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Local/"Hole in the wall" foodie quest

In the past few months I have given up on Fidel's, and moved around the corner to Tony's. The thing that still drives me crazy with Tony's is the billing and paying up at the front desk. It is always so congested up there.

Sep 01, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

West Side Deli Lovers Rejoice Wexler's Deli is Coming to Santa Monica

I would love that location. Taking my 89 y.o. mom out to lunch on a Saturday can be a real PIA with parking on the westside. That would be a lot better than going to that El Torito in that lot.

Justin Wilson and other lost cooking show classics...

Love this thread. Justin Wilson and Floyd were the best. Anybody remember a PBS show on in the late 80's early 90's. It was hosted by this crazy little Italian guy and he had a restaurant in Florida, Tampa Bay area maybe? It wasn't the greatest but he was fun to watch, his energy level was off the charts.

Wine Stores in San Diego

Oh really, I talked to highly placed sources during the SD fair wine festival and I wasn't given any hint that he was leaving, because I knew the Milagro property was for sale and I asked that very question. Perhaps they could not say anything as part of the deal.

Aug 28, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Wine Stores in San Diego

I am also a fan of Milagro. Joe Hart's son, Jim is the wine maker and I am pretty sure he is also now the wine maker at Hart as well. It is fun to go up to Ramona or along Highland Valley Road and do some tastings. Not quite the hustle and bustle of Temecula. You may want to keep your eyes open for some association tastings. There is a nice one at the fair and I've been to a couple out at Rancho Bernardo winery.

Aug 27, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Small Redemptions of San Diego

Thanks, I had no idea what Kriot was talking about. When Kriot mentioned buying dungies off of boats, I was thinking the Puget Sound area.

Aug 20, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Small Redemptions of San Diego

RWC? MV? HMB? In what county, state or country for that matter, are these places that you are referencing?

Aug 19, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Grandma friendly restaurants

I will add the the Brig in Del Mar. If you sit out on the patio, it is pretty well enclosed and you have a great view of the track. It does tend to get a bit crazy after the last few races, so go early. Don't go on the day of the Pacific Classic, it is really crowded that day, which this year is the 22nd.

Aug 14, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Grandma friendly restaurants

My mom and dad loved the Fish Market and Fish House Vera Cruz up in Carlsbad. The hotel restaurant at the Hilton down in Ponto is nice and there is a nice view from the patio. They just changed the name of the hotel and I can't remember the name but it is still in the Hilton group.

Aug 14, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

So I see that the Anthony's and the Fish Market collaboration is back in the running for that space. Really not sure how this would work, with them both being, oh gee, fish restaurants. Also there is already the Fish Market and the Top of the Market about a quarter mile away. Probably something would have to be repurposed in to make this be at all feasible.

Aug 12, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

With Sunroad backing them, I think the Cohn's will win out. It is all about the cash. Thankfully no Bubba Gump's, that would have been gawd awful.

Aug 07, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

Watch out for those death caps!

Aug 06, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Zagat picks 8 "overhyped" dishes

Or hypes Anthony's. I doubt many of the blue hairs that frequent it, write blogs extolling the virtues of Anthony's. But don't poop on my OSF, I still have a soft spot in my heart for it. The mizithera spaghetti got me thru many a night when I was a grad student. Though I must admit, I haven't been to one in about 10+ years

Jul 31, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

Their Marionberry Pie is also pretty darn good.

Galaxy Taco

Interesting list, but what I don't get is that it is ok to bastardize a taco, but if someone did that to other regional or ethnic foods, they would get roasted alive. Just look at this chowhound board. There are 3 foods that quickly come to mind: BBQ, pizza, Chinese food. Woe to the restaurant that dares serve BBQ that ain't low and slow, pizza that better be as good as anything in Naples and Chinese food that's not "authentic"

Jul 24, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego
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5 Guys vs. In & Out... Time for a simple vote

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Jul 21, 2015
littlestevie in Chains

Desserts and decadent treats To-Go

Elizabethan Desserts and Betty's Pie Whole. They are not "pretty" desserts. Just simple and really tasty.

Jul 20, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Any Clifton's Cafeteria Reopening News?

I saw that article as well, and I was thinking the same thing. These guys look like they want to put their own "spin" on Clifton's and totally eff the whole the up. Well we shall see, hopefully sooner than later.

Jul 20, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

My dad was a cameraman at Paramount in the early 50's. There was a room in the back of Nickodell that the guys used to play cards during lunch. My dad made enough money to build us a house and pay cash for it. My mom still lives in it.

Jul 09, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

The Velvet Turtle was on Sawtelle between Olympic and Pico. The building is still there. It right across the street from the south 405 Pico/Olympic exit. The Victoria Station was on Sepulveda just a bit north of Pico.

Jul 09, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Paula Deen Resurfaces Brownface Photo, Leans Into New Identity as America's Racist Grandma

I would think that Cuban-Americans are more concerned about U.S. Cuba relations than Bobby Dean dressed up like Ricky Ricardo.

Past favorites from the 1970's

Red Tracton's is alive and well in Solana Beach right across the street from the Del Mar Track. Racing season opens up a week from Thursday. The place is always a hoot when the track is open. Some of the waitresses look like they have been there since Red's was up in LA.

Jul 08, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area
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Past favorites from the 1970's

Not really a comment about how funny Carl was. He was one of the quickest wits around. It is that I used to see him around the westside all the time in the 60's and 70's. He just never came across to me as a celeb, more just a regular guy.

Jul 07, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Past favorites from the 1970's

Are you thinking Ma Masion? If so, loved the astroturf in the patio. Carl Reiner??? You're really not setting the celeb sighting bar too high are you.

Jul 06, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

LA BARBERA'S UPDATE!!!!!!

OK, since pepperoni seems to be running away with it, i'll be a contrarian and vote for MUSHROOMS

Jun 28, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I never eat on flights, just my own water or a diet coke. Couldn't care any less about the peanuts, crackers, snax things or the meals. Would much rather eat when we land at even the worst fast food place which is better than any airline food. Of course I only fly domestic or up to Canada, so no 20 hour flights for me. if the airlines want to ban any and all potential allergens, in the cabin and on all flights, fine by me. And perhaps that is what they should do, so we don't have this discussion. It is just if families are freaking out about a plane flight, just maybe we don't fly. Food allergies tend to be much more common in children than adults, so we are not talking business flights.

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Does "house made" imply that the house itself made the item, not the people who are working in the house. I was not an English major and I do not listen to that PBS radio show on grammar, so I am only guessing.

Jun 23, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

If it is that severe of an allergy, they also should probably never attend a sporting event. Lots of peanuts are consumed at them. Also they probably should not go to a supermarket because lot of markets sell peanuts sometimes in open bins, other times in bags that have been known to break. And if they live in the State of Georgia or the Carolinas, move. Really somebody brushing past you that has a nut residue on them can happen anywhere in public. If I had that severe of an allergy, I would be more worried about everyday life.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I sure hope that if somebody has that significant of an allergy, they are carrying a good anti-histamine and an Epi-pen with them at all times. I would not be so worried about somebody eating a bag of peanuts 10 rows away from me, but sitting in a seat where somebody consumed peanuts in my seat the flight before me. You have seen how well the airlines clean the cabin between flights, haven't you?

Dickey's BBQ?

Ranchwood BBQ and Wood Ranch? Boy there is going to be some confusion between those two places. I wonder if that was intentional or not. Kinda like the burger place in the old Eddie Murphy movie "Coming to America"

Jun 23, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego