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Vietnamese in San Diego

Tan Ky Mi Gia (in the corner of a shopping center at the North East corner of Black Mountain Road).
9330 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste A, San Diego, CA 92126

Same owners for over 7 years.
My favorite place for the best tasting PHO/broth in town.
Their other dishes are equally outstanding.

My other best choice is Pho Hoa Hiep in Linda Vista.
Consistently outstanding!

Jul 21, 2014
nutrition in San Diego

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

More authentic ethnic foods other then just Mexican & some Asian flavors.
But the days of those have gone, and fast food is the sign of the times, unless the food trucks are replacing the holes in the wall..

Jun 14, 2014
nutrition in San Diego

Mr Taster got whited at SOOT BULL JEEP!

They should have charged for the 3rd dinner dish & Utinsils, as well!

Jun 14, 2014
nutrition in Los Angeles Area

Out of towner looking for great dinner spot downtown area or North county

Eddie V next to Georges Modern with a better view and the best most kowledgeable wait staff!

Hexagon 6th & Laurel
A Good meal does not have to cost a fortune!

Feb 24, 2014
nutrition in San Diego

Best website to buy tea?

I had used up my supply from Special Teas, Tea Depot, and took a Tea shopping trip to China in October to stock up my Tea Cellar. Prefer Organic teas to avoid any heavy metal contamination.
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Much to my surprise, the prices in China are on the high side and often more then those in the USA. It must be the unfair exchange rate, which is less the then half of what it should be for everything.

Tea Galleries has nice teas at prices on the high end and simpler to Teavana! Location of shop is with their Warehouse in a LOW traffic Industrial area of San Diego. I was looking for some tasty White Teas to round out my Tea Cellar with a low caffeine, high anti-oxidant evening treat. When I arrived, there were two customers waiting at the counter for some time as I look over their extensive inventory. One peron left without making any purchase, and I don't know what happened to the young man, when I got waited on.

I just found a website that I like with more reasonable pricing and a complete inventory of traditional and flavored teas. Second Cup.com looks very interesting for Internet ordering. That will be my next stop for ordering.

Feb 12, 2014
nutrition in General Topics

Sweetbreads?

I had outstanding Sweetbreads (2) at the Hexagon on Monday Restaurant Week's menu for the Appetizer choice. Almost an Entre on their own.
Prepared better, then I ever remember anywhere in the past 40 years!
I also think of the French Market Place and Hexagon for
Calves Liver prepared correctly.

We don't see many glandular meats on menus because of the increased demands and costs over the years as our demographics have changed.
Americans are less likely to enjoy these choices of protein. Hamburgers seem to have the market at this time.

Jan 25, 2014
nutrition in San Diego

Greetings San Diego chowhound!

I don't understand NOT TOO expensive and staying at one of the most expensive isolated hotels and wanting to eat OUT! Every meal will be a field trip around San Diego, when the Amaya restaurant would be as consistently good food as it gets. The Baked goods are freshly made and just out of the oven before serving, especially for Breakfast.

Stayed there for a Conference and can not forget the excellent food & beverage services and snack breaks.

La Jolla & Del Mar has enough choices for enjoyable good foods without having too fill up the gas tank, as well.

2 La Jolla musts next to each other!
Georges Calif Modern would be an out standing dinner to remember longer then any other place. One of a kind presentation with one of a kind sauces. Hard to beat!
Eddy V's for a slightly lower priced menu and substantial very well prepared dishes with a better view. The wait staff at both were the most informed and explained every Menu Item in detail.

Jimbo's is the closest whole foods grocery to the Grand!
San Diego's answer to real foods before Whole Foods.

Dec 23, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

Three throwbacks to more ancient San Diego days, that need to be rescued by Restaurants Impossible for makeovers are:
Old Trieste, Baci and The Godfather!
Was taken to them against my better judgment, since Italian food/starches are no longer higj on my list of choice places.
But some seniors keep them open with weekend business.
So dark and under lit, that I could not read the extensive menus. Too many selections to review. I have learned no place can keep a kitchen up to date with that many fresh foods. Would really like to inspect their kitchens and freezers!

Aug 18, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

I believe the correct name is Saffron Thai.
They do a great job and present a tasty dish of Thai food at reasonable prices
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Aug 18, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

Touring the Terminal 2B addition to the San Diego Airport, I checked out the new Sunset Cove Food Court for improved places to eat, while waiting for a flight instead of counting on anything on the planes.

I had a great BBQ Goat Cheese Thin Crust slice of Tommy V's Pizza.
It had to be one of the best, I had in many years!
Will have a whole pizza before the next foodless flight.

It is next to a SPICES THAI outlet, that is one of my favorite SD restaurants on India near Washington Blvd, that also has a choice of well prepared dishes with a Brown Unpolished Rice option. No need to stop on India on leaving the Airport on the Return flights now. Just a stop at the Sunset Cove will do it.

Aug 17, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

Pierogi Truck - two thumbs up with a little wart

Where is this truck to be found?

After trying some Polish restaurants over the years, I concluded most are not the best recipes compared to the home cooked foods back in Michigan by the authentic Polish family cooks.
My Mother taught my five nieces to make the real deal pierogi with various fillings. They have Pierogi making parties and make around two hundred or so at the time, so everyone gets to take enough home with them after dinner for the rest of the week! Or even freeze a few for when the cravings hit again.
I used to get large all meat stuffed cabbage or green peppers at Pavilions ($1.99/#) in Rancho Mirage and cook them up myself, which proved to have tastier tomato sauce. Took care of those cravings with Brown Unpolished Rice as a side dish.
I wonder if they can still be found in Pavilions' fresh meat counters?
The commercial store bought pierogi are generally a disappointment flavor wise . There is a Serbian Catholic church in San Diego that has them for sale on occasional Fridays. But I am not fond of just potato cheese fillings. Prefer meat cabbage dry cottage fillings for a tastier fillings with some protein.
A Polish women working Scripps Clinic Check in told me a secrete about making the sauce. She said to add a slice of crispy bacon. So I added apple smoked bacon and it made an improved flavor wonderful outstanding dish!

Aug 16, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

Addison, Market or 1540

If you are more interested in excellent food at reasonable prices, then I would highly recommend Bernardo's!
My top San Diego favorite!

Jul 13, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

good ethnic eats

Pho LaJolla is closer to your location, then most fo the recommendations farther out in the burbs.
It is the only Chicken Pho, that I have seen in San Diego and Ilike it for a change.

May 11, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

Suggestions for Chinese. Shanghai or Szechuan

The Del Rey Rendevouz really impressed me for lunch recently.
The Waiter gave a COMPLETE descreiption of the dishes, that I was interested in. This was the best knowledge of the MenuDishes, that I ever received any where in my lifetime.

The order of Fried Borwn Rice with Chichen was one of the very best in any chinese restaurant. The rice was perfectly cooked and SEASONED!. Much finer preparation, then I expect in a Chinese place.

Would not hesitate ordering most things on the menu and enjoying.. Will be back soon.

They know their stuff

May 10, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

Amaya--La Jolla

A couple of years ago, I really enjoyed Lunch at the Hotel Amaya.
But this location sounds as ostentatious as the hote! in spite of the GQQD foodl

Apr 11, 2013
nutrition in San Diego

Tea leaves

I finally found excellent Green and Oolong Loose Leave teas to replace my great loss when Special Teas quite the internet business a year ago and my Tea Celler epty!

Currently THE TEA SPOT on the internet in Cerritos near Long Beach has Clean fresh teas, organic and reguilar at reasonalble prices, fast free shipping.

Oct 22, 2012
nutrition in San Diego

Favorite dumplings

Vietnam Dumplings in the Best Pho in San Diego.
Made with shriimp, and and black mushrooms.
Consistent as large, fresh, firm, hearty dumplings.
Enough to split between two people.
Very reasonable.
This is the only place that I enjoy Pho at every time.
Very clean and comfortable.

TAN KY MI GIA

I don't know how to pronounce it or what kind of food it is,, but I know what it means!
It means GQQD FQQD and now a local favorite, which is hard to resist, when thinking of where to go.

Have been seeing it for about a year or more, when I go to the barber, and even looked in on one occasion. When Lucky Seafood closed early last Saturday, it was necessary to find another place for a bite. So this is where I and another group headed for before they closed also. Hours 9 AM-9 PM Sun-F, 9-9:30 PM Sat. It is at the opposite end of the same mall as Lucky.

As I looked over the menu looking for my favorite Pho with sliced ribeye steak, the waitress asked me, if this was my first time, and suggested that they recommend the Dumpling Soup for first timers. So I complied and had the Dumpling Soup with Rice noodles, which was a wonderful SURPRISE with great broth and dumplings. A hearty dish of dumplings with wide floppy edges filled with pork, shrimp, and mushrooms. Mushrooms are a favorite, and the combination was Dynamite! They are large and about 3-4 bites, and there are enough to make a generous meal. The broth (and even the dumplings) make it different from the other shops on Mira Mesa Blvd, so I was curious, where this culinary art came from. Wonton should have given me a clue.

The next visit I tried the Dumplings & Wonton Soup with the thin rice noodles, but the noodles proved too filling. The Wonton contain pork and shrimp, but no mushrooms. You have a choice of rice or egg noodles, if you desire them. I will skip the noodles from now on.

The last visit I chose the Dumpling Soup without any noodles. It was just right and not over filling. Learned that the kitchen had Chinese overtones along with Vietnamese, which is a nice variation of what I had become so used to.

There are 22 Noodle or Egg Noodle Dishes ($5.10) to choose from, as well as, 8 Chow Fun or Chow Mien dishes ($7.20), and 11 Fried Rice or Over Rice dishes ($7.20) to choose from. Most of the dishes come with a variety of combinations of meat, seafood and chicken. It is your choice. WIll have to try the Chow Fun and Mien dishes, if I can get past the Dumpling Soup!

TAN KY MI GIA 9330 Mira Mesa Bl. #A, San Diego, CA. (858) 271-8899 is a delightful change from all the Pho places, and now TOP of my list. It is bright, clean, and very hard to beat. Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Food to Go!

If you want to know, it means SUNRISE RESTAURANT, I was told.

Try it, you will like it! And be sure to tell them, that Nutrition sent you or at least suggested it. :)

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Oct 21, 2012
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Best website to buy tea?

Special Teas closed end of 2011 and turned their mailing list over to Teavana, which I don't like the selections or prices.
I have wondered what became of Specisl T so suddenly and really miss them for the large variety, quality and very reasonable prices.
They suppliied the best Tie Kwan Yin. Have not found another supplier, yet.

Due to the heavy metal toxicity, I only drink ORGANIC Greeen, OOlong and White teas.
Black teas have the highest like Flourides. Less chance of insecticides, etc. also.
Recent order was for Peony White Tea and organic Heavily Roasted OOlong from THE TEA DEPOT. They are out of stock for the Tie Kuan Yin favorite. Good pricing and prompt service.

Aug 26, 2012
nutrition in General Topics

Tea leaves

Infusion of Teas is Closed.

Aug 26, 2012
nutrition in San Diego

GQQD places around the SF Marriott Marquis Hotel

In looking over the Best 100 of SF 2010, Canteen looks like my kind of place, if it is possible to get a seat without bribing someone for theirs.

Of course, there are almost 100 places, that I would like to try in this lifetime!

Nov 07, 2010
nutrition in San Francisco Bay Area

GQQD places around the SF Marriott Marquis Hotel

Would appreciate lunch/dinner recommendations for good fresh food places within walking distances. Chinese, Vienamese, Thai, French, Italian, and Calif innovative tasty cuisine Prefer moderate priced and above, but not stuffy elegent. A bit of peace and quiet adds to the experience.

It has been two years since my last visit to SF and with the high turnover of restaurants, I like to find newer enthusiastic
chefs and tasty menu choices. I don't need a noisey bar area to distract from the food. :)

Thank you,

Nov 05, 2010
nutrition in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants that transport you to another country.

What is a 'food snob'?

Nov 03, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

Restaurants that transport you to another country.

KaiserHof. This has to be the most authetic German restaurant, that I have been to outside of Germany.
The food is consistently an Excellent rendition of what you might taste in the Munich area. The Weinerschnitzel and Red Gabbagd are always a treat, and I hardly can pass them by on the Menu.
Other Black Board Specials at the Bar are reasonably priced over the Dining room dinners for a more complete meal. Nice with a Cucumber salad.

Nov 03, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

Costco Business Center grand opening???

The place looks like a Costco Warehouse, but it's choice of supplies does not. Limited to a LARGE variety of bottled waters, restaurant supplies, office supplies, meats and frzen prepared foods in colorful packages for that late office worker to stock their freezers.

The best things are the individual packaged baked goods like muffins, morning pastries, etc. You won't have to leave with a dozen muffins or bagels to dry out before you can get to all of them.

No gasoline, but there are the hot dogs and pizza for the snack attacks. Far enough from the Exit doors, so that you are not dragged to them automaticaly.

I am still amazed at the large area devoted to flats and more flats of bottled waters and drinks with TOO much Fructose Corn syrup in them! A sure sign that San Diego public water supple is rated in the top 10 worst municipal supplies. Best not to drink it without a full charcoal filter system.

If you are looking for another UNCROWDED full scale Costco to shop at, try the POWAY location!

Oct 24, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

San Diego, CA and Del Mar, CA..............

The Grand Del Mar Resort has the best food in San Diego of any hotel or almost any restaurant.
Lunch is a real treat.

Their Hamburgers are outstanding and very reasonable.
Baked goods are served in FRESH PERFECT condition.
THe Salmon (wild) salad was perfect.

So you don't have to go very far to eat the best you can in San Diego.

Oct 23, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

Costco Business Center grand opening???

I bet when the traffic picks up, those special low priced items will increase noticeably!
So enjoy the bargains until such time comes.
Of course with the economy it may take a longer time then expected.

Oct 23, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

What happened to moderate excellent dining in San Diego?

It has been some time since I contributed to this website on a regurlar basis. Now I find that the most of the posts are for fast food type of places.
Note there are no long strings on restaurants participating in SD Restaurant Week. :(

Has the economic downturn had such a major effect on the foodies, that used to post herre?

Sep 25, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

Bakery in North San Diego

Yesterday I bought some marvelous pastry at a Panderia (sp) in TJ, which took me back to days long ago. The joy is there is NOT the heavy sugar taste and frosting on everything. I dream about finding a similiar Mexican bakery in San Diego for the taste treat.

Where are they?

Sep 20, 2010
nutrition in San Diego

Sick in the valley

We are surrounded by Viet PHO (pr.fuh)choices around Mira Mesa area in San Diego. Some of the best broth, that I have ever tasted with the lean thinly sliced ribeye steak. But I have learned to order HALF the noodles for a reasonable sized bowl without wasting any noodles.

Aug 21, 2010
nutrition in Los Angeles Area

WIll be in Universal City for a meeting and looking for above average Dining spots from Sherman Oaks/ Studio City during Labor day weekend.

Thanks Carter for the comprehensive update.

Have all the Foodies moved to the Westside of LA or moved out of the area completely?
Many of my favorite moderate places are gone. Living in the growing San Diego/La Jolla now makes for a nice turnover of newer food choices.
Any places serving Short Grain Brown Unpolished Rice as a choice. I think of this as one of the healthest foods available.

I forgot that I had posted a similiar request before this one. Sorry.

Aug 21, 2010
nutrition in Los Angeles Area