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Yuma

I think the fish and shrimp tacos at El Cositas are the best in town. The chipilones with shrimp is something new to me. During the day, Juanitas on 8th near Ave A has good seafood coceteles and passable fish/shrimp tacos. there is a small truck on Ave B between 12th and 8th that does good seafood tacos, but is only open during the day. Also in that area on B is a place called (I think) Angry Ginger that I have not yet tried.

The best Mexican seafood selection is Mariscos Mar Azul, which is a restaurant actually on 5th Ave at the back of a strip mall between 4th and 5th around 13th St.

I also like the pupusas at Pupusas Maria at B and 8th.

Truth be told, I haven't been to every truck open this winter, so if you find something interesting, be sure to post.

about 3 hours ago
Ed Dibble in Southwest

Central Coast Fine Dining?

Paso Robles has become a great food/wine area. In addition to places mentioned already, we loved Thomas Hill Organics the last time we were in the area - though that was not recently (unfortunately).

Apr 07, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

You just brought back terrible memories of a Thanksgiving where my sister in law added Sprite (or some such) to a nice Bordeaux I'd brought special for the occasion. Shudder.

Apr 02, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Yuma

Los Manjares has declined somewhat since Pepe opened a branch restaurant out in Foothills. Nonetheless, chicken dishes like chicken taco salad, chicken enchiladas, boneless chicken plate, and wonderful Sinaloa chicken are still usually pretty good. In addition, Pepe’s special (pork in tomatillo sauce) and the Wednesday daily special (pork in chipotle sauce) are both good. Sometimes service is lacking, but prices are always low.
Mar Azul is a good Mexican seafood house. Dishes like whole fish, filet of fish, campechana (mixed seafood) cocktail, tacos gobernador and the decent fish and shrimp tacos are good.
Mi Rancho is pretty standard large Mexican restaurant, with outstanding salsa and a very wide menu including dishes like Birria de Chivo, Carne in su jugo, and barbecoa as well as more common dishes – generally prepared well with generally good service.
Recently we’ve been eating fairly often at La Flor. It is very homestyle with a range of good Mexican soups – de pollo, pozole, albondigas, siete mares, de res. Also they have excellent green chile and the laaarrrge flour tortillas.

Herraduras has a great cheese crisp and excellent chips and salsa. I also like the fish fillet in Ranchero sauce, the enchiladas and the potato tacos; the people are nice the decor is good for Yuma Mexican restaurant, but prices seem a little high for what you get.
There is a taco truck culture thriving in Yuma these days. The newest and trendiest location for the trucks is on Pacific from 16th St. to 24th St. where there are a couple of clusters of trucks. I haven't been to all of them, but I have had a few good evenings trying one or the other. When the weather is nice, it is a true Yuma experience. On the other hand, my favorite local taco truck is in an empty lot with a couple of other trucks on Fortuna in Foothills, not far from Walgreens. My favorite is El Cositas in the back of the lot. The best fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and asada tacos in town. They also have vampiras, the taco/tostada cross with cheese and asada on a crunchy flat shell, and chipilones, asada, cheese, and roasted green chili on a regular tortilla.
You do not want to eat Italian food in Yuma. Let me repeat: do not eat Italian food in Yuma. Consider yourself warned.
For a steakhouse, my favorite by far is the oldest restaurant in town, Jack & Rosies, which dates back to the 1930s and is located in a residential area at 1551 W 5th St. It is like a trip back to the 50s with old-school music on the jukebox, and old-fashioned full bar, and tables with plastic tablecloths. The steaks are generally pretty tasty in a simple and straightforward way and considering that they come with soup, salad, and sides, they are reasonably priced. One warning, their steaks cooked rare are extremely rare.

Apr 01, 2014
Ed Dibble in Southwest
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Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

I think the best under 5 buck wines I've been buying the last few years come from a local liquor store that has a stock of close outs etc. The best I've had recently: Mendelson 2006 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard pinot noir; Lambert Bridge 2003 Merlot; a couple different Mendocino Fire Station Reds from 2007 - one a redblend, the other a cabernet Sauv; Windmill Lodi Sirah 2006; and a Shardana Sardinian Red 2005. The guy also carries some real clunkers, but all of these listed are well worth double what I pay. Browsing the back of stores or going to smaller discount outfits can sometimes lead to goood deals.

Mar 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Ba Ren Sichuan - I Really Miss It

In fact, Kirk has recently posted on a new place on Convoy operated by one of the underling chefs from Ba Ren. I haven't been there, but you can see what Kirk has to say.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

I think he's done another post on the place as well.

Jan 22, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Sushi (Especially Uni) Near Asilomar?

Just a note - the uni at most reputable sushi bars in CA will far exceed anything in the middle of the US. Some of the very best uni in the world is sourced from the waters off CA. You might do well to research the best sushi bar in the area, irrespective of where you went last time. It would have good uni.

Jan 18, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Central Coast Town for short stay?

Gotta agree with everyone. Cabeza almost always one of the tastiest taco truck choices. But maybe the problem is fancied up versions.

Jan 12, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Kurniawan trial: Defence witness judges majority of trial exhibits fakes

So the most important lesson I get from this is that one should only buy wines that she/he considers affordable, expect the wine to be good and pleasurable, serve the wine in nice circumstances, and enjoy it. Overall, a much better policy than blowing a wad on a bottle that then must meet the most exacting standards.

Dec 18, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Golden Tee @ Monterey Airport (MRY)

Thanks, I appreciate, but the sardine pasta recipe is the only difference (I think). Don't worry about the tomato bread soup - I still remember how to make that - I just can't get stellar crusty Italian loaves and overripe heirloom tomatoes like in Monterey.

Dec 18, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Golden Tee @ Monterey Airport (MRY)

Thanks for the link to the John Pisto recipes. I lived in Mty when his show was first on TV. Learned a lot. Unfortunately, that link has only a very few of his recipes from the original programs. I know he did bread and tomato soup and canned sardine pasta sauce among many other things.

But I'd forgotten about Sole Dore - thanks again!

Dec 17, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Holiday Tamales

December 21 is Tamale Festival in Somerton AZ. Yeh, I know, 3 hours away, but 30 or more vendors of different homemade tamales - many available by the dozen to go - of more styles and varieties than I knew existed. Starts at 11 am and continues long after my bedtime.

And many of them are the best tamales I've ever eaten.

Dec 13, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Any recommendations: winery in Ramona?

Thanks Beach Chick for the references. A lot of them are new to me.

Don't Forget Shadow Mountain past Warner Springs. Small family run operation at over 3,000 ft that makes some very distinctive and (to my tastebuds at least) good wines.

Dec 02, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

Sultan has closed . . . sad.

Dec 01, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Again, I want to thank everyone for the recs and ideas. Chowhounds always provide helpful info. Next visit, I may go to some of the other spots suggested. If anybody would like to read more about the places I visited, posts including pictures can be found at the mmm-yoso blog . http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/p...

Nov 13, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

Monte Ducay - Spanish from Carinena. Currently the 2009 is in stock. I think it's fine everyday wine. Good with pizza or pasta.

Nov 01, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks again to all. Some highlights;

We went first to Bink's Midtown. Loved the food, loved the focus on produce, loved the preparations. But all the dishes came out at basically the same time. But we'd happily go back.

Pane Bianco for lunch on Saturday. Nice sandwiches in an interesting space. Got some tasty bread to go as well.

Tarbell's for dinner. Some dishes fabulous, some just very good. Our favorites were Mr Fish (Acadian Redfish, cellophane noodles, etc) and the mixed greens salad. Scallops also cooked perfectly. Wonderful wine list. Stellar service. Kindof pricey though.

On our way out of town, had excellent pho at Pho 43. A real gem of a place.

Nov 01, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks so much for the info. You had convinced us to try NOCA ("Bill Hunt sent me" :-) ) but it is closed for dinner -- for renovations? because it's still not in season? So we will probably try Tarbell's. We just can't find anything like that down here.

The other meals are still up in the air, but Bink's midtown is certainly a possibility or one of the Bianca places.

Thanks to everyone for the interesting recs. Hopefully others will find them helpful as well. I will report back.

ed

Oct 24, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Oh, and a local couple here recommended Tarbell's. Said they had a great meal there. Would it make a good choice? Is it worth it? How does it match up with Bink's Midtown?

Thanks again for all the responses.

Oct 20, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks for the info. I really like izakayas and the menu of Nobuo looks tasty. But I can find similar in San Diego. Appreciate the response and the Trattoria Biaco info. Thanks

Oct 20, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks. Some great suggestions!!

Oct 09, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks. My SO used to live in the area and loves Pane Bianco. But she may want something different this trip - but you never know.

Oct 09, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Hey Hounds, we have plans to be in Phoenix the last weekend of the month to look around, go to museums, and eat. Probably we will stay in Central Phoenix, but we will have a car and can/will travel for something worthwhile. We eat just about everything, but we live down in Yuma so border Mexican food is not what we are looking for. While we can spend money, a reasonably priced restaurant serving good food is preferred to expensive pretentiousness. Asian is fine, but it needs to be really excellent as we go to San Diego often. A place with a good wine selection would be a plus. Anyway, where would you go in Phoenix for a couple of dinners and maybe a lunch if you could just go where you wanted?

