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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

Chow worthy in Encinitas - guests coming from Chicago

Concur with Bull Taco; we live in Carlsbad and always bring guests there. The food is ...adequate, but the ocean view and the location as a beach camping snack bar is incredible. A true San Diego location.

Q'ero clearly the best in the neighborhood.

Jan 07, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Visiting San Diego what should I NOT miss?

Carnitas Snack Shack

Jan 07, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego
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Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

31 flavors menu from the original BLAIS Restaurant in Atlanta circa 2005

Jan 07, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

Iris.... it was in a very sketchy part of East Atlanta in a renovated gas station. The food was amazing and it was a major foodie destination, but the semi-dangerous location kept the masses away. I think the final straw was when a vendor got killed in the parking lot.

I had the sad pleasure of being at Iris the night it closed. A very drunk Nicolas bemoaned that he was sure "the Cheesecake Factory was full that night"

Both Panos & Paul and Peasant Bistro are closed. That said, Atlanta has developed into an excellent restaurant town.

Jan 07, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

All our favorite Atlanta chefs are following us out here. Nicolas Bour (Avant, formerly of Iris in Atlanta) here also.

Jan 06, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Best Restaurant Meal in 2013 ?

Aji de Gallina at Q'ero in Encinitas

Out of SD, finally, finally got a reservation at The French Laundry, and totally worth it.

Jan 03, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

As relocated Atlantans, we're thrilled RIchard is coming west. We were big fans before Top Chef, went to all his many restaurants, including a 31 course tasting menu at his eponymous restaurant Blais (short-lived and way ahead of its time in Atlanta).

Don't define Blais as just a "molecular gastronomist"; while innovative and modernist, he is also the most talented chef overall that I have ever experienced. Eating at his restaurants is a unique experience.

Hopefully he won't be restrained in presentation at Juniper and Ivy, and goes all out with his innovative cuisine.

Jan 03, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego
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Business dinner in Miami

Looking for a great business dinner location in Miami (staying in Key Biscayne, but will travel). I am looking for an interesting, excellent location. No stodgy steak houses or boring fine dining establishments; I want a foodies place. Price not really a concern.

Versailles - Little Havana, Miami

"The food, while good, is not fine dining or “knock your socks off” Cubano cuisine. If that is what you seek then look elsewhere."

Verailles sounds wonderful, but I am looking for the "fine dining knocks your socks off" as I am taking important business clients..... any suggestions? Cuban would be ideal, but not critical.

Business Dinner in Nashville

Looking for a place for a great business dinner in Nashville. Not a stuffy steakhouse, but a place that has good, interesting foodie food. Hints appreciated