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Guanajuato and Leon Mexico recommendations

I didn't notice an upstairs, but we took a table that was just inside and might not have seen a staircase. (Bohemia didn't have an outside patio area, but that was ok because there were showers around just then.)

Mar 26, 2015
DoctorChow in Mexico

Guanajuato and Leon Mexico recommendations

We called this the "green alley" off Fernardo, right at the "top". Tiny, one- or two-person width.

Approaching the left-hand elbow along this tiny romantic gap, from the south, you'll see a horizontal barrel inside an barred enclosure at the end. That's it.

My companion said the place reminded her of late '70s style: Tons of junk for decoration. Somehow, still cool though. At least I thought so (vote was 1:1).

The food we had there was quite good but not truly outstanding.

Mar 26, 2015
DoctorChow in Mexico

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

That's good news! Will do and looking forward to it.

Thanks.

Mar 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

That'll teach me to move faster! I never did make it up there for their steak tartare, which, I heard from a reliable source, was pretty good.

No doubt Bijou held on as long as it did as a consequence of direct under-pinning by beneficiaries of concern. I'm anticipating yet another reincarnation at the same location, wrought by the same financial artists.

Mar 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Guanajuato and Leon Mexico recommendations

After our drinks on the patio at Posada Santa Fe we went inside to look around. It’s a gorgeous hotel but yes, maybe getting a room not facing directly onto the plaza itself might be advisable for someone who's sensitive to noise. Our hotel on Calle Alonso was three blocks away, and even with double-pane windows we could hear the happy singing and drums far into the night!

I wonder if the restaurant that’s kitty-corner from the Posada Santa Fe is La Bohemia? I can’t recall the relative orientation exactly, but Bohemia is on the far north-eastern corner of the triangular plaza. There’s no shortage of other restaurants there, though!

We also had a nice meal at one of the many outdoor restaurants on the Plaza San Fernando, but unfortunately I don’t recall the name of the place. There was entertainment on the plaza Monday night (which is why we ate there) as well as on the small middle plaza in the same area. I think that was a run-up to the Feria del Libros, which starts today.

P.S. My companion stayed at Posada Santa Fe the first of three visits when she was a teenager, while she was still living in Mexico City ca. 50 years ago. That, and the fact that you'd mentioned before that you'd stayed there, were the reasons we re-visited and had drinks on their patio.

Mar 25, 2015
DoctorChow in Mexico

Guanajuato and Leon Mexico recommendations

Had a great time and good food in Guanajuato over the past several days. We were staying at Hotel Alonso 10 but only had breakfasts there (and a couple of local beers). The breakfasts were pretty good, though. Had chilaquiles, chilies con huevos, and also huevos rancheros, a la Mexicana, and con chorizo. Of those the best was the chilies con huevos, where the flavor of the chilies really came through. Breakfast came with good rolls but more importantly some of the best house-made mixed-fruit preserves I’ve ever had. The beers we had there were Morales barley wine and imperial stout, both very good and distinctive.

One of our favorite places for meals was El Tapatio (across from the University building) where we enjoyed pollo con mole, milanesas de rez, cecina, and enchiladas mineras.

We did go to La Clave Azul for one meal, and that day they had some delicious baby potatoes with garlic, sliced cucumber with chili powder and lime, sopa Azteca, rolled tacos, and cochinita pibil as the main course. All very good, although the cochinita pibil was very different from what we had in Yucatan, strongly seasoned with spices we couldn’t identify. I imagine that the pork was from the same roasted pig that was available as an alternative to the cochinita pibil.

We also had a great pozole blanco with all the trimmings at Bohemia Restaurant on the Jardin de Union. We didn’t eat at other places at that plaza, but did enjoy a beer and people-watching at the Posada Sante Fe.

Mar 25, 2015
DoctorChow in Mexico

Small plates/tapas near Copley Hall

If sushi fits the bill, there's also The Hive, an easy walk from Copley Hall.

Mar 16, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time here, and hope you'll visit us again sometime for another weekend getaway.

Mar 16, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Thank you for the friendly reply. I think we're converging here.

I didn't write about the basis of my opinion of Baci because I didn't think this one to be an appropriate thread for that level of detail. (OK, OK, and I didn't feel like taking the time just then.) Baci was just one of several restaurants that I mentioned; I was very brief and summary about all of them.

