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your latest Little Italy recs plus....

I thought it was called "The Murph"

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

Or worse much worse. The guy had definite anger management issues. It was just a freaking Pollo Loco. The look on his son's face just got me, it was so sad.

Favorite off-menu In-N-Out orders

+1 on the Neopolitan shake

Dec 15, 2014
littlestevie in Chains

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

Reminds of the time I was in a Pollo Loco and a car screeched to a halt by the front door and a middle aged man jumped out and entered the store with a partially eaten burrito. He started yelling at the poor counter kid telling him there was no salsa fresca in his burrito like he requested at the drive thru and he demanded a new burrito with salsa fresca. I decided not to include his liberal use of various obscenities, vulgarities and racial slurs in his tirade. Of course there is a salsa bar at the store so he could have just added the salsa if he wanted to. All I kept thinking was, Dude, I wouldn't have the boys in the back make you a new burrito if I were you. The worst thing was, sitting out in the car was what I guess, was his teenage son seeing this whole thing unfold. Maybe this wasn't the first time his dad acted like this.

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

We used to go to Madam Wu's before she got fancy and moved to the other side of Wilshire in what I think was an old Swiss place. Grew up in Westwood and I can't place Arthur's at all. Was it in Westwood proper or down on Westwood Blvd?

Dec 12, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Glogg/Glugg Mix in SD?

You might want to contact somebody at the House of Sweden down at Balboa Park. They do have a website. If anybody would know, it should be one of them. Of course they would probably just give you the recipe and tell you to make it yourself. Sorry I can't be of any more help, my mom hasn't kept up with her Order of Vasa. As an aside have you tried Major Market or Tip Top Meats?

Dec 12, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

I always thought they were supposed to be PSA flight attendants. Oh and Bentley's in Encinitas does Prime Rib on Sundays for 15 bucks.

Dec 08, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Bay Cities

Thanks for the link, my dad loved that old restaurant.

Dec 03, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Tadokoro, Fantastic experience

Yes, and you don't have to go to that development out in the boonies masterminded by Alonozo Horton, the he has the gall to call, New San Diego.

Dec 02, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

farmstands and the like

When you drive through the ranch there are still people selling what looks like the culls of the avocado crop. Even those are getting a bit pricey. To think when I was a kid, there were so many avocados around, we used to play football with the unripe ones.

Dec 02, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego
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Restaurants on par with Cucina Urbana

From my perspective, I consider it south of the border.

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

Well Guy does have a place in Vegas as well. Caesar's maybe? So SD is not such a stretch and actually that place might do really well here. Which does say a lot about SD.

Nov 18, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Pumpkin Pie Pickup

Mama's Kitchen also is doing a thanksgiving pie sale as a fund raiser. Various bakeries do the pies, and some that are mentioned above participated in the past. The only problem is that you don't know who baked your particular pie, but it really is for a good cause.

Nov 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

I guess I keep it to the KISS rule when I go to these kind of places. Regular burger and as rare as they will go. Even though I just typed this, when I go to In&Out, I always go animal style. Mom really likes them and I will pick up one for her and I may get one for myself. Especially if I'm waiting in usual ridiculous line at the Westwood location

Oct 30, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Been to the one up in Solana Beach and often I'll stop at the on in El Toro on the way down from visiting my mom. As far as chain burgers go, I like it. Too me, it is better than Smashburger, 5 Guys or In&Out.

Oct 29, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Staying at Rancho Valenica: dinner suggestions?

We went to the food trucks the first couple of years they had it. It was fun but it got so friggin crowded. Luckily we got there right as it opened and it really wasn't too bad. I actually had an event to go at the track the same day as the food trucks so I didn't go last year. Yes they are having a food truck day during this racing meet on November 22nd. I am thinking it wont be as crowded as the summer one, but they may have fewer trucks.

Oct 29, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Staying at Rancho Valenica: dinner suggestions?

Don't forget Red's also has a Sunday brunch during football season which might help get you ready for first post. And yes, I got my tixs as well! For some reason we have been hitting up Tony's a bit more lately than Fidel's and either one would be perfect place to spend your winnings.

Oct 28, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Chicken Charlie's FryBQ

FN you should know better, you go to the original location down on Sunset in Hollywood.

Oct 28, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Staying at Rancho Valenica: dinner suggestions?

BC, a really fun event at the track is the Saturday morning workouts. Admission is free but you do have to pay to park. Plenty of action out on the track, plus they have a gentleman roaming around that will answer any questions and explain what is going on out on the track. They will reimburse your fee if you spend 25 bills on food or drink. The breakfasts really are not bad but pretty basic. There is no finer way to start a Saturday morning than to have a glass of champ and watch the workouts, you really feel like a high roller.

Oct 28, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Good Italian near Oceanside

Really kinda slim pickings for Italian. Spirito's is on the east side of El Camino Real just south of the 78. It was on DDD. Never been, but a couple of friends of the spouse's have gone and they enjoyed it. Not much atmosphere. Vigilucci's is on State in downtown Carlsbad. Nice little patio with good people watching. Nothing earth shattering, but I have enjoyed it. Probably the nicest place in Oceanside is the Cohn's 333. Nice sunset watching. It is a Cohn restaurant so you know what you are getting, that is either good or bad depending on your viewpoint. I am sure I will get flamed for these recs but remember that OG's next to the Carlsbad mall is probably the most popular place in the area.

Oct 27, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Buffets in San Diego

The best buffet I went to was the high tide breakfast at the Marine Room from say 10 to 15 years ago. The steamer tables were kept clean and replenished often, the quality was very good, really was worth it. As food prices increased, the selection
really dropped and some of the more expensive items flat out disappeared. You still can't beat the view but just not the same anymore.

Oct 27, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Chicken Charlie's FryBQ

That's too bad because the pineapple express menu (around the corner from his main stand at the fair) is really not too bad. His chicken kabobs along with a side of tabouli is also pretty tasty, again for fair food.

Oct 27, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

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
littlestevie in San Diego
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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