Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

Fake Name's Profile

Title Last Reply

Wine Stores in San Diego

Oh, I do hope to have some of that Papal IPA!!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ac...

1 day ago
Fake Name in San Diego

Wine Stores in San Diego

BEER?

1 day ago
Fake Name in San Diego

Small Redemptions of San Diego

LA?

Aug 24, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

"having to split his time between Finca and Bracero "

With a stop now and then at Mision 19.

Aug 24, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

But other than that, it was good?

Aug 23, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

We did.

And drank margs, not fetish brew.

And an amazing Caprese, the Venus Clams, a veggie salad. Afterwards, got a few margs in plastic cups "to go" and walked around the bay a bit, doubtlessly in flagrant violation of the beach/alcohol laws.

Excellent, all.

Aug 21, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego
1

What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Enjoyed Tidal yesterday evening. Another of SD's underrated destinations. Excellent food, drinks and outdoor patio.

Aug 21, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego
1

Small Redemptions of San Diego

I hope you didn't sprain your fingers being forced to type all that out.

Aug 19, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

A very large and awkward birdie told me today that there has been top level management changes at this restaurant.

Aug 17, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego
1

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

Nope. She's real.

Costco wine selection?

I'd be very interested in suggestions from some of the bottles considered a good value from Costco. I've bought the odd Argentine Malbec here and there, but what do the wine folks suggest?

Aug 14, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

Well.

Whatever hair I have left.

More of a flutter, really.

Aug 13, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

East Village was my work neighborhood for almost 30 years, the last 15 of which was about two blocks from Comun.

Many vendors and clients were within those several blocks- one of the spaces into which I almost moved in 1985 was the Western Metals building.

It's very strange for me to sit at a sidewalk cafe there and watch the foot traffic while drinking a cold beer and eating great food.

Aug 13, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego
1

Comun- underrated? Undermentioned? Underappreciated?

MrsName, DogName and I went to Comun for a quick bite after work today, and I have to tell you- I really like it there. In fact, we had two beers, one cocktail, the street corn, the brussels sprouts, the atun, a Tostada Veracruz, a ceviche tostada (yeah tilapia, I know) all for about $50.

And this is (one of my) point- it was less than half what we spent at the ***Elevated BajaMex*** place earlier this week and I gotta say- I liked it just as much. Of course it was not ***elevated*** and was not as sophisticated in execution, but much like I often enjoy a carne asada burrito as much as a cuisse de grenouille. A PBR as well as a Pliney the Elder.

Now- we sat outside as required for DogName, and from there I could hear the music- thump-thump-thump like a '69 Impala at a Compton stoplight, so had we sat inside I might not be as pleased.

But I think Comun deserves more than we give it.

Bracero

Let's try not to be so reductive. There are basic principles in question here. Let's ask the big questions! It's so much more than a one-sentence review, it's more of a treatise on the entire restaurant industry.

As you know, I take myself very seriously.

Aug 11, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Bracero

YES! Billy Joel was in our playlist as well.

So- this is deliberate. Not some oversight.

Even worse.

Aug 11, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Bracero

Understood, and nowhere did I expect perfection. I expect some indifferent service from the B level staff at 7 pm on a Monday.

But don't blast me with insipid music- that's rookieville and is self-demeaning. It's not that I prefer "safe" it that I prefer "good" and with the resources invested there 'good" is a reasonable expectation, even from the first day.

Aug 11, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego
1

Bracero

And dammit, that's the other thing. Not only are the cocktails silly (in my opinion) but the names! Who can, with any dignity, order a "Sentri Pass" or a "Get a Job". Certainly my wife could order a "Paloma" but infused tequila is (if I'm not mistaken) tequila and fruit juice. Blech.

Agreed, most margaritas are disproportionately full of sugar or sugar-based belch like Cointreau or agave. Well made, however, one can taste the tequila, the reason one orders a tequila-based drink, and they did deliver that. Albeit in a delayed and casual way, and I had to flag down the server to beg for another after mine sat empty for an extended period. While listening and being insulted with loud and insipid music. And paying a lot of money for the privilege.

Aug 11, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Bracero

Yeah. Suffice to say our experience was very different. Our res was at 7, so not late. I wish I had an experience like yours instead of like ours. Maybe we went to a different place? Like Los Braceros or something?? ; )

DD, "out of hand" is typically defined as "If you refuse something out of hand, you refuse it completely without thinking about or discussing it:" and I promise I didn't do that. And I'm wounded you'd suggest such a thing. Hurt. Sad. Disappointed.

I looked through the cocktail menu several times, as did MrsName, obviously a woman of great taste and excellent judgement. In fairness, I find most cocktail lists to be pretty ugly things, trying WAY too hard to justify a very expensive mix of typically sweet ingredients (like vanilla!) so this is not unusual and a reflection of (my enlightened) personal taste. I have no trouble with paying for quality, but let's be bold and simplify with excellent ingredients, technique and perfect measure- like the margaritas we had.

Aug 11, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Bracero

MrsName and I were upstairs last night- very impressive space, obviously the epitome of restaurant design.

A quick perusal of the cocktail list YOU’LL SEE THINGS IN A DIFFERENT WAY DONT STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW DONT STOP IT’LL SOON BE HERE IT’LL BE BETTER THAN BEFORE YESTERDAY’S GONE YESTERDAY’S GONE! brought nothing of interest- some very odd apparently random combinations of ingredients. A longer, more intensive search of the same list yielded the same result- a whole lot of blech. We both went old school for a pair of quality margaritas (rocks/bucket) which were well-prepared and delicious. Also old school I KNOW YOU DONT BELIEVE THAT IT’S TRUE I NEVER MEANT ANY HARM TO YOU DONT STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW DONT STOP IT’LL SOON BE HERE! was our selection of the house guacamole with the new school tepary and yurimuni crispy beans, vegetable ash and zaatar tostadas- we needed sustenance for digging through the very extensive menu.

We ordered:

Albacore two ways YESTERDAYS GONE YESTERDAYS GONE DONT YOU LOOK BACK DONT YOU LOOK BACK!
Shrimp Green Machine Tostada
Huitlacoche Tamal
Shrimp and bone marrow sopes
Baja Hiramasa Crudo

Cutting to the chase- everything was MONEY GET AWAY GET A GOOD JOB WITH MORE PAY AND YOU’RE OK MONEY ITS A GAS! delicious, the standouts for me were the Hiramasa- coconut aguachile(!), the tamal and the sopes. Each dish was very little I’M IN THE HI-FIDELITY FIRST CLASS TRAVELING SET AND I THINK I NEED A LEAR JET! like anything available anywhere. Sure, crudo is common, but not like this. Brimming of very fresh flavors, clearly inspired combinations of ingredients of the highest quality. Innovation and delicious surprises.

Service was indifferent at best- our waiter, while kind, was rushed GRAB THAT CASH IN BOTH HANDS AND MAKE A STASH! and had to be corralled to answer questions about the wonderful and beautifully complicated dishes that were plopped on our table by the runners like Frisbees in a Disc Golf course. There were a few I’M ALL RIGHT JACK KEEP YOU HANDS OFF OF MY STACK MONEY IT’S A HIT! exceptions to this manner- obviously there were some staff who cared a little for the incredible food they offer, but it was pretty clear to me that they’ve no shortage of customers and needn’t bother to make a special effort on our behalf.

The food was terrific, MUSIC LOUD AND TERRIBLE! but it’s unlikely I’ll return. Unless MrsName insists.

Aug 11, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

Huh...

bottom of your reciept (and mine) has http://www.mariscoselpescadorsd.com

We're clearly talking about the same place.

Aug 10, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

El Pescador?

Not picking on you, just don't want others to be searching needlessly. I was there for breakfast yesterday:

Aug 10, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Favorite coffee joint close to Little Italy?

Aug 10, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

Shoot me know those of taste higher brow than I-

But I'm going to suggest a Carne Asada Burrito from Super Sergio's. One will never find one in NYC, and it reflects a Southern California cusine that is fairly ubiquitous.

Ther are other places similar to Super Sergio's that have very similar offerings closer to LI- Dos Brasos on San Diego Avenue comes to mind. In fact, as you're a couple, try a CAB and a carnitas burrito at Dos Brasas.

I enjoy lots of food in lots of places, but these are a constant craving of mine. If I had all the money in the world (Berlin!) and could go to the finest restaurants, I'd still want these.

Remember, there's no law that says you must finish an entire burrito. Try it, savor it, and if it's not for you, don't finish it. It's inexpensive enough that it won't break the budget.

Aug 04, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Baja Wines in San Diego

It's 8:19 am here in Ireland.

Sober.

Aug 04, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Baja Wines in San Diego

I take my position as court jester very, very seriously. I am a very serious person.

Aug 04, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego
1

Baja Wines in San Diego

Sorry.

:::::::::::::::::

Whole Foods Hillcrest features a wide selection of Baja's finest wines from the Valle de Guadalupe and beyond. Many of the most popular labels, with some less-popular yet wonderfully satisfying tastes of smaller producers.

Be sure to visit our abundant selection of these special brands, exclusively at Whole Foods Hillcrest.

And while you're here, check out our green light special prices on Natural Beef pot roast, only $20.77 per pound! All-organic kale is now Summer Special priced at $12.77 per pound! Fresh frozen farmed Atlantic Salmon, in the saverpak, just $5.77 per pound! limitoneperfamily.

Whole Foods Hillcrest, your home for great Baja wines and the freshest natural and organic foods in San Diego. See our circular in Sunday's newspaper for more money-saving coupons, and visit us on the worldwide web at doubleewedoubleewedoubleewe dot wholefoods dot com.

::::::::::::::::::

Aug 03, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Baja Wines in San Diego

Whole Foods Hillcrest has a lot of Baja wines. Often featured on an end cap facing the milk.

Aug 03, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Bracero

Nope.

Aug 01, 2015
Fake Name in San Diego

Zagat picks 8 "overhyped" dishes

Next up:

Overgroundbreaking