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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Was just there and talked with them. You know they actually own that building, so they aren't being forced out. They are leasing it long term to a movie theater outfit. They told me it just made more economic sense for them to dump the location. They are moving all their key employees who want it to their other stores.

May 16, 2014
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Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

Did anyone mention O'Briens Pub?

Best beer pub in San Diego, IMHO.

May 16, 2014
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Indian Curry Powder - Which brands are best?

Said this somewhere else but am not a fan of the Sun Brand Madras curry powder because it is way too salty.

I did finally see a comment that someone made about low sodium brands.

I want a very low sodium brand, anyone know a good one.

Oct 20, 2013
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More mild than normal curry powder, recipe or favorite blends

In the FWIW department. I bought the Sun Brand Curry Powder and am throwing it away because it is super salty. It's weird, caught me totally off guard. I added NO salt to the recipe and it tasted like a huge amount was added. Very perplexing to me.

I don't want ANY salt in my curry powder, if I want salt I can add salt.

Oct 20, 2013
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i found the worst pizza in SD, Regents PIZZA in UTC

Yes we have. It has improved a lot.

First off, we have hit all the top places around town, so have Luigi's, Lefty's, Bronx, Pizza on Pearl and the Sicilian Thing on 30th.

And we tried this place a few years ago, when it was certifiably lousy.

We like it a fair amount now and feel it is the best place in the area.

Jan 25, 2013
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10 Best Things to Eat in San Diego

You like this as much as the Shio Ramen at Santouka?

Aug 15, 2011
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Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Yeah McPrice is making some great wines. Also, when you find their tasting room, go next door and try the Hug wines. They are very good too.

May 21, 2010
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Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Boy do I disagree with that comment. IMHO, these wines are much more in line with Tablas Creek than Saxum or Linne Calodo. Maybe you have the memory of their Tannat, which is a bit of an aberration.

May 21, 2010
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Best Hamburger in San Diego?

Finally got by Starlite and IMHO, this is by far the best burger I have had in SD.
I have been in the Rocky's camp and for a cheap, quick burger, still have it up there.
Have not been a huge fan of the Burger Lounge, but have only been there a couple of times and some have suggested that it is spotty and I have just not been there when it was on target. ???? That's possible but I don't really care much.

Starlite is expensive but they use natural Brandt beef and it is very tasty and has a wonderful texture to it. Bun is great too.

Mar 04, 2010
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Moving to Paso Robles area - would love recs from locals

Don't forget about Cambria! There are some fun places there. We like the Black Cat for dinner.

A couple more wineries to consider are Hug, Bassetti, McPrice Myer, and Herman Story.

Hug has a tasting room, out on the east side of 46 and McPrice Myer and Herman Story are located right next door. They all make wines from all over the central coast, not just Paso.

A good way to find a solid butcher is ask one of the winemakers, they will know!

Oct 14, 2009
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Place to buy prime beef for steaks? [UTC/Del Mar]

Bristol Farms is good, they recently had a sale on their Prime dry aged NY's and Ribeyes for $15/lb that was way too good to pass up.

We still buy Siesels at times.

I have not bought any from Cowboy Star downtown but have been hearing some really good things. Looking forward to checking them out sometime.

Oct 14, 2009
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Wine Shop in San Diego?

Hey GP, I think that was the old Pier 1 shop that used to be next to Cousins Warehouse!

This place is looking to be very cool. Lot's of other little shops within it. Coffee shop, bakery, deli, restaurant.

BH

Sep 19, 2009
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SD Ramen gets an Upgrade (hint - Santouka)

Wow, just stumbled on this place. Hadn't been to Matsuwa in quite some time. Decided to run some rounds and went by a few Oriental style markets. Had lunch here and was blown away. I have NEVER had a ramen that was this good.

I ordered the Salt Ramen, Shio I believe??? #4.

Now I want to know how to make this stuff myself!!

Jun 12, 2009
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Best Pizza - San Diego

Cool, thanks to both of you, I'll be sure to hit this spot soon.

Jan 05, 2009
Wino in San Diego

Lunch in La Jolla

Well, you might as well eat somewhere in the village, since that is where the most site seeing stuff is.

There are a number of excellent places. Nine Ten, Georges at the Cove, Roppongi, Tapenade and Trattoria Acqua are all in that neighborhood and have good food.

Tapenade is off the main drag and probably has the best food followed by Nine Ten, although we recently had dinner at Georges and thought it was excellent, the hamachi appetizer was superb. Roppongi's is Pacific Rim tapas and is really fun. Experiences seem to vary but we have always had fun while attending. The main problem for us is that they have a really expensive corkage fee if you bring your own wine and then charge too much for their wines. It's a tough one because we want wine there but don't want to pay the steep tariff. Oh well, if wine is not an issue, you could do way worse.

Trattoria Acqua is right over the top of the Cove, (like Georges is), and used to have killer sandwiches for lunch. Last time I was there, I was a bit underwhelmed but I am hoping that I just had an off day experience because I have always had a great time there in the past. Great views from here.

Nine Ten is also great for lunch.

One more idea would be Jacks, which I have ONLY heard about but it is on my list of places to try.

Anyhow, La Jolla Village is a great place to get away for the day, we live in La Jolla about 10 minutes from the Village and still enjoy the heck out of it.

Be sure to walk the coast between Childrens Pool and the Cove.

Jan 05, 2009
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Best Pizza - San Diego

So, which Luigi's are you all talking about?

There is Luigi's on 25th and Luigi's at the Beach, in Mission Beach.

Which one? Are they related, is one better than the other?

Jan 05, 2009
Wino in San Diego

Any place to buy foie gras in San Diego?

Not pate!! Whole pieces of foie gras!???
Any place carry it here?

Not restaurants, I'm looking for a market.

I know about ordering it online, but I was thinking about some for New Years.

Dec 30, 2008
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Beer from Mission Brewery in SD

That location has NEVER worked for any of the restaurants there!
Every single thing in that building has failed.

Dec 24, 2008
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Is this a good start for a wine tour in Sonoma?

Rochioli in RRV is a must. A few others in the area worth stopping are Martinelli, Rafanelli, David Coffaro, Joseph Swan Arista and Copain.

Back in Sonoma, stop at Landmark if you are going to hit the area at all. They make some excellent wines at the high end.

Dec 24, 2008
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San Diego: Great Mexican near Westfield University Town Center

There used to be a Nico's in Del Mar, at the Plaza Carmel.

Can't find any info about it online, they might have closed for all I know, haven't been there for a few months but last time I was, it was still there.

They have pretty darned good carnitas!

Dec 07, 2008
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San Diego: Great Mexican near Westfield University Town Center

That and my wife absolutely refused to go here when it's dark because that section of town scares her too much.

Dec 07, 2008
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Phở La Jolla

I thought it was pretty good, had lunch there today. Yeah it is set up very tightly but they are really going after the college crowd here, as they are located almost across the street from UCSD.

Have I had better? Sure but this was pretty good and for anyone who knows this area, it is a step in the right direction.

We have such a lousy selection of inexpensive places to eat, most tend towards the more commercial low end joints like Rubio's or Chipotle's.

I thought the amount of meat in my Pho was respectable, I have had many bowls with WAY LESS. I thought it was a fair deal. I agree that the broth did not pack the umami character that the poster above mentioned. It was very spicy, lots of pepper and cardomom. But I liked the flavors and even thought there are darker, richer broths out there, this one had a good intensity of flavor. I think the amount of veggies on the side plate was fine. This is a lunch place and they are trying to serve and affordable plate without breaking their bank and honestly it was plenty of food.

I got a rare beef with flank and was actually fairly impressed with the amount of meat and felt that the side veggies were exactly what I wanted. The bowl was only about $6.35 so I find it very hard to complain.

I would say if you live in the area, you will definitely want this on your rounds, but if you live farther away, you may just want to hit the Kearny and Clairemont Mesa area, where you can find some slightly better spots.

As for me, I live right next to this place and am happy to have it nearby.

Dec 01, 2008
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Phở La Jolla

Thanks for the heads up, I missed it and live about a mile from it!
I'll check it out for lunch today and let you know how it is.

By the way, there is a Vietnamese noodle and pho shop at UTC that is pretty good. Not by any means the best around but I enjoy a couple of their dishes.

Looking forward to trying this place though. The website has promise, looks well designed but not finished yet.

Dec 01, 2008
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BYOB in San Diego?

I bet you that Lisa Redwine had something to do with that one!!????

She was hired to run their sister restaurant and would not be surprised if she has some clout there as well.

I could be wrong, but it seems rather coincidental that they changed this policy so soon after they hired her.

Oct 30, 2008
Wino in San Diego

Thank you, Venissimo cheese (SD)

Bob is a wholesaler now. He still has Aniata but they don't sell to the public. Apparently he is doing extremely well with that side of the business and decided to devote full time to it.

He was/is the best. I always really liked his approach.

Oct 22, 2008
Wino in California

Windy City Beef in El Cajon is gone

I've been going to the one next to UTC for years, since they opened.
Basically the only thing I order there now is the Italian Beef sandwich, stuffed with as many different peppers as I can get them to give me!!

Sep 30, 2008
Wino in California

SD - University Club atop Symphony Towers?

I've been there for wine tastings and appetizers.

The view isn't good, it's spectacular.
You have to get a seat that overlooks the stadium!

By default it is about the view. Don't let anyone try to wear jeans or arrive with out a dress jacket. They will turn you away!

Sep 30, 2008
Wino in California

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

well ..... I would contend thta the best syrahs also come from the west side and perhaps the Templeton Gap region. Both areas that receive a fairly large coastal influence. I also think that there are particular valleys within the west side that have better access to those coastal influence and they are better off for it.

Of course you can also get too much. When you get way out on the west side, there are actually a couple of vineyards whose yields can drop to almost nothing because they don't actually have enough sun and heat to fully ripen!! It shocks people to realize that but it is true.

I kind of hate to just hear Paso talked about in an east vs west perspective. The Templeton Gap as far east as Creston can produce some excellent wines. Graves, way out in Creston has a small little vineyard that has grown some excellent grapes. Falcone, (haven't been there yet) are located somewhere out in the Gap as well and they make a terrific syrah.

Of course, I have yet to try anything out on the north east side of Paso that I think has that level of quality. I find the syrahs up that way to be very plummy and lacking in definition.

Sep 16, 2008
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Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

That means they trust you!!

Sep 12, 2008
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El Borrego Restaurant on El Cajon

I'll be sure to give it a try but I still think the meal we had here was exceptional. The Mixiote is awesome!

Shared with 2 people brings the cost to $6 each.

Sep 12, 2008
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