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North County: Searching for holiday dinner resto to please the in-laws...

As a member of a certain ethnic/religious group, I can assure you all the Chinese restaurants are open

Nov 19, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

North County: Searching for holiday dinner resto to please the in-laws...

Make sure you get reservations early. It's small and frequently full.

Nov 19, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

North County: Searching for holiday dinner resto to please the in-laws...

Q'ero in Encinitas meets all your criteria. Great food, small and cute ambience, right price range.

Nov 14, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Good restos near Carlsbad

Tried Ignite. Eh.

Oct 10, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner for 7 in the city tomorrow night

Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot.... fun and delicious

Oct 10, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Here's some choices when you take out the craft beer and also branching out into neighboring towns:

Ruby's- Oceanside Pier: Average chain burgers and fries, but at the end of a 200 yard pier with fisherman and such. Kids love it, adults endure it.

West Steak House, Reasonably good steakhouse, pricy

Priority Public House: This works for beer too, good food in a pubby atmosphere, kid friendly even if it doesn't look it.

Blue Ribbon Pizza (Encinitas): Very good pizza, and some craft beer.

Craftsman Tavern (Encinitas: Good food, good beers too,

Fish 101 (Encinitas)

Agree with above post for Fish House Veracruz, vehemently disagree with Casa Bandini

Oct 06, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Substitute "lots of" for good/great and Tip Top meat and it's accurate (or you can substitute mediocre too)

Oct 06, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Great Food + Craft Beer + Carlsbad + Young Kids = (9+3*47*+3)/(9*2-18)

Oct 05, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

So what was the final choice?

Oct 03, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

When my son was 3, we were proud foodies as he ate a variety of interesting and different foods. We always offered him a variety of interesting and different foods. Somewhere around 5 it changed and we are pretty sure he would have starved if not for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Just now at 11 the adventurousness is just coming back. Fasten your seatbelt.

Oct 01, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Good restos near Carlsbad

Had dinner this weekend at Chandler's at the Carlsbad Hilton. Going in it had two strikes against it; hotel food is usually mediocre at best (and Chandler's is the usual house brand of Hilton and meets that criteria) and also it is right across from the ocean and I have the rule "Good View Bad Food" generally holds up. It was actually quite good. I had a wood-fired pizza that had a nice crust and toppings; my wife had a crab-crusted sea bass that she though quite good (couldn't taste; I'm crablergic). Apps were good, and drinks were served water glass sized rather than mini cocktail glass sized and were good and intoxicating.

The food, while well above typical hotel and quite good and excellent for Carlsbad (not saying much) doesn't rank with the best of San Diego by any means, but when you pull together the whole package, it's pretty great.

It is right across from Carlsbad/Ponto Beach, with an excellent sunset view. They have a great outdoor patio with fire pits and (on the weekends) and nice three piece Latin group playing soft music. The effect, with the good food was quite pleasing and worth a trip.

Oct 01, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

There's the answer, make the kids read the first chapter of Modernist Cuisine, then take them to Tender Greens and order the Thai Grilled Octopus!

Just curious, honkman, what's your kid status?

Oct 01, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Young Kids + Craft Beer + Carlsbad = Pizza Port
Great Food + Craft Beer + Carlsbad ≠ Pizza Port

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

While at LEGOLAND, you are right next to Karl Strauss Brewery which I think will meet your needs while in Carlsbad. A fun place with kids in the general Carlsbad area is Bull Taco in Cardiff. The food is pretty good, but it is right on the ocean in a campground snack bar and kids love it. Pizza Port in Carlsbad and Solana Beach has decent (though not exceptional) but an incredible beer selection, as well as brewing their own.

Sep 30, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Bread yeast and flour in SD

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

On the go near the airport

Challenge... accepted.

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

I didn't say good, but it is clearly edible and if you stick to bar basics and fried stuff, it reaches decent. If you order the salmon at an arcade, then you deserve what you get.

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

On the go near the airport

As a frequent traveler I often land back in San Diego in the early evening, hungry and ready to eat. The food in Terminal 1 is pitiful (Terminal 2 a bit better)and I am looking for a place near the airport (or en-route to Carlsbad) where I can pick up a good dinner. A few criteria:

Needs to be quick (though call ahead works)
Ideally, though not absolutely, can be eaten in the car while driving
Easy/free parking, or even drive through
No standard fast food restaurants
Needs to be good, fancy not necessary
Ethnic food great, the ethnicer the better!

