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Anything new and exciting at the Gaslamp?

"Jumped?" well that is very dramatic...l o l....Just referring to the boundaries as they relate to my squad.

Dec 22, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Anything new and exciting at the Gaslamp?

sajakitchen.com

Well, in general, the food quality in the Gaslamp is middling. Saja just opened a few months ago. I have not eaten there and I have not spoken to anyone who has eaten there, BUT it's Korean BBQ, so it could be promising.

Beyond that...you are looking at a steakhouse or a nightclub.

Dec 22, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

http://www.sultanbaklava.com/

This is not completely new. The owner still has a Baklava shop in El Cajon, though he sold the restaurant portion of that space. NOW, he is re-opening his restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter inside the old Sammy's space. This means I will have the pleasure of Mercimek lentil soup every night when I work! I wish him well. I stopped by the other night. The space is attractive and simple, and looked like it would be ready for their opening this Wednesday. Let us all pray to the restaurant gods this place has some staying power. The Gaslamp Quarter is getting seriously scrappy lately.

Dec 22, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

Do coffee houses count? I thought of three...

Java. I am not sure of the exact location, but I remember it was the original ultra-cool coffee hang out.

The Insomniac. It was located directly above Croce's. I actually worked there for a spell, thus improving my cool status by leaps and bounds.

Cafe Chabalaba. Somewhere around....12th? 13th? and B Street? The owner painted a mural of Stevie Ray Vaughn on the B Street side. Very cool place, and she (the owner) always had some kind of live entertainment.

Happy Monday
Dag

Dec 22, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza - closing

Yes, and into the early 90's. I used to eat there between shifts when I worked at Reidy O'Neils.

Dec 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza - closing

Sammy's closed.

Dec 13, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

Golden Acorn Casino! $7.77!

Dec 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Breakfast in Guatemala City, and food in Flores

Thank you so much! Yes, this helps. We love all dining experiences, from the small shop to the high end room. The comedore sounds exactly like what we will want after a long red-eye flight.

Guatemala - Antigua Panajachel 5/14

Are there any places you reccomend for breakfast in GC?

Breakfast in Guatemala City, and food in Flores

Hello Chowhounders!

We are flying into Guatemala City next week on a red-eye. We will have half a day in the city to buy phones, exchange money, etc, but we will also need breakfast. We will be traveling on foot or in a taxi. We are committed food folks and are game for anything. Suggestions for breakfast in GC?

We are flying to Flores later in the afternoon, and will spend several days in the Tikal/Peten/Flores/Remate/Yaxha area. Are there any Chow-worthy places in those areas we should not miss? We will be taking local buses and taxis.

Thank you in advance!

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

Same thing happened to us a couple of months ago...I was going to review Olga's for my department's newsletter. On the upside, we found J & T that day.

Nov 04, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

If I'm looking for a good Cuban restaurant ...

We had lunch at Embargo today. We have never visited Cuba, and are not completely well versed in caribbean food, but our lunch was delicious and we are definitely going back. And the service was fun to boot. Our server was some mid-50's guy wearing a fedora and a Mexican wedding shirt, straight out of central casting and offering up Mojitos in a suave voice.

Nov 03, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

You were there opening night? w o w

Nov 03, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

Embargo Grill.
Anyone been yet? We had lunch there today. We shared the Brazilian Mofongo which may be my new favorite food. For this week anyway. I had the Cuban sandwich and husband had the "Boriqua" plate. We are going back. Soon.

http://www.embargogrill.com/

Nov 03, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

Confetti?

Nov 03, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

aka "Wojo"

Nov 02, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

oh man now I'm thinking about it....may have to leave Alpine for a Linda Vista excursion.

Nov 02, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Santee - birthday dinner with a toddler...

Of course the pub is also the top choice for us! How can one resist good food and beer within stumbling distance?

In Santee? Heck you can't go wrong with Sab-E-Lee.

The Grove Steakhouse at Viejas is passable, though they remodeled the room and it looks awful.

Definitely +1 on the other ideas here, Bo Beau and Trattoria Antica are solid choices.

Nov 02, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

The Duck Noodle soup is to die. J & T is my latest food obsession.

Nov 02, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

I used to know the owner's girlfriend...she told me it was named after his car. So indirectly, after the town.

Nov 02, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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

Oooooo! I have one. Biarritz in....Del Mar? Would have closed in the early 90's. Named after the Cadillac.

Nov 01, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Best BBQ in San Diego?

okay, that was a lame answer.

The bread is the cheapest available. It does not hold up to the meat and the sauce. The meat is "okay" tasting, but does not a candle to Coop's. When I asked for extra sauce to go, I was given tiny white plastic packets of some random mass quantity type sauce.

Save yourself and go to Coop's.

Oct 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Best BBQ in San Diego?

Yes.

Oct 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Table No. 10 (East Village)

I think it's a combination plate of many factors. Like El Chevere said, transient town, a casual-ish "beach" approach to most tasks; but I'll add a lack of training as well. AND a lack by employees to seek training.

Blue Point had pretty regular training for wine, cheese, and scotch when I worked there; pretty much every Saturday afternoon was dedicated to some form of education. But that was the exception, not the rule for the rooms where I waited tables in San Diego.

Our dining scene/clientele does not demand good training, (save for our little crew in this board). This is a town in which Cheesecake Factory rules the roost. In a place like Washington DC, where the dining scene is more aggressive, the wait staffs are well educated on the food, where it came from, growing seasons and trends, etc...

Oct 21, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Easy dining for one from the convention center

You have an excellent list.

Left field idea: take a cab to Logan Heights for Salvadoran food at El Salvadoreno. It does not look like much from the outside, but the food and service are top notch. http://elsalvadorenosd.com/

Oct 14, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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Dinner for 7 in the city tomorrow night

oh good choice!! +1

Oct 10, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Dinner for 7 in the city tomorrow night

Well, Barleymash was the first thing that came to my mind. It's at 5th and Market, loud, casual, and in the middle of the city.

Oct 10, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

One more suggestion, and I'll get booted off the board for suggesting it, but Pizza Nova might be worth a look. They are a casual pizza-salad-pasta place and well equipped for families, without the dining experience turning into a Romper Room situation. (Corvette Diner does this, very kid friendly, but the schtick can wear on you).

They are located near the water, so dinner and/or lunch there can be followed up or preceded by a scenic walk.

Oct 04, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Great meal at Blind Burro

Well, shoot. People are constantly asking my advice on where to eat in the Gaslamp, and it's very frustrating that in general, I can't say, "Oh the food at such and such place is excellent!"

Blind Burro is one of the few places I'll recommend, just based on the love they receive here. I hope your meal is not the sign of a downward spiral. Chopahn is gone now, so I'm down to Fogo De Chao, and Cafe Chloe if they want to leave the Gaslamp. sigh...

Oct 04, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Sound logic. My nephew thinks chicken nuggets are manna. M

Though I am now worried Honkman is going to have a nervous breakdown from having to disagree too many times in one week, and then who will be here to be a contrarian next week?

Sep 30, 2014
Dagney in San Diego