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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

I was making a joke about the El Torito on Mira Mesa in the Target center. The Black Angus was across the street where the Red Lobster is now. Really don't venture much into MV anymore.

Oct 20, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Du-Par's Opening in Encino

Just remember that most OPH are franchises. I am sure they have company recipes, but what I have found is various OPHs can be all over the place. Down in SD, I really like a couple, run by the same owners, a couple of others not so much. A personal aside, when I got married 25 years ago, I went to the Dupars in Studio City for a pancake breakfast before my wedding. The pancakes were sublime and I'm still married to that great gal.

Escargot

I would also give Major Market a call. They really have some stuff that you can't find at other supermarkets around town

Oct 17, 2014
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Buying (used) cookbooks in San Diego

Ehh, I'd just fly up to Portland and enjoy Powell's. Some really good places to eat in the downtown area as well. Don't forget Southwest has some lenient baggage allowances.

Oct 15, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Vintana Wine + Dine (Escondido) patio "small plates"

We actually went during restaurant week, and more than one person has called me crazy but I must say I was impressed by the service. I would call the food very good and cooked properly as ordered. Deborah was there working the kitchen the night we were there. We had oysters as an app, properly shucked with a nice minonette. The restaurant week deal was fine, but the bonus was that they had wine specials as well, and I was going to order one of the wines anyway. The place was crazy because there was a charity event out on the patio, but the meal was paced properly and management was evident throughout the evening.

Oct 14, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Lindy the one I am talking about is on the Del Mar Solana Beach border. It is about a third of a mile west of the 5, between Red Tracton's and the Lutheran Church.

Oct 13, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Tugs! Remember the annual run-swim-runs that Tom Warren used to hold down on the beach? Back in the 70's I thought I was in good shape, but Tom was in insane good shape.

Oct 13, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Well OG it loooks like Mama Testa is going in off of Black Mountain Rd. So it is El Torito for you. Hey at least the Red Lobster is an improvement. IIRC it used to be the dumpiest Black Angus ever, and that was quite a feat

Oct 10, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

East of the 15 is usually considered Scripps Ranch. The problem with the west end of Mira Mesa bordering on Sorrento Mesa is that while it is busy at lunch, after the workers go home it is dead at night. The one exception that I found is Karl Strauss, it seems to stay busy later.

Oct 09, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Ebola: Do you think it will change how we dine out?

That may work for some diseases, but there are a lot of diseases that are food borne pathogens also people can have sub-clinical cases of diseases and still be infectious.

Ebola: Do you think it will change how we dine out?

BC what are you doing over on this board? I am not really that worried about catching Ebola at restaurants. There are a lot more viruses and bacterial diseases that you are much more likely to catch at a restaurant than Ebola. And some of them can be just as deadly. I try to forget as much as I can about my old epidemiology classes, otherwise I would never go out to any restaurant.

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

I get my Thrifty's ice cream at Rite Aid. They don't have the scoops but you can get the not quite half gallons. It isn't the old Carnation ice cream from the 60's but it tastes pretty close to their 80's formula.

Oct 02, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

DD, I really hate to disagree with you, but babies do like sweets. The whole mother's milk thing. It is a survival mechanism for mammals. But yes, there is way too much sugar in processed foods and unfortunately this leads to a whole host of health problems. Most babies don't like bitter, again this is felt to be a survival mechanism because most alkaloid poisons taste bitter.

Oct 01, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Mojitos

I remember flying with my sister to New Mexico to visit my uncle. I was maybe 15, so it was many, many years ago. The airline, and I can't remember which one it was, PSA? Frontier? gave us these cute little snack packs with a bottle of Mateus Rose in it. My older sister gave me the evil eye, but I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Sep 24, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Ethnic plus

I would also add Tasting Rooms Wine, Vesper

Sep 22, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Wine stores in North County

First I would agree with Dr.Chow SD Wine is worth the drive, really not bad on Sat or Sun. The Wine Loft in the Forum has a nice selection, Meritage I think is a little pricey. Harvest Ranch in the same mall actually has a good selection, again not cheap but the do have wine sales on random Wednesdays.

Sep 19, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I really wasn't commenting on her restaurants. But whether you liked them or not, they did have a healthy mix of both tourists and locals. It was the shops in the Bazzar that I was alluding to. Her jewelry store had some nice native American pieces, probably some of the best I have seen in SD, and I would call that high end. Her bookstore had some interesting selections, for its size. The dinnerware and glassware were very nice. Yeah there was some junky stuff but it was a wide mix of stuff. You may not like any of the items that she carried, but obviously some people did. You can have some of the nicest stuff in town, but if nobody goes there, you are not going to be in business very long.

Sep 17, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I actually think that this could work. For me coming from No. county, the drive is about the same as to Barrio Logan. I think that NTC is just a more interesting space to walk around, not just some old metal stand-up building. Yeah parking is pretty bad on Sunday morning, but the couple of times we were there on Sunday, it was not impossible. If the Grand Central Market in LA can re-invent itself, and become a popular place to go, the SD Public Market has a solid chance to be a success. They just have to have a mix of products that would appeal to both tourists and locals. I think that is why Diane Powers did so well in Old Town with her Bazzar del Mundo, there was high end stuff and moderate things for both locals and the tourists

Sep 17, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I agree with DD. Since I live up in No. County, the Vista farmers market has filled my needs. I really never saw a reason to go to Barrio Logan. It didn't seem like they had anything that I couldn't find in the larger farmers markets in my area.

Sep 11, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Who remembers La Barbera's pizza in West L.A.?

As much as I liked it, and we went as a family many, many times in the 60's and 70's, it is time to move on. I am not sure that you can recapture the fun, food and ambiance that was LaBarbara's. I will always have very fond memories of the place.

Sep 11, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

I guess I'd better not suggest Red Tracton's for you where you are down in Solana Beach.

Sep 10, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

You don't like Taylor's Steakhouse up in LA? While it may be super old school, the last time I was there, the steaks were pretty darn good. Of course that was about 10+ years ago, I don't venture much into downtown LA anymore.

Sep 09, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Is somebody going blow out that UTC space?

Sep 08, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Best Burgers and Fresh Fries in San Diego?

Now that they are brewed by Miller, I guess Hamm's just doesn't cut it anymore.

Sep 04, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Best Burgers and Fresh Fries in San Diego?

PBRs must have been more a midwest thing. Out in California, we had Olys or Coors QBs in brown bags. But for the height of class, there was Lucky Lager, with the puzzle on the inside of the bottle cap.

Sep 03, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

I am just curious, and I am not a labor law attorney by any means, but if the Food Network hired Lenny, wouldn't they be opening themselves to a major sexual harassment lawsuit from Ree? I get that he did not work for FN when he made his comments, but he has not really retracted them and so they are still out there. Or if he said something that was even slightly off-color, because of his history, he would be easy pickings for a good lawyer. I also get that that thgy probably would work for different production companies, but it is still under the FN umbrella. My guess is that this guy is way too toxic. Run FN, run.

What say ye, SuperChowers?

Please don't flame me, but the poke tacos at the Brig are really good. Kumamotos at any place and almost any price are worth it. Yes it is trite, but I do loves fried calamari. Rings and heads only, no strips. Sorry Brig you are out.

Aug 29, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Good bread in No County

My SO usually gets their olive bread. Since she treks out to Major at least once a week, That's where she gets it. PS Major does have lobsters on sale this week at $10/lb.

Aug 29, 2014
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Good bread in No County

Belen bakery has also been pretty reliable for us. They are out of Escondido but we usually get stuff from the Leucadia Farmers Market.

Aug 29, 2014
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Any good deli in San Diego?

Nosh Deli in Encinitas closed a while back. It was kinda ehhh. No great loss.

Aug 28, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego