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San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Your map reading skills blow, it is west of the 15. I thought that place had been around for a while, though that space has been a couple different restaurants, while the Leucadia Pizza in the same mall keeps plugging along.

about 24 hours ago
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Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Fudgy the whale rocks!

Feb 20, 2015
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Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

The Oscars is one of the few non sporting events that is actually shown live on the west coast

Feb 19, 2015
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Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Haggen, a Pacific Northwest supermarket chain is buying out a lot of the Albertsons in No. County. Not sure when. Don't know what they will carry as far as cakes. It should be an improvement because that Albertsons on El Camino Real in La Costa
is an absolute dump.

Feb 19, 2015
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Visiting San Diego - Not to miss suggestions please!

Actually yes, to me the farther north the better. If you like 'em great, I've been Tomales, they were good, but not that great. If I can get something sourced on the west coast, why get them from PEI? If I lived in NYC, I'd go with east coast.

Feb 18, 2015
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Visiting San Diego - Not to miss suggestions please!

Yes! The mussels are fine but I have never been a big fan of the oysters. The same goes for the east coast oysters. Even the one from the central coast are not that great. They are ok fried or in a stew, but for fresh raw oysters, Washington or BC only.

Feb 17, 2015
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Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

Have you been up to Old World in Huntington Beach? they have a pretty wide selection of sausages. As an added plus, one of the few places in California that sells Blue Bell ice cream is right around the corner.

Feb 13, 2015
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Chef Zhu in Del Mar

Thanks Kirk, I guess why I really didn't notice changes from the outside.

Feb 12, 2015
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Chef Zhu in Del Mar

I am one of the last people in the world to be able to vouch for the authenticity of a Chinese restaurant so I am throwing it out there. Has anyone been to Chef Zhu in Del Mar? They took over the old Double Happiness space, which was fairly mediocre Chinese food, at least to my palate. Friends of my SO went there over the weekend, and they expected DH, no more. They stayed, and they were more than pleasantly surprised about the food. I checked out their website and it seems like a step up in Chinese options in the north county coastal region. There are definitely some dishes that you really wont find at Chin's, which for better or worse was probably the best up in the Encinitas, SB or Del Mar areas.

Feb 12, 2015
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Old School Japanese-American Food

Yup, that's what I am looking for. I guess I should of said Japanese with a heavy Hawaiian influence, where mac salad comes with everything. But thanks BC and FN, Yoshino is maybe too authentic for what I'm looking for.

Feb 07, 2015
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Old School Japanese-American Food

I was reading on the California board about a place up in Sacramento that still does old time Japanese-American comfort food, it is called June's Cafe. When I was a kid, there were several of this type of place up in WLA along Sawtelle and down in Palms. The closest I have found in SD, is Teri Café up in Oceanside. I was wondering if any others still exist, maybe down in Chula Vista?

Feb 06, 2015
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Non-Mexican good for 17-person group in Escondido / San Marcos?

They recently revamped the Brigantine out in Escondido. It has a nice patio that could hold your group. Good food but won't blow your socks off. But not sure if anything in Escondido or San Marcos will do that.

Feb 05, 2015
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Kooky, but good - Clearman's Steak N Stein (Pico Rivera)

Have not been to The Galley in 20+ years since I moved to SD. I used to work just down the block from them and I would get their salad and cheese bread lunch special. They would do a split salad for you, half cabbage and half green. I would polish that off, and I couldn't even touch dinner, but it was tasty. Too bad they moved, the old place was pretty funky. There would be guys in there knocking back beers at 11:30 in the morning. They also used to have a North Woods Inn down in Belmont Shore, which was kinda strange with a building that had snow on its roof, right across the street from the beach

Jan 29, 2015
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Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

Don't know for sure but I do think they haul the car around the country, along with all of the production equipment. The only times I never saw the car was when he was over in Hawaii and in Italy.

Caesar Salad

Burt still shows up in Del Mar. He stays in a guest cottage of friends of his.

Jan 28, 2015
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Caesar Salad

Okay, I will mention another salad that is prepared table side. I just love the Salad Exceptionale from Red Tracton's. I know it just a gussied up Green Goddess salad from the 60's, but there is something about the salad that hits home for me. Maybe it is the waitresses that have been working at Red's since it moved to Solana Beach, don't know, and I know that this salad would never fly at the too cool for school places down in Little Italy, but like the Caeser, some old school things really are tasty

Jan 28, 2015
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Carnitas Snack Shack

The city of Del Mar is actually fairly small. It really does not go that far east. A lot of people live in the city of San Diego and say they are in Del Mar. And along with the other posters, CSS is in the wrong location, It would be doing a lot better if it were located along Coast Highway from Solana Beach thru Leucadia.

Jan 26, 2015
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North County Sausages

I am lazy, so I usually just pick one up outside. However, you can just get the marinated uncooked tri-tip at the meat counter along with some sausages, and cook 'em yourself.

Jan 26, 2015
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North County Sausages

T&H also does the Vista farmers market on Saturdays, also agree with Tip Top and Seaside suggestions below. And while at Seaside, don't forget to pick up some of their tri-tip.

Jan 26, 2015
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Cactus Cooler Soda

I know it is far far away, but have you tried Galco's up in Eagle Rock? If those guys don't have it nobody does.

Jan 22, 2015
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Enchiladas Suisse

You could do the vasoline on the lens for that soft focus look, like a certain men's magazine from the 70's.

Jan 22, 2015
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants...2015 Edition

I also thought that it a little strange that a vegan restaurant would feature in their logo, two carnivores, a wolf and a snake.

Jan 21, 2015
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Your Favorite San Diego County Wines

The dad's winery, Hart is in Temecula. Milagro is out in Ramona.

Jan 15, 2015
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Your Favorite San Diego County Wines

Have you been to Milargo? It is run by Joe Hart's son, and Joe runs what I think is the best winery in Temecula. I agree with you on Vesper, really enjoy their wines. This past fall, Vintana restaurant hosted a San Diego Co only vertical wines tasting from I am going to guess maybe 10 wineries, and I think it was on the same day as that mega-wine fest down by the bay. It was really a lot of funand the quality was better than I expected.

Jan 14, 2015
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I'm craving...

BC please, Kumamotos deserve mignonette. Save the horsey and cocktail sauce for the Carlsbad Farm oysters.

Jan 14, 2015
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What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

I was waiting for your Brig plug. If you haven't been out to the Escondido Brig since the remodel, they really did a nice job with the bar and the really opened up that space. It the same design team that they used for the Miguel's up in Carlsbad, which also has a pretty decent happy hour.

Jan 14, 2015
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Weekend Birthday trip with kids - downtown SD

I will take mine with Cointreau instead of the sugar or simple syrup. And yes, always on the rocks.

Jan 13, 2015
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Weekend Birthday trip with kids - downtown SD

I still love them. My SO hates flying but she will go up with me to Seattle just so she can ride out to Bainbridge or Whidbey on a ferry.

Jan 09, 2015
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San Diego CLOSED restaurants (2015 edition)

Not that it was any big loss but Bellefleur up in the Carlsbad Outlet mall closed. When it first opened and run by the Culbertson's, it was actually pretty good. The last few years, not so much. My guess is that a chain will go into that space along the lines of a Romano's or CF. Those seem to be the types of places that would attract the patrons of that mall. Oh well.

Jan 09, 2015
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Weekend Birthday trip with kids - downtown SD

Yes, as a kid I thought ferry rides were the coolest thing. Even the 5 minute ferry ride from Balboa Island to the peninsula was great.

Jan 08, 2015
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