddly enough I have never seen a upscale Filipino restaurant ever nor a Filipino food truck except for I think a Filipino fusion in NYC.

Aug 04, 2013
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looking for casual coffeehouse that sources bread from sadie rose

Thanks but what I mean is I can't determine which of those on the list are a possible coffeehouse or restaurant... I guess I can always check what/where each of them are and determine myself but I figured it might be a bit tiring.

Jun 30, 2013
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looking for casual coffeehouse that sources bread from sadie rose

As per title, back in town for a few days and am looking for a coffeehouse where I can informally grab a coffee and a random table while munching on Sadie Rose bread. I know as per website that Sadie Rose supplies to a number of restaurants and markets but I've been away from San Diego for past 6 months so I have no idea which listed are full on restaurants and which may be casual coffeehouses if any. Only looking for Sadie Rose/Tartine quality. Thanks for any replies in case I don't respond in a timely fashion.

Jun 30, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

Ah, I have never been there when it was busier than 3 tables(including ours) so my view of the service is obviously not accurate.

So, do you have a suggestion for another Chinese restaurant that is reasonably authentic to any regional type anywhere within 20 miles from San Fernando Valley? I can drive to SGV easily but I hate driving down from pasadena since there are no highways that go there from pasadena.

May 15, 2013
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

You do realize I'm not comparing to Monterey park/SGV, this is about what the OP requested which was something that is a reasonable distance which has good authentic Chinese food. The OP didn't specify for the place to have tablecloths and excellent service as prereq's. I'm commenting purely on food quality and authenticity. As far as saying it's nothing like Sichuan cuisine and comparing it to Panda Express, yes if you order the Americanized food, it tastes just like Panda Express but that's simply because when you have a bad location with mostly non-Chinese nearby, You have to cater for the average customer or else you'll have a highly authentic restaurant that goes out of business. If you go to a authentic restaurant and order Americanized food, then you're basically ordering Pakistani cuisine at a strictly Hindi(vegetarian) restaurant and then complaining about it.

As far as saying there's nothing Sichuan about the place, tell that to my 99 year old grandmother from weihai that lived in HK for 20 years and typically only cares about restaurants that look good and are busy, and yet she still admits the restaurant is 'very good'.

May 12, 2013
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

Eh, that was my fault, I typically post driving times based on the way I drive, which is far shorter than 99% of drivers.. Worst traffic I encountered was from Sylmar to San diego via the 405 at 4:30pm on friday(rush hour) and it took 3 hours. That all being said, assuming the OP/driver is an average driver, yeah it'll prob take at least an hour to get there. If you don't want to drive too far, I'd prob take ipsedixit's suggestions as he's pretty knowledgeable about Chinese food in that area/east of there.

May 12, 2013
polldeldiablo in Los Angeles Area

Good Chinese restaurant NOT in SGV?

It's a tad late for me to respond to this considering you're planning graduation dinner tonight but depending heavily on the type of cuisine you and your family want, I would choose Tampa Garden Chinese Delight. It is located in the middle of Northridge which is comparable to the distance to downtown Chinatown but the 405 is pretty empty as long as you're north of the 10. It is Szechuan cuisine and most reviews talk about the dumplings which are very good but most people don't talk about the non-dumpling Szechuan cuisine which is better than most Szechuan I've tried except for 1 place in NYC(Great sichuan) and Vegas(Shaanxi Gourmet). The main drawbacks to the place that might be an issue considering the size of the party is that the parking lot holds 15 cars maybe for 15 businesses and the decor of the inside is comparable to most Sam Woo's in a bad way. I unfortunately have no idea how busy the place is on a Friday night, busiest I've ever seen was 2pm on a weekend with 3 tables out of 12ish, those 3 being Chinese+mainland Chinese visiting. You should street view the address so you can fully comprehend the parking before you decide upon it though.

Sorry for the Wall of text.

Tampa Garden Chinese Delight
8241 Tampa Ave
Reseda, CA 91335

May 10, 2013
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April 2013 San Diego Dish of the Month Voting

The original one at linda vista. I haven't been to the other one but I overheard a 'regular' talking about the other location being very good, just needing to work out some kinks.

Apr 05, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

+1, our strawberries would make a child switch from candy to fruit by choice.

