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Brewery, tasting room OK’d for Carlsbad industrial park

Oh, thank nonspecifichigherpower.

about 8 hours ago
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So apparently, San Diego is the Country's Seventh Best Pizza City

Wait- what?

about 19 hours ago
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New Idea - Cool Venue in North Park for a 12 person party -

Might check out photo studio rentals. There used to be a pretty good one in that area.

Jul 01, 2015
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Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Mozza failed- not because of the location, but because of dismal management. Appears the other tenants (Venissimo included) are doing well.

I promise the Ferry Building concept is familiar to the developer.

Jun 21, 2015
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

It was a diner kind of place called Hawthorne House. My father worked around the corner and would often go in for a grilled cheese- they would start his when they'd see him through the front window.

Then it was Fifth and Hawthorne- if I remember correctly it was a good chef- was it Doug Organ? Somebody like that.

After Fifth and Hawthorne it became Jilly's, a New Orleans kind of place.

Jun 20, 2015
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Pizzeria Mozza - closing

Saw it in the UT.

Pizza and Craft Beer.

Jun 20, 2015
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Indeed!
Can you name the restaurant that took over from 5th and Hawthorne?

And bonus question:
What was the name of the place BEFORE 5th and Hawthorne?

Jun 20, 2015
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Bracero

Unfortunately, facts don't support your point of view.

Witness Spaghetteria and a few of the other Busalacchi's (experienced businessfolks!) efforts.

Jun 19, 2015
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Bracero

I believe this to be true of any restaurant, cuisine notwithstanding.

Jun 19, 2015
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Laja or Corazon de Tierra

Not been to Laja, but never been disappointed in Corazon after several visits.

Jun 18, 2015
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Best dumplings in San Diego are at Lezzet Cafe

Yeah. Not spicy enough.

; )

Jun 17, 2015
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Bracero

And thank goodness for that. I have freedom, freedom to wear my King Stahlman shirt with my Ed Hardy jeans from Berlin.

Jun 17, 2015
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Bracero

"Wouldn't you agree that Blais due to his FoodNetwork and another TV gigs is much more well known by non-foodies"

Yes, I would- you have a valid point that Blais is more popular, as is Ronald Mcdonald.

"ultimately the success of a restaurant at that price level is mainly determined by how many non-foodies are visiting."

No, I wouldn't agree.

Somewhere in there lies a happy medium, and I believe there are plenty of patrons (foodie and unwashed alike) willing to try Placencia's food. I think there are MUCH greater factors at play than name recognition, specifically price point, location, word-of-mouth and percieved value.

And before you pounce, like a puma, on your keyboard of course all those factors intertwine. Certainly the Blais name has blinded (deafened?) enough people to the decibel level and the nightclub/warehouse atmosphere he has sold as an enjoyable experience. There's certainly a naked emperor.

Jun 17, 2015
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Bracero

"(Not very scientific but I asked recently 7-8 people (all are a little bit interested in food but not heavily) in my company if they knew who Blais and Plascencia are - all knew Blais but only one Plascencia.)"

Oh, then THAT'S settled.

Did you ask if they knew Ronald Macdonald?

Jun 17, 2015
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Solare - Tasting Menus

"Straight menu"

Oh? Do they discriminate?
(I take my responsibility as Jester seriously, and cannot ignore opportunities like this)

But, yes we ordered off the non-tasting menu. Their Romano salad is a real hit- I'd go back just for that. I had the buffalo lasagna, she the pasta Vongole, and other she had the scallops with risotto.

All excellent.

Jun 16, 2015
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Best dumplings in San Diego are at Lezzet Cafe

Oooo. That sounds good. That, and anything else with an egg on top. I had to leave a few Manti behind- I was not clear when I ordered that I wanted 3 mushroom and 3 beef. Instead I got two full orders of each- my $25 lunch.

Jun 15, 2015
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The Fish Market

Golly, I hate to be a cynic.

But I saw the same thing and it occurred to me the establishment's insurance company is the entity one should thank for the ongoing payment and retention of the employees.

I could be wrong, in which case I'll accept my tar and feathers like a gentleman. I don't know Bob Wilson- he may be The Greatest Guy on Earth, so I don't wish to impune his character in the least.

Jun 15, 2015
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Best dumplings in San Diego are at Lezzet Cafe

Yup. Excellent dumplings, and yes, don't fill up on the free bread.

As if there actually IS such a thing.

Sorry, no photo- dismal lighting conditions for photography.

I was solo, so could only eat dumplings, but will return.

Also- for those of you interested in adults, there's an emporium right next door. I didn't stop in, but because of the size of the place, I'll bet there are a lot of adults in there.

Jun 15, 2015
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Is Popcorn The New Bread?

I guess this is where we (respectfully) differ. I'd bet an entire basket of bread those savings won't be passed on to the customer.

Not immediately, not ever.

I believe prices are far more influenced by other factors than the cost of a $5 bread basket (yes, including the labor costs to serve, etc) amortized across the revenue of the average four-top.

But let's move on. I believe we agree we don't need bread as an amuse.

Jun 15, 2015
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Is Popcorn The New Bread?

I have no problem with deleting bread, or charging for it if it's purchased by the diner. It's sort of silly and wasteful.

But to suggest one is already paying for it (while true) suggests that deleting it will somehow reduce one's bill.

Just like the fixtures (reuse salt and pepper?) there is a certain amount of overhead that will always be there. Bread has been one of those- it's mostly there for appearances- just like the tuxedos on the waitstaff.

And heaven forbid those would be discontinued.

Jun 15, 2015
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Best dumplings in San Diego are at Lezzet Cafe

OK! OK! I'm GOING.

Stop piling it on.... ; )

Jun 15, 2015
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Solare - Tasting Menus

Returned to Solare last night, and I have a small caveat- keep to the south side of the room.

There was a very large group in the south side (to your left facing the host stand) where we'd had such a great experience on our last visit, so we were seated on the bar side.

Unfortunate.

Granted, it was Sunday, and it appears the serving staff was the B (C?) team. Kind, modicum of manners and courtesy, but rushed, cloddish and sloppy. Plenty of music in this dining hall. Food was great, I still recommend the place, but it was certainly not their best effort.

Jun 15, 2015
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Private booths in local restaurants

Went for dinner last night, and the wine room might be exactly what you're seeking. Glass walls are lined with wine racks, pretty much obscuring the diners inside.

I guess you'll need to evaluate the risk/reward formula yourself.

Jun 15, 2015
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Private booths in local restaurants

Solare has a wine room that's great, but it is glass. Still a little secluded. Might be perfect.

Jun 14, 2015
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Is Popcorn The New Bread?

Right.

Same with chairs and tables. They're "covered" in the prices of other menu items.

Maybe they they could extend their "honesty" and only offer them when ordered.

And that water. Salt/pepper, too. And that candle. And that napkin. And those mints.

Jun 14, 2015
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Recommendations / Feedback - Taking 4 Chefs to Dinner

Absolutely a "date night" kind of place. Honkman has an excellent and very comprehensive review around here. Very detailed, lots of words.

Jun 10, 2015
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4 reasons SD's food scene is on fire right now

Not at all! : ))

Jun 10, 2015
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4 reasons SD's food scene is on fire right now

Good thought, but no. The slaw is good in an interesting Asian sweet/vinegar/peanut kind of way, not in a Texas Smokehouse way.

Jun 10, 2015
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4 reasons SD's food scene is on fire right now

You mean other than ChowHound ?

Jun 09, 2015
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4 reasons SD's food scene is on fire right now

Ok. I've been.

Tried their brisket sliders.

The people were very nice, and the service attentive. The peanut cole slaw was good.

Jun 09, 2015
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