I do like Solare. It's a great spot. You've gotta love the ambience there, and the food is excellent. Haven't been in quite a while but am motivated now!

BTW, there's a splendid walk along the water at Liberty Station that I'd recommend to anyone who goes there for any reason.

Mar 14, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Posting a Pizza Port rec sounds like a plan.

Or, for Plan B, may I suggest a campfire gathering in the mountains with everyone singing "Kumbaya". Marshmallows on sticks. Totally mellow...

Mar 13, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Arrrghhh. The OP said *ideally*, meaning, I think, "desirable but not absolutely essential". I couldn't think of anything that would be ideal for them, so I went ahead with non-ideal -- the reality.

But you're absolutely right, I should have stated that by using the word "best" in describing Baci I was expressing my opinion alone. Without an "IMO" or equivalent qualifier, the use of "best" could be interpreted as a generally accepted fact. I can see why you would find that disturbing, since you strongly disagree about Baci.

But I already admitted to that; not in as many words, but right after you first complained:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1006...

Then we got onto the subject of the extent to which the source of the pasta that's served in an Italian restaurant affects it's "ranking", etc., etc.

P.S. Looking back, I see that you declared Solare to be the best Italian in town, without an "IMO". Ahem.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1006...

Mar 13, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Basically, Honk, the part of your comments that I felt was unnecessary was your remark that encouraging tourists to go to Baci would expose them to what’s wrong with the SD dining scene, strongly implying that anyone making such a suggestion is doing them a disservice. That goes beyond disagreement.

I also felt that ipse’s remark about “inept, bordering on tragically comical” was unnecessary. Yes, I think OP is aware that there are hamburger, pizza, ramen, etc., places in LA. No we don’t have very much in the way of unique or “best” in an absolute sense. So, better to not provide any guidance at all to the OP? And even if someone feels that no response is the best response, is it really necessary to clobber others who feel differently?

Enough on that subject. Let's move on.

I hope this family enjoys their brief time here. And maybe, just maybe, one of the SD places they do visit, or a particular dish at one of them, might become a new favorite. We do have restaurants that, if not “unique” or “best” in an absolute sense, are unique and special onto themselves, places that will be "new" to these visitors.

Mar 13, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Won't argue that one, and in fact after I posted, I wondered about that too. Actually, though, I've seen a lot of kids there at lunchtime, and while I personally wouldn't call it a dive bar, yes it is a pub. I had it on my mind I guess because I'd just been there and had the shrimp taco (aha!), which is very tasty. There are a number of other things on the menu that are pretty good and it's a fun little place, and I was trying to come up with some places that weren't too far from where they're staying. I didn't put a huge amount of time into compiling a list because it's just a two-day visit and I figured others would add suggestions. I offered a few ideas that came to mind because I thought OP deserved more than two responses. Still, if I were going to remove one of the handful of places that I mentioned, that would be the one.

P.S. I'll also admit to having confused the Hyatt with the Hilton when I was thinking about location. Old age, I guess.

Mar 13, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

When Pigs Fly BBQ in Vista

OMG

Mar 12, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

best mexican food San Diego

Will do.

Mar 12, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

best mexican food San Diego

Interesting discovery today. Some time ago I overheard a conversation while at Maritza's that a relative had a Mexican restaurant "on Clairemont Mesa". Well, I was driving along Diane Ave today and right off CMB spotted a small place called "Carmen's". Curious, I thought. So I stopped in for lunch.

I ordered the mole chicken enchiladas, which were very good but came with plain old rice and beans, so I got some hot sauce for those.

Well, short story shorter, there's no mistaking Maritza's hot sauce, so I asked, and sure enough, Carmen's is owned by Carmen's (of Maritza's) older sister. They obviously share the same hot sauce recipe!

Only problem was that, at Carmen's, the hot sauce is in squeeze bottles, not a jar, and to get at the good stuff, you have to unscrew the top.

Decent food. I shall return.

Mar 12, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Honk, you should know that I like a good discussion, and our back and forth about Baci was fine until it was dismissed as a recommendation for tourists on the basis that if they go there it would "show what's wrong with the dining scene in SD".

I think Baci's is a great spot, and I do (and did) recommend it to tourists -- with no apologies. You disagree. Fine. You can yuk my yum all you want, but as fellow contributors with mutual respect, couldn't it have been left at that?