Thx in advance,

Ed

Oct 07, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

Just had a bottle of the Goats do Roam South African chenin bl and viognier 2012. Fuller flavored than the Pine Ridge, but not as flowery in the nose. But at $5.99 in CA, a real steal.

Sep 25, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Monterey non touristy seafood lunch

Good catch. I have eaten at Point Pinos 2 or 3 times, but I haven't been on the peninsula in the last two years. I will pass on your recommendation to my local friends.

Sep 08, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Monterey non touristy seafood lunch

You might try Sandbar and Grill. It is on the commercial pier just east of Fisherman's Wharf. Because of the location It is not overrun with tourists, and the restaurant is slung down from the pier level to the water level so the view is interesting and unique.

It has been a couple years since I ate there, but I thought the service was friendly and the food comparable to Point Pinos Grill and better than my memories of Vivolo's (though I have not been there in Years). It also is fairly close to the aquarium.

Sep 08, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Intro to wine - from a nondrinking family

I liked your post, and I understand how confusing and complicated wine can be since my family did not drink much wine as I was growing up. In addition, most of my life, I have worked in retail or been a student or a teacher, so I have drunk many bottles of inexpensive wine.

I also want to congratulate you on your judgment of the 2 wines you started with; a red moscato is too sweet for most people's taste and not good with most food, and a lot of Pinot Grigios – including Yellowtail – are pretty bland and tasteless. However, you really should not worry as most wines available these days are drinkable and pleasant, if not profound and magnificent.

The first thing to consider is where to buy wine. If you have a small wine retailer, you should start there. There is no dishonor in buying a wine less than $10. The wine salesperson wants repeat business and usually will try to recommend things within your price range. If you are lucky, you may have a large wine/beverage retailer available such as Bev Mo or Trader Joe's. These places should have more choices and often better prices, but sometimes the clerks are less knowledgeable and helpful. Of course, many of us live in places where supermarkets are the only place to purchase wines. In general, unless you live in a state that prohibits discounting, never spend full list price on a bottle of supermarket wine. If you look at a wine shelf in most supermarkets, you will see that from 20 to 40% of the bottles are on discount. That is pretty standard; therefore, a wine may be listed at $12.99, but a careful shopper will usually purchase it for $7.99 or $8.99. If it's not on sale, try something else. Similarly, wine and beverage retailers sometimes have to discount their merchandise to make room for new product or more recent vintages. In most cases, that is a good opportunity to expand your wine horizons without emptying your pocketbook.

In red wines, a beginner on a limited budget should consider trying a couple Shirazes or shiraz blends from Australia. That grape thrives in Australia and produces generally fruity and pleasant wines. Wines from Chile, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Carmenere, are also often good values. In American wines, there are a wide range of drinkable reds from California, but I would encourage you to investigate some of the wines from Columbia Crest, a large Washington state producer whose wines represent a good combination of taste and value – particularly the ones labeled Grand Estates. Their Merlot in particular is a favorite of mine.

Personally I drink fewer white wines, so I will have fewer recommendations. It is been a couple of years since I last had one, but Yellowtail used to produce a decent drinkable riesling, to my taste buds more complex and flavorful than their pinot grigio. I am also fond of Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand. While these wines are often over $10, retailers like Trader Joe's will have them in the $7-$8 range, and Cupcake, a supermarket label, also markets a New Zealand SB for under $10 (at least when discounted). I also like Rieslings from Château Ste Michelle in Washington state and those are available dry, sweet, or in between. Chardonnay is many people's favorite white wine and numerous Chardonnays from California and elsewhere are available for under $10. Try 2 or 3 and find one that you like.

I'm sorry to have gone on so long, but I did want to give you some general advice about where to start. As others have suggested, going to wine tastings, tasting carefully whenever you drink wine, and taking notes about what you like will quickly turn you into an effective wine buyer even on a limited budget.

Sep 05, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Sauvignon blanc vs Chenin blanc

In Mexican seafood houses, I usually order chenin blancs. They just seem better balanced than many other Mexican whites. Monte Xanic is outstanding!

Aug 31, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Food Suggestions for PCH Road trip in September

In Pacific Grove (next to Monterey), try Passionfish for dinner. A lot of local seafood options and an extensive winelist with wines priced at retail.

Aug 27, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Restaurant recommendations for trip to San Diego/La Jolla

I see you are from Massachusetts. The first things I think of would be sushi (very good in SD - try the local uni), and seafood, which would feature different choices than East Coast fare. There is also a large range of border style Mexican food, most of it much better than you can get back home.

Beyond that, you need to provide more info as to where you will be staying, whether you will have a car (recommended), and what you are looking for in terms of price and cuisine.

Aug 25, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego