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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

On our board, only encocotte and FN posted comments, and both were favorable. Ispe said he went, but didn't comment.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9938...

This is the kind of place that would rock & roll in East Village.

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

Wow. Very surprised, and wonder what killed it.

Location vs. demographic? Not enough people in that area interested in a wine-centric restaurant?

Maybe it'll reappear somewhere else.

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

Seems reasonable.

But do you remember what Chef____'s first name was? Was it ****?

Jan 29, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Sushi Tadokoro

Hey, you have nothing to complain about being in Boston. If I were to choose one place to live on the East Coast, that'd be it.

I've been there in winter many times, and yeah, it can get pretty brutal. Such as right now. Hey, I'm from Milwaukee and I oughta know. But the summertime vibe is really special. Boston is a genuine, fantastic old American city.

You guys seem to be pretty seafood-oriented, so it's surprising that you don't have some kind of a Sushi Tadokoro parallel.

Jan 29, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Caesar Salad

Didn't know this history going back to the 1920's.

Maybe Ceaser's Restaurant will re-open in it's original location? Well, probably not, of course, but that'd be pretty cool.

http://sandiego.eater.com/2015/1/29/7...

Jan 29, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

LOL. Oh yeah? Well, maybe the chef is never there, but at least the server shows up at .... occasionally. Drunk as a skunk, but there.

Must admit there's always an odd smell coming from the back, though.

Jan 29, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Chicken Charlie's FryBQ

I returned.

I was muy starvado after another long afternoon of yard work, and just wanted something filling to appear in front of me right now. Fried chicken just sounded good.

Well, the fried chicken at Chicken Charlie's is in fact pretty good. Very crisp exterior, very moist interior, relatively non-greasy.

The sides, on the other hand, are still pretty yawn-inspiring. The mac and cheese and coleslaw I had were ok (in a pinch, like tonight) -- after some spice-ups from the condiments area.

I noticed while I was there that the Maui chicken (teriyaki chicken, pineapple, rice) was now on the menu. I think I'll try it.

Jan 29, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

Agree.

.... is much better.

Jan 28, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

So was the tantan tan?

Jan 28, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Caesar Salad

Not a gimmick. A tradition.

And since you can interact with the person preparing the salad, you can get it just the way you want.

Plus, less "marinating" and wilt than from the kitchen.

It's interesting that Caesar salad draws more attention and discussion here than (seemingly) all other kinds of salad tossed together, so to speak.

It's really a special-case salad, and classic tableside prep is part of that special-ness.

Jan 27, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Hola Che (or "why settle for a hot dog when there is Choripán to be had")

We fell in love with this delicious sandwich during our 3-week stay in Buenos Aires. I'll certainly want to try one here.

Looks like mostly a walkup/takeout with a few outside tables, and maybe one or two inside. Very cool. Kind of like eating at a food truck, except it has a brick&mortar storefront. Wish we had many more of these kinds of places, especially along the beaches, but also in places like East Village and North Park.

What was the cost of your choripan at Hola Che?

They serve a nice choripan at Pampas on Aero Dr. It's an $11 thing, with fries, at lunch. I'm betting Hola Che is much less.

Jan 27, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

Very nicely written opinion piece. Good thoughts. Thanks.

Jan 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

Wish they'd have grabbed a spot in Balboa Mesa or across the street in Genesee Plaza. That corner in West Clairemont Mesa is booming with new restaurants, and the demographic is right for CSS, I think. Ototo Sushi is doing very well there, for example.

Jan 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Caesar Salad

"So keep an eye out."

Absolutely! Part of the fun of a tableside Caeser prep (the only way) is that you can ask for as much or as little of each ingredient. It's worth it to pause conversation for a couple of minutes and give the server full attention. Otherwise, complain not! They'll even move the bowl to a lower level so you can watch the action, if need be and you ask.

Jan 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Caesar Salad

Guess I'm one of those who missed that obscure week-long window of opportunity at Blind Burro. Yeah, good 'ol Sara P., master Caesar salad craftsman.

Not sure what you're getting at here, but from wanker's comment it sounds like Mr. A's, at least, is keeping their Caesar salad tradition going, even after all this time. I haven't had one there since the change in ownership.

Jan 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Caesar Salad

Best Ceasar in memory was made there (tableside), but that was a loooong time ago.

Jan 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Casual Dining in Carlesbad

I'd say go for Fish 101 and Lobster West, both just down the road in Encinitas.

Jan 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Must try restaurant ...

Yeah, I know. And it was the predominant flavor.

My companion was aghast. (Well, and me too.)

Jan 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Must try restaurant ...

