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recs for La Jolla

Thanks a bunch, guys!

Feb 03, 2010
jimwillis in San Diego

recs for La Jolla

Sure - I'll have a car. Where do you recommend?

Feb 01, 2010
jimwillis in San Diego

recs for La Jolla

Hi folks,

I'll be in La Jolla this upcoming weekend (Feb 5-7) and am staying at the Grande Colonial. What's good in the area? I'll have a car, but am looking for great seafood, authentic Mexican, fish tacos, and I'm a huge fan of both Stone and Port breweries. What do you guys who know the area recommend since I've never been there?

Thanks!

Jan 31, 2010
jimwillis in San Diego

Seattle- must eats

Since you guys are into beer walk up Pike several blocks towards Capitol Hill and try Quinn's. Interesting beer selection - lots of awesome English cask ales and other small-production obscure finds. Crowd can be a bit obnoxious late-night, but the food is great, so go before 10pm.

Dec 08, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

Cuban food Sea/Portland

Ditto Paseo. Lunchtime is worth the wait - sandwiches are awesome. Pambiche in PDX.

Dec 08, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

Vancouver - Chinese

We're spending the weekend in Vancouver and would like some great Chinese food. We're pretty adventurous eaters, and would prefer more authentic and traditional than the 'Americanized' fare we usually end up with in Seattle. We're staying at the Listel on Robson, so anything within walking distance is preferred, but have a car if there's a can't miss.

On another topic, I've eaten at Guu - any other recommended izakaya I should try? Thanks.

Dec 08, 2008
jimwillis in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Omakase, Mashiko, Nishino, Shiro's?

Sit at the bar at Nishino. Ask Mori to prepare your food, He'll ask you questions about your likes/dislikes, and prepare as few/many courses as you like. Better deal than omakase, and the guy knows wine/sake like a Japanese Robert Parker, and will make great pairing suggestions.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

Sea- The Local Vine or Purple Cafe

Not a huge fan of the Local Vine. Yes, they have Screaming Eagle by the glass, if you can pony up $400, but they're a little pricey, and the food is a bit lacking. Purple is pretty good, but the wine list is a bit corporate and so is the atmosphere. I'd recommend Portalis - the wine selection is not dominated by huge producers and corporate bullshit, and the staff there is knowledgeable and they have the best pate in town. Great selection of Belgian/German beers as well!

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

Sea - Places you want to hate

Quinn's food/booze selection is great. Sam's saddle-of-bunny with any of their awesome beer selections are not to be missed. Too bad so many assholes eat there.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Greater Seattle

Affordable Awesome in PDX?

Clyde Commons is a great rec, but try Le Pigeon. I eat there often, and menu prices range from $9- mid $20s. The wine prices are a little on the steep side, but the food is, in my opinion, the best in PDX.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

First time in Seattle 11/20-11/23 - salumi, organic, wine, sushi, other good recs?

Nishino is the best sushi in town. Tatsu was Nobu's right-hand man in LA for years. Sit at the sushi bar and ask Mori to 'cook' for you - don't order off the menu. The staff there is very informed and will enjoy helping you choose off-the-menu items.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

Country Cat... overrated

Brunch service is always slow. Considering how much front/back of the house hate working brunch due to hangovers, missing football, etc. $1.50/pp 'cakeage' is a bargain.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

BBQ or Pig Roast

This may be a longshot but contact Simpatica in Portland. There is very little good BBQ in the PNW, but Simpatica is a restaurant/abbatoir/etc. in Portland that is awesome!

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

Our annual visit to a food mecca!

Definitely Spinasse. Presse is always delicious. If you're in Belltown, Cafe Campagne is a great spot for lunch. Do not miss Corson Building in Georgetown - Sitka and Spruce's new venture.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest

town hall area rec needed-sea

Check out Cafe Presse on 12th. It's probably 6-8 blocks away from Town Hall, and it's classic, unpretentious French food at a great price. Delicious steak frites, salads, duck confit and roast chicken, and won't have ridiculous New Year's goings-ons and prices. It's open from 7am - 2am, and the bar is lively and ideal for dessert/cordial/coffee after show at Town Hall. Excellent calvados selection.

Nov 24, 2008
jimwillis in Pacific Northwest