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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...

2 days ago
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

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

Tender Greens would be a solid choice, it's good quality food without the fine dining edge.

Corvette Diner is wacky and loud and whatnot, but would be fun for the kids.

Point Loma Seafoods is pretty close to LS, and serves up good seafood sandwiches. Casual.

Sep 30, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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.

M

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
Dagney in San Diego
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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