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What does everyone think of the San Diego Reddit's "Best of San Diego"

I'll just copy and paste it here, omitting the things not related to food.

Best Sushi : Sushi Ota.
Best BBQ : Coop's.
Best Hamburgers : Rocky's Pub in Crown Point with Hodads as a close second.
Best Pho : Pho Hoa.
Best Pizza : Luigis, if you like thin crust this place is amazing.
Best Fish Taco : Mariscos German.
Best Brewery : Green Flash is my favorite and they have a different food truck every day.
Best Beer Pub : Blind Lady Ale House.
Best Thai Food : Tie between Amarin (Hillcrest) and Sab E Lee.
Best Indian Food : Punjabi tandoor.
Best Taco Shop : El gordo (Chula Vista).
Best Breakfast/Brunch : Snooze - Hillcrest.
Best Coffee : Cafe Calabria.
Best Sandwiches : Rubicon deli.
Best Ice Cream/Gelato : Miraposa's.
Best Chinese Food : Spicy City on Convoy.
Best place to get a drink with a nice view : Wonderland.
Best Philly Cheesesteak : Gaglione Bros.
Best Vegan/Vegetarian : Plumeria Thai in University Heights.
Best cheap eats : K's sandwiches is great for bahn mi's around $3 for a big sandwich.
Best Chicken Wings : Dirty Birds - PB.
Best Happy Hour : Casa Guadalajara has FREE food in the bar with good $5 drinks.
Best Seafood : Pt Loma Seafoods.
Best Middle Eastern Food : Sufi mediterranean in balboa
Best Donuts : Not really San Diego, but Peterson's Donut Corner in Escondido.
Best Cupcakes : Baby Cakes.
Best fine dining : Addison.
Best late night food : Vallartas-- carne asade fries.
Best Ramen : Yakitori-Yakyudori on Convoy.
Best Dive Bar : Cherry Bomb.
Best Beer Store/ Growler fill locations : Bottlecraft.
Best Ceviche : Tie between Mariscos German and Oscar's.
Best place to get a good steak : Cowboy Star.
Best Bagels : Golden Bagel.
Best Bakeries : Bread & CIE. Arleys Bakery in Clairemont, Con Pane Rustic Breads, Hans & Harry's in Bonita.
Best Italian Food : Arrivederci - Hillcrest.
Best Fish and Chips : Harbor Fish & Chips in Oceanside.

I mostly agree with these, some I take issue with:
Best Hamburgers: I'm not really a big fine of Rocky's or Hodad's, I guess I like Burger Lounge more but I'm honestly not too picky when it comes to burgers, my favorite are usually the ones we make at home.
Best Thai: I definitely prefer Sab E Lee to Amarin
Best Chinese Food: I much prefer Dumpling Inn to Spicy City, in my opinion Spicy City is 5 or 6 on my SD County Chinese Food places (not that San Diego has great Chinese food to begin with)

So what does everyone else think about the list? Agree/disagree?

Aug 21, 2014
nopico in San Diego

need chinese takeout suggestions

I've lived in University City my entire life and the only Chinese take out I get is Dumpling Inn. Your only option in UC is Hong Kong Chef, which does have some merit (ipsedixit will kill me for saying that), but I personally enjoy Dumpling Inn above the other options for Chinese in San Diego. It's off Convoy which is only about a ten minute drive. Note I recommend this place for takeout because the wait will be awful pretty much any time after opening until four or so and again at dinner.

Jun 06, 2014
nopico in San Diego

Anniversary dinner with girlfriend ~$50pp if possible

Considering Donovan's a bit- I go to school in San Luis Obispo and go to Jocko's in Nippomo occasionally, I prefer their spencer and filet to Donovan's, but it is nice for an anniversary. I don't think my girlfriend really appreciates steak enough to merit Donovan's though, "can I get that well done" *shudders*.

As for Underbelly and Tajima we've been to both and actually prefer Yakitori (sorry ;-;).