When I lived in Atlanta, I had Grecian Gyro (known to all in Atlanta as Nick's) a hole in the wall gyro place, a gas station (really) with excellent bbq sausage, or an occasional stop at Abdullah the Butcher House Ribs, believe it or not a Chinese food place owned by a retired professional wrestler; if Abudllah was there he'd give you an autographed picture.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

What about one of those Murder Mystery Dinners, (www.thedinnerdetective.com), around $50 dinner and a show.

You can rent a room at Dave and Busters, decent food and fun for that age crowd. This is probably your best option.

Lot's of the boat companies in the harbor have dinner cruises, hornblower.com

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

Two suggestions.... Benihana or one of that Japanese Grill ilk; perfect for non-foodies who will love the food (and they'll think they are being adventurous eating Japanese food) and you should be able to choke it down.

Also, the Shout House, basic bar food with dueling pianos and singing and such.

Have fun!

Sep 23, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Lucky's Pizza and Ale- San Elijo

Native New Yorkers claim a special affinity for pizza, and can be snobs about it, and I fit that criteria. Since moving to Carlsbad 3 years ago, I've not been able to find a great neighborhood pizzeria, or really even a decent one. I've tried place after place, and been dissatisfied. In our general neck of the woods, I've really enjoyed Blue Ribbon, but it's quite a drive, and not really a neighborhood place, more of a Neapolitan upscale kind of place.

Several months ago, Lucky's Pizza and Ale opened in San Marcos and after a few months of getting their act together, is able to generate a very good pizza; tasty sauce (when they opened, they were light on the sauce, but that is corrected), high quality toppings and cheese and an excellent crispy crust. If you were to plop this down this place in a NY neighborhood, it would be considered a perfectly acceptable neighborhood joint. Compared to what you get in San Diego in general, it's first class. Try their carne pizza, with a long stripe of tounge looking prosciutto.

Salads in most pizza joints are some chunks of lettuce and tomatoes with some oily dressing. The chopped salad at Lucky's is really a great salad, lots of ingredients and flavor with an excellent dressing. They have a couple other salads but I haven't been able to get past ordering the chopped.

They're keeping quality by keeping a pretty limited menu; pretty much pizza and salads only, and a side of meatballs too.

If you eat in, they have an interesting selection of 3 craft beers on tap, as well as artisan sodas in the machine.

I'm hoping many try this place, as I'm anxious to keep this great non-chain pizza option open a block from my house. Mangia!

Aug 25, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Getting my son with autism to eat/Vaca Frita

I should clarify my questions... I am looking for recipes reminiscent of vaca frita; generalizing that flavor and texture profile into other foods.

We have lots of resources on food in general.

Aug 15, 2014
RdBchAndy in Home Cooking

Getting my son with autism to eat/Vaca Frita

My son has autism, and getting foods in him that he will eat is always a challenge. We have discovered he LOVES Vaca Frita, which we make from the Memories of Cuban Kitchen (great cookbook), basically flank steak boiled for an our, shredded, marinated in lime and lemon and then fried with onions till crispy. Also, he is on a special diet with very restricted grains/sugar intake.

The challenge: Some other recipes he will love (or at least eat). He's getting skinny. We've had lots of other foods, but they drop off.

Aug 15, 2014
RdBchAndy in Home Cooking

racion, not half bad not great.

I've eaten here twice after seeing rave reviews in various articles extolling Pasadena cuisine. Nothing was better than OK, and much wasn't good at all. Glad to see others agree; normally I consider myself to have a reasonably sophisticated palate, and I just didn't get it.

Mar 17, 2014
RdBchAndy in Los Angeles Area

Best Chili in the area?

Chili con carne, though, while not the question, always open for a great chile verde stop.

Feb 02, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Best Chili in the area?

I live in Carlsbad but will travel for chili!

Jan 31, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Best Chili in the area?

My wife has a craving for really good chili.... any suggestions?

Jan 31, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Sweetbreads?

Not really an answer to the question, as it's not in SD County, but just a bit farther down the road to Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza is outstanding, and part of a French menu.

Jan 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Are all Nutmeats sterilized in CA?

Only almonds have to be sterilized. Nuts are likely to be heated as part of removing the shells and preparing for sale, but not pasteurized. Almonds are fundamentally different, because they are actually not nuts, but the seed of the almond tree. Think of the stone in a plum; that's what an almond is the equivalent of.

Jan 12, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Chow worthy in Encinitas - guests coming from Chicago

Pacifica Del Mar, stretching North County a bit, has something you can't get in Chicago; an ocean view (lakes don't count). It defies the good view/bad food rule I've always maintained.

Jan 11, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego