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Coop's BBQ (Lemon Grove)?

We've been to Coop's about a half dozen times now and have tried many things, all very good. Brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, rib tips, beef ribs, smoked sausage, jerk chicken, greens, baked beans (with pineapple!), red beans and rice, the "sammich" which is really tender beef smothered in gravy and onions served over rice, we have loved it all. I personally love that you can cut through the brisket with a plastic fork and it truly doesn't need sauce, although there are three varieties to choose from, sweet, tangy and hot. The service is always friendly and helpful and they even have complementary sweet tea in the dining area. Also, the peach cobbler is so good, especially if they just pulled a batch out of the oven!

Feb 13, 2012
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Anyone know where I can buy Vienna Beef Hot Dogs?

I've seen them at Major Market in Escondido. In fact we bought a jar of the Vienna Beef brand bright green relish used on Chicago dog's there.

Jan 30, 2011
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Tres Leches Cake in San Diego?

Hey my fellow hounds.

I am looking for a really good Tres Leches cake for my sweetie's upcoming birthday. I've only had it twice (both times fairly recently) and am obviously no expert, which is why I turn to my fellow SD hounds to steer me in the right direction. I tried a bite of a slice that my sister got at a Panderia in Encanto and also some that was purchased a Fresh And Easy. Both were quite tasty, but again, I do not know what a good piece is supposed to taste like. Someone told me today to check Costco, but I was hoping to find it from a Panderia, somewhere that is known to make a killer one. My bf *loves* it and I would really like to surprise him with a respectable rendition or I'd try my own hand at it ;-)

Any ideas?

Jul 25, 2008
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Cuban sandwiches, baked goods in Ocean Beach

My sweetie and went there for lunch yesterday and neither of us can wait to make it back there! Everything we tried was delicious. We had a cubano sandwich and the pulled pork was tender and quite flavorful. We put some of the garlic sauce on our sandwiches and it made it even tastier. I agree that the plantain chips were good, very crisp and not greasy at all. I had a passionfruit bar which struck a good balance between the sweet crumb crust and the slightly sweet and tart passionfruit curd filling. It was topped with raspberries, regular and the gold variety. He had the coconut cupcake and all I have to say is that I cannot wait to order that myself. It was moist and the icing was real buttercream (I think maybe cream cheese, but not positive on that one) instead of the usual confectioners sugar & butter/shortening blend that passes for buttercream all too often. We look forward to subsequent visits and will report back as we try other things on the menu.

Jul 06, 2008
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Elote in San Diego

I've had elote from a vendor at the Sunday morning Hillcrest Farmers Market (located in the Normal St. DMV parking lot)

Jul 06, 2008
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Raw Cream in San Diego?

I know this is an old post, but I saw raw cream (Organic Pastures brand) at Windmill Farms in Del Cerro today.

May 05, 2008
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Pamir Kebob House (Poway) - Great Afghan restaurant

The Mr. and I had lunch there today and everything was fantastic. We began with the sambosas, which were light, crisp and delicious. The cilantro chutney and yogurt sauce they were served with were both tasty. I had the combination plate (lamb stew, curry chicken & meatball w/ different types of rice & veggies) and he had the Pamir Special kebob (lamb, beef & chicken w/ various rice & veggies) and we shared bites so we could both try a wide variety of their offerings. All of the meat was tender and flavorful, although we both agree that the lamb stew was, by far, the most tender lamb either of us has tried. I'm no lamb expert, but he is and claims that it knocked his socks off. I loved both the chicken curry and the chicken kebob, marvelling at how tender they were. All of the various rice & veggie dishes were tasty and well prepared, and I really enjoyed the sour cherry rice. For dessert he asked if we could share a sampler of their offerings, which our hostess/owner/chef's wife happily obliged. We shared a cup of hot cherry blossom tea, the pistachio pudding, the rice pudding and a piece of baklava. Both of the puddings were outstanding, unique, creamy and quite rich. The baklava was still warm and to date, the best I have had. We were so stuffed we practically needed a crane to carry us out.

Excellent service, great atmosphere and delicious food... I only hope the location doesn't keep them from succeeding. I know we plan to return and to pass the word along.

May 01, 2008
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Rosie O'Grady's in San Diego- A good Catholic bar

Oh yay, that's where Luz ended up! I've been missing Luz & Victor since they closed down and didn't know they'd gone back to Rosie's. They were there in the kitchen before they moved to the Ye Olde Taco Shop location. I need to head over there, pronto.

Apr 21, 2008
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Best Comfort Food In North County - SD

Thanks Enorah.

Chili Coast is in Vista, 1330 E. Vista Way. It's a total greasy burger and fries hole in the wall with a decent (so I've been told, don't actually drink it myself) beer selection. I like the pastrami sandwich or the patty melt best, but my brother always ordered this thing called the Hockey burger, which is a split hot dog atop a burger all smothered in chili. I've been told that they also do an excellent veggie burger and veggie sub called the Coastal Veggie which features cheese, cream cheese, avocado and walnuts and has been given the nickname the "fat on fat". The Frings (onion ring/fries combo) are enormous and great to share.

Yay for the comfort of a VG's donut!

Apr 14, 2008
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Best Comfort Food In North County - SD

((((Enorah))))) So sorry for your loss, hon. I'm facing the same thing with my doggie this week, merely waiting for a call from the vet's office.

I would say go to VG's and while you are there stop in at Good Morning and browse Darryl's treasures. Or a big pastrami sandwich from Chili Coast or maybe a big bowl of soup from La Especial Norte.

Apr 07, 2008
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east county

Thanks Cathy!

I've had them at Mama Testa's and they *were* very good, but I wanted to know of a decent place in East County to get them.

Mar 30, 2008
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east county

Cathy, where can I find mashed potato tacos?

Mar 29, 2008
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San Diego Fish Tacos & Burritos

Oh dear, I did not mean to imply that all transplants are miserable or shouldn't be here. Not at all. I love that SD is a big mix of transplants and those of us who were fortunate enough to be born in a place where the weather is indeed fabulous. And I realize it was harsh to come off with the ol' "Don't let the door hit'cha..." but, that was what I was feeling at the moment. I have loved ones who are transplants, and some who lived here for a time, moved back home and yearn for some places in SD that they can't find something comparable to back "home". I have one poor friend who would give anything to have a fraction of the good chow we have here. She lives in San Bernardino! I don't imagine that anyone who actually lives or has lived or has spent any amount in time in San Berdu would argue that good chow is bountiful there. I feel fortunate to have some of the great places we do have here. It could always be worse ;-)

Mar 07, 2008
soulshine in California

San Diego Fish Tacos & Burritos

kare raisu, I am always happy to see a new thread pop up when it's started by you. I love that you do the research and that you *sacrifice* yourself sampling all that SD has to offer ;-)

KR, AliceQ, Kirk, Josh, JRSD, Capt, et al, thanks for consistently posting your finds and for standing up for what good places we DO have here.

I happen to love San Diego and wouldn't trade having been born and raised here for the all fine dining in the world. I know where to eat well and where to enjoy our fair city while eating well.

My apologies to the rest of you and the OP for continuing the thread derailment, I'm done wasting my time :)

Mar 07, 2008
soulshine in California

San Diego Fish Tacos & Burritos

Very good point.

I think that several good points have been made here. As a regular reader and sometimes poster, I am feeling discouraged by the seemingly snide and holier than thou stance taken by some here. It makes me think twice about posting for fear of being flamed for thinking something I've eaten here, in my hometown, is actually (dare I say it?) *good*. I may not have traveled and eaten in all of the dining meccas that some of you have, and I may not have the most refined palate but my fat ass sure does know good food from bad or just average.

So yeah, I do mean to beat a dead horse. I mean, seriously, why post a supposed "recommendation" if all you have to say is that SD has NOTHING to offer? If that is truly the case, then go ahead and starve. Or leave. Buh-bye. We really don't need the 15 jammed up, nor this board, with another miserable transplant lamenting the lack of food. Sorry, that would be my native San Diegan get-the-hell-outta-my-city kicking in. I just can't stand to constantly be barraged with how much the SD dining scene sucks. Well, duh. If all you can do is talk trash instead of trying to support the places that are good, then good riddance to you. Meanwhile, I will listen to my fellow chowhounds who actually do the leg work, find the jewels that SD *does* have to offer and enjoy some good eats.

Mar 07, 2008
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French in San Diego

I would love to hear your take on Bleu Boheme, as it's somewhere the Mr. and I are both curious about. So please report when you make it there :)

Mar 04, 2008
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Parkhouse Eatery - San Diego Breakfast

My favorites there are the turkey chorizo, the breakfast pasta (linguine, eggs, roma tomatoes, lots of black pepper, and some sort of onion, scallions I think), or the sundried berry pancakes w/ a side of the chicken sausage. I also tried a bite of a friends blue cornmeal flapjacks and they we quite good. Everything we've tried there for breakfast has been great so far, but I was less impressed with the dinners.

Feb 25, 2008
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Restaurant Row In San Marcos

The one in the Albertsons is Los Panchos, unless it has since changed names. When I lived up there we used to go there for the shrimp ceviche or soup and to Santana's for everything else. That is, after the Jaunita's (in a strip center on San Marcos Blvd, right next to Enterprise Rentals) closed down. It turned in to some other taco shop that was unremarkable. Taco Pablo's is also in a strip center on SM Blvd., and they are even less remarkable.

Feb 25, 2008
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Restaurant Row In San Marcos

I wouldn't know about that, like I said it's been a few years since I dined there. But I can't say that I would judge a restaurant by the behavior of a couple of miscreants though. By logical extension, anywhere that serves alcohol to it's patrons runs the risk of that sort of incident occurring in their establishment.

Feb 20, 2008
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Restaurant Row In San Marcos

It has been several years since I've been up there, but I've had many good meals at Katsu. I recommend the Mickey roll and if you sit at the bar you might even get Mickey (Mitzuru) to make it for you. The chef's special B (panko breaded calamari) is quite good, as is the sake marinated sesame chicken. They also have teppanyaki, Bennihana style.

I've also enjoyed India Princess there, but when I tried the location they opened in Hillcrest I was sorely disappointed.

When I lived up there I would only have fish at the Fish House Veracruz. I prefered getting it and preparing it myself though, as I found their sides to be quite lackluster. However their Cocktail Vercruz & Rockafeller Bread (fresh loaf of sourdough covered in a spinach and cheese mixture and baked until golden and bubbly) are both excellent.

The Mining Company used to have a really good Bourbon Apple Chicken. I never liked much else from there, though. Same with the SM Brewery, only it was their Tortilla Soup. I always had some of that to go whenever I felt under the weather.

Pho San Marcos is pretty good. Papa Bambinos, which is in the same center, has really good Cappellini Pomodoro.

Philly Frank's has yummy sandwiches.

Grandpa Allens (on SM Blvd, a little East of OCRR) is a greasy spoon where you are remembered after coming back a second time. I always stuck to breakfast or pie, which is made fresh daily. The sausage is also house made.

Nattiya's Thai (across from the Best Buy center on San Marcos Blvd) is hit and miss, but the one consistent thing there was always the Basil Salmon. I actually miss that.

Feb 19, 2008
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Tango In Escondido

Where in Escondido is Tango?

Feb 12, 2008
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Oak Glen for apple Picking? [moved from L.A. Board]

A friend took me there for my birthday, early September. We intended to go apple picking, but wound up picking raspberries instead and purchasing a huge bag of already picked apples. We turned them in to apple and apple raspberry pies, which were delicious. I don't remember the name of the place we had lunch, but I will see if she remembers.

Nov 07, 2007
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Japanese hibachi in San Diego

I don't know what part of the County you are in, but there is also Katsu in Old California Restaurant Row in San Marcos. I found their teppan food to be a bit better than Benihana's. They also have a full sushi bar, which you can order from when dining at the teppan stations. Reservations are needed, but they have three or four teppan stations.

Oct 30, 2007
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Oxtail Dishes???

Caribbean Taste at 6171 Imperial Avenue in Encanto has great Jamaican style stewed oxtails. They come in a delicious brown gravy with butter beans, served with beans and rice, mixed veggies and plantains that are perfectly cooked. My sister and I are thrilled to have found some good oxtails in SD. In fact, we just got home from having lunch there.

Kirk, if you liked the Oxtails from Island Spice, I recommend you try Carribean Taste. I found them to pack a little more flavor than the ones at Island Spice, and you can ask for them spicier if you so desire.

They also have a small area in the back of the restaurant where you can pick up Jamaican and Caribbean style pantry items.

Oct 21, 2007
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Thai in San Diego?

I agree with Cathy. Oiishi is a real gem and I feel fortunate as a Santee resident to have it so close by. It's great to have my tom kha come out having the perfect balance of salty, sweet, tang and heat, instead of bland, milky white coconut milk broth I seem to find at most SD Thai places. It's also nice to have something made spicy when I ask for it to be so. Everything is fresh, tasty and well prepared. And the people are always glad to see you. An added bonus is that they do great sushi too. So if you are hankering for some Thai but you are dining with someone who wants sushi, you are both happy.

Oct 12, 2007
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More East County (SD) Dining

I agree that the Omelette Factory is terrible. Worst breakfast I've had in years was there. I just can't understand why people line up to wait and pay to be served some of the nastiest, low quality breakfast food.

Drive a little further down Mission Gorge Rd to Jimmy's and have a decent omelette. I recommend the Baja, which is machaca style beef, jalapenos and cheddar. Get a little of their fresh housemade salsa and some sour cream and you've got a great hangover cure.

Oct 07, 2007
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JACKIES JAMS in San Diego

Oh, Jackie's Jams are the best! We love the triple berry, mango raspberry and spiced peach. The jalapeno jam is divine on a cracker with a little whipped cream cheese.

Does anyone know if she is at the La Mesa Farmers Market? I am hoping to be able to make it there for the first time this Friday, in hopes to pick up some more of her jam.

Oct 02, 2007
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SD: Need specifics on Vietnamese for tonight

I don't know, but I sure wish I did. I'd certainly make the trek up that way for food that outstanding.

Sep 19, 2007
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SD: Need specifics on Vietnamese for tonight

Actually it was the Chinese place, Formosa, that went Vegan, not Vegetarian. It had plenty of business still, but the proprietor, Julie Cheng, kept such odd hours, it suffered. I knew a group of devotees who were crushed when she decided to close. She said she was going to reopen in Del Mar, but was never heard from again.

The Vietnamese place was called Cheu Ahn and was excellent. Unfortunately the owners were from Orange County and between the commute and the rising costs (the rent on that space alone!), they decided to close. It was more of a French influenced place than say Saigon, but the food was still very good, high quality and quite flavorful. Mmm, the best Sugar Cane Shrimp I've ever had.

Sep 06, 2007
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East San Diego County rec's?

Yay for that. We could use another good additon besides La Trattoria, which I do adore but would hate to burn out on. We had lunch there for the first time a couple of weeks ago before heading to the Zoo, and we all enjoyed what we ordered.

Jul 23, 2007
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