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Best non-chain American style steakhouse?

Lou and Mickey's is a chain, isn't it?

Cowboy start has the best steaks in San Diego and the bone marrow is amazing. I also love the decor, but the steaks are just too freakin' huge! Can anyone really eat 32oz of meat? I'd like to see their bread and pastry programs improve also.

Apr 26, 2013
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Where to find Killer Fried Chicken in San Diego?

The Fried Chicken was an entree served with the aforementioned watermelon, mac n' cheese, and a spicy dipping sauce. I don't recall seeing chicken in the app section. I went on a Friday but don't go often enough to know how regular it is or isn't. But when I mentioned to the waitress how much we enjoyed it, she said the chef was from the south!

Tiger!Tiger! also serves a fried chick, but I think it's only on Sunday brunch

Mar 29, 2013
sdnosh in San Diego

Where to find Killer Fried Chicken in San Diego?

Just had the fried chicken at Sessions Public a couple of weeks ago and loved, loved, loved it! Perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. I got a kick out of the fact it was served with watermelon. On a side note, the pork chop they served that night was spot on also!

Mar 28, 2013
sdnosh in San Diego

April 2013 San Diego Dish of the Month Voting

STRAWBERRIES

Mar 28, 2013
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Early Morning Eats?

Not sure about opening times, but here's a couple:
Cafe 222
The MIssion

Mar 14, 2013
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SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

What about Michael Stebner of Region/910 fame. Didn't a few chef's pass through those doors?

Feb 06, 2013
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Feb. 2013 - DISH or INGREDIENT of the Month

That's a great idea! I hereby rescind my scallops and shrimp and second CHOCOLATE - both sweet and savory!

Jan 22, 2013
sdnosh in San Diego

Luce

Tried Luce for the first time a couple of weeks ago. While it has the standard "pub/tavern" decor of reclaimed wood bar and wall, concrete floor and garage doors, it was still an inviting space. It was busy for a 5:45 on a Wednesday. The staff was friendly if not completely versed on the small menu and the food took way too long to come out. We ordered the charcuterie plate wich was nothing special and had too many "other" things to fill up the board. The hamburger was good, not great, and a bit under seasoned. The fig proscuitto pizza was very good with just a hint of gorgonzola. Each as $12 which actually seemed fair for the hamburger but a tad overpriced for the other two. If I lived in the neighborhood, I might go from time to time, but it seems like every neighborhood has one of these, so I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

Jan 21, 2013
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Top Five Sandwiches in San Diego

Turkey Cobb at Con Pane Bakery
Almost Grilled Cheese at Con Pane Bakery
Steak Sandwich at Carnitas Snack Shack
Ham and Cheese with house roasted ham (RIP) at Tiger!Tiger!

The scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods would be added to the list if they changed their god awful bread. But given the lines, I don't expect that to happen any time soon.

Looking forward to trying the Big Red Door, seems interesting.

Jan 21, 2013
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Feb. 2013 - DISH or INGREDIENT of the Month

I second SCALLOPS and add SHRIMP.

Jan 21, 2013
sdnosh in San Diego

38 Essential Restaurants in SD

An "impression" of the list is as others have written, an agreement or disagreement of those restaurants included or whether the list leans towards a specific type of restaurant or geographic area. Stating "I think it looks like 38 restaurants paid to be mentioned on an advertising website", is an insult to the writer and the restaurants and seems to be more in line with yelp than chowhound.

Having said that, it seems like a pretty good start and of course not everyone is going to agree on every entry, but most of the restaurants listed are frequently mentioned here and I don't think anyone here is getting paid to mention them.

Jan 18, 2013
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Anthology Closes

Anthology officially closed this week with no specific reason stated. Per the UT article, an employee stated they always lost money on the food. I had been twice, The first time, under the first chef, the food was cold and lackluster, the second time, under chef Bauer, the food was excellent. We were comped a few items and all swapped bites, so we got to taste a good array of food. I've wondered though, since they can't turn tables, how can they make money on the food without charging double it's worth. Your thoughts?

Jan 05, 2013
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The FABRIC empire expands

I don't have anything against anyone trying to make a buck, but what I don't get about all of this is, didn't he loose on Top Chef? If he won, I MIGHT understand some of the fame, but he lost!

Dec 19, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

I need me some soup (92101)

Maybe it's the weather, but days like today make me thing of the amazing mushroom soup I had at The Better Half. Also had a great bowl of mushroom soup at Tender Greens in Liberty Station, but I haven't been able to catch it since and I'm not a fan of the other soups I've had there. I also had an amazing bisque at Brooklyn Girl's predecessor in La Jolla whose name is eluding me, but sorry Beachy, I'm not getting the love affair with the mussel bisque at Dobsons. But perhaps my palate was harmed by some of the worse sourdough I have ever tasted! Back on the positive, I like the chowda from Point Loma Seafood better, but nothing is better than chillin' on the deck of the Fish Market with a cup of chowda, some cheesy bread the drink of your choice and a good friend (except during tourist season)!

