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Urban Solace is a class act

Class act? Or is it?
I brought east coast foodies there last week. We were greeted by a hostess with bright dyed orange hair and wearing shorts that covered the imagination but little else. I thought we had walked into Forever 21 by mistake. A snarky sarcastic waiter added to my embarrassment. The floor manager as well was dressed very casually. The food was delicious, thank goodness, but I wonder if I want to entertain sophisticated adults, do I need to stick to places like Addison. Have more casual places like Urban Solace decided to cater to a younger, hipster crowd with a lack of dress code and sarcastic service to older people who don't appreciate it?

May 18, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Ironside Fish and Oyster

I saw a comment on this board about this place but can't find it. Must have been part of another thread? Anyway, I ate here last night and thought it was worth commenting on. The lobster roll was outstanding. Perfectly cooked lobster and plenty of it on a freshly baked roll. Perfect ratio of bread to fish, lightly dressed with great flavor. My husband had the fish and chips. Fish was awesome-- I'm sure of this since I kept stealing bites. Fries were average but the homemade mayo dip was great as was the tartar sauce for the fried fish.
The crudo appetizer was a standout- served with cherries and ramps- perfect balance of spicy, sweet, oil, and the fish was smooth and tender.
Ironside cocktail was really good as well- sweet, tangy, flavors well balanced.
Haven't said this in a long time: service was excellent. Waiter could talk intelligently about the food and drinks and obviously cared about our experience. A manager stopped by at one point to check in as well. Seems to be a point of pride that the customer is happy. Loved it. We eat out at least once a week at this is so rare.
Only downside was the noise. It was Saturday night and my children tell me I'm old (49), but it was too loud for me. Next time I will go earlier or at an off time. The space is definitely cool.

May 18, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Sweet Bricks Toffee downtown San Diego

I will apologize now for posting about this. I ate the whole bag yesterday. And I'm thinking about going back tomorrow. It was that good.

May 09, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Sweet Bricks Toffee downtown San Diego

Just happened to walk by Sweet Bricks toffee downtown today on E Street between Ninth and Tenth. I think the entrance was actually up a sidewalk ramp off of Ninth.
Delicious toffee! Having sampled a great deal in my time, and also having made it myself using different recipes, this one is quite a find.
I bought the milk chocolate peanut, but sampled the other four flavors. All were delicious. Just the right balance of crunch, sweet, salty. Didn't stick to my teeth either, which is a pet peeve of mine.
Only complaint was expense. I paid 16.95 for 8 ounces. Very nice packaging so it would be a great gift for someone I really like. Like myself.

May 08, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Old Town rec

Ok! Looks like agave, berthas, sushi or Guadalajara unless any one else knows any new places! Still hoping.....

Apr 14, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Old Town rec

Going to meet someone for lunch in Old Town tomorrow. Any new places y'all would recommend?

Apr 14, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Adult Easter Baskets

Thanks everyone! Great chocolate ideas! Bevmo little bottles a great touch. Had already placed a Sees order through a school fundraiser. Chi, elegant truffle, Caxao, ex. Desserts all have some great stuff.

Apr 12, 2014
nessy in San Diego

JV's Mexican Food

Their mashed potatoe tacos are really good!

Apr 11, 2014
nessy in San Diego
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If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

I would make more room for sidewalk seating, then create outdoor eating spaces like Cafe Calabria did.
I would require by law all restaurants with a view of the water to serve outstanding food.

Apr 11, 2014
nessy in San Diego
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List some of your fave lunch spots. .

Turkey Cobb at con pane

Apr 10, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Ritter Sport

In San Diego they have them at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Apr 08, 2014
nessy in Dallas - Fort Worth

Casual Date Night in North County SD

Green dragon tavern by Carlsbad flower fields was good. Opened recently. Well prepared food. Museum attached of Revolutionary War stuff so might make for interesting date conversation. Good bar. Attractive environment.

Apr 06, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Adult Easter Baskets

That's "sweet and salty" from Chuao, not "sweet and sour". Rookie mistake. Sorry!

Apr 06, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Adult Easter Baskets

Wow. That should get people's attention!
I'm putting together some Easter baskets for out of town guests, (and one for myself, most importantly) and am looking for some new and awesome chocolates and candies. Doesn't have to necessarily be San Diego based.
I have the two new chocolate bars Chuao came out with: toffee pretzel and a sweet and sour bar. Picked up some Dallman's caramels at seaport village headquarters.
Got a few 5 Star Hazelnut bars from Whole Foods (best candy bar ever)!
Anything new at Eclipse? Anyone go to that chocolate place in Liberty Station across from Con Pane, who's name escapes me right now? Any specific recommendations from there? Anything else I'm missing?
Thanks!!!

Apr 06, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Cater for wedding at new central library

Ok ;)

Mar 27, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Cater for wedding at new central library

Thank you Fake Name. I do have an email in to him based on a past recommendation!

Mar 26, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Cater for wedding at new central library

Beach Chick-- I like the paella man idea. Would it be up to the standards of "real" Spanish foodie people ?

Mar 26, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Cater for wedding at new central library

Thanks y'all!
We are meeting with waters and alchemy and cucina Urbana.
Have any of you had any experience with ArtQuest and if so would you recommend them?

Mar 26, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I've made my fourth and last visit to Mozza. Abysmal service and mediocre food are the main issues. We've had multiple waiters each time--4 or 5 different people-- which results in a stage-worthy farce of confusing and repetitive conversations. We spend more time talking to the staff trying to straighten things out than we doing talking to the people we went to dinner with.
On the last visit, while we waited interminably for our order when there were only three other tables seated, we watched the two hostesses, rude both when we made reservations and entered the restaurant, as they stood and chatted for 20 minutes straight. One spent a good while running her fingers through her hair, which was nauseating, and it got more so when she finally went to the bar and started moving glasses around. They were barely civil to people who came in after us, and made audible comments about a customer who left which were unkind and unprofessional.
We've had food brought that we didn't order and didn't get things that we did. Cauliflower last time was nearly raw, a completely different dish than we had the first time. The sausage on one of our pizzas was cold. I could go on and on.
There seems to be no one in charge.
I've eaten in the Newport Beach location and found everything very close to perfect.
My four visits to this location spread over four months, at different times and days of the week, have been very disappointing.

Mar 20, 2014
nessy in San Diego
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Cater for wedding at new central library

We will be hosting a wedding reception for our daughter in December on the top floor of the new downtown library and I'm looking for some catering recommendations from the Chowhounds. The groom is from Spain, and while we are not looking for Spanish food per se, we'd like to focus on a nod to the tapas concept. Rather than a plated dinner I guess this would translate to what we'd call heavy apps or small plates, both hot and cold. We want the food to be way above average!
Thanks for any suggestions.

Mar 06, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Out of towner looking for great dinner spot downtown area or North county

Funny!!!!

Feb 23, 2014
nessy in San Diego
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Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

Tea Upon Chatsworth in Point Loma is my favorite

Feb 18, 2014
nessy in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - CHOCOLATE

Had some wonderful chocolate mousse at Waters on Monday! Creamy, light, rich, chocolatey. They don't have it every day but look at the calendar on the website.

Also, that chocolate bread at Con Pane on Saturdays and Sundays is not to be missed. Belgian chocolate pieces in a light bread that is not too sweet.

Feb 04, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Anyone been to Acme Southern Kitchen?

My family went the other night. Here are my observations. Friendly welcome and attentive service. We were given a menu with three courses for $25 and told they were extending the restaurant week deal a second week. This menu was the only option. We had a kid with us and didn't want to order her a full three course meal so it was sort of annoying that they would not accommodate that. We deliberately avoid crowded restaurant week, so this may be a general policy at all restaurants for that week. I don't know.
The waitress admitted she had only tried two of the entrees when we asked for some guidance, which I see as a weakness. I think servers should be familiar with all dishes.
Apps:
My husband loved his deviled eggs. My fried green tomato app was juicy and favorful. The cornmeal crust was a bit chewy in places. Not sure if they need to just coat it evenly or if it was a cooking temp issue. I'd order it again.
My pulled pork slider with slaw was excellent. Great texture to the bun.
We also ordered the fried chicken and biscuit. My husband and daughter did not like the crust on the chicken or the biscuit. Both seemed dry and over cooked.
Cheesy grits were awesome and Mac and cheese side was very good.
One weird thing--the menu said the entrees came with two sides. But when we gave our side choices to the waitress she said we could only have one. Something about my bun and my husband's biscuit counting as a side. Seemed kind of weird that at least two of six entrees really only come with one side. It should be made clear on the menu.
The bread pudding dessert was very good as was the peach buckle dessert.
The portions were on the small side so I wasn't worried about the calories.

It is their second week, so I will give them another chance.
I really wanted to try the shrimp and grits since the grits were so good. I wonder if they'd tell me the I only get one side since the grits count as a side????!
It's near the old library and post office so parking is pretty good. we found meter parking in front of the restaurant on a Tuesday night.

Jan 30, 2014
nessy in San Diego

Super Bowl Take Out Thoughts

Waters catering has yummy food, with a number of healthy options and they do lots of take out. Don't know where you live, but they have a number of locations. They are a bit expensive but awesome quality.

K sandwiches in Clairemont area for sandwiches, cool desserts, and variety of apps.

Jan 28, 2014
nessy in San Diego

High Quality Tea?

Tea upon Chatsworth used to bring in people from all over the country to speak on these subjects. Check their website. They also have wonderful food, all fresh and made on site, and a great variety of tea.

Dec 16, 2013
nessy in San Diego

Patisserie for a Yule Log?

Azucar in OB posted a beautiful pix of one they make on their Facebook.

Dec 15, 2013
nessy in San Diego

Work Luncheon Suggestions

Might be too far but Adams Ave Grill and the El Zarape on Adams have both accommodated my work staff of 30 and worked hard to make it a great experience. We were able to order off the menu.

Dec 09, 2013
nessy in San Diego

Favorite (independent) coffee shop?

Someone just told me Monica's on Adams just closed. Loved the back garden and iced tea there. Anyone know what the story is and if there is any chance that will reopen as a food/drink establishment?

Nov 19, 2013
nessy in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - November 2013 [Pasta]

Nice! Thought we could go with "De gustibus non est disputandum" as the board motto!

Nov 01, 2013
nessy in San Diego