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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...

about 12 hours ago
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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...

about 14 hours ago
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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
The Office Goat in San Diego

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
The Office Goat in San Diego

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
The Office Goat in San Diego

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
The Office Goat in San Diego

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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WSJ Gives SD Some Props

But I like zinfandel...

... and mussels. :(

Jun 30, 2014
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Bijou- Woo-HOO!

Hmmm ... well, the kids do like their oofs.
But they haven't even been to Tapenade yet.

Jun 27, 2014
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Water Grill going into the Palm Restaurant in East Village. .

Depo exhibits all over the crosswalk, and the light changing ... ugh. 20 years ago but it's still with me.

Fortunately my moniker is more of a gastronomic reference (also, I was all alone in the street except for the traffic, so nobody knew). ;-)

Jun 24, 2014
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Water Grill going into the Palm Restaurant in East Village. .

Used to eat at WG a bunch of times on work trips when staying at the Biltmore (loved the old mural in the lobby) or working in an office across the street.
I still have nightmares about spilling a luggage-carrier load of boxes of papers all over the intersection between the office and the hotel.

Also a chinese place (Mon Kee?) not too far away.

Jun 24, 2014
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If I had Magical Restaurant Powers, I'd :

I really, really enjoyed hungover weekend breakfasts at Spice Rack. :(

Jun 19, 2014
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what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

Clone Viva Las Arepas (of Las Vegas) and put it within 10 miles of my house.

When I was a little kid (Nixon Admin?), there was a shack in the middle of the Oceanside Pier that sold smoked fish. I'd like that place to come back, and to have the option of really good bagles, that smoked fish with some cream cheese for breakfast on weekends.

Jun 11, 2014
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"America’s 20 Best Barbecue Cities"

Turned out pretty good, after all. But it would been a disaster without the foil - the drip pan (which would have been sloshing with a bunch of ribs or a full-size brisket) only had a teeny bit of moisture and fat when I went to clean it this morning. Foiling and adding liquid to the foil kept it from turning into a triangular hockey puck. Flavor was good and the 4 of us only left a few slices for leftovers, but lesson learned and I'll stick to the cryovac'ed aurochs briskets from smart&final or similar-size cuts when the inclination for a long smoke in the Cookshack strikes.

Jun 01, 2014
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