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Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

Well, left field idea, Blind Burro? It's located just on the outskirts of the Gaslamp, casual setting, yet not overly slackish. I have not personally eaten there, but they receive a lot of love on the San Diego board.

Sep 26, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

Ok, I have one, inspired by that new thread for the young lady turning 21...

Bobby McGee's in Grossmont Center. My parents took me there for my 16th birthday. The waiter's name was "Dr Midas Welby." I had steak and lobster.

And the old Carlos Murphy's across the parking lot. I spent more than a couple of college evenings there.

Sep 24, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

This sounds like a case for one other than....

Corvette Diner. BAM.

but, +1 on Shout House.

Sep 23, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Restaurant Week!

and plus two

Sep 22, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Restaurant Week!

ha! so true. Wal-Mart in East County.

Sep 22, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Need help with San Diego Plans

Well, the Del will give you the San Diego-Beach-Hotel Del- experience, and you could take the ferry to Coronado, which is scenic and relaxing.

Cafe Chloe is just outside the Gaslamp Quarter and has excellent food, and I believe they do a Sunday brunch.

Cafe 222 and The Mission would be good bets for breakfast.

Fogo De Chao has delicious Brazilian BBQ. Their food and service are outstanding.

Sep 21, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego Ethnic plus

Overall a really good list!

My own coupla pennies:

Italian: Trattoria Antica and Baci
Vietnamese: Pho Hoa
Sushi: Shirahama
Filipino: Filipino Food and Bakery (28th and Main)
Beer: well, Alpine Pub of course..:)
Sandwiches: La Torta
French/SD charm combo: Cafe Chloe

Sep 21, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

ha! well, I'll peek at the window tomorrow night.

Sep 19, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

None here...our team has been wondering the same thing. I kind of suspect they "closed for remodeling" as a way to exit gracefully.

Sep 19, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Good for a group in the Gaslamp?

Blue Point at 5th Avenue and Market Street.

They serve basics of steak and seafood.

Blue Point is equipped to handle a party like yours.

Also, +1 on Cafe Chloe.

Sep 18, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Weekend High and Low

Picked up lunch at J & T today.

To die for. They are my latest food crush.

Sep 16, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Weekend High and Low

Yeah, we were pretty much blown away. The high level of quality exceeded their price point.

Sep 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Weekend High and Low

Good idea!

Our weekend is during the week (MTW), and the highlight was J & T Thai Street Food, on Linda Vista Road. A new find! It was delicious, casual, and inexpensive.

Sep 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

To label all of San Diego as racist is kind of a broad generalization. Is there necessarily motivation for someone in La Mesa to drive all the way downtown to obtain grocery items they can find within 5 minutes of their home? Possibly even walking distance?

Some folks will....my husband and I think nothing of driving 30 miles (sometimes one way) for a decent meal, but new food is major part of our life, and the gas is small luxury we can afford. For a family of 4-6, who live 30 miles from downtown be it south or north, is the Farmers Market in Logan Heights a reason for them to go out of their way? Could the issue be simple economics and family scheduling?

Sep 13, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Did you really? I bet you know my sergeant!

Um...yeah, I want to believe the greater SD area has the moxy to support this type of venture, but our geography is a bitter reality. I love farmers Markets, but am I going to make a special trip from Alpine? Probably not. Even for people who live in the city limits...there needs to be incentive. The Logan Heights idea was great on paper, but....Is a health conscious soccer mom who lives in Linda Vista going to drive down there all the time? And the hours being so limited, busy people don't want to worry about planning their life around weird business hours for grocery shopping.

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Sep 12, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I think San Diego is ready for this type of Farmers Market, but I also think it needs to be open. For business.

My sergeant grew up in Logan Heights. He loves Logan Heights. He wants to move to Logan Heights when he retires. He spends his days off walking around Logan Heights. He actually owns pieces of old Logan Heights buildings that have been torn down. He is proud and excited to call it Logan Heights and not "Barrio Logan." Our team works weekends, so his free days are during the week, during what would be considered normal working hours.

Last night I asked him if he ever shopped or visited the Farmers Market. His response? "Oh yeah, I walked down there a few times but they were never open."

So here is a potential customer, who loves the neighborhood, WALKS around in the neighborhood, WANTS to spend money there, and was unable to shop at the Farmers Market due to the limited business hours.

The smaller markets succeed because they have minimal overhead. We have a small Farmers Market in Alpine that sets up in a church parking lot. Minimal overhead and an easy space to make big or small.

The Logan venture did not have the luxury of little to/no rent, and it had a huge space to fill.

I think San Diego could support a grand Farmers Market, but it needs to be accessible to people who want to shop there.

Sep 12, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

There is a place in Alpine called Cobblestone Cottage that does tea. They have costumes to, so you can play dress up (NOT kidding!). http://cobblestonecottageteashoppe.com/

Sep 08, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

WOW. Rusty Pelican. An epic blast from the past. So 80's. So...Golden Triangle.

Sep 08, 2014
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Easy like Sunday Morning. .

sooooo bad.

Sep 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Easy like Sunday Morning. .

Yes you do! We go on Wednesday afternoons these days, due to our current work schedule.

Sep 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Baci

We noticed Luce! Being from the east parts, we don't get into the Bay Park area much, and thought that tiny "downtown" area was definitely worth our exploration.

Sep 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

OMG! It's finally happening! Pernicano's is selling!

Did anyone here ever eat there?

We have a Pernicano's in El Cajon on Main Street. Maybe it's a hidden gem! lol

Sep 05, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Easy like Sunday Morning. .

Oh yeah! In the form of the ice on your hands after getting hit with the Baston because you were using bad technique...:)

Sep 05, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Easy like Sunday Morning. .

True... And actually, Sunday afternoons at the pub are a total madhouse, hikers, mountain bikers, locals....it's crazy and crowded and loud, but that's one the things we love about the pub. They have a "system" that you kind of need to know, and of you don't know, you learn it right away. You walk in and the place is filled with folks "Enjoying Sunday," post ride, post hike, post sleep in, for us it's post Eskrima class; it's warm and joyous. You scratch your name on the scrappy notepad sitting on the register to wait for a table, order beers and then go to the back patio. You bask in the afternoon sun with cold glasses and good company. It's bucolic.

Sep 05, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Baci

I cannot believe my first dining experience here was only a few days ago.

My husband took me to Baci for my birthday on Tuesday night. I had wanted to dine there for many years, but it was always pushed to the back burner as other, newer rooms won our affections.

Our dinner was pure elegance. The host greeted us in a wonderful, professional, quiet manner and led us to what he said was "the best seat in the house." We were shown to a private, quiet, corner booth that placed the entire dining room on display.

And...I LOVED this.....NO menus right away. Ah! Old school dining the way it should be! A Scotch Old Fashioned for me and Tanqueray Ten Martini for my husband started this night perfectly.

We shared the Uni (in the shell) with Crostini for our first course. Fresh uni does not need or want amazing descriptions and metaphors. It was delicious, and the in-shell presentation made for a stunning beginning that invited the eyes to enjoy the feast.

The second course was a shift in gears to the homemade potato gnocchi in gorgonzola, fontina, mozzarella, and grana padano sauce. I have had gnocchi before, but now I am spoiled. This dish was so much richer than the uni, but the texture of the gnocchi was a perfect culinary manmade rival for the next step of our meal. The various cheeses somehow blended well and heightened each others flavors through some cooking magic-ery.

For dinner I had their special of the night, the Whole Seabass with haricot vert and potato, topped with olive oil. This was cooked so perfectly....The meat was sweet and tender, and just....just mouthwatering. My husband had the Swordfish, crusted with garlic, oregano, and olive oil breadcrumbs baked with white wine and garlic. Apparently, this is their signature dish. We usually never order swordfish, bit theirs was a worthy detour. Like the Seabass, it was cooked to a gentle tenderness, and the spices, though seemingly unremarkable, were married correctly and made this dish sing.

We had two glasses of one of their Italian reds with dinner, and I deeply regret I cannot remember the name of it. I DO know, it went well with both of our entrees.

Dessert was an excellent finish of their homemade gelato (vanilla and pistachio) and Tiramisu. Basic choices yes, and I know ordering Tiramisu in an Italian restaurant is one-dimensional, but, gosh, when things are made in house, THAT day...the simple tunes of flavors morph into a symphony.

And the service....was actual, honest to goodness, polite, REAL, service. No upselling. No "hey guys." No "can i getcha started..." The service was a warm and professional without being intrusive, and ever so slightly fun. Our waiter described the extensive list of specials in a way that made me want to march into the kitchen and start eating everything. He was clearly proud of the food, and clearly a true pro.

Again, I cannot believe I ate here for the first time only days ago. Baci is not molecular gastronomy, not technically considered "farm to table," (though that uni probably was from the divers hands to my plate), not "small plates," not progressive food combinations. Baci is excellent service, excellent quality food prepared by chefs that know what exactly how to put a dish together, and one of the few places left in San Diego that knows how to provide a true upscale dining experience. We will return.

Sep 05, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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Easy like Sunday Morning. .

The Alpine Pub!

Sep 05, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

What say ye, SuperChowers?

Chips and Salsa? what the????

I have to say the Brussels Sprouts at Bo Beau.

The cheese and sausage appetizer at the Alpine Pub (have to give a local shout out).

Aug 29, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

A friend told me the owner is in Italy with family right now, so hopefully he will start a new venture when he returns. I vote for something in East County. sigh.....like THAT's gonna happen.

Aug 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Before the Gaslamp? Not sure....their most recent space was on 6th Avenue, just south of F Street.

I know rent had something to do with it's demise, which is heartbreaking. Chopahn was one of the few restaurants in the Gaslamp that was truly a small business. The owner was the host EVERY night, and sometimes he was your waiter to, depending on the day of the week. He kept a high standard of a classy, polite dining experience with excellent food.

Ah well....I'm sure there is a "small plates" room lurking in the waters....bring on the craft cocktails for the babies who can't handle a scotch neat.

Aug 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Chopahn...:(

Aug 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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