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Parsian International Market (Closed)

The "internet" says that Grill House Cafe, in or near Little India on Black Mountain Road, is their new location.

Any confirmation?

Jan 02, 2012
ekomega in San Diego

Permanent market for local farmers?

I don't want to get into a non-food debate here, but to be clear, us "freeloaders" who don't pay for trash collection do so because of a voter-approved law from 1919. That's 90+ years ago. If they changed the law, we might pay. But it's still the law, so we don't.

Jul 25, 2011
ekomega in San Diego

Sea Rocket Bistro Review

It's been a few years since I've been back, because I wasn't impressed. My key question about the new chef - does he use salt? I think the main problem before was lack of flavor.

Jul 25, 2011
ekomega in San Diego

Looking for recommendation - Best Paella in San Diego Area

Costa Brava in PB. You can get it Valenciana or Seafood, IIRC. Expect a 30-45 minute wait after you order.

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Costa Brava
1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

May 02, 2011
ekomega in San Diego

Bacalao...

Whole Foods has it in a box (as mentioned), or occasionally "fresh", but it's $16 a pound either way. Pata Negra (in PB) occasionally has it, and I recall it being slightly lower in price (maybe $12 a pound?).

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Pata Negra
1657 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

May 02, 2011
ekomega in San Diego

RIP Knight Salumi

Went to the OB Farmer's Market yesterday, and the stall was up, but no Knight Salumi sign. Same tent, though.

Talked to the guy about everything (not sure which guy) and he said it was just him now, everyone else left the business, but Wednesday was his first day back in production and now salumi is being made again. Yay.

Mar 24, 2011
ekomega in San Diego

Everyone Loves this Place but Me...

I have enjoyed Sea Rocket in the past, but I find all of their food lacks flavor. Also, they appear to hate salt. A dash of salt would do wonders for their food. The best thing I ever had there was a paella with sausage from the Linkery in it. It was amazing, but especially because of the extra salt from the sausage.

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Linkery
3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Mar 11, 2011
ekomega in San Diego

Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

Ended up there Friday night, a week after they opened, at 10:30 to 11 PM. They close at 11 Su-Th, and 12 F-Sa. Beers were good, good selection. Kitchen closes early, at least an hour before restaurant closing.

Pros - 1) good beer, not expensive. They had Horny Devil on draft.
2) Ample parking (no joke), as they had 2 of 6 spots open.
3) Servers are nice.

Cons - 1) Jukebox is expensive ($1-$2 per song) and you can't hear it anywhere.
2) Full of 80% military types at this hour.
3) The upstairs area is an apartment for the owners, with several windows for them to look down into the restaurant. That's CREEPY. They haven't moved in yet.

May 29, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

Went at 5:20 on Friday, and not only was the place full to the brim, but there was an enormous line around the block. So I left, to return another day.

May 17, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

Confirmed. I'm heading over there now.

May 14, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

I hope they will open this week, but I doubt it. They still have the chain link fence up, which is never a good sign. I am going to check every day.

I think the 2nd floor space is an apartment, because from looking inside, there are no stairs. Which also means the rooftop deck is not part of the restaurant either. There are a few windows down into the restaurant from up there, which is a little weird. I guess whoever lives there will get to watch people eat pizza?

May 09, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

Where can one get grass-fed beef?

Home Grown Meats is as expensive (sometimes slightly less) as Whole Foods, but not more expensive. The advantage is the meat is from San Diego, whereas Whole Foods gets their meat from Humboldt County.

I had a meat counter rep at Whole Foods try to sell me on "local" beef, and when he mentioned Humboldt, I almost laughed out loud. How is Humboldt "local"? Some parts of Arizona are closer to us than that, but no one would say AZ is "local".

So go to Home Grown Meats instead.

May 04, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

Update -- They put the signs up last weekend, and told my girlfriend that they're trying to open this coming weekend (the 8th-9th). I'm going to head over there tonight and see how it's going.

Anyone else who's seen the new building -- did they build an apartment on top of the restaurant? What is that second floor area, accessible only from the street, with a separate address?

May 04, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

The only issue I can see (besides the potential influx of traffic and PB a-holes) is there isn't any new parking. The open area next to the building can hold 8 cars max, and they may turn that into an outdoor dining area or something instead of parking (construction hasn't gotten that far yet),

Parking in OB is already a nightmare, but not to add new spaces for something that will be popular like Pizza Port will make things much worse.

Jan 14, 2010
ekomega in San Diego

best coffee in SD

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in Bird Rock. They roast their own beans, and this year they managed to get some of the Panama La Esmeralda Geisha - which is the best coffee I have ever had. They also are big on fair trade, organic, and direct trade coffee. They do sell coffee by the cup, as well as beans

The only problem is the place is tiny, and I have heard the atmosphere on weekend mornings is terrible - literally a dog and pony show (a reviewer on another website said someone brought a miniature horse to the coffee shop one morning). In my experience is has just been crowded, but I never go in the morning.

Dec 20, 2009
ekomega in San Diego

Frozen Custard in SD or OC area

Sadly, no. I have been waiting for a place to open for years. I only get my fix when I visit my family in Texas every year, and I really look forward to it.

Dec 20, 2009
ekomega in California

Looking for Japanese in Little Italy in San Diego

I went to Sushi Masa during opening week, as I am a big Masa fan. I highly recommend Izakaya Masa.

Sushi Masa is inside of the Hotel Vantaggio, and it's okay. You can't really eat in there as there's two small tables, so it's more a take-out place. They don't have a proper stove (the landlords won't allow it), so don't order anything that requires cooking. The sushi is good and cheap, and better than Sushi Deli.

I'd definitely recommend Izakaya Masa over Sushi Masa, although if you are dedicated to staying in Little Italy, I believe Sushi Masa is the only sushi place. I believe that is also why they opened the restaurant there.

Dec 20, 2009
ekomega in San Diego

Places on my radar in Madrid and Barcelona -- good choices?

If you are looking for suckling lamb, I recommend Asador Tierra Aranda. The only main dish they serve is suckling lamb. It is the best. It's located at Calle Padilla 56, only a few blocks from a metro station.

Jan 22, 2009
ekomega in Spain/Portugal

Has anyone been to Ritual Tavern yet? (SD)

The scheduled opening is Jan 30 and 31st (from the blog).

Thanks for talking about this. I've been a big fan of his, and have had the chance to talk with him on several occasions. I can't wait to try his new beers, and go to this new place.

Jan 22, 2009
ekomega in San Diego

San Diego Local Beef, Pork and Poultry?

You have to be careful about the "grass-fed" labeling, as all cows are fed grass early in their lives, and many farms and markets use this as a standard for the label. I think the book even talks about this. The label/wording is not standardized, and can mean anything.

So far, the only major market I've found that sells 100% grass-fed beef is Whole Foods (and it is expensive). Henry's beef is not fed grass through its whole life, and their organic beef is fed organic corn.

Aug 26, 2008
ekomega in San Diego

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

I agree. Having spent a good amount of time in Spain, I love the food and occasionally crave it. Costa Brava beats my expectations for Spanish food, and I am happy to go there.

I recognize the prices at CB are 3 times as expensive compared to most places in Spain, but I'm not in Spain. Or Mexico City. If I want to go cheap, I'll make the food myself.

My ONLY regret about CB is that their Spanish liquor is so expensive. A glass of amontillado or patxaran will cost you around $7.50, even though I know you can buy the same patxaran bottle for 8 euros.

Aug 18, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

You're very welcome. Piquillo peppers may be my favorite food, and definitely my favorite 'pepper' (seconded by peppadew).

I've had the Rabo, and it was excellent.

Aug 18, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

I just wanted to update about Cafe Sevilla, since I previously mentioned that they had a better happy hour than CB. They don't anymore.