Nov 30, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

I'm craving...

Thanks Beachie!
The only bad thing is now this thread has my stomach growling...
I'm craving a really good enchilada, onions rings that are actually seasoned, a really good cheese steak sandwich and some fresh calamari!

Sep 28, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

I'm craving...

Had the scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods just the other day. I've had it a couple of times before and was underwhelmed, but this time, the scallops were very fresh, the breading was perfect and fried to a perfect golden brown crispness. Even the tarter sauce, which I am not usually a fan of, was a great compliments. I finally got it. But what I don't get is how after spending so much money on the remodel and serving such fresh seafood, they could serve their sandwiches on that awful bread! But, it doesn't seem to impact the hoards of customers everyday, so I guess there is no motivation to change.

If anyone is still looking, I've seen Poutine on the menu at Carnitas Snack Shack. I haven't tried it, but they do everything else so well!

Sep 28, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

As I recall, Anthology had a bad reputation for food until Chef Bauer took over. So, is he actually going to be the chef or is he just putting his name to the restaurants?

Jul 30, 2012
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Had any great salads around town lately?

I love, love, love Carnita's Snack Shack but found the Panzanella Salad a little blah.

Jul 26, 2012
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I will not be eating or drinking at Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Herringbone, Gabardine

please, oh please let the comment on the burgers at The Counter go already!!!!

Jul 06, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

Had any great salads around town lately?

Roseville had an amazing watermelon salad with a very, very creamy Gorgonzola cheese. It was amazing. I wonder if Chef Amy has reprized it on the menu at The Shores.

Jun 21, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack..

Is the all wood sheltered dining area a hold over from Vo's? I thought I read somewhere that it was put in the chef and his wife.

Jun 19, 2012
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Best Steakhouse in SD + other recs

I'd say give CS another shot, they are worth it, but 45 minutes is a long time. This does bring up a good question, what is the "appropriate" wait time between apps and entree, between entree and dessert and bill wait time?

Jun 08, 2012
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Best Steakhouse in SD + other recs

Cowboy Star is definately the best 'steak house' in San Diego today. It's been a while since I have been to either Ruth Chris or Morton but I remember thoroughly enjoying Mortons. Donovan's, however, was a huge disappointment. A friend and I found ourselves downtown craving a good steak on a Monday. Cowboy Star was closed so we headed over to Donovan's. Nothing was above mediocre and at the prices they charge, about double Cowboy Star, I was not a happy camper.

Jun 06, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

Best Bakeries or Baked Goods in San Diego?

Actually, Bread & Cie does use natural yeast, aka natural starter, as does our other great bakery here in San Diego, Con Pane Rustic Breads in Liberty Station. Are you referring to Tartine's Break book or a different book?

May 24, 2012
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need help with 2-day itinerary on a budget please!

DD - have you tried SOL for dinner? If so, what are your thoughts?

May 17, 2012
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You are leaving San Diego forever; where would you eat?

I'd add a pizza from Cafe Calabria, a steak from Cowboy Star, a Turkey Cobb and Cinnamon Roll from Con Pane, clam chowder and a ham sandwich from Tiger! Tiger! (a newly discovered treat), and breakfast at The Mission including potatoes,

May 15, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

Fake Name,
By the even more limited power vested in me, I think you should create a new San Diego New Places Opening Tread each year!! So when we are feeling nostalgic or just board, we can look up this info by year!

May 03, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

Wood - fired Pizza?

After this discussion, I think I need to give Bruno another try, but more importantly I need a vacation to Italy!

May 02, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread, Part Deux

Speaking of waiting, that's just what we did at PrepKitchen. I've always been a fan of the one in La Jolla, and while the space is interesting, it is loud, it appears they are understaffed (perhaps this is a patterns, not just first week tremors) and the food was bland. It was quite different from all of my experiences in La Jolla.

May 01, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread, Part Deux

That's great!! I thought it was just me!! I would rather wait 45 minutes for my appetizer (which unfortunately has happened far too often) than wait 20 minutes to pay (which also happens way to often). Sometimes, just getting someone's attention to get the check is a chore. If I'm not getting dessert, I've gotten to the habit of asking for the check at one of the waitstaff check ups and handing them my credit card when they bring the check. I've always been very, very polite about it but still gotten some odd looks. But the odd looks beats the alternative of waiting and waiting. What happened to wanting to turn tables?

May 01, 2012
sdnosh in San Diego