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Bo-Beau La Mesa

Possibly...I'm not sure, the volume was so loud I had to close my eyes and roll up in a fetal position.

Aug 16, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Next time I will. I enjoy their food, and the service is mostly good, though tonight I had some gal fresh from Learning To Speak Loud and Hyper 101.

Aug 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

There is a room to the left of the front door. I was seated at a two top table, which was located, quite literally, in a corner. There was a larger table (for 6) directly next to me.

I enjoy dining alone, but it's always a bit of a test...will eyes be rolled? will I be seated in a corner? will I be upsold to within an inch of my life? etc...What I should have done is asked for a different table instead of bitching about it here, but for the love of Jehovah, why seat a customer at a crappy table? I was there at 5pm, the place was half empty, how about a pleasant table? And the burger on a board? Really? Plates people. It's a huge, messy, entree. It needs to be served on a plate.

I am in a cross mood in general this week, so I am seeing everything without the benefit of my usual upbeat self, but still....harumph.

Aug 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Dear Bo Beau- tonight was my third time in your room, but my first as a single diner. Please consider the following:

1. Your burger, though delicious, is large and needs to be served on a PLATE, not a teeny tiny board, requiring me to move my food around to the plate already on the table.

2. A tiny table in a corner is just that, a tiny corner table. It's obvious you crammed it there. Dining there is annoying.

3. You have servers that know how to approach a table with a calm, professional demeanor. Keep them. As for the "used car salesperson" servers that talk at volume ten million (HIYEEEE! How. ARE you?????), you can send them back to cheer camp.

Dag

Aug 15, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Wet Willies. Closed. Tragic.

Aug 11, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Restaurant for corporate foodies

+1 on all cstr.

Aug 10, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

That's right, dim sum is not a dinner gig....

We have not been to Table 10 or Puesto.

Aug 10, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

We have been there. We liked it. Possible...

Aug 10, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

I am hijacking this old thread for my upcoming birthday. Husband wants to take me to dinner. He suggested The Tractor Room based on their "unusual game" choices. I scoffed. I have not dined there but their menu looks a little simplistic.

Has anyone dined there? Does the quality lift the simpleton aspect of the menu? Or was my scoffing warranted?

At the end of the day I would like to dine somewhere unique and intersting, but under the $300 mark.

We went to Chopahn last year and I LOVED it. Shirahama is in the running, so is a trip to SGV for Dim Sum.

Opins?

Thanxxx in advance, Dag

Aug 10, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Which San Diego Area Casino has the Best Lunch and Dinner Buffet?

My squad mates say Viejas. All you can drink beer and wine. And crab.

Jul 31, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

Pantry storage: flour, sugar, etc.

Ziplocs and/or the fridge.

Jul 30, 2014
Dagney in Cookware

Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room

2 weeks? oh wow...

Jul 30, 2014
Dagney in San Diego

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.

Jul 28, 2014
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.

Jul 28, 2014
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.

Jul 27, 2014
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