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Small plates in San Diego

I just looked at all the websites--these suggestions are GREAT! Bite looks particularly yummy. Thank you! This is just what I wanted...

Dec 04, 2008
Leahsift in California

Small plates in San Diego

Thanks for the response!

Dec 02, 2008
Leahsift in California

Small plates in San Diego

I just got back from my beloved Chicago and experienced some wonderful meals. It seems like the newest food trend is small plates. Chefs from Publican, Bristol, and Volo have done a wonderful job of creating small plates that highlight local, organic, and seasonal tasting menus. In addition, places like Flo and Lula offer an inviting and casual atmosphere where friends can lounge, chat, drink, and eat local delicacies for hours at a time.

I'm fairly new to San Diego and our friends are visiting us this weekend. Does anyone have any suggestions in San Diego like the aforementioned? Thanks in advance.

Dec 02, 2008
Leahsift in California

Looking for Cheap Eats but Relaxed Dining in the South O.C./North County [moved from California board]

That's funny about "expressways." Who knew? I'm learning more every day...

Anyway...thanks for the recommendations. I will let you know when I try one!

May 09, 2008
Leahsift in Los Angeles Area

CHOW Bagel

How much sugar are you adding to the water?

May 07, 2008
Leahsift in Recipes

Do real bagels (boiled) exist in San Diego County?

Kaufman's...yum... It's just a distant memory now...

I'll definitely try Top of the Bagel. I think there's one in Carlsbad, too, but I've been scared away. After trying Del Mar Bagel and Garden State Bagel, I'm just depressed. I'll give it a whirl--thanks!

May 06, 2008
Leahsift in San Diego

Where can I find Queso Chihuahua in North County?

Thanks! This is all very helpful. I've tried El Torrito Market on 101 in Leucadia--no luck. I'll just work my way down the list until I find one!

May 06, 2008
Leahsift in California

Do real bagels (boiled) exist in San Diego County?

I'm having a difficult time finding a real bagel (not the Einstein's variety). You have so many great smoked fish options, but I need a good bagel to go with. Does the boiled bagel exist anywhere in San Diego County?

May 06, 2008
Leahsift in San Diego

Where can I find Queso Chihuahua in North County?

I recently moved from Chicago to Carlsbad, and I'm missing my Supremo brand of Chihuahua cheese. Although I've been to numerous Mexican markets, I can't find it. Any suggestions? Also, where can I buy the best Chorizo in the area?

May 06, 2008
Leahsift in California

Looking for Cheap Eats but Relaxed Dining in the South O.C./North County [moved from California board]

Thanks so much for the great list! I'll definitely check these out. And, yes, I am in North San Diego County (Carlsbad). My husband actually works in Northridge. He uses both expressways to get home, but he usually stays on I-5. You mentioned quite a few family Italian--any that stand out?

May 06, 2008
Leahsift in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Cheap Eats but Relaxed Dining in the South O.C./North County [moved from California board]

Thanks for your replies. We ended up going to Olamendi's (http://originalolamendis.com/) and had a nice evening--the food was solid (nothing to write home about), but my boys loved the decor. Driving home, San Clemente looked hopping, but I don't have a good handle on the restaurant-scene. Any suggestions for future reference, including Irvine, Tustin, and Santa Ana, would be most appreciated!

May 02, 2008
Leahsift in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Cheap Eats but Relaxed Dining in the South O.C./North County [moved from California board]

I'm new to Chowhound, but have been a voyeur for some time! We just moved to North County from Chicago and the restaurant advice has been incredibly helpful.

My husband often works in L.A. and we are currently in Carlsbad. During these days, we've enjoyed meeting somewhere in the middle (Laguna, San Clemente, etc.) to meet for dinner. Although there are quite a few threads discussing O.C. or North County dining, I'm looking for that specific region that overlaps both. Ideally, I'd like suggestions for more inexpensive dining since my sons can often eat twice their weight. We do not enjoy fast food and we all love a restaurant where we can sit and have a leisurely meal to both savor and to catch-up on the day’s events.

Although we've found some restaurants that have offered some nice meals, they're either too expensive or too fast-food-y. Any suggestions?

Apr 25, 2008
Leahsift in Los Angeles Area