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My List for San Diego

That is a really cool shot. I remember how dark it was in there with all the years of smoke on the walls and ceiling.

about 12 hours ago
littlestevie in San Diego

My List for San Diego

I will give the wishy-washy yes. For SD, it is good, but SD ain't
Lockhart TX. Oh how I miss thee, Black's, Kreuz's and Smitty's.

about 17 hours ago
littlestevie in San Diego

My List for San Diego

Some people think Vista is somewhere north of Vancouver, but there was a nice article in today's UT about When Pigs Fly BBQ. I know it is in a gas station, but a lot of BBQ places in the lower midwest and south are as well. It really is pretty good. Might be a nice bike ride up to the great white north.

about 17 hours ago
littlestevie in San Diego

Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

Is that in the same mall as North Park Produce?

Apr 22, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Giant Lima Beans

A couple of the wineries out in the Santa Maria Valley used to sell them at their wineries as well. Have not been up for a couple of years, so not sure if they still do it, but they were big and tasty. Not sure if any one on the board is old enough, but anyone remember before South Coast Plaza was built, that area was solid Lima bean fields. I remember going with my dad picking some up at a farm stand, must of been before '64 because dad was still rocking the '61 wagon.

Apr 22, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

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

Wasn't it cedar planked salmon? It reminded me of that touristy place up in Seattle. The one that is out on a island that is owned by a Native American tribe, and after dinner they put on a show with native dancing.

Apr 20, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego
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Baci

Glad you had a great time at Baci. It seems that they haven't been "discovered" yet. I was reading a thread on the LA board about a couple of old haunts of mine. One place, a favorite of mine, the bartender said to me "I don't want to see no f****** ID, I just want to see some green stuff" and that was 40 years ago. If you know my age, you'll know how old I was at the time. Anyhow the place is now hip and cool and the drinks are watered down "cocktails". Baci keep the way you are.

Vintage LA diners with great food

I think a lot of that is due to change in the population demographics in the older neighborhoods of OC, same probably with the SGV. Remember there were not a lot of suburban neighborhoods in OC from the 50's. So much was rural or simply not developed yet. Westminster, Stanton and Garden Grove have changed so radically from the 50's, I'd be suprised if any diners were left. You may find something in Fullerton, older parts of Orange, Brea or HB.

What's new with Brian Malarkey?

I had never heard of these and I looked them up. They sound freaking god awful. I thought I was slumming it, drinking the sparkling wine at the Brig's Sunday brunch, but the Brig's wine is probably closer to Dom when compared to that crap.

Apr 13, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Hawaiian poke

I had an unexpected trip up to WLA on Saturday. It was a stressful trip but I was able to stop by Kawabata's on the way down to SD. What a cool little place. Had the Ahi poke, original style. Eating that, brought me back to the islands and I just chilled out. Even though the 5 sucked through Pendleton, I really didn't care. I got a salmon for my SO, and all she wants to know is when am I driving back up to LA.

What does New York have that LA doesn't?

Just a question, is Trinidadian food really that much different from any of the former British colonies in the Caribbean. I am guessing they have similar immigration patterns with Indian and Chinese workers brought in the 1800's. The former Dutch, French or Spanish colonies will be different but British. I really know nothing about their food but just curious.

Apr 10, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Bobby Flay and Wife to Split

There were rumors of Bobby and January Jones from a few years back. I surprised it took her this long to dump him.

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

I was going to say that but I wanted to keep it sports related

Apr 07, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Hawaiian poke

Thanks for the heads up about Kawamata. Been driving the 5/405 run up to WLA a lot on the weekends and looking for places along the way that make the drive a little bit more tolerable. With the road widening project going on right there, just getting off the freeway is a treat.

Apr 07, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Soccer makes curling exciting

Apr 06, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego
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Looking for a location near Poway/San Marcos

Another couple of places to consider, Stone Brewing over in Escondido and though I have never been, Inland Tavern that took over the Penny Lane spot on San Marcos Bvld.

Apr 03, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Week in Escondido/San Diego

Don't know if you are into wines but there area couple in north SD county that are actually pretty good. Vesper is behind the Escondido Auto Park and Milagro is upĀ in Ramona. From LW, Temecula is not too far, if you want to do that whole scene.

Mar 23, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

I am not really surprised by this. These towns have either universities, high tech, or tourism. They are going to draw young educated people with disposable income. The restaurants will follow. The WSJ article comes across as a bit patronizing to me.

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

You know it was the look, the attitude, the condescension, more than where we ended up. Yes this was a few years back and I have only experienced it once before at the long gone Chasen's. Never, ever had a problem at Spago or Chnois on Main or The Bistro when they were the hot ticket. I dunno, just wasn't meant to be.

Mar 17, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Carlsbad

We have not eaten at the Green Dragon for dinner but we went to a fund raising function there about a month ago. It was the standard small passed plates, but it did surprise me in a pleasant way. It was much better than I was a fearing and we really haven't had a chance to go back but I definitely want to try out the menu in the dining room.

Mar 16, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Yes, the Chinatown reference is perfect. And you summed up my feelings exactly. Kinda like Ma Masion from the 80's with the unlisted phone number.

Mar 15, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Carlsbad

Have you thought about Paon in downtown Carlsbad or Chandler's at the Hilton down in Ponto? And though I have never been, how about the the Land and Water Company in the old Twin Inn building? yeah you have a freaking tourist t shirt shop next to you but.. might be fun.

Mar 14, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

I know I will get flamed for this as seeing another thread praising it's virtues, but Dan Tana's just does not do it for me. I have gone several times over the years, and every time I went, while I always had reservations, we were treated like c***. The only reason I kept going back was trying to please my dad because of an ethnic connection. The food was good but not great, and I just don't need to be treated like a piece of dog s***. And yes, while I am nobody famous, I am fairly well heeled and I dress appropriately and I am not a a*****e when I enter a restaurant. Sorry if you go out of business, I am not going to shed a tear.

Mar 14, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Baltaire in Brentwood

I looked at the menu and to me it looked like a clone of Eddie V's steakhouse menu. Not that it is a bad thing, because I do like Eddie's and for that genre, it's really pretty good. I know that the Coral Tree people are running Baltaire and Eddie's was bought out by the Darden group a few years back, so they are not associated, but they do look very similar. Not that steakhouse menus vary a whole lot anyway.

Mar 13, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara "Urban Trail" wineries

ABC is great. I like the Syrahs at Lafond. I have avoided Sanford ever since they screwed Richard out of his winery. If its a nice weekend, the wineries on the beach side of the 101 can get a bit crazy.

Mar 12, 2015
littlestevie in California

When Pigs Fly BBQ in Vista

Honkman, one of the advantages of driving the 405 up to LA is that there are some fairly cool places not far from the freeway. Bludso's is one of them. It is really close to the 405 and 710 interchange.

Mar 12, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

Ming Tsai recently had a series of shows on PBS (at least on my PBS station) about Japanese cooking. A lot of the show was travelogue type stuff, which my guess would be similar to Martin's show. For what it is worth, I enjoyed it, and I will probably like Martin's as well. I really don't know much about Vietnamese cooking, and I get Martin was not trained in that style of cooking, but I am sure he knows a heck of a lot more than me. Martin has to be way better than that couple that cooked there way around Korea that was on PBS a few years back.

Seated Repeatedly in Siberia

No I don't think it is male/female thing, I think it is more that you look a bit edgy or trendy. Restaurants want to look hip. They don't want their restaurant full of people looking like me. I totally get encoctte. That is why we have given up on going to those hip and too cool for school places down in LI, 30th street or Gaslamp. I guess that is why I like Red Tracton's or Tony Jacal's, the front treats us decently.

Mar 10, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Ode to The Godmother

Lo-cal is San Diego, So-cal is LA and environs. SD is the lowest part of California, in geography not quality. However mustard is great on the godmother as well as a burger. PS I wish there was a Bay City down in North County, nobody really comes close. When I visit my mom, we go for a roadie down on Lincoln. TG for her disabled parking.

Mar 09, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

ISO: your favorite croissant in San Diego

Used to run by there almost every day until I blew my back out. Know exactly where you are talking about but never stopped. Do you know if they owned by the Self Realization people? Because isn't the temple right next door?

Mar 09, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego