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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Cool, I made a reservation at Bracero for Saturday and Cucina Urbana for Sunday.

I was thinking about the mariscos food trucks and it seems it won't be that out of the way to go to one of these trucks. What's the difference as it seems some of them have the same pictures? Would they definitely be there for lunch?

about 6 hours ago
krystle920 in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Thank you for all the suggestions again! I think we're thinking of itinerary now.

Saturday, 28th
-drive down
-Green Flash brewery?
-lunch - Mariscos truck or Bracero?
-check in
-dinner - Comun?
-Ballast Point brewery?

Sunday, August 29th
-yoga on beach
-late breakfast at hotel
-check out
-Balboa Park
-North Park
-Modern Times brewery
-dinner - Cucina Urbana?

I really want to try Mariscos Alex or Mariscos Los Pescadores, but it's really out of the way for us given how much we're driving already from LA. Are there other similar trucks that are closer?

There are no more reservations for Bracero for dinner so lunch might be better. The website says that lunch is only the left half of the menu so not sure if that would still be worth it.

Comun looks really interesting and fun. Also reasonably priced with decent atmosphere. It is a dinner maybe if we feel like venturing out of Coronado. Otherwise, it might be Leroy's or Stake then.

Thoughts on Cucina Urbana? Seems like good reviews overall. By this time, we might also be tired of Mexican.

1 day ago
krystle920 in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Reviving this thread. We're driving down again to San Diego this weekend. This time, we're staying in Coronado.

Last year, we tried Oscar's in La Jolla which we enjoyed. The fish tacos were good, but the outstanding tacos were really the more unique ones like the pulpo and other seafood. This time, we're thinking of hitting Mariscos Alex on the way down for lunch on Saturday. Are there just two locations in San Diego? Which one should we go to? Should we go to another truck instead like Mariscos German?

We also tried Carnitas Shake Shack last year. We were disappointed. The food was just okay and nothing unique. It was also on the heavy and greasy side. Tasted more typical American.

We are thinking of hitting the 30 on 30th in North Park on Sunday afternoon/evening. Any tips? Any suggestions for Sunday dinner?

For Saturday dinner, we are thinking of just staying in Coronado. Thinking of trying Leroy's maybe. Is Coronado very walkable? Thinking it might feel more like a vacation if we just enjoy the beach vibe versus driving to downtown San Diego for dinner. The restaurants at The Del seem really pricey.

Aug 26, 2015
krystle920 in San Diego

Cho Sun, Soo Won, or Kang Ho Dong?

Thanks! How much should we expect to spend per person at Quarters and Gwang Yong? We can eat a lot, but we also don't really drink.

Mar 27, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Cho Sun, Soo Won, or Kang Ho Dong?

Cho Sun and Soo Won take reservations which is a big bonus for 4 people. Kang Ho Dong seems like the best value? We are more into beef than pork in general. We have already tried Park's (loved their ribeye) so we want to try something else. Anything else to consider? Thanks!

Mar 26, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

I heard from a Peruvian coworker that the go-to place for authentic Peruvian is this stretch in Van Nuys. Supposedly where you can find the best pollo a la brasa and lomo saltado in LA.

Jan 28, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Buffalo Wings for Super Bowl party?

We're located in Burbank, but traveling to eastern SGV for the party. Chinese wings are great, but we are having pizza so thinking traditional wings this time, or at least not Asian.

Speaking of Chinese wings, has anyone found East-coast style Chinese takeout wings here in LA? It's hard to describe. Not really a salt and pepper flavor, but maybe some 5-spice?

Jan 28, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Buffalo Wings for Super Bowl party?

Wingstop has awesome Lemon Pepper so I might pick up those there. What flavors are good at Wing Street and BWW?

Jan 28, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Buffalo Wings for Super Bowl party?

Where do you buy reasonably-priced Buffalo Wings (take-out) for a Super Bowl party? So far, I found the following.

Wingstop - $69.99 for 100 pieces
Wingstreet - $32 for 48 pieces
Buffalo Wild Wings - $67.99 for 80 pieces

Any suggestions are welcome!

Jan 26, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Indian buffet, but for dinner

Indian lunch buffets are pretty ubiquitous, but where can you find an Indian dinner buffet in the greater Los Angeles area?

Haveli in Tustin has one, but where else?

Jan 11, 2015
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Oahu and Maui - where to eat? Coming from LA

Thanks for the suggestions.

Big City Diner is open on Christmas which is a plus. Any thoughts on Home Bar and Grill? I tried calling them but no one is answering.

Also, do you guys have any suggestions for good happy hours for tropical drinks with a view overlooking Waikiki? So far, it seems Hula Grill and Mai Tai Bar (in Alo Moana) is doing it. I called Duke's too but they said they do not offer happy hour.

Dec 24, 2014
krystle920 in Hawaii

Oahu and Maui - where to eat? Coming from LA

Thanks, it seems that Big City Diner is open as well on Christmas.

For NYE, we will be in Kihei. Monkeypod seems like a good option.

Yeah, we're debating whether to do RTH since it mixed reviews. Would you recommend just exploring upcountry Maui and towns like Paia, Makawao, etc?

Dec 24, 2014
krystle920 in Hawaii

Oahu and Maui - where to eat? Coming from LA

We will be in Oahu from December 25th to 28th, and Maui from December 28th to January 1st. We are actually arriving in HNL on Christmas Day around 330 pm. What do you think would be open that day for a late lunch, and dinner that evening? Anything near Kailua for dinner?

Yes, we will have a car in both islands so that gives us flexibility in moving around.

Also, do you have any suggestions for New Year's Eve? We are okay with spending a bit more, maybe around $50 a person.

We are considering going to Hana and Haleakala National Park in Maui. Do you have any recommendations for upcountry restaurants?

Thanks for the tip on Paia Fish Market. I think we'll skip it then if it's more similar to a traditional mainland seafood shack.

Dec 24, 2014
krystle920 in Hawaii

Oahu and Maui - where to eat? Coming from LA

We just booked a last minute trip to Hawaii for the holidays. We are staying 3 nights in Kailua (Oahu), 2 nights in Lahaina (Maui), and 2 nights in Kihei (Maui).

We are looking for reasonably priced, local food with an emphasis on Hawaiian cuisine. Coming from LA, we are not sure if it's worth trying any Japanese (maybe Okinawan?), Korean, or Vietnamese (The Pig and the Lady), given what we already have.

So far, our list is as follows. Any additional suggestions are welcome!

-Uncle Clay’s
-Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop
-Paalaa Kai Bakery
-Diamond Head Cove – kava
-Fiji Kava – kava
-Kona Abalone
-Tamashiro Market
-Duke's for happy hour drinks

-Geste Shrimp Truck
-Eskimo Candy
-Paia Fish Market
-Da Kitchen Café
-Local Food
-Foodland Farms
-Maui Fresh Streatery
-Poi by the Pound
-Sugar Beach Bake Shop
-Maui Grown Coffee - to buy coffee to take home
-Maui Coffee Roasters - to buy coffee to take home

Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle, and Gazebo all have mixed reviews, but given the lack of other dinner options in Lahaina, we're not sure if we should consider those.

It would be great if you also have suggestions for the best of the following dishes.
-loco moco
-plate lunch
-lau lau
-lomi salmon
-kalua pork

Thanks in advance!

Dec 23, 2014
krystle920 in Hawaii

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Speaking of service, for me, another sign is having non-Chinese servers.

Sep 12, 2014
krystle920 in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

I love Chinese food (primarily HK style Cantonese) and having lived in the East Coast and now in LA, I thought I'd share my red flags for spotting a NOT Authentic Chinese restaurant. Here goes.

-Pu Pu Platter
-Yang Chow Fried Rice that is brown
-serving crispy fried noodles with duck or mustard sauce before the meal
-Crab Rangoon

Sep 11, 2014
krystle920 in General Topics

Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

so where do you get the best fried cheese curds in milwaukee? or wisconsin?

Aug 29, 2014
krystle920 in Great Lakes

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Craft beer is definitely on our list. We have visited Stone before so thinking of dropping by Lost Abbey or Alesmith. Seems like those are the highly rated places on Beer Advocate. Another option is to go to a craft beer bar instead.

Aug 20, 2014
krystle920 in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

We are visiting San Diego for the weekend, and trying to figure out what to eat that's a unique strength of the area. My initial thought is to focus on more specific Mexican food not widely available in LA. Mariscos German might be a good option (to compare with Ricky's Fish Tacos and Mariscos Jalisco in LA) - which location would be on the way to San Diego?

Aqui es Texcoco seemed interesting but I guess they just opened a branch in LA so no need to go there. Super Cocina seemed promising, but the consensus seems to be that it's just solid home cooking, and not mind blowing. Carnitas Shake Shack seems popular but not sure if it's really that flavorful/authentic or just a cool concept.

Thoughts? We are open to any type of cuisine. We are staying at Del Mar so probably looking to have lunch and dinner around San Diego on Saturday night, and just have brunch around Del Mar or surrounding beaches for lunch on Sunday.

Aug 19, 2014
krystle920 in San Diego

Where to buy coffee beans?

Yeah, probably would't want to roast the coffee myself. Should have clarified that I would want whole bean - ready to grind coffee. =)

Jul 22, 2014
krystle920 in Greater Seattle

Where to buy coffee beans?

Looking for a good source for reasonably priced, high quality coffee beans. Thinking of something like Porto Rico in NY. No nonsense coffee where you can get Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for $9.99/lb. It seems that most of the hipster brands sell their coffee for more like $15-20/lb because of the branding. Any suggestions?

Jul 22, 2014
krystle920 in Greater Seattle

Where would you eat in Vancouver if you were visiting from LA?

Vij's and Vij's Rangoli both look pretty interesting. Is Vij's worth the cost? My benchmark for fine dining Indian is Rasika in DC where you feel that the food is really a step up from your standard Indian. Vij's Rangoli is cheaper but not sure if it's harder to get to without a car.

How many dishes do you need to order in Pidgin to get full? Are dishes small? The pork belly rice bowl is only $15 so not sure if it's possible to just order 3 dishes total for 2 people.

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

the problem is it's all gastropubs.

AYCE Sushi in 2014

It seems a lot of AYCE sushi places have closed. We're looking for AYCE sushi within 20-30 minutes of downtown LA that doesn't have a time limit. (1 hour seems a bit rushed). So far, I found Yoshino Sushi in San Gabriel, but nothing else, which is odd considering the popularity of the concept. Any suggestions? It would be for 6 people so places that limit it to the sushi bar are also out of the question. Thanks in advance!

Jul 10, 2014
krystle920 in Los Angeles Area

Where would you eat in Vancouver if you were visiting from LA?

We are visiting Vancouver for 6 days in August, and we were wondering where we should eat considering we are from LA. I know Vancouver is particularly known for excellent Chinese, but LA certainly has enough as well. Are there any unique regional Asian cuisine that is better in Vancouver than in LA? Should we focus on Pacific Northwest with a touch of Asian influence?

I've done some initial research, and Kingyo and Pidgin seem interesting. Our budget is around $15-20 a person before tax and tip.

We are staying in the downtown (Coast Coal Harbour and Rosewood Hotel) and would not have a car so probably nothing in the suburbs, but we can take public transportation within the city.

Why are "Westernized" restaurants so much more expensive than ethnic places?

It's a shame there's not more of these types of Chinese restaurants in the US. It would really elevate the perception of the cuisine. Not the white table cloth, single serving, Western-format style, but the family style, chandelier, plush carpeting type restaurant that serves super fresh seafood, sharks fin soup, etc.

Dec 30, 2013
krystle920 in General Topics

What food is so much better during lunch or during dinner?

I was just thinking - it seems there are certain foods that are really so much better during either lunch or dinner. For me, they are as follows.

Better during lunch:
-lobster roll

Better during dinner:

Dec 29, 2013
krystle920 in General Topics

Why are "Westernized" restaurants so much more expensive than ethnic places?

I've always eaten at ethnic places and fortunately, haven't really encountered dirty food. I think it's a matter of getting used to. Same reason why a lot of Americans get sick when they eat food in Asia or South America.

Dec 29, 2013
krystle920 in General Topics

Why are "Westernized" restaurants so much more expensive than ethnic places?

I feel like you can't really compare getting a tuna sandwich or chicken wrap with what you get at an ethnic place. At a Chinese takeout, for $5-6, you get a full beef with broccoli serving complete with white or fried rice. It's hot food that may be eaten for both lunch or dinner. I feel like paying $5 for a cold tuna sandwich isn't really the same. It's really more of a lunch thing and you probably still need to get a side of chips for $2. Not as filling in the end too.

Dec 29, 2013
krystle920 in General Topics

Why are "Westernized" restaurants so much more expensive than ethnic places?

By Westernized, I meant either typical restaurants that serve American/New-American/Continental type food or even restaurants that serve Asian food but are owned by Western people. Examples that come to mind are Khe Yo, Uncle Boons, Red Farm in NYC. Places where you probably find the exact or similar dish at an ethnic place for $10-15, while their restaurants serve it for $25.

In terms of wages, don't most places (even fancy ones) pay their servers the $2 or so minimum then have them rely on tips? That doesn't like much compared to what authentic ethnic places pay. Even if it's $0, that's only a $2 difference.

In terms of ingredients, I agree there are many awesome restaurants out there that are sourcing from farmer's markets or nearby farms. But then again, I would bet a lot of them still source from convenient Sysco.

At the end of the day, I agree it's really what people are willing to pay. As long as there is a class of people willing to spend $30-40 a head per meal on a regular basis, owners looking to earn more would always try to aim for this slice of the pie vs the high volume immigrant market. I certainly know enough people willing to pay this mark up instead of eating at a white-lights place even if the food is exactly the same or even better. Just makes me sad.

Dec 28, 2013
krystle920 in General Topics