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San Diego's Best Gyro

I second the nomination for "Olympic Cafe" on Texas & University in North Park. I've been eating their gyros since the 80's; lots of meet, good tsatsiki. Probably not garlicky enough, but a good meal,

Sep 19, 2007
Squirrelpaws in San Diego

Gaslamp Mediocrity--San Diego

Oh baby! Old Trieste, in my opinion, was fantastic. I went to college in upstate New York, and lived in Rhode Island back when Buddy Cianci was mayor of Providence...my wife and I saw him at the Pastafest. We used to travel to the North End and Federal Hill on eating trips. Anyway, we like what I call "East Coast Italian". We ate at La Strada for my wife's birthday and were totally disappointed...never again. We hit Old Trieste for my birthday, and I thought I was back in New England. Absolutely fabulous food...spot-on "East Coast Italian". If you want foo-foo presentation, go elsewhere, but Old Trieste would've been at home on Federal Hill. GO!!

Dec 20, 2006
Squirrelpaws in California

San Diego meal-- Cafe de Thai Poway

Mrs. Squirrelpaws, the little groundhog, & I dined at Cafe de Thai on Community Rd. & Poway Rd. a few days ago. I thought it was excellent.

My background: I like spicy "Thai hot" style Thai food; I thought Sala Thai in the SDSU area was pretty good, I thought Flavor Thai was good but not great (did have the Laotian style papaya salad), and have tried a couple of the Thai places in the strip malls on Mira Mesa Blvd but have not been dazzled. My favorite is Bangkok Cuisine in Reno, but that's a bit of a drive.

Onto the chow:
We started with the crab rolls. Crispy fried sping rolls stuffed with crab and a little bit of shrimp, served with a sweet sauce. Excellent; $6-7 got you two long ones with plenty of crab. I'm usually wary, since I think there won't be enough crab, but these were loaded.

My wife had the green chicken curry, mild. It was her first time ordering mild, and she regretted it...medium next time. Not much spice, and a noticable cumin!?! flavor dominated. Plenty of basil and a good curry, but we both thought it needed heat.

I had a Prik King, which was shrimp and chicken and green beans in a red curry paste, spicy. My daughter and I liked it; good flavor, plenty of shrimp, tasty dish overall.

For those of you concerned about atmosphere, it was a stone tile floor, white tablecloth kind of place...a little more upscale than most Thai places.

Prices were a bit high...$10 for the curry and $12 for my dish, but I won't begrudge them a couple of bucks for such good chow. Also they had a sushi bar in full operation, with some tasty-looking stuff coming out. We dropped $48 inc tax & tip for the above, inc. one large (24oz) Singha.

Bottom line: I'll definitely be back...I think we've found a new "best Thai in SD". (At least up here in North County.)

Dec 13, 2006
Squirrelpaws in California

Seeking bargain-ish sushi near Pearl Harbor

I'm headed back to Oahu next week on business...I always have breakfast at Sam Choy's BLC, I'm considering Mekong Thai after reading good recs here, and I'm looking for a decent bargain sushi place, preferably near Pearl Harbor (while I'll be staying).

Any suggestions? Is Genki Sushi on Kam Hwy any good?

And any general suggestions? I'll likely eat a mixed plate from the Ward Center, or a burger from Kua'aina as well.

-SP

Oct 13, 2006
Squirrelpaws in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Kokopellis Reno Sushi *NOT CLOSED* (Hurray)

No worries Janet...I always appreciate your Reno scoop...not trying to be a weenie, just wanted to prevent other Hounds from freaking out like I did.
Thanks for all the good Reno gouge!
-SP

Sep 14, 2006
Squirrelpaws in California

Kokopellis Reno Sushi *NOT CLOSED* (Hurray)

In a fright last night, I e-mailed Circus Circus to confirm if they closed their sushi bar...my wife and I love the AYCE lunch there.

Their response is below:
Dear Chris, Roberta and Allie,

Kokopelli’s Sushi Bar is STILL OPEN and we have no plans whatsoever to close it. Someone may have got mixed up that our Art Gecko’s Restaurant did close awhile ago and in its place now is Bonici Brothers Pizzeria. But Kokopelli’s is still going strong.

Thank you for your email and I’m glad I could give you the good news.

Best regards,
Louise Walter
Food & Beverage Department
Circus Circus Reno

Sep 14, 2006
Squirrelpaws in California

Reno Trip Report-- Circus Circus, Legacy, Jimbos, Bangkok Cuisine

Went to Jimboys in Carson City, on the 50. Also, as far as Basque goes, I've been going to the JT regularly, but believe quality's gone downhill in the last 3 years...I thought they used to serve strips, now serve sirloin. Is Basque in Reno comparable?
And any recs for AYCE (non-buffet) sushi as good as Kokopelli's?
Tx,
BS

Sep 14, 2006
Squirrelpaws in California

Reno Trip Report-- Circus Circus, Legacy, Jimbos, Bangkok Cuisine

Returned a couple weeks ago from a long weekend in Reno/Carson City/Gardnerville; spent Tues/Weds at the Legacy downtown, then Thurs-Sun at a cabin near Markleeville. We had car trouble and had to rent a car to go home, then drive back the next week (Labor Day) and retrieve our car. (Not fun.) But onto the chow:

-Circus Circus breakfast buffet: Did the $1 buffet thing, and it *sucked*. Rumors of it having improved are BS, unless it was absolutely inedible before. The only redeeming quality was a guy making omelets for you. Other than that, they had lousy bacon, greasy french toast sticks, terrible coffee, and day-old Krispy Kremes. Absolutely gross; stay away. You've been warned. Never again. If you wonder why there's no line, wonder no more.

-Kokopelli's AYCE sushi: Awesome as usual. Stuffed ourselves, friendly service, good price, great fish...enjoyed the eel and the scallop as well as the over-the-top rolls. I have an e-mail in to CC to see if it is really closing, and when...I will be SOOO disappointed. I love this place. (Maybe I need to hit Atlantis or Peppermill?)

-Silver Legacy breakfast buffet: Pretty decent, as far as these places go. I have an 18-mo-old daughter, so it's nice to go to a buffet vice a normal restaurant. They just added an omelet station, so it's a big winner compared to the competition. Good thick bacon, decent french toast, bad pancakes, fair potatoes, pretty good fruit selection. Service is not so great, but whatever...it's a buffet.

-Bangkok Cuisine: Fabulous Thai...better than I can get here in San Diego (not saying much). Wife had a green chix curry; I had a special with an Indian-style curry sauce over spinach with pork...excellent. I had it "Thai-hot" and although they warned me it was hot, I perservered, and am glad I did. So I guess I'd say they are about average on spiciness (like if you get an 8 elsewhere, get an 8 here). Excellent food, decent service, good menu...I'll be back. And my daughter liked the curry from my wife's plate as well.

-Jimbo's: What's the draw? It was OK, but certainly not great, and greasy as can be. I won't be back, especially not at those prices. We had a combo burrito plate, 2 tacos and an enchilada...good sides (rice and beans and salad) but greasy meat dishes. Total was $13, inc a soda, so a little pricey for glorified Taco Bell. Or maybe SD's got me spoiled with the mass amounts of decent Cal-Mex fast food.

Cheers,
-SP

Sep 14, 2006
Squirrelpaws in California