Sevilla used to have all their regular tapas at 1/2 price for happy hour, which made tortilla like $2 and nothing over $3. It was a great time for eating, but their drink specials were bad. You could eat like a king for $12 or less.

Now, however, they have their tapas at a slightly discounted price from normal (some so slight it's 0% discount), and a weird drink special for 1/2 price. And they raised their prices. And they offer San Miguel at $5 each as a special. Lame.

So I would no longer recommend Sevilla for happy hour. It's not cheap anymore. CB is the way to go!

Aug 01, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

They offered mariscos or carne, and we went for mariscos (that being my favorite). It's another pretty traditional recipe, with chopped or minced seafood (shrimp, etc.) in a bechamel sauce stuffed inside, and then this orangy sauce on the outside, which I'm guessing is sofrito with a little cream and the juice from the piquillo pepper can/jar (that's how I make the sauce, anyway).

These actually used to be on the menu (and may still be on the menu on the website) for $9, but they are like $12 if you order them now.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

I've never had the opportunity to talk to the store manager, so maybe that has been my problem. It's always been some 20-something young woman.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

Sorry for the confusion, I edited my post to clarify.

The angulas are at CB, and they serve them the traditional way: The cazuela, with olive oil in it, is heated to "boiling", then it is removed from the heat and the angulas are added. CB gives you bread (as much as you want, really), so that's included.

The one time I had it, though, they were fake baby eels. I knew because of the price. But I imagine they do real baby eels if you want to fork over the $$$.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California

OB Noodle House - San Diego

There's a new-ish restaurant in Ocean Beach, called OB Noodle House. It's a Pho place, and it's run by the two sons of the owners of OB Donut.

I'm not a pho expert, but it's as good as the best pho I've ever had. The pho has two sizes, and can have flank steak (well-done or rare), rib-eye, meatball, and tripe. They don't do tendon. The broth is good, and the "mix-ins" include sprouts, basil, lime, and jalapeno.

They also carried broken rice, fried rice, some vermicelli dishes, and a korean bbq rib plate. They have appetizers (fried dumplings, spring rolls, egg rolls, etc.), which are $4-8.

The prices for pho are about $6.50 to $7, depending on the size. The broken rice is $7.50, and the bbq rib is like $11. Everything is cheap, and you don't need to order very much.

They also have a good beer selection, with many imports from Asia (including some like Harbin that you don't usually see). They have Stella Artois, Kirin Ichiban and two other beers on draft for $3.50. Bottles are about the same price. They also have a lot of soju cocktails (no liquor license yet).

I have heard (from the owners) that the place gets really crowded after 7:30. So far, we've been 3 times, between 6 and 7:15, and it was busy, but not full. I've heard on Saturdays there can be waits of 2-2.5 hours, which is way too much, but likely because the place is small and seats about 20. I also hear the atmosphere gets pretty "lively" on Saturdays nights.

It's located on Cable St, between Voltaire and West Point Loma (where Surfari Eats used to be). Soon they will be expanding next door and adding a sushi restaurant.

I highly recommend it.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

This is my favorite tapas bar in town, although Sevilla has better happy hour prices (for food, not drink).

Costa Brava is not cheap, but they will do nice things like make dishes that are not on the menu if you ask nicely and they have ingredients (like piquillos rellenos and angulas). And the service is always great.

BTW, the datiles are the best! I'm not fond of the empanadillas, because they are too dry inside and I believe it's because it's not the right kind of tuna.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

Do they actually have jamon iberico or is it just lame jamon serrano? I wasn't aware that they had the iberico or bellota yet. I want it.

I like the products at Pata Negra, but price-wise it's better to go with latienda.com for spanish goods. Also, the employees at PN are (in my experience) less than helpful and completely unfamiliar with the products.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California

Costa Brava PB Quick Report

Don't forget montaditos for $3. I always get the morcilla and cabrales. Also, I think the sangria is better than 1/2 price, because it's $2 per glass and $8 per pitcher.

Jul 29, 2008
ekomega in California