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Good Indian Restaurant in San Diego

Okay, after getting worthless drivel posing this same question in Yelp, I turn to Chowhound. What is everybody's favorite Indian food spot?

Sep 10, 2011
sdrey in San Diego

Pad Thai shootout.

Sab-E-Lee's Pad Thai is good but I prefer Thai House's version more. Lanna Thai's food overall is unremarkable but serviceable. I've never been a fan of Saffron. People always tell me how great it is and I have to disagree. Never heard of King Oriental Express, so I'll have to give it a try, but it contains three words I usually avoid in choosing any eatery: "Kings" "Oriental" and "Express." LOL

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King Oriental Express
6171 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

Sep 10, 2011
sdrey in San Diego

Hot dogs at the grocer in San Diego?

Thanks, I'll have to check Ralph's next time I'm in there. I actually want to get the hot dogs for the 4th of July this year. I usually have hamburgers to go with the usual ribs but I though I might change it up this year.

Apr 01, 2007
sdrey in California

Hot dogs at the grocer in San Diego?

The closest thing we have in SD that I've found is Woodies out in Clairemont. It's good but not even close to Gray's Papaya IMHO.

Apr 01, 2007
sdrey in California

Hot dogs at the grocer in San Diego?

Looks like I need to stop by the grocery stores next time I'm near Encinitas. The major chains in my area don't have the selection that you seem to have out there. Sabrett's and Nathan's are my favorite dogs. I've never had Boar's Head but have heard good things about them. The natural casing is the key. I wonder why they aren't as abundant out here as they are on the east coast.

Apr 01, 2007
sdrey in California

Hot dogs at the grocer in San Diego?

I've had Gray's Papaya hotdogs in New York and Pink's out in Hollywood. One thing that makes these hotdogs so good is the natural casing for that snap. I also know about Woodie's and the Sabrett's cart out in Kearny Mesa; they're OK, but not so good that I want to go out of my way to get them (I've actually made trips to Hollywood just for Pinks). Is there any grocer out here in San Diego that sells the hotdogs with the natural casing? Preferably Sabrett's. I've checked all the usual spots around SD that I could think of like Trader Joe's and Henry's with no luck. I've seen places on the internet that will ship them out from the east coast but their prices are way too high.

Apr 01, 2007
sdrey in California

Budget San Diego - Ethnic?

Bandar is nice, I enjoy the food every time I've been there; I especially like the lamb shanks. The dining area is a bit cramped though but the food is good.

Dec 09, 2006
sdrey in California

Looking for the best Philippino Restaurant in San Diego

BTW, there is a new Goldilocks location in National City that I have yet to try. They have a dining area unlike their closet sized location in Mira Mesa. I enjoyed the food at the Daly City location a few years ago so I might be making a trip there soon. A couple of other cafeteria style places that I like are Maharlika and Karihan in National City.

Dec 09, 2006
sdrey in California

Looking for the best Philippino Restaurant in San Diego

True that there are quite a few Filipino communities in the San Diego area but many families are well off (often upper middle-class with household incomes in the six figures since hard work is no stranger to the Filipino). They are a frugal bunch since most have immigrated from the Philippines, which is a third world country and old habits are hard to break. Most will refuse to pay a hefty price for something they can make at home which will often be of better quality, taste, and larger quantity. Also Filipino food hasn't really hit the mainstream, where other cultures enjoy it often and can help keep an upscale restaurant afloat. Once there is mainstream appeal then I'm sure you'll see the quantity of restaurants improve.

Dec 09, 2006
sdrey in California

Looking for the best Philippino Restaurant in San Diego

Villa Manila and Zarlitos in National City are the only non-cafeteria style restaurants I am aware of in the San Diego area; neither of which I would call "upscale" though Villa Manila is a bit better. I've heard there is a "fusion" type eatery called Ben's off Sweetwater but I've also heard that it's not that good if you're looking for authentic food. There once was a pretty good authentic restaurant off Sweetwater called Barrio Fiesta, but they've long since closed shop (which is a shame since they had good food and a nice atmosphere in which to dine in).

Dec 09, 2006
sdrey in California

Looking for the best Philippino Restaurant in San Diego

Villa Manila in National City is a good bet. They are not the cheapest but the food is pretty good. I also find that Lutong Bahay also has some dishes that are well done. I've found the Bonita location to be slightly better than the National City one; both are pretty good though. Unfortunately I don't think there are any standout Filipino restaurants in the San Diego area.

Dec 08, 2006
sdrey in California

Taqueria @ Northgate in San Diego

Thanks for the review. I love buche and cabeza tacos so I'll definitely have to check out Northgate's versions of each. Do they also sell the "meat" by the pound or can they only be purchased as filling for tacos?

Oct 27, 2006
sdrey in California

California Burrito - San Diego entity or beyond?

Try the one from Santana's and add guacamole (and/or sour cream). I've found that the quality can vary from location to location and from time to time. I've had the best luck at the Pt. Loma location and not so good luck at the Morena Blvd. and the new College area location.

Oct 26, 2006
sdrey in San Diego

Cajun/Creole in San Diego?

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely be trying those. I saw a Larry Himmel report on a place called Bonnie Jean's on the news last week, not really informative though. Anyone here heard of that place?

Oct 10, 2006
sdrey in California

Cajun/Creole in San Diego?

Are there any good spots around SD for Cajun/Creole food? I used to like going to Shermans on El Cajon Blvd. for a quick buffet but they've been closed for a while. Anybody know whatever happened to Shermans? It seemed like one day they were there and the next they were a Vietnamese restaurant.

Anyway, where do SD locals go to get their Cajun/Creole fix?

Oct 04, 2006
sdrey in California