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Compendium of Dishes: Super Cocina (SD)

They gave us some of the pastel de elote to go (we closed the place out and I guess the kids' working knowledge of Spanish charmed them) when we went there in July. Not bad at all.

FWIW, my daughter thought their beans were the best she'd ever had. She was actually taking more off of the rest of our plates. It was the first time we'd been, and I guess we need to go back the next time we're close to the area.

Sep 10, 2014
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San Diego's Local-Mussel Dishes

The mussels I had at Bull Taco a few years ago were excellent.

Full disclosure: The facts that we were camping there and watching the sunset while eating probably didn't hurt.

Sep 09, 2014
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Maybe they can bring back the laser beams, too.

Sep 08, 2014
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Red Hook Joint Effort beer

Add Holiday Wine Cellar (Escondido) and Plaza Liquor (next door to BevMo at Mira Mesa and Camino Santa Fe) as places to at least call to check for availability of random high(no pun intended)-end beers. :)

Sep 06, 2014
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OMG! It's finally happening! Pernicano's is selling!

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/s...

Let the bidding commence! Looks like it's going to be hotel/retail space, but maybe also room for new restaurant? Fabric restaurant? Cohn Group? Another expansion up from Baja? Anything's gotta be better than the closed old place, right?

Sep 05, 2014
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Any good deli in San Diego?

I was thinking about the downtown one.

Aug 28, 2014
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Any good deli in San Diego?

Anything changed?

Hmmm... Was Nosh Deli around back then?

Aug 28, 2014
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Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

Just remember that just because citronella may work on one kind of insect in one region, it's not universally effective on all insects.

It sure as **** doesn't work at all on Belizian mosquitos ... might as well have slathered up in BBQ sauce for all the good that did...

Aug 27, 2014
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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Thanks for the report, that's great!

Now I need to get up to Encinitas...

Aug 27, 2014
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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Holy carp! I had no idea, that's terrible.

Aug 20, 2014
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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

If you're going to visit AleSmith, you're within a few miles of Ballast Point, Green Flash, Hess, Saint Archer, Wet N Reckless, White Labs ... well, you get the idea:

http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/w...

Aug 20, 2014
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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

I like Urban Plates. However, if they were equidistant, I might head toward Tender Greens. YtastebudsMV.

Also, since you're in the North County-ish area, try http://www.bettyspiewhole.com/ and report back -- I've been meaning to try this place.

Aug 20, 2014
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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Ballast Point in Little Italy, too.

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

This sounds very encouraging. Thanks for the update!

Aug 18, 2014
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One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

I used to live (and study) just up the hill from there. Is the truck there all week, or just weekends?

Aug 12, 2014
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Sab-E-Lee dishes I should order?

Even our panang was hot at 2!

Aug 12, 2014
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Sab-E-Lee dishes I should order?

But this time I ordered over the phone and they nuked us at "2" -- at work we can order from Lotus Thai at night, and their scale is mild, medium and hot. The Lotus Thai "hot" papaya salad is "pretty hot," but no hotter than the SEL papaya salad at "2" -- I suspect that the base SEL papaya salad is what it is (and made in advance to marinate?), and doesn't have as wide a variable heat range.

Aug 12, 2014
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Sab-E-Lee dishes I should order?

I got take-out from there last month. It was, flavor-wise, quite good. OTOH, their spice level regulation was way off (or maybe it's inverted).

I usually (over the last several years) order a 7 or 8 when eating there, get a skeptical look, and get served something less spicy than my companions that get 4s.

This time, I asked for all 2s (in deference to my wife and kids) and every dish was hotter than I've had at the restaurant. Have I been doing it wrong and 1 is the hottest?

Aug 12, 2014
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One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

Puesto's menu lists theirs (they have two kinds) as either mahi mahi or (for the baja fish) "crispy wild cod." I didn't see where they get their fish, though, so not sure if it's from Catalina or some other place.

Aug 06, 2014
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One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

I can't speak to the LJ Puesto, but the fish tacos at the OPHQ Puesto were pretty darned tasty.

They certainly aren't lunch-truck-cheap $1.25, though (the other $2.75 is rent for a nice place to sit in the shade and drink, also their produce comes from Specialty Produce).

Aug 04, 2014
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Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

This is just an opportunity for a local fish sauce manufacturer to step in:

North Park Nuoc Mam! La Jolla Garum Works! PB Patis!

Jul 29, 2014
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Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

Someone needs to outfit a pedicab as a mobile hot-smoker for the fish...

Jul 28, 2014
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Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Puesto was crowded for late lunch on both Thursday and Sunday, although there was still enough space to be seated immediately if you didn't care where exactly in the restaurant you got seated. Same goes for Basic on Friday early afternoon. Lion's Share looked fairly busy yesterday afternoon. Lolitas had a very large line outside on Friday when we went to Basic.

I don't know if the crowd outside the OPHQ Cheesecake Factory when we left Puesto was all people waiting to get in, but there were plenty of people inside, dining, too.

Wednesday night we were just about the only customers in Super Cocina (it was half an hour before their closing time). ;-)

Jul 28, 2014
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Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

We had a really nice late lunch yesterday at Puesto. It might be the best, closest Mexican food to the Con.

Jul 25, 2014
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Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

I'm looking forward to reports on this. I'd have gone to the inaugural one, but I have to take the kids somewhere at 10am.

Jul 19, 2014
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Random San Diego restaurant history

I remember Su Casa and Mario's. :-)

Jul 13, 2014
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Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

We once did a work lunch "budget" harbor cruise by bringing a Saffron picnic basket onto the Coronado ferry.

Jul 09, 2014
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WSJ Gives SD Some Props

It was good, although not quite as uniformly good as the last time we were there several months ago. I loved the kangaroo steak frites that time, but this time the antelope sliders were a little less done than I prefer (not defective, mind you), and the fried quail & waffle didn't hit the "perfect" zone (benchmark: Linkery's chicken & waffle at brunch) with the "syrup" being a bit more acidic than I preferred.

The rabbit/boar/buffalo sausage platter was great, the devilled eggs solid, my wife's drink was excellent and my son enjoyed his wild style burger as usual. Next time I'll get the [wild beast] steak frites again.

Jul 03, 2014
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WSJ Gives SD Some Props

Damn, we just ate there on Saturday, too.

Jul 01, 2014
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WSJ Gives SD Some Props

Is anyone selling a breakfast burrito with uni, yet?

Wild boar bacon (or Palomar grassfed fried tripe or machaca), eben haezer organic eggs (or ostrich or emu), wild herbs (sage?), potatoes (maybe Currant-style tater tots), fresh salsa and uni.

Jul 01, 2014
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