Apr 04, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

You would definitely save your sanity taking I 15 there, you would also prob shave 30 mins going that way partially because there's no scenery to distract drivers like the 5. If for some reason you head to Los Angeles on a weekend, I've personally almost never encountered traffic of any form during a weekend. It's also when people aren't in a rush to get somewhere so you'll have less aggressive drivers on the road. Make sure to get in car pool lane w/e you see one.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

48 hours in san diego/baja - what's your dream itinerary?

Ah that makes a lot of sense as far as coming back later.

Yeah, mision 19 was the one I've been wanting to try since I joined CH. I'll look into Caesar's also thanks.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

48 hours in san diego/baja - what's your dream itinerary?

Thanks, pedestrian crossing thing must be within past 365 days or so. Is there a day of the week/time of day preferable for shorter lines back to U.S.? I still have nightmares from when I was in Tijuana while the construction tunnel thing collapsed.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

Korean Deli- authentic? I dunno. But I like it.

Thanks!

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

48 hours in san diego/baja - what's your dream itinerary?

Hey DD, got a question pertaining to driving in Tijuana. I've gone a number of times to Tijuana for day trips but only via walking, I see a lot of places I'd love to try that's too far to walk to. Having no experience driving in Tijuana, is it worth it to drive there/safe driving there in a non-luxury car. I've almost never felt unsafe walking in Tijuana but I have no idea if it gets better or worse the farther in I get.

Also does speaking very little Spanish have more problems farther in?

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

DTSD Weekly Food Truck Event (April 3)

Ah crap, I should of passed by for a snack, been sitting in a coffee shop for past 2 hours.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

Xi'an Famous Foods Opening In Midtown Manhattan

I'll eat your portion for you then tixidesp*.

Apr 03, 2013
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48 hours in san diego/baja - what's your dream itinerary?

I initially thought you were joking until I quickly checked for such an app and see that you were serious.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

Korean Deli- authentic? I dunno. But I like it.

I love bibimbap or however it's spelled. Partially hesitant to try Asian food by sports arena but as I just checked that it closes at 6 pm, I prob won't ever try it due to time constraints. Maybe they'll open later as time goes by as it's near home for me.

Not sure if this is thread jacking but does anyone know anywhere in San Diego that has good bibimbap that opens till at least 8?

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

Pics of chairs for cafe chloe.

Sorry for thread jacking OP.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

Unfortunately I don't have a point of reference as my first time going there was 2 months ago. I have time to kill so I'll walk by and take a picture/upload it so those who know their chairs can compare.

On a side note I'll prob head over to donut bar providing anyone here knows if I should bother going there if they're already sold out.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

No, I'm eating breakfast with my mother and finishing up right now.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

It's actually a city called Sylmar further north, just figured Burbank is more recognizable.

Carmageddon was nothing compared to that time a rock band decided to block a highway downtown and play on top of their bus.

Also as far as driving in socal goes for the OP, mostly what DD said but also remember that just because you have the right of way doesn't mean someone else cares. Try to be hypervigilant and watch out for people that change lanes in front of you without a signal.

Btw, today's special at chloe is quiche with butternut squash and goat cheese.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

San Diego food questions - planning trip May 2013

+1 for last paragraph of, I've driven to and from los angeles about 70(140 round trip) times in the past 365 days and aside from rush hour, the narrowing near firestone blvd causes a half hour traffic. I'm not going to mention my speed but it normally takes me 2 hours(minivan) from dtsd to Burbank via 405. Majority of traffic jams aren't accidents, just a wall of all lanes going 40. If you are persistent enough, you can get ahead of 90% of traffic jams.


That being said, if the OP wants to do los angeles day trips, try to start with stuff near the 405 as you can take the 405 at the split and avoid most of the traffic, then try to end maybe with 88 bakery in rowland heights so you can take the I 15 which has no traffic ever aside from rush hour. I 15 will pass by a casino, fallbrook(avocado town), escondido/wild animal park, rancho bernardo etc. so you can possibly make the trip back useful.

Apr 03, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

Brooklyn Girl vs. Ave. 5 vs Saltbox for pre-Opera dinner

Ah the famous high rent of ground floor leasing of San Diego.

Apr 01, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego

PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

So...when you say 'all the different forms of PIE within SD' are we to assume you're including pizza pies, pot pies, chinese meat pies and anything else that may be in wiki's list of pie's? or is it just fruit pie's?

Apr 01, 2013
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April 2013 San Diego Dish of the Month Voting

No lamb larb at sab e lee, just beef, chicken, pork,catfish, duck, shrimp, squid, tofu and tofuduck, that's all...geez.

Mar 31, 2013
polldeldiablo in San Diego