Ended up at Prep Kitchen in LI today after being unable to remain within the confines of Ironside long enough even to order pre-meal drinks -- the din was so incredibly intense.

Alas, Prep Kitchen was something of a disappointment.

First, the relatively good news. My companion ordered the beet salad with yellowtail, which was pretty good, except that the fish was a little dry. She enjoyed it.

Now the bad news. My chilaquiles were a total loss, reminding me of DD's recent experience with the huevos rancheros at Farmer's Bottega.

The dish as it was served to me consisted of maybe 20 out-of-the-bag-tasting tortilla chips surrounding a reasonably generous serving of shredded meat. That plus the two fried eggs above was covered with a bland, oily, red-colored sauce that was far and away too cumin-heavy. Going up one more layer still, the dish was missing the crema and onions. (I think there might have been one tiny sliver of red onion.)

The server was unable to provide any kind of flavorful hot sauce. Any kind of tasty salsa, however mild or hot, would have helped. The best she was able to do was give me some Tabasco Sauce, which, at least, counterbalanced the cumin to some extent.

Two small-sized drafts added $15 to the bill. And they didn't have the one beer on their list that I wanted.

The End.

Jan 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

Took the words right out of my mouth. Carnitas does what it does very well, but the menu at Urban plates has much more breadth and depth, consistent with what people in that area appear to want from a restaurant.

Jan 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Dinner in/near gas lamp

Top of the Market or Eddie V's would be good nearby choices.

Jan 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego
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Carnitas Snack Shack

Maybe change the word "vibe" to "demographic"? Chicken Charlie's might not do so well there either.

Jan 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Farmer's Botegga- OK so far!

I agree about the "feel" of the place. I felt comfortable there the minute I walked in. I don't know what it is, but there are certain places where I've had that reaction. Another example is RakiRaki.

I guess the ambience at Farmer's Bottega is farmhouse (lower) mixed with warehouse (upper). The place was about 2/3 full when I went and it wasn't too noisy, but those warehouse-type ceilings don't help, noisewise. Might be noisy during happy hour.

Anyway, it's partly the atmosphere and friendliness of the place that makes me want to return. And I do think they have good potential, in terms of the food.

I think I'll pass on the huevos rancheros, though.

Jan 24, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Heritage Pigs in SD

No word from anyone about this place in the past couple of months. Anyone been? Still just frozen?

Jan 24, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Cactus Cooler Soda

Very refreshing drink after spending the entire afternoon doing yard work. Picked up a 20 oz bottle (at the Keg & Bottle next to Maritza's) and am enjoying it now.

It does want to have some rum in it, but there's no rum in the inn.

Jan 23, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Cactus Cooler Soda

You're right, though. Seems pretty easy to find in liquor stores. I made calls to two local liquor stores and both had it (Keg & Bottle and Linda Liquor).

I've never had it, actually. Sounds like it would go well with a splash of rum.

Jan 23, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

A (VERY late) trip report! (From the Cheeseheads)

Sorry to hear about illness having limited your adventures here, but glad you had some fun times and good food anyway!

I would never venture into World Famous myself (well, not a second time, anyway), but glad you enjoyed other places.

And yes, Siesel's meats are consistently superb; you definitely got the best we have to offer in SD.

Good tidings until next time -- from a fellow "cheesehead"! (Well, long time passing, but it's in my bones...)

Jan 22, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Cactus Cooler Soda

Yes, the one on Camino de La Reina is the one I meant. Bevmo calls their store on Mission Heights Rd. "Mission Valley North", and the one on Camino de la Reina "Mission Valley". Sorry for the confusion.

Good luck tomorrow! (You may have to call ahead to be sure they have it when you get there. As of tonight, they had three six-packs.)

Jan 22, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Cactus Cooler Soda

According to their website, WalMart carries it in 2 liter bottles, but not within 50 miles of SD.

The BevMo website said they carry it in Mission Valley, but LATrapp says not available there either, so IDK...

Jan 22, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Farmer's Botegga- OK so far!

Had a pleasant lunch in enjoyable surroundings here today, and very friendly service.

The sliced turkey on the panini I had was a little bland, and the amount of tomato off balance, I thought, but the two cheeses (mozza and cheddar) and arugula were redeeming highlights, as was the nicely grilled sourdough.

Towards the end I added a little of the garlic that was on the garlic fries and almost went into garlic shock, it was that strong (and I love garlic)! But wow, talk about punch! The fries themselves were fairly ordinary.

A nice-sized lunch at a decent price. I'll return for dinner sometime and try the octopus salad and ravioli. When I go again for lunch, I have my sights on the fennel sausage hash or chilaquiles.

Jan 22, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego