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Restaurants on par with Cucina Urbana

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

Nov 21, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego
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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

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