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San Diego - Misson Bay Neighborhood

Hi everyone,

I'm attending a conference for 5 days later this month and staying here:

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

Can anyone recommend some good spots near by. Walking or short cab ride is best since I won`t be driving. I`ll be dining alone, therefore will prefer restaurants with less focus on a social scene, and more focus on just the food.


Jan 08, 2009
Roberto7 in San Diego

Good eats in Winnipeg

Read this for some good ideas:

PC Insider's Report

Anyone tried the PC Chicago deep dish pizza? Any good?

Dec 14, 2007
Roberto7 in Food Media & News

Salad King - still OK?

I agree. My wife and I were there in July 2007 and did not love it. More a trendy place for the 20ish crowd than a realt chowhound find.

Best Pizza?

Here are my top 3 for Winnipeg, in no particular order:

Chicago Phil's Pizza
70 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB
(204) 942-3500

Chicago Phil's has an outstanding deep-dish pizza. Their regular pizza is just OK, but the deep-dish is outstanding and also very hard to find in Winnipeg. Delivery and take-out only (no dine-in).

Mr. B's Pizza & Chicken
1311 Day Street
Winnipeg, MB
(204) 222-6365

Mr. B's is a great pizza, especially anything with their amazing bacon. Their bacon is actually chopped ham-hock (ankle joint meat). I've had this pizza for 17 years and agree that it is top 5 in Winnipeg. I recommend the "RP Special" for anyone that loves a lot of meat on their pizza. Delivery, take-out, and dine-in (very modest neighborhood restaurant decor).

Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano
1697 Corydon Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
(204) 488-3687

Mona Lisa is a great pizza place. Avoid the Tuesday/Wednesday $10 special pizzas (large 2 topping), instead, order off the full price menu. My favorite is "The Predatore" (pep, bacon, salami, capicollo, calabrese sausage & ham). Delivery, take-out, and dine-in (very nice patio and indoor decor for dine-in).

Nov 06, 2007
Roberto7 in Prairie Provinces

MSP: Best Eggs Benedict??

I loved the Crab Cake with Poached Egg (Benedict) ay Hell's.

Medium rare burgers? [Split from Ontario board]

From another CH thread:

"I've read of a technique wherein you plunge the raw, unground meat into vigorously boiling water for one minute, then remove and grind. This should kill any bacteria on the surface of the meat. If you grind and eat immediately, and have a normal immune system, this should be as safe as eating a rare steak. Obviously if you're starting with very thin steaks this might cook the meat to an unacceptable degree."

Nov 02, 2007
Roberto7 in General Topics

Medium rare burgers? [Split from Ontario board]


It was very good. If you search Chowhound you'll find a lot of comments and praise. I was shocked when they asked how I'd like it cooked. I ordered med-rare and it was very moist and pink. Be careful- they have two types of patty: 1) pre-formed and 2) hand-formed. Make sure you order the hand-formed. Great fries and huge onion rings too! Give it a try and post back what you think.

Burger Shack
233 Eglinton Avenue West (near Oriole Pky)
Toronto, ON
(416) 487-1974

Nov 02, 2007
Roberto7 in General Topics

Medium rare burgers? [Split from Ontario board]

You may be interested that at Burger Shack in Toronto, I was able to order a medium-rare burger.

Nov 01, 2007
Roberto7 in General Topics

Earls' Bigger Better Bacon Cheddar 1/2 Pound Burger

Although "on the record" Earls will only cook burgers to well-done, I was able to coerce my waitress (who in turn coerced a line cook) to cook mine to "medium". It was perfect, juicy and pink. It is a great burger with a quality patty, bun, bacon, cheddar, produce and condiments.

I've been to many iconic burger joints around the USA and Canada, and this burger is very comparable IMO.

Earls' Bigger Better Bacon Cheddar 1/2 Pound Burger

I watched that episode of Chef at Large as well. It was titled "You Get What You Pay For". I agree with you, they were buying very nice meat.

Earls' Bigger Better Bacon Cheddar 1/2 Pound Burger


I had a business lunch at Canadian chain Earls, and really enjoyed their Bigger Better Bacon Cheddar 1/2 Pound Burger. I was curious if anyone knows if this burger patty is made exclusively for Earls, or if it is readily available through food distributors like Sysco. I would like to use a similar patty for summer entertaining in my back yard.


GQ article: "20 best burgers in America"

Article from GQ:

Here are the 20 best burgers in America

20. Hamburger Sandwich
Louis' Lunch
New Haven, CT

19. Our Famous Burger
Sidetrack Bar and Grill
Ypsilanti, MI

18. Hamburger
Poag Mahone's Carvery and Ale House

17. Double Bacon Deluxe with Cheese
Red Mill Burgers

16. Hamburger & Fries
Burger Joint
San Francisco

15. Build Your Own Burger
The Counter
Santa Monica

14. Hamburger
J. G. Melon
New York City

13. Cheeseburger
White Manna
Hackensack, NJ

12. Hamburger
Bobcat Bite
Sante Fe

11. Grilled Bistro Burger
Bistro Don Giovanni
Napa, CA

10. Number Five
Keller's Drive-in

9. Cheeseburger
Burger Joint, le Parker Meridien Hotel
New York City

8. Hamburger
Miller's Bar
Dearborn, MI

7. Buckhorn Burger
San Antonio, NM

6. California Burger
Santa Monica

5. Kobe Sliders
Barclay Prime

4. Rouge Burger

3. Not Just a Burger
Spiced Pear Restaurant at the Chanler Hotel
Newport, RI

2. Luger Burger
Peter Luger Steak House

1. Sirloin Burger
Le Tub
Hollywood, FL

Oct 18, 2007
Roberto7 in Food Media & News

Philly Cheesesteak in Minnesota

I was watching Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and found out that Tony Luke's sandwiches are made with paper-thin ribeye.

Oct 18, 2007
Roberto7 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Street Eats in Toronto?

The spot across the street from Jumbo is:

El Gordo Fine Foods
214 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON
(416) 205-9981

Montreal Smoked Meat - Winnipeg

Two years too late for a responce, but, Costco food court is serving Dunn's meat in a sandwich. It is very good.

Is Winnipeg really a Wasteland? (moved from Canada board)

There are many great spots. I've listed some of the more formal spots we've had luck with. Not listed are the many cheap, ethnic spots that are just terrific.

529 Wellington
529 Wellington Cres, Winnipeg MB

Restaurant Dubrovnik
390 Assiniboine Ave., Winnipeg MB

Tre Visi Restaurant
173 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg MB
(204) 949-9032

Amici Restaurant And Bombolini / Wine Bar
326 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB
(204) 943-4997

Fusion Grill
550 Academy Road, Winnipeg MB
(204) 489-6963

Bistro 7 1/4
725 Osborne Winnipeg Mb.
204. 777.2525

Mise Restaurant
22-222 Osborne, Winnipeg MB
(204) 284-7916

In Ferno's Bistro
312 Des Meurons, Winnipeg MB
(204) 262-7400

La Vieille Gare
630 DesMeurons, Winnipeg MB
(204) 237-7072

635 Corydon, Winnipeg MB
(204) 452-3037

Gluttons Specialty Foods & Bistro
842 Corydon, Winnipeg MB
(204) 475-5714

215-1 Forks Market, Winnipeg MB
(204) 942-6075

Vivere Ristorante
3-433 River, Winnipeg MB
(204) 949-2485

Wasabi On Broadway
588 Broadway, Winnipeg MB
(204) 774-4328

Oct 09, 2007
Roberto7 in Prairie Provinces

What should I eat to get a "Taste of St. Louis"?

How about a St. Louis "St. Paul sandwich" (an egg foo young patty with bean sprouts and white onions, dill pickle slices, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, and Wonder Bread.

Any good Dim Sum Downtown?

King's Noodle House
296 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2E7
(416) 598-1817

"80's" Cuisine?

Would I be mistaken to suggest Fondue?

Sep 06, 2007
Roberto7 in General Topics

Best/Worst Chowhound Tips

I also loved mother's dumplings.

Good Shawarma in TO?

Good suggestions here:

I like:

Naz's Falafel House
118 John St,

504 Bloor St. W

Best/Worst Chowhound Tips

- Jumbo Empanadas
- Pho 88

Three Toronto questions

1- Caffe Brasiliano
849 Dundas Street West, Toronto- (416) 603-6607

Toronto Chowhound in Minneapolis

I'm a fellow Canadian and just got back from a great trip to the Twin Cities. Here is a good thread documenting my experiences:

Critique my Minneapolis list

We found the whole City and every restaurant baby-friendly and we never felt unsafe. Great City- all you locals should be proud.

Aug 21, 2007
Roberto7 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Critique my Minneapolis list

Hello everyone,

We’ve just returned; here is a bit of a recap. Great food trip overall, thank you for all the suggestions!

Highland Grill- Peter's Burger and fries (6 oz. burger patty, sweet mustard pickle relish, caramelized onion, an over-hard egg and a little ketchup on grilled sourdough bread). This burger was a bit small, served on disappointing Texas toast, accompanied by basic fries. Unfortunately, it wasn’t too different from a burger at Perkins. Very average- we would not repeat.

Matt’s Bar- Jucy Lucy and fries. Decent greasy burger stuffed with cheese. We didn’t love their choice of processed cheese slice in lieu of something more substantial like block cheddar. The melted cheese may have added moisture but added very little flavor. The burger was also a bit overcooked. Good fries. No bacon available for the burger. Had we not tried Casper and Runyon's Nook, this would have been a repeat spot for future trips.

Casper and Runyon's Nook- Juicy Nookie (add bacon) and fries. Certainly the best burger of the trip. Brilliantly cooked between medium and medium-rare, filled with robust and flavorful cheddar. The bacon that was added had a sweet hint of maple which added great contrast to the musky flavor of the beef. Great fries as well. Would absolutely repeat this spot.

Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine- ordered the Beef Rendang (beef simmered in coconut milk with chilies, & spices in a rich red curry) and Hokkien Char Mee (shrimp, squid, pork, vegetables, stir fried with thick yellow noodles in a thick dark soy sauce). Both were good dishes, large portions and good value. Would have expected it to be a bit spicier though. Would revisit.

Quang Pastry & Deli- ordered the chicken and shrimp pho soup, Chinese sausage and quail egg steamed dumpling, shrimp and pork salad roll, Chinese sausage salad roll. Big portions and good value, however, we preferred the pho at Pho 79 and the salad rolls at Jasmine Deli. It was a bit of a let down considering how popular I perceived it to be. Would not revisit.

Jasmine Deli- ordered the BBQ beef sub and pork salad rolls. This sandwich was a real standout! The salad rolls were also excellent- better than what we had at Quang. Again, a tremendous value was found here. We would revisit this spot in future trips.

Pho 79- ordered the seafood pho soup. Huge portion and great value. We preferred this pho to Quang. Very good pho, and we would revisit this spot in future trips.

Yummy Cheng- ordered steamed shrimp and pork and shrimp mixed dim sum. Tasty, but gets very expensive very quickly. Undecided as to whether we would revisit.

Kramarczuk East European Deli- roasted mild sausage, cabbage rolls, and sauerkraut. Great meal and would revisit.

Hell's Kitchen- ordered huevos rancheros and crab eggs benedict. Loved both and great coffee too. Would revisit.

Bad Waitress Coffee Shop- just coffee but good. Coffee was better at Hell’s.

Spyhouse coffee bar & Gallery- just coffee but good. Coffee was better at Hell’s.

Salsa A La Salsa (Nicollet)- split the fajita. Big let down, tasted like Applebee’s. Lack of attention to details, like leaving sinew in the beef. Would not revisit.

Taqueria Los Ocampo (MGM)- spit chicken quesadilla. Very good and would revisit.

Holyland (MGM)- chicken thigh and green pepper gyros. Huge and good. Would revisit.

Punch Pizza (Cleveland)- Salame e Funghi (salami, mushroom, garlic, fontina, oregano). Unbelievable pizza. We had high expectation based on reviews on CH; it not only met, but surpassed those expectations! Wish we had got to Pizza Nea to compare. Would repeat.

Pizza Luce' Uptown- Classic Pizza (homemade Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives and extra cheese). Very good, but preferred Punch (I realize they are different style pizzas). Would repeat.

Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria- slice of pep pizza. Very good, they used really good mozzarella and plenty of it. Preferred Punch and Luce, but would go again.

Izzy's Ice Cream- great and would repeat. My Wife’s favorite ice cream of the trip.

Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Café- great and would repeat. My favorite ice cream of the trip (Oreo was excellent).

Crema Café- we found the ice cream a bit too warm and a bit too melted once we got it. What do I know about ice cream though?

Pumphouse Creamery- we found the ice cream a bit too hard. What do I know about ice cream though?

Aug 21, 2007
Roberto7 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Top 10 cities for foodies - Comments Chowhound?!

Vancouver is up there with Montreal and Toronto.

Aug 10, 2007
Roberto7 in Food Media & News

Best Burger in Vancouver - what's your vote?

Between Vera's (on Denman) and Moderne Burger, I much preferred Vera's. Please keep in mind that these two burgers are very different.

Moderne Burger is the "fresh” style with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise, house sauce and the option of adding: cheddar, swiss, bacon, mushrooms and home made BBQ sauce.

Vera’s is the "good & greasy” style with ad-ons like: fried eggs, chili, hotdog, salami.

I prefer the latter style so naturally Vera’s was my preference.

Critique my Minneapolis list

Serious question here, what are local restaurants' attitudes towards cooking burgers in a fashion other than med-well? Can a med burger be found anywhere?

Aug 10, 2007
Roberto7 in Minneapolis-St. Paul