Ipsed this is a bit of an off the wall question but seeing as our anniversary coincides with Chinese New Year (well, close enough) and that my girlfriend is Chinese, are there any nice Chinese places in LA you'd recommend? We've talked about going to LA for Chinese New Year and if you have recommendations we may consider it.

Thank you everyone for the help so far!

Jan 14, 2014
nopico in San Diego

Anniversary dinner with girlfriend ~$50pp if possible

Lol ironic you mention that because my entire life that has been my family's classic "Las Olas is too crowded" back up. We know it's not great by any means but when we've already been put in the mood for sit down and Mexican it satisfies. Plain carne asada tacos with ranchero sauce works for me every time.

@Beach Chick:
I'm leaning toward Cucina Urbana and will keep Benihana on my mind. I could go for the filet/chicken special but apparently that's January only and my anniversary is February 1. We'll see how things play out. As for Rendezvous see above.

Jan 14, 2014
nopico in San Diego

Anniversary dinner with girlfriend ~$50pp if possible

We actually really love Rendezvous, it's one of our favorite restaurants (though we've grown to prefer Dumpling Inn), the only reason we aren't going is because we go all the time

Also, EDIT: Ah sorry forgot to mention my girlfriend doesn't eat fish (though I'm trying to convert her). Still may consider Benihanas- we did something in similar style last year by going to Melting Pot (which I don't recommend), sure it's not teppanyaki but it's still a fun activity in itself that comes with the added benefit of food. That came out to about $100 total which is why I'm keeping it in the same ballpark. I've also been considering trying a French place such as Tapenade or Cafe Chloe because she's now saying she can enjoy a high quality steak so I'm sure steak frites would work for her. Not certain though, will continue the search.

Jan 13, 2014
nopico in San Diego

Anniversary dinner with girlfriend ~$50pp if possible

Hey all, I was hoping I could get some suggestions for an anniversary dinner with my girlfriend. We're 19 so we won't be drinking any wine, I know that's relevant to the price. I will eat absolutely anything, she's much more picky. She really loves salad and some types of soup but beyond that she will eat pasta and she LOVES Asian noodle dishes.
Any suggestions?

Jan 12, 2014
nopico in San Diego

What are the best eats in your hood?

Where are some better pizza places in San Diego because I've been looking for some and I've never found anything I enjoy as much

Nov 30, 2013
nopico in San Diego

What are the best eats in your hood?

Oh please, University City isn't good by any means but it's certainly got edible places. From a previous post, "Also, as a University City native (wrongly dubbed UTC--University Towne Center, the name of the Westfield Shopping Mall located in North University City, despite the dichotomous nature of the communities north and south of the train tracks it is still technically one neighborhood), I feel like I can make some recommendations if you're unfortunate enough to find yourself stranded in the place I call home. Lorna's is actually really good Italian food I think, sure not like the kind I had in Asisi or Rome or Florence, but it's some of the better Italian food I've had in the states, Star Anise Thai is okay Thai food priced decently at lunch, Pho UTC La Jolla is one of my favorite pho places in the city, I don't think it's one of the best but I've become a weekly regular due to its proximity, Nozomi has good sushi I think? I'm not really sure how I feel about sushi I mostly only like salmon nigiri but their bento boxes are nice, Hong Kong Chef is a hole in the wall Chinese place that I think actually has some pretty good lunch specials, I honestly like their hot and sour soup more than any of the fantastic aforementioned Chinese places, Regents Pizza has some pretty good Hot Soppressata New York style pizza, but I don't particularly like the Chicago Style (they also usually have some craft beer on tap), Tender Greens and Eureka (both at the mall) are apparently pretty good but I've never been to either"

Also, update, I went to Eueka! and I really loved it. I got the Cowboy burger which I think was fairly well balanced, maybe slightly too many onion straws but oh well, I got the house iced tea (nothing special) and onion rings instead of fries, which were pretty good onion rings but you only get three large onion rings as opposed to many fries, when I go back I would definitely like to try the Sweet Potato fries. I was also intrigued by the corn dog bites, but I'm not sure that's fair as a sucker for corn dogs. I know this won't matter to most people but I easily lose my appetite seeing damp paper products (I'm a strange ranger) and Eureka! had cloth napkins, definitely brightened my mood after a long day of driving around campus with my girlfriend. She got the Eureka Burger and french fries and enjoyed it.

Sep 11, 2013
nopico in San Diego

North County Recs needed!! (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach etc etc)

Glad I'm seeing others mention Las Olas and VG's, two of my favorite places in San Diego, my parents have been eating at both since the early 80's (UCSD days). I can second Fidel's (if you like crab get the Crab Enchilada, I don't LOVE crab but this is really fantastic) and Roberto's.

Another place I really like is Rendezvous in Del Mar, someone on here had it right when they described it as "PF Chang's done better", it's Chinese-American fusion but is part of a restaurant group including the more authentic Dumpling Inn on Convoy, one of my favorites. My girlfriend and I typically get an order of pot stickers (great), spring rolls (good but I've had better, the place isn't big on grease), and share Rendezvous Lo Mein (think Lo Mein with beef, pork, and chicken). Apparently the Xiao Long Bao is great too. If you choose to go, do not skip dessert, I really love the banana egg roll (don't remember the name). I would however advise against the scallion bread (as I said, not big on grease, so these are nothing like Chinese Pancakes).

Sep 05, 2013
nopico in San Diego

Seeking your input on my SD picks!

I can't offer a whole lot of input but I really liked the Wild Boar Ribs at Stone Brewery in Escondido, my girlfriend got Yakisoba and thought it was a miss. I loved the aesthetic of the place, a few nice fountains and nice shrubbery. I'm 18 so I missed out on the main draw, the beer (my father has been drinking Stone almost exclusively for 15 years though), but I would gladly return for some more ribs.

Sep 05, 2013
nopico in San Diego

The Counter and Urban Plates?

I went to Urban Plates last night with my girlfriend. I got the grilled steak plate and she got the Asian Chicken Salad, mine was pretty good, the meat was a little gristly but it was cooked very nicely, somewhere close to medium rare, which was unexpected. I got the organic mash potatoes and macaroni and cheese, both fairly good, next time I think I'm going to get roasted rosemary potatoes and beet salad though. I thought the bread that came with everything was pretty good. The braises looked fantastic and I regret not trying one, will do next time. My girlfriend loved her salad and brought the second half with her when she accompanied me to El Pescador today (I got the Chilean Sea Bass at the recommendation of the girl working there, quite satisfied but I'll leave that story for a time when it's relevant). She said "I'm going to go here (Urban Plates) for my salads from now on", which is fairly surprising because she loves salad and it's a bit of a drive from University City.

I went to the Counter a few months ago with my two best friends. I'm not huge on burgers, because I never order them at -nice- places where I would rather get a steak, so my most common burger stop is probably In-N-Out or Five Guys (which I understand aren't respected by foodies, but I can't justify "wasting" a nice meal on a burger, though I think I'll try out Eureka which is close to me). I swear I got a buffalo burger but I don't see it anywhere on the website, so it must be my delusion (this goes to show how unmemorable the trip was). So, that being said, I assume I got 1/3 pound beef with sharp provolone, jalapenos, lettuce blend, dill pickle chips, onion strings, bacon, ketchup, hot wing sauce, sweet barbecue sauce, and mustard on a hamburger bun with an order of french fries and sweet potato fries. I don't really remember what my friends got but one of them ate it all and was content (also satiated by prison mulch in Florence) and the other absolutely loves the place, he got some bowl of some sort and took home the last half of my burger. I thought it was alright, if I were to go back again it would mostly be for the sweet potato fries, which were great. I just think I had too much going on in my burger, the bun disintegrated pretty quickly. I think the meat was cooked pretty well so I would probably keep it simple, beef, American, ketchup, mustard (I know a lot of people really hate mustard on good burgers and think it detracts from the flavor, I just love mustard). The lettuce was kind of weird to me, I don't know much about lettuce because I've only recently started accepting it but I prefer the lighter colored lettuce that you find at crappier places like In-N-Out on burgers than dark salad type lettuce, this is also my problem with Burger Lounge's burgers. I didn't dislike the onion strings but I think they detracted from my burger as a whole, the hot wing sauce tasted good but I think it ruined the provolone, the sweet barbecue sauce was hardly noticeable and the ketchup+mustard were pretty standard. The burger was stacked too high for me to fit in my mouth, which I guess some people like but it just frustrates me. The french fries weren't great, I would highly recommend sweet potato fries if you like them at all. I'd say the Counter is worse than Burger Lounge (mostly because of Burger Lounge's onion rings and fantastic sodas, I am not too excited by Burger Lounge's burgers, the one in Coronado does them much better than the La Jolla one though IMO), but I also think I should try the Counter again and order something more simple.

