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Crab Roll?

I rather like the idea of a new dish finally reaching SD from the northeast. We already have places serving renditions of NY pizza, Texas BBQ, and the like. Why not a buttered chunk crab sandwich on a lightly toasted bun with extra butter on the side?

Actually it sounds like it could be a Puerto Nuevo lobster shack dish -- except with crab.

about 5 hours ago
DoctorChow in San Diego
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Romesco Baja Med Now Open for Lunch

Another idea for dessert is "My Grandmother's Recipe Flan", which my querida and I both like.

about 6 hours ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

I watched both of these videos, and although my companion isn't here right now, I was able to follow them pretty well.

Very interesting to see two preparation methods that are so different. I like the idea of eating the really juicy one (second video) with a spoon, but picking up the dipped one to eat it seems equally possible. It too looks just delicious and probably has a stronger chile de arbol flavor.

I guess these are extra-sturdy buns all right!

Thanks for the links, DD. As I said to RISD, I can't wait to get down to the Torta Ahogadas truck to try one.

about 16 hours ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Thanks for the link. Glad to see they have tables and serve the torta on a plate that has high sides. Can't wait to try it.

about 17 hours ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Romesco Baja Med Now Open for Lunch

You've already picked one of the main things, Dagney. Just be sure to ask the preparer to add ingredients in amounts to your liking -- as he goes. He'll very happily oblige. (I've yet to have a female server here.)

As to other things not to miss? An easier question would be what not to miss?

I'd say be sure to go for *at least* one "tapa" of interest to you; the pulpo, for example. And their chile nogada or pablano mariscos, especially the latter, would be good choices.

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego
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Crab Roll?

Another place to try is Blue Water Seafood on India. They have a grilled Alaskan red crab sandwich, and will toast the roll for you.

Soooo...maybe ask them if they can make it the way you want: Chunky crab pieces; no lettuce, tomatoes or onions (and definitely no tartar sauce); garlic butter "marinade" and additional butter on the side. See what happens.

If they make this up for you that way, I'll be next in line.

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

I googled torta ahogada and the descriptions and photos sound and look delicious. But from a truck? I guess if I wear some very old clothes...

I'll have to give it a try sometime!

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

"Mariscos" just means seafood (plural), so anyone can call their truck a mariscos truck if they sell seafood items. The consensus on this board seems to be that the best mariscos truck is the one that's in the Toys-R-Us parking lot in Chula Vista, called (Mariscos) Los Pescadores. It's open for lunch.

http://www.mariscoselpescadorsd.com/

Aug 28, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Public House was a good suggestion. Went today just as HH started, in spite of the atrocious heat. Amazingly, it was hotter in LJ than at home. There wasn't much of a breeze, either, and so the patio was a tad uncomfortable. Poor judgment on my part.

The half-price ($6) sliders were a real steal though. Perfectly cooked (rare) beef topped by nothing but a thin sliver of cheddar cheese, and with sturdy mini-brioche buns.

I thought the fries weren't particularly special, although the light dusting of an herbal seasoning was a nice touch. I also tried some of their house-branded sweet habanero sauce on some of the fries. Not bad.

I paired this with a glass of draft Artifex Gloria (San Clemente), which I didn't really care for; it was too hop-forward for a pale ale in my view.

If I lived closer I'd make Public House a regular stop, but escaping from the LJ "parking lot" around 4 pm is a real pain. Tab excl. tax/tip was $11.

Thanks for the tip, cstr.

Aug 27, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Actually, Honkman already mentioned J&I and encocotte mentioned Comun. Both great suggestions. It seems from krystle920's post though, that they're mainly looking for fish tacos "on the way down" -- maybe a food truck; places in North Park near 30th; and places in Coronado.

Also, last year OP was seeking places that reflect "a unique strength of the area". I would imagine that they're still interested in that, and I agree that Comun is one such place.

Aug 27, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Bracero

That's useful information -- TY.

Aug 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Sometime when you get a chance, you might want to give Chez Loma another shot, Honk. Things have changed; I think for the better. My sister and I enjoyed a well-executed meal there a few months ago. And I really like the ambience.

But it's good that OP has received more than one opinion.

Aug 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

This time, you might try Galaxy in LJ for tacos on your way down; the grilled fish taco is especially good. In terms of the trucks, the "best" is probably (Mariscos) Los Pescadores, but that's a bit of a drive and south of Coronado.

Around 30th in North Park, I'd suggest City Tacos, Tacos Perla, and Urban Solace as places to consider.

And in terms of things unique to the SD area, as ipsedixit said last year, Romesco fits the bill, as does a sister restaurant that recently opened, Bracero, in Little Italy. It's hard to get a table at Bracero, but if you don't mind sitting at one of the two bars, the full menu is available and seating isn't difficult (per MrKrispy recent post on another thread).

Coronado is very walkable, in fact I think it's one of the nicest areas for that. But quality food there isn't cheap. Two reasonably priced places that you might enjoy are Chez Loma (French) and Brigantine.

