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best korean bbq in las vegas :)

The all-you-can-eat place next to Aburiya Raku (I *think* it's called "Seoul Oak") is pretty good, decent meat quality, nice selection of panchan, the service is very friendly and it's a great bargain for the price, particularly if you're hungry. It's doesn't compare to the BBQ houses of LA Koreatown, but it's close to as good as anything I've had here and significantly cheaper.

Aburiya Raku
5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Apr 15, 2010
loothor in Las Vegas

San Diego Restaurant Recomendation...

Hahahahhaahahahhahhahahahhaha.... seriously?

Fall of the Roman empire. Have we really become so bored with just having quality food and decent preparations that we must start eating dirt?

And I thought oxygen bars were stupid.

Mar 31, 2009
loothor in San Diego

San Diego Mariscos (Talmadge/City Heights)

This post is not about dining, this is just street good eating... A tiny roach coach in a mini-mart parking lot connected to a tent full of picnic tables on the NE corner of 35th and El Cajon is doling out delicious Baja/San Felipe-style mariscos... I had a fish taco (deep fried filet variety, Tilapia if I had to guess), a pescado a la diabla taco .(eggs, fish, onions, peppers, hot sauce all grilled together), a shrimp-based ceviche, and a (I'd guess) shellfish-tomato broth that is given to you along with whatever food your order. My food was the bomb, the ceviche was amazing... my bill (I split the ceviche with my friend) was $4.50. I hope that truck stays there for a long time. It's pretty busy with the local Mexicans for a reason.

Kiko's Place
35th / El Cajon Blvd.

Feb 19, 2009
loothor in San Diego

Izakaya restuarants in San Diego

Just to keep this always pertinent question alive....

I also know of Yakitori Yakyudori in Hillcrest and Wa Dining OKAN, which is not quite an izakaya as the emphasis is more on homestyle japanese food, but man is it good.

Feb 15, 2009
loothor in San Diego

Las Vegas Trip Report (Part 2) Lotus of Siam, Nora's Wine Bar, and Hue Thai Aisan Cuisine

Banh Mi are "French Vietnamese" food... the French popularized a lot of ingredients and fusion into Vietnam when it was known as French Indochina. Hence the baguette a Banh Mi is traditionally served in and the popularity of pate in Vietnam.

Jan 21, 2009
loothor in Southwest

Las Vegas - 14 days

Having grown up in San Diego, lived in LA for 10 years, and spent many vacations in Baja and mainland Mexico, I am more than a little shocked at the notion of trying to find Mexican food in Vegas that "rivals NYC" (really? REALLY? During my (short) time in NYC and New Jersey I failed to find even one decent Mexican restaurant).

Anyways, while I have yet to find anything that rivals the best of San Diego and LA, I really like "Bonito Michoacan" on Decatur just south of Spring Mountain. Large, varied menu and some really nice items one doesn't find on most Mexican menus. Not fine dining, but a delicious meal at a good price (most entrees hover around $10-$15). In particular, I have really enjoyed the Mole-based dishes, the Mojarra Frito al Ajo (whole deep-fried snapper), and the Lomo Estillo (3 thin pork chops in a very nice sauce). The only thing I haven't cared much for there was the flan (the flan itself is okay, but it is drizzled with chocolate sauce which is inappropriate and really destroyed the flan).

Jan 21, 2009
loothor in Southwest

Lunch near the 56/Ted Williams Parkway?

I have eaten at the Nugent's Fishgrille on several occasions as lately I have been working about a mile from there.

Disappointing at best. I would describe the food in general as both boring and greasy.

If you don't mind being spendy, Mesquite should be good, I haven't actually eaten there, so take this with a grain of salt, but I've eaten at their sister restaurant (Zenbu in LJ) and it was pretty good.

Jan 23, 2008
loothor in California

San Diego lunch in a touristy area

Just my .02, Candela's more of a dinner place, but I wouldn't eat there. I've been there twice and I'm pretty sure most of the wait staff are doing a ton of coke. Weird, but true and very offputting. Food's better at Chilango anyways and it's not terribly far from downtown if you want nice mexican.

Oct 25, 2007
loothor in California

Steak for a Marine

While I like the location, ambience, and side dishes, I have found the meat quality at Strip Club to be consistently on the poor side - which I consider an unforgivable sin in a steak-centric restaurant.

Turf Club, whom they are essentially ripping off thematically, has much better meat at around 1/2 to 2/3 the price... unfortunately, it is ALWAYS packed with 20-something hipsters and there isn't much to eat other than your meat... small green salads and garlic bread are the only sides.

Turf Supper Club
1116 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

Jul 08, 2007
loothor in California

Where can i find a decent meatball sub in SD?

I can totally give my thumbs up to Poma in OB... very good meatballs on an excellent roll. Not exactly revolutionary, but consistently delicious.

Poma Italian Delicatessen
1846 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107

Jul 08, 2007
loothor in San Diego

First visit to San Diego - What should I not miss?

I can't speak to the comparison of Dae Jaeng Keum to Boo Cho, as I never ate there when it was Boo Cho (I lived in that paradise of Korean food, LA, at the time), but I have eaten there twice in the last two months and I would say it is slightly better than Buga because (as you have noted) of the charcoal grills vs. gas (which is huge to me) and because they have better Daeji Bulgoki (which is my single favorite Korean dish). However, I will say that Buga certainly has better portions at a better price. I found the meat quality to about the same at both, but perhaps I got lucky at DJK, having only eaten there twice. Panchan quality was about the same at both, but Buga has the better selection.

Mar 07, 2007
loothor in San Diego

LA Hound Seeks San Diego Birthday Dinner Location

I would avoid Stingaree and Confidential if you are not planning on eating early and especially if you are coming on a Friday or Saturday unless you are looking for a serious party environment. Both are popular nightclubs (Stingaree in particular) with DJs and will become extremely loud and filled with club-goers as the evening rolls on. Bondi is also a bit on the casual party side and I was not blown away by the menu (although I haven't eaten there, I only had a few beers).

Downtown, I like Oceanaire, but it isn't unique to San Diego, being part of a chain... however there isn't one in LA. I also like Red Pearl Kitchen location/ambience, but they just opened one in Hollywood :) . I can wholeheartedly back the recommendations of El Bizcocho, Market, and Jack's (the oceanview terrace is great with nice weather), if you are looking for San Diego unique location-wise I could also add The Prado and Island Prime. Neither one is going to exactly blow you away, food-wise, but they are both solid and have extremely unique San Diego environments (Prado is in the middle of Balboa Park in the historic hospitality house with a very nice patio, and Island Prime has a fantastic view of the harbor and downtown across the water). Island Prime will be pushing at the high-end of your budget for sure, though.

If you're feeling Sushi you might consider Sushi Ota, the ambience is reasonable, the price is about right and the food is among the best in San Diego sushi, but I'm sorry to say it doesn't quite stand up to the LA sushi standouts.

Mar 07, 2007
loothor in California

Dim Sum in San DIego

Lucky Star Seafood on 54th and University (East San Diego, south of SDSU) serves Dim Sum at night. Not only do they serve Dim Sum at night, but I think their Dim Sum is the best I've had in San Diego (yes, I've been to Emerald several times, and I think this was better, but not by a huge margin).

However, the Dim Sum is not served off of the carts at night, unless you go on Thursday or Friday when they have a cover charge for their bands. Yes, I know it sounds odd, but they have a mid-sized ballroom with live music on Thursdays (Big Band $8) and Fridays (Salsa/Latin $6). The food is pretty good in general and the Thursday night music features a _28_ piece band (yes, an actual big band). These nights can also get very crowded, we were told big parties (ours was 11) should try to reserve a week in advance to be sure.

Try it out, it's interesting to say the least.

Mar 07, 2007
loothor in San Diego

Pho in San Diego?

Ahh... pho... a food that San Diego actually does really well for a change. There seem to be pretty good pho restaurants all over town nowadays, but I still go all the way to Talmadge every now and then for my personal favorite, Pho Hoa on El Cajon Blvd (4717 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92115 - (619) 283-6431).

Very nice fresh Soda Chanh there too, which to me is a must with a lunchtime Pho :)

Feb 16, 2007
loothor in California

First visit to San Diego - What should I not miss?

A lot of good recommendations on this thread, I'd all the following alternatives if you're interested in some specific asian types:

Pho Hoa on El Cajon is my choice for best Pho in SD, and Saigon right up the street has a really nice overall variety of Vietnamese... very cheap, too.

Dae Jaeng Keum (Engineer just east of Convoy, also in Kearny Mesa like the previously recommended asian markets) is (I think) easily the best Korean BBQ in SD... doesn't compare to LA, but blows away anything else here (except maybe Buga, but it's still better).

I'd go for a burger from Rocky's ("Rocky's Crown Pub" on Ingraham in Pacific Beach) WAY over Hodad's. It's not even close. Not quite the same beachy atmosphere, but the burgers don't even compare. I lived about four blocks from Hodad's for a number of years and I'd still drive to Rocky's when I wanted a burger.

If you want the best example of local taco shop, I'd hit La Posta on University, but I agree with previous posters that both Mama Testa's and Chilango's have better (albeit very different) Mexican food.

Jan 26, 2007
loothor in San Diego

Intimate Dining in North County San Diego

I have a date coming up that I am picking up in the Carmel Mtn. area. Unfortunately, all of my San Diego dating experience is in areas far south of there (Hillcrest, Downtown, OB, Old town, etc.)

So, I'm wondering if any of the fine hounds here have any suggestions for a very intimate dining experience in the more northern areas of San Diego. I'd like the food to be good, but I am particularly interested in a dim, highly intimate ambiance. No mexican food, please. I know the area standards, Mille Fleur, El Bizcocho, Jake's, Poseidon, etc. None of them have the intimacy I am hoping for... if you can recommend a place and an intimate, somewhat upscale quiet bar or lounge nearby to go with it you are really aces.

Help me out, hounds!

Jan 23, 2007
loothor in California

Are There Any Good (but not expensive) Restaurants of any type in the Westfield Shopping Center in La Jolla?

Most have been mentioned already, but I will back them up since I shop at this mall often.

Miami Grill - actually in the mall, so you don't have to drive anywhere else. Not terrible, not great. Not really Cuban food per se, more like a (somewhat weak) sampling of Caribbean foods with an emphasis on Cuban. I've had 2 okay but not remarkable meals there. The sweet potato fries are pretty good, though. Unfortunately, it's probably the best restaurant that's actually in the mall, unless you count the halfway-decent Indian buffet that's in the food court.

Outside the mall, across the street at the "Costa Verde" shopping center:

Roy's - Solid fine dining. Not the most amazing restaurant in the world IMO, but undoubtedly good. Expensive.
Aesop's Tables - This is good greek. Again, not necessarily outstanding, but respectable. Some dishes are a bit on the greasy side.
Sammy's Woodfired - I think it is weak, probably the worst out of the restaurants mentioned in this thread. The menu is muddled and the food is totally uninspired. Worthy of an airport or other boring industrial location. You may as well eat at the Coco's across the parking lot (seriously).

North of the mall:
Tutto Mare - I've only eaten there once, and I thought it was pretty solid. I'll have to give it a return visit to be sure, but I'd say it's probably your best option in the immediate area if you don't mind spending a little.
PF Changs - Has anyone in Southern California not actually already eaten at a PF Chang's somewhere? My opinion is not terrible for mass chain food, but certainly nothing to get excited about. I tend to agree with the poster who said everything is over-salted.

Jan 23, 2007
loothor in California

Northern Italian in San Diego?

Anybody have an opinion as to the best/most authentic Northern Italian cuisine in San Diego? I'm specifically looking for Northern Italian-style cuisine, not just Italian in general.

The web recommends Chianti and Asti Ristorante downtown, but I figure people here are a better source :)

Jan 15, 2007
loothor in California