Mar 12, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

OK, ye critics of my attempt to please a family that includes a 10-year old boy and a 17-year old girl. What do we have in SD that's unique to our city? Well, we now have a number of interesting areas to explore that also have good restaurants. Maybe not "unique" or "better than elsewhere" type restaurants, but restaurants that are located in genuine SD-style enclaves, which are well spread out around town.

So when I posted, I was thinking of places they could go that have good, interesting food located in our expanding culinary centers: North Park, South Park, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, East Village, Seaport Village area, Little Italy, and along the Linda Vista / Convoy corridor. And in that context I mentioned a few places that came to mind, as I said.

At least I responded to OP; at the time, mine was just the third reply after several days. And then came the criticism. Sorry if my remarks seemed comical and "inapt" to you, ipse.

:(

Mar 11, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

IMO, in an Italian restaurant the pasta dishes don't wholly define its character or quality. Well, maybe so in a place like Bencotto, but not somewhere like Baci.

Do you know where Baci sources their pasta? Could it be from Assenti's, which consistently cranks out excellent fresh-made pasta (IMO)?

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

I guess one should always add "IMO" whenever using the word "best".

Solare is very good, but in terms of the overall dining experience, my vote still goes with Baci.

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Noble Chef Reincarnation

Possible masochistic tendency?

Actually, I only do this when I'm holding out hope for a place, like I did with Pho Hut for example, because, like Noble Chef, it was close by. Otherwise, one disappointing meal is the end of it for me.

Never more than thrice, though. If I do return to Noble Chef, it'll be a good while from now.

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Noble Chef Reincarnation

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

The key word was "ideally". We've been through the "unique to SD or better than anywhere else" discussion before.

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

I'll mention a few places that come to mind.

Baci (Italian; best in the city; formal service but you can wear jeans); Kitchen 4140 (weird location; great food -- recommended for lunch); Luce (adjacent to Baci; coctails, snacks, and the best burger in town -- IMO); Tidal (wonderful food in a wonderful setting); Mr. Peabody's (inexpensive earthy pub with good food; order the shrimp taco).

Go to Sab-E-Lee in Linda Vista for Thai; RakiRaki on Convoy for Ramen; Buona Forchetta in South Park for pizza; the Patio on Goldfinch (Mission Hills) for New San Diego; and Pho Hoa in Linda Vista for pho tai.

If you want to venture into our "Little Italy" culinary center, Bencotto and Juniper & Ivy are worth considering. And if you get really lucky, maybe Bracero will have just opened.

If you want to venture downtown, avoid Gaslamp entirely and instead go to the East Village -- somewhere like Basic, Comun, or Bottega Americano. Or try Puesto near Seaport Village on the west end.

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

So now I see that a Phil's-type grilled meat place is going to open up there, "Mikes".

I looked them up. Might be very tasty mesquite-grilled meat, just not the same thing as Coop's. Or LW's, for that matter.

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

"If only we could have as many great seafood places with this kind of atmosphere and pricing. Dream on I know."

Hear. Hear.

When I moved to SD 40 yrs ago give or take, that is exactly what I was expecting to find: A lot of great earthy seafood places. Major downer at the time. And now, going on half a century later, it's still the same.

Mar 10, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Noble Chef Reincarnation

Went back, left unhappy. Way overpriced and my food could have as easily come from the freezer section of a supermarket, both in terms of flavor and presentation.

Will give this place one more shot, sometime, with something exotic from the menu, but the tea leaves haven't been spinning in the right direction so far, for me.

Maybe this is one of those places where you have to know what and what not to order from the menu; a big negative if true.

Mar 09, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's your *favorite* restaurant in San Diego?

You must really love this dish! I'm going to have to go back and try it again. Maybe there was a problem with the prep when I was there. The owner had a finger in a cast and was sitting it out in the dining area with his wife. There was a young guy who seemed to be working the kitchen.

Mar 05, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Nazca Grill

Finally made it to Baja Betty's for their take on carne asada fries. Very tasty cheese and good meat; fries were curly but just so-so. I think I liked this gut-bursting dish at Cotixan a little better, all in all.

Mar 05, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Potential REAL butcher shop in San DIego

The only way to make tortillas/masa is with lard. Flavorless otherwise.

Mar 05, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego