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Fine dining

Underlying premise from the def of professional service.

'But Addison it ain't, and much of that is service. Addison is in a different world- Georges retains it's Southern California vibe- which is fine.'

Guess I unpacked the words.

about 8 hours ago
cstr in San Diego

Fine dining

I understand what you're saying, but why is your desire not accomplished if someone is not wearing a tie, suit or tux.

What I'm getting at is that I wouldn't expect to be called 'HON' or 'GUYS' at either place, I would expect the servers to be well versed with the menu, prep and I would expect to have service that is there without being smothered or surrounded like a prisoner.

Both styles can be very professional courteous and hospitable and equally valuable to the whole experience.

And yes, no Homies!

about 8 hours ago
cstr in San Diego

Fine dining

Agree DrC, the style of service, be it laid back So CA or black tie formal, can be very appropriate to the setting and atmosphere. Either style should have absolutely nothing to do with the chefs artistic talent and freedom of expression in entree prep, food quality and execution.

about 13 hours ago
cstr in San Diego

Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market

It was a food, deli sandwich, vendor not a cold cut vendor. OK, I can see paying 10 for a sandwich of quality parma goodies.

May 22, 2015
cstr in San Diego

15 fair foods you'll be talking about

After you've had your fill of corn dogs, maybe some deep fried Pepto.

May 22, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Flour in SD

Did they have any Firey Hot Pepper Flour for you?

May 22, 2015
cstr in San Diego
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Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market

OK, here's what bugs the heck out of me, 'great salami/prosciutto'. So does someone cure the ham and pork in his own curing cellar here the county? NOT!!

It's a Farmers Market not a Re-Sellers Market. What pay a super premium for something you can get as say, Mona Lisa? One main reason why I hate Farmers Markets, they're mainly geared to the rich. Perfect fit for Rancho SF where the population uses 20's for TP!

The thing I like about FM's are the food vendors.

May 22, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Alfonso's La Jolla To Close...

How about a Carnita's Snack Shack. I'd like that mucho!

May 21, 2015
cstr in San Diego

15 fair foods you'll be talking about

If it were fried, then it might be new.

May 21, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Alfonso's La Jolla To Close...

Sad news, maybe we'll get a TS restaurant (Dukes or Kimos) BC might like that.

May 21, 2015
cstr in San Diego

My List for San Diego

Hey, DrC, IMO, that is a 'share' dish. The chili's are there to 'perfume' the chicken, not really meant to be eaten. You ate half of those chili's!!!, did the server give you an interesting look noticing that half the chili's were consumed?

You DO have a cast iron gut, I never thought I hear you cry UNCLE about a spicy dish.

May 20, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Speaking of old and tired, I drove by Anthony's on the water yesterday, that building facade has to go, it screams of the 60's.

May 20, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Excellent, a place worth going to for food on the water front.

May 20, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Agree that the bay front is under utilized. That's the main issue but, we're no Sydney.

Think back when the Ferry Building in SFO was a dump. Areas need to be reinvented.

I can also see a transformation of the entire Seaport Village Area.

The water park is just one new feature to attract families. Look at Vegas for another example.

Families with boats, yachts, luxury liners..... get off the high-end thinking with your pinky the air. No BS, just reality. That stuff is history just like Anthony's.

As for negotiations, if I were the Port Authority, along with the monthly lease nut, I add a % of the gross and triple net expense from the establishment.

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Nice pic, brings back fond memories, and jag like headaches.

I'll bet on the family theme.

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Look what is right across from Anthony's, the new water park. It's designed for who....families....kids....

I didn't say CF, I said CF or a place 'like' CF.

I'm glad you had good times sailing with cocktail in hand back in the turn of the century, that's then and this is now, waaaaay different. Remember those good times, I remember my first Colt 45 with a Southern Comfort chaser. Think anyone younger than 50 remembers Colt 45. Doubt it. I don't think the Port will kick in any of our tax dollars to subsidize a build out. That is going to have to come from their new tenant.

Bottom line, Anthony's hasn't been a draw for decades, it's past it's useful value. The Port needs a big player to draw families and keep them there for lunch and dinner.

If you want cocktails head over to the GL.

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

List of San Diego Breweries

I heard Barney had all the bucks, that's how he got the babe.

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Exactly, I'm not a lover of CF, but I believe something like that will go in. Maybe Cohn Grp, not sure Georges would be a good fit. It's got to appeal to the masses, high-end would be limited market. You recently mentioned the airport, it's beautiful inside, look at the choice of food vendors the authority brought in. The authority will look for a long term anchor with a solid corporate balance sheet.

Sorry BC, it's just business, not emotion, say good-bye to any new 52 year leases, never going to happen again.

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Maybe but, a real possibility. With an annual $500K lease nut before you even remodel or turn on the lights, it's going to take big money.

I can see mega M's just going to the remodel .

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

I think we're going to see a family oriented place and a place for the tourist crowd. Fisk Market has one end of the convention Center covered. My guess, if the square footage is there, would be a CheeseCake Factory or something like it.

May 18, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

I think the direction must have tourist appeal, that being a familiar chain name. SD Port Authority is most likely looking for a long term commitment with deep pockets.

May 16, 2015
cstr in San Diego

List of San Diego Breweries

FORTRAN!!! my first language that I embraced as I was a fail in French.

Actually, before the wheel was invented, I wired a payroll for the Air Force and then moved to master Dartmouth Basic. I was a geek before anyone knew what a geek was.

Yes, where would be we sans R&D. Almost every product we see says New and Improved. Why is food and drink exempt. Take all the fads that have come and gone, single malt this, small batch that, triple IPA, Chocolate Stout, Brussel Sprout leaves, boneless short ribs, kale, grass fed whatever, hormone antibiotic free, GMO food, Navel Oranges (think about that for a sec)., and YES beer!

May 16, 2015
cstr in San Diego

List of San Diego Breweries

'everyone will be pleased to know I went to Societe yesterday and tried a passel of local craft beers with funny names.'

OK, but never forget where you came from.

May 16, 2015
cstr in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

Sometimes a facelift just isn't enough. Time for Restaurant Makeover to make it's move.

Then again, there are the BIGS, with wallets of cash, waiting to eat the carcass.

The real question is does the port authority care about tradition and time in grade or does it need a corporate anchor, no pun intended.

May 16, 2015
cstr in San Diego

List of San Diego Breweries

Research is a beautiful thing.

May 15, 2015
cstr in San Diego

My List for San Diego

You're very brave, Spicy City is a place that does spicy very well. I don't think I'd request extra spicy. The peppercorns on my dish were well balanced with the protein, really enjoyed it.

Maybe the chef gave you a hint.

May 15, 2015
cstr in San Diego

List of San Diego Breweries

Planning on a crawl?

May 15, 2015
cstr in San Diego

My List for San Diego

Well, it's a dreary dank day. Needed something to heat up the furnace, thought of DrChow and there was no better place than Spicy City. It was my day, parking space right in front of the door, score!!! Place was slammed, food was great and packed with heat, ordered spicy cubed chicken, a little salty but nice and crisp. Wanted the green beans, but the entree's are huge, maybe next time. Have plenty left for snacks tomorrow.

So DrC question:

How many peppercorns do you consume off your plate? I thought I did well this time, probably downed about 25% of them.

May 15, 2015
cstr in San Diego

San Diego for a few days

Always willing to help with gray matter issues. Congrats on your son, you must be very proud.

May 10, 2015
cstr in San Diego

San Diego for a few days

'At least we are now beyond "could somebody tell me where to find those German tacos?"' Easy answer, Berlin, just ask Fakey.

May 09, 2015
cstr in San Diego