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Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room

He said business related. They have two dining areas and he made mention of a lack of "focus" in the restaurant.

about 3 hours ago
Dagney in San Diego

Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Union was jam packed every night this week....I suspect this week was solid for the casual to midrange/tavern-ish rooms.

about 8 hours ago
Dagney in San Diego

Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room

Just talked to a guy who knows their staff members. They are possibly closing in 8 weeks. Will reopen as something completely different.

about 21 hours ago
Dagney in San Diego

Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Saucer of milk, table 3

Jul 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

+1 on Tender Greens and Chopahn.

+1 on Athen's Market, even though I have never eaten there. Mary Pappas, the owner, has been in the SD restaurant scene forever.

Cafe Istanbul (6th and E) and Sultan Shwarma (500 4th) for Mediterranean, with Cafe Istanbul getting a slight edge higher because their rice pudding is home made and to die for.

If you have a car/taxi and want to venture around the local neighborhoods:

El Salvadoran, about 2800 Imperial Ave.
Adalberto's, 25th and Imperial.
Luigi's, also on roughly Broadway and Imperial.

Breakfast?
The Mission, um....12th and K?
Cafe 222, 2nd and J.
Dee's Newbreak, 1st and G.

Jul 25, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

I just had PBR for the first time about month ago. Legitimately bad. I tried to like it for the sake of old-schoolness. Didn't happen.

Jul 24, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Secret Menus at Restaurants

Quite frankly I am sick of all the secret crap. There was an article in Eater SD about a few places that indulge in secret menu items. One needs to know certain ways to ask for things, etc... And the restaurant "might make it for you..." I'm done. I'm just done. Secret menus, restaurants that "refuse" to serve certain items or "refuse" to provide certain utensils because it threatens their moral high ground, places that are booked months in advance and require you to pray to their FB page for available space or tickets....I'm so tired of it. I love food. I love a wide range of dining experiences, but the mid range experience is becoming some of weird land of "being in the know" and the high end is pretty much unattainable, save for special occasions IF I can get a reservation. I tried to make a res at FL, literally at the earliest possible minute for a date 3 months out, and they were "booked." Really? At 12:01 am?

What happened to excellent food and excellent service being a restaurant's focus. end of rant.

Jul 22, 2014
Dagney in Food Media & News
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Antica Trattoria

Renewing this thread.

We dined at Antica Trattoria last night. We loved it and will definitely go back.

We started with the Carpaccio appetizer. Excellent. A perfect deployment of wonderful peppery arugula to frame the meat.

We split the Caesar salad. Fresh croutons and not overdressed, YAY.

I had the short ribs and Husband had the crab stuffed salmon. Both were EXCELLENT. Special mention goes to the bit players: the string beans, squash, and carrots. Ordinarily these actors are forgettable, but when a restaurant gives a damn about quality, even the spear carriers shine.

I have been reading about this place on Chow for years and now I am kicking myself for not having dined there earlier. The service was spot on, the overall ambience was lovely, and the food was delicious.

Jul 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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Random San Diego restaurant history

I'm so glad everyone is enjoying these photos!

Jul 14, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Random San Diego restaurant history

WOW

Jul 13, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Random San Diego restaurant history

My Sergeant collects SD memorabilia. He brought in a copy of "Today," magazine, from November 1979. I snapped a few random photos from the restaurant section.

Jul 12, 2014
Dagney in San Diego
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Must try restaurant ...

Where are you staying and do you have a car? And/or are you prepared to navigate our hilarious mass transit system?

Jul 09, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

DD, I owe you one. I just returned from Windmill Farms. They had an excellent selection of affordable, healthy, prepared meals AND they had the Dinner-A-Go-Go brand in the deli section.

Jul 09, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Thank you all! We had the Brussels Sprouts, the Pork Belly flatbread, and the BBQ chicken flatbread. All delicious. The service was attentive, efficient, and friendly. We were a difficult trio to wait on, as we were deeply engaged in conversation and ordered food in a random manner, but he got it right. I'll go back with my husband.

Jul 09, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Thanx! I glanced at the menu and they caught my eye.

Jul 08, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Thank you!..:)

Jul 08, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Going tonight with friends. What dishes are not to be missed?

Jul 08, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Ah! okay that makes sense...the last update on their FB page was several months ago.

Jul 07, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Thanx! I didn't know Saffron did a picnic basket.

Jul 07, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

I have never seen that place, but I know where Windmill Farms is located.

Jul 07, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Vote #2 for Waters....thx!...;))

Jul 07, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Royal Food Mart? Bankers Hill-ish area? I've driven by there but never walked inside. I'll check that out.

Jul 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Thanx! Will take a look see.

Jul 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Opinions please. What are your favorite places for prepared meals. I am looking for grocery stores/delis/etc...that have good quality choices for grab and go options. Any places in the north part of the city would be most appreciated.

Jul 06, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Ha! I'm curious about how they will fare in that area. The prices are fairly high for very small portions and middling quality.

Jul 05, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Coops has no worries

Jul 04, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

C+....French fries were Sysco....bread was small and cheap....a little soggy....the meat did not have a smoked flavor. Good and tender, but very fatty. The sauces were completely unforgivable, tiny packets of some random Sysco-y thing. I was expecting a good homemade sauce.

Don't call us we'll call you.

NEXT

Jul 04, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Giving this a try. Waiting for a Brisket sandwich now...

Jul 04, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bijou- Woo-HOO!

Noooooooo

Jul 03, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Anyone tried Rare Form

oh god those people? what do they NOT have/serve/refuse to serve...?

Jul 02, 2014
Dagney in San Diego