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good food source

I only go to local super markets in a time crunch, you'll find most are very expensive and lack quality. I look for page one flyer sales items and occasionally hit up TJ's. As stated, farmers markets are OK except that they're also quite expensive. I hit the ethnic markets and a few, IMO, legit farmers markets, ie Vista, Hillcrest, LI. Also, for meats etc, I like Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad. Costco would also be a good value play, plus you'll generally save about ten cents per gallon for gasoline vs other gas station brands. A real gem is the 99 cent stores, where you can always get cherry or grape tomatoes, celery, other assorted veggies and seedless grapes and other fruits all for .99. There's always different things there, it's all about the timing and what they get in. You certainly won't miss winter!

1 day ago
cstr in San Diego

Table No. 10 (East Village)

I'd also add why is it so difficult for SD to have restaurants that offer respectable chow, with good service at a price point that is commensurate to the quality of chow and service. This is what's so disturbing with the dining scene in SD. Why settle for less.

Oct 19, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Cafe Chloe

A roomier, bigger, seat. Is that what is needed BC.

Oct 15, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Fun Waterfront Restaurants in La Jolla / Near Torrey Pines

** keep it in the vault...no telling Fakey!!

Dodged a bullet there, Fakey!

Oct 09, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Been to many a Chart House across the US, use to enjoy the salad bar with that cheapo caviar. Once watched the tall ships from a penthouse office above it. BTW DD - I'm looking for a source for Wild Boar Shoulder, any recs.

Oct 03, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Bully's, definitely old school but, far from slumming. Ah, it's an OK burger, I like that they give you an option for a salad. And yes, I can certainly tip a Dom with imported Stilton on a toast point anytme in my well adorned wheelhouse! I will never forget my roots.

Oct 03, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

I gravitate to the comfort of a good draft PBR in a dark environment. Wilson, my that's like it was just yesterday. Slumming is my life!

Oct 03, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Not necessarily closed but, I saw a permit sign up at the Night Owl,in PB, stating 'new owners'. I hope they don't ruin the ambiance. Got and info BC.

Oct 02, 2014
cstr in San Diego

best coffeecake

'Staying at a ranch that raises grass-fed beef, but can't really cook it.' Did you at least take a selfie with those bovines.

Oct 01, 2014
cstr in San Diego

restaurant/lounge with food near Humphreys on shelter island

Maybe these places are testing you.

Sep 29, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Was this the 2nd time you saw the Sir in SD. The 1st being in '66!

Sep 29, 2014
cstr in San Diego

On the go near the airport

Phil's BBQ is in Terminal 2 and Tender Greens in the Commuter Terminal. Both are OK. Outside the Airport, try Perry's Café or Cafe Chloe.

Sep 24, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mojitos

Mateus, wow brings back some great memories. I think that was the next step up for me after Colt 45 chased with Southern Comfort.

Sep 24, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mojitos

I agree on the ingredients used for a mixed drink. In 1st or busscl, it'll probably be fresh. I remember, back in the day, having Martell XO free poured from a 750 into my glass many times on my way to Australia.

Sep 23, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mojitos

Are you talking 400K for a free pair of 1st class tkts.

Sep 23, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mojitos

I agree, those airline drinks are gussied up in business and first. BTW DRChow, you need to fly a lot to get those miles for your long distance flights. Just say'n.

Sep 23, 2014
cstr in San Diego

One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

Hmmm... Colorado, not surprised are you, Stif.

Sep 23, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Restaurant Week!

Well posted HM, RW is a complete waste of time. Probably the worst restaurant experience.

Sep 22, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Weekend High and Low

That place is wonderful, you get lot for short money. Plus, you can opt for extra veggies. Hear that BC!

Sep 15, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Feel free to flame me but, a good location for a 7 day a week operation, would be near the Old Town Trolley/Bus Center, lots of foot traffic and a very busy place. Possibly, a piece of the Old Town Park area nearest to the SDMTS Center. Cost could be subsidized by city.

Sep 13, 2014
cstr in San Diego
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Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

The first Red Flag, the lease cost. Someone's has to pay for that huge overhead, guess who.

Sep 13, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I do agree, high cost vendors would be another major fail. It would have to be a value play on the produce side and on the prepared food side, it could be the attraction needed to bring in the volume foot traffic. Problem is, IMO, SD doesn't do value well at all. Think of a location like Ferry, not what's in there. The location is critical.

Also, Cathy's post down stream is right on, currently ethnic markets offer a good value. Good for ALL income levels.

Sep 12, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

WOW Cathy, 5,000 miles are you a CHP!

Sep 12, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I disagree DD, if we have an operation that will cater to ALL income levels, it would be a winner. SD has access to great produce, seafood, prepared food vendors etc. Sell your local farms produce, not the same stuff you can get at wholesalers, at a fair price, cover your overhead and make a reasonable profit.

A good example would be the Mercado Central in Florence Italy, if you've never been, go!

Sep 12, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I was commenting on the Ferry Building as a great central location, I think SD would be ideal for that type of scenario. Now as for prices, I think there are lessons to be learned from failures.

Sep 12, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I agree with the taste factor, which I will pay for. I do think the prepared food vendors at Hillcrest and LI are the best feature of the market.

Sep 12, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

Traffic depends on the time of day, if you're on the 805N at 5pm during the week, it's slow. Week-ends are much easier. Give yourself extra time on week days.

Sep 12, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Donovan's or Rainwater's in San Diego - which is better?

Yes, I know, I was just reminiscing a bit of the past.

Sep 11, 2014
cstr in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

Farmers Markets produce, in SD, are not cheaper and depending on the location not always fresh. Believe me, I've dodged many wilted veggies and bruised fruit. The one market I do enjoy is in Vista. I try to like The Mercado in LI, I do enjoy the Panini Guy most. I wish we had something like the SF Ferry Building.

Sep 11, 2014
cstr in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

If you factor in once you get to India St. from Coronado and attempting to find parking near Blue Water, hitting the 5 South to the El Pescador Truck maybe a better option with a better chow result.

Sep 11, 2014
cstr in San Diego