Aug 26, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Bracero

Do you know if the full menu is served at the upstairs bar?

Aug 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Ruta de Vino - Ramona

Their book is a very interesting, thorough compilation of wineries that are actually *in* SD County, excluding, in particular, Temecula, which is in Riverside County. A good resource; very unique, and fun to browse through.

They posted about it previously here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002...

Aug 25, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Bracero

For those following this thread, there are also some recent CH comments beginning here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1021...

Aug 23, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

Thanks for pointing to Parente's article, FC. I'm adding the link for those interested.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/n...

I saw her article on Thursday and was scratching my head as to how your experience could have been so different just a few days after she was last there.

So I really wonder if adding lunch was a bit too much too soon.

Aug 23, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Yes, I thought the Luce burger was a real standout and frequently spoke highly of it. So I was sad and disappointed by what I got this past week. It was as though they'd changed their bun and meat sources and lost the ability to prepare and serve up a great burger.

Aug 23, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

What did you have at Bracero today that disappointed, FC?

Aug 23, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Small Redemptions of San Diego

A couple of other "small redemptions" have come to mind.

I can't quite recall how long either has been in business, but African Caribbean Foods on El Cajon is a special little place, and the only place I know where I can get fresh/frozen Scotch Bonnet chilies.

And Venissimo, which isn't terribly old but has four locations, is a wonderful old-time new-style cheese shop with a great selection of truly fine cheeses. Certainly one of our best cheese shops. My favorite is the one at HQ.

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Memo To: Venissimo
From: DoctorChow

RE: Next location

How about a shop near Siesel's, off Morena?

Aug 21, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego
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What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

One thing that I enjoyed at Luce the other day was the "fetish beer". It was a New English ESB -- not hop pop. Very good, and I hadn't had it before. Even you might like it.

Aug 21, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

I was on a mojito quest last year (still am, actually), and the one I had at Tidal still leads the pack. It was mid-afternoon, but don't recall if it was during a HH.

Aug 21, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego
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What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Sounds good...will try.

TY

Aug 20, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

The "Our Burger" at LS sounds nicely minimalist -- the way I like burgers.

To me, it's all about the meat and the bread.

Aug 20, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Last burger at Luce?

I hate it when a place you like messes up a favorite.

I went in during happy hour today for the Luce burger and fries. It's now offered during HH only as a combo with a beer, for $13. You can get just the burger & fries if you want, but that's $12. I ordered it rare.

Goodbye flavorful, sturdy brioche bun. Hello bun with all the firmness and flavor of Wonder Bread. It sogged up and broke apart early on.

Goodbye properly cooked, flavorful meat. Hello bland meat with gristle. The patty looked and tasted like it had been placed into a hot oven for a minute -- light gray on the outside and slightly off-pink in the middle. I don't think it ever saw the top of a grill.

The arugula was already wilted when it arrived (closed) at my table. The caramelized onions were a pile of overcooked mush.

The fries and beer were good.

Sad. Enough said.

Aug 19, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

Our server highly recommended the tres leches, but we didn't try it. I think it was on the old menu, but I'm not sure. We usually don't get desert, but would have tried the rosemary cake if they'd had it, based on your description. Sounds like it was exceptional.

Aug 18, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

Um, Chef Chef?

Aug 17, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

I read over your post too quickly, SM. You'd already clarified things. SP is recalling that they offered a tostada with beef heart or some other organ, and you're recalling that the tartare was beef heart. I didn't remember that at all.

Yes, that one's gone.

Aug 17, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

I returned to Mike's BBQ today for a late lunch and noticed some changes. The most striking was that there is no longer a self-serve option; it's now table service or takeout only. There's no greeter at the door, and the small army of staff that was there in June has dwindled to just a couple of people. The low-volume TV sports has been replaced by low-volume twangy country music.

The tri-tip sandwich I had, while flavorful enough and a generous serving, wasn't something I'd order again. It was overcooked, somewhat tough/dry, and lacked smoke flavor. I liked the "spicy" sauce, though, and the mac & cheese side was OK with some Tabasco on it.

None of this seemed to bode well for the place. But -- benefit of the doubt -- it's only been open (at the Clairemont location, that is) for two months, so maybe they still need to work some things out and build up a return-customer base. I was at one of only two occupied tables, mid-afternoon.

I'll try again later in the year.

Aug 17, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

SP, I don't recall either of these two tostadas at Comun. My loss I guess. Too bad I missed them. Well, and I also missed the rosemary cake it seems.

But really the only things I noticed missing (with help from my companion!) are the grilled pepper, sprouts, and cucumber apps, and the beef tartare tostada (replaced by carne asada). The grilled chicken tostada is now "pollo asado", and the old "escabeche" tostada is now "veggie" (and has zucchini in it). Escabeche is also offered as a snack. All of the other tostadas (among those I remember) are still there: carnitas, ceviche, mahi mahi, borrego.

Aug 17, 2015
DoctorChow in San Diego
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