Overall, if I were going to the Del Mar Highlands (correct me if that's the wrong name, I can't remember it), I would much sooner go to Urban Plates than the Counter.

Sep 05, 2013
nopico in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

Disclaimer: I'm 18 years old but have lived in San Diego my whole life, I usually eat out with my girlfriend and we can't afford to dine at Nine Ten, Cafe Chloe, Mille Fleurs, Tapenade, or Addison (that being said before I leave for college in two weeks I am set on trying the first two), so I can't weigh in on those. For affordable eating I absolutely love Kearny Mesa. Super Sergio's, Dumpling Inn, Ice Blast Shave Ice, China Max, Pho T Cali, Yakitori, probably a lot of Korean food, Crab Hut, and on the more expensive side: The Godfather and Butcher Shop. I know the Butcher Shop gets no love on here whatsoever, but I still absolutely adore their steaks, I've eaten at a michelin star restaurant in Prauge (Alcron), various high end establishments in Paris and Le Havre, Donovans, and more, and I can still comfortably say that Butcher Shop's Filet Mignon is the best steak I've had (outside of the central coast of course). I realize that statement was very bold, so you may feel free to take it with a grain of salt, but many of the aforementioned restaurants are some of the best at their style in San Diego (in my opinion Super Sergio's, Dumpling Inn and Yakitori). Neighboring Clairemont also contains some suitable eateries that aren't fantastic, but are worth my money such as Di Chan Thai, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, El Cotixan (flame me all you want, Cali no Pico from El Co is my childhood), Mister Falafel, K Sandwiches, Rockie's Frozen Yogurt (best in San Diego), Rose Donuts (second to only VG Donuts).

Also, as a University City native (wrongly dubbed UTC--University Towne Center, the name of the Westfield Shopping Mall located in North University City, despite the dichotomous nature of the communities north and south of the train tracks it is still technically one neighborhood), I feel like I can make some recommendations if you're unfortunate enough to find yourself stranded in the place I call home. Lorna's is actually really good Italian food I think, sure not like the kind I had in Asisi or Rome or Florence, but it's some of the better Italian food I've had in the states, Star Anise Thai is okay Thai food priced decently at lunch, Pho UTC La Jolla is one of my favorite pho places in the city, I don't think it's one of the best but I've become a weekly regular due to its proximity, Nozomi has good sushi I think? I'm not really sure how I feel about sushi I mostly only like salmon nigiri but their bento boxes are nice, Hong Kong Chef is a hole in the wall Chinese place that I think actually has some pretty good lunch specials, I honestly like their hot and sour soup more than any of the fantastic aforementioned Chinese places, Regents Pizza has some pretty good Hot Soppressata New York style pizza, but I don't particularly like the Chicago Style (they also usually have some craft beer on tap), Tender Greens and Eureka (both at the mall) are apparently pretty good but I've never been to either. I will update this list if I realize I forgot anything, sorry in advance for my incoherent sentence structure/passive voice/other problems with my writing.

Sep 04, 2013
nopico in San Diego
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