m

MrKrispy's Profile

Title Last Reply

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

you should probably trademark that fast, because someone in SD is going to use it soon I bet!

Jul 24, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

The words "social" and "urban" should be banned forever for all bars and restaurants

Jul 23, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Vietnamese in San Diego

I can never remember which is which. One is by the donut place and one is by the laundromat. We usually go to the laundromat just because the service seems to be much easier to deal with there. haven't been to the other one in at least 6 years so maybe things have changed, but I enjoyed the pho there before we gave up on it.

Jul 21, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

SD Gets Nod for What It Does Best in CA Rating

I normally detest lists, but there were some interesting details in there. Now I am hungry for fish tacos!

I was recently in Michigan and was shocked at the number of restaurants with primarily locally sourced foods (even the breweries are increasingly using local hops and grain).

While in Grand Rapids, MI I had some lake trout fish tacos at my Marriott hotel and they were fantastic. Now if they could get the tortillas right...

Jul 16, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Is Whisknladle becoming predictable, even a bit stagnant...?

Just wanted to put up a post saying that we had a dinner at Whisknladle last week and it was darn near perfect. Sous vide steak with a quick char on it was spot on, the Farmer's salad had some sort of local string bean I had never tried before (forgot to ask) and overall was creative and quite tasty, the yellowtail crudo with kiwi and avocado was mouthwatering, and the service was flawless.

I always wonder if [what I consider] fantastic SD restaurants that don't get much love on Chowhound are because of general cynicism that comes with the SD board or because people don't want their neighborhood gems to become tourist pits or if I just don't expect as much of SD restaurants as the more verbal contingent...or if i just have mediocre tastes haha.

Anyway, had a great dinner there and just thought I would give them a public thumbs up.

Jul 15, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

New Butcher Shop In Clairemont

Cooks Pigs, had the chance pleasure of meeting them out in Julian at Nickel Beer Co. on a random weekend and talked to them about their ranch and the planned storefront.

I mentioned them here also:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9687...

Jul 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

since Del Cerro and Allied Gardens is a dining wasteland you would think something like that could exist for the people that live in the area. Too bad.

Jul 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

This is why trademark laws exist haha

Jul 07, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Tacos Perla people, get on it!

Jul 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Bazinga Mac n Cheese (old Sea Rocket location)

I know this place will likely be polarizing on Chowhound based on previous discussion. We stopped in yesterday since we were walking by and noticed they were open. Quick review:

First of all, I hate the name. The name doesn't give the food flavor, so I will get that out of the way.

Menu was simple, maybe 8 or 10 different kinds of Mac and cheese mixtures for $6-12. You can also add extras to the base mix, or get a sampler of 4 of them. The beer list is very spartan and mainly average craft beers but several are local at least. I didn't have time to peruse the wines. Salads were quite large and seemed to be decent quality, with a vinaigrette as a wise decision to go with a heavy mac-n- cheese.

Our orders came out in small cast-iron skillets. The mac was al dente in all of the orders, which I prefer. The main course and Add-ons were decently portioned. They go with a panko dusting on many of them, I am not a fan of that because I feel the texture doesn't go well with the pasta and sauce. I guess most people like it, my group seemed to not care. The chorizo was disappointing, it tasted like chorizo-flavored sea salt and not real meat. The bacon was diced and quite tasty with the crimini mushrooms. The brie version was very, umm saucey? which was actually quite nice because several of the versions were a bit gummy and sticky with cheese. Too much and it gets too heavy I guess?

Not sure what else to say, I guess if you have a craving for Mac-n-Cheese that you can't get at any of the 100 other restaurants that offer it, this is the place for you? Not sure how often I would choose to go out just for mac&cheese, but maybe a lot of people are into that.

My next visit to the area will be Tacos Perla

Jun 30, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Randy Jones Sports Grill in Hazard Center is closing down on 5/31/2014. Hazard Center can't seem to get a win.

May 30, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Help! Last minute private event--10 people, Wed 6/4

If you get desperate and need to leave the La Jolla area, check with Waypoint down in North Park...they have a small back room that is very private. Not sure about pricing and such, just saw it last time I was there and they mentioned it on Facebook.

May 28, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

The Lack of Craft; A Reason Why San Diego is Ignored by Foodies?

Why care how many generations and family members are back in the kitchen if the place is putting out quality, legit food?

May 25, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
1

The Lack of Craft; A Reason Why San Diego is Ignored by Foodies?

I think I know where you are coming from, but if anything many of the new places are embracing catch phrases as well as the craft. It seems like many of the reputable as well as not so buzzworthy places now take pride in handcrafting every facet of the meal (condiments, charcuterie, breads, cocktail mixers, etc)

I liked Sausage Kind a lot as well, but just because something isn't old and dusty with octogenarians working doesn't mean it isn't craft or whatever.

May 23, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Best Hamburger in San Diego?

after this thread got bumped I figure I should make a note that both Sea Rocket and Bergies are closed down.

May 21, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Hanging in Del Mar. .

I was going to suggest Bully's and then realized I didn't know if it was even open anymore so I better google it.

I don't see Patty Melt Tips on the menu though (in lieu of rib tips)

May 19, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Which tasting rooms in Temecula have the best Red Wine?

I have had the best luck (taste and consistency wise) with Ponte and several of their reds. Most of the other wineries seems to have one good red (if that).

May 15, 2014
MrKrispy in California

Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

So we follow the German purity laws, for American craft beer which was created to get away from the German-descended ubiquitous lagers. Totally rational!

May 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

Light lager drinkers also (and still do) say the exact same thing about craft beer...not a very good rationale to shoot down a beer.

(FWIW I hate, I mean HATE all the beers with the "7 herbs and spices" methods that people like DFH and Bruery put out. But that is the beauty of craft beer).

May 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

I've never been in either place, but now with a brewery and a burger joint all in close proximity it could make for a fun night (or afternoon!)

May 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

You can hit Modern Times for some tasters and/or pints, then go to Les Girls or the Body Shop, then hit In-n-Out Burger on your way out of the Sports Arena. Quite a trifecta.

May 13, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

The other hounders have good recs. Here are some places strictly local to your hotel (besides DT Johnny Browns already mentioned, which is only 2 block away. Dumpy and poor food but usually some good beers) with craft beer and/or good eats

Karl Strauss Columbia Street Brewery - Our first brewery, most of the beers are pedestrian but they have been trying to step it up. It is about 4 blocks to your hotel, so at least give it a look...seasonal/specialty beers are your best bet.

The Local (about 2 blocks away) doesn't have the best mexican food but sometimes they have good lobster tacos/burritos and always a few good local drafts.

Other places to check out Downtown (a long walk, can hop on a bus or pedicab though)

Monkey Paw - you probably want to avoid the cheesesteaks coming from Philly haha, but the house-brewed beers are delicious and it is a cool dive bar with liquor and almost always a really really good tap list.

The Neighborhood - Good food, really good burgers, good tap list also always with a few good local beers. Near the Ballpark, can get crowded. Speakeasy hidden in the back (craft cocktails), good Noble Experiment for details.

IMO Societe is the best brewery in central San Diego that you can't get out East and is worth a trip if you like hoppy beers. Just hop on the 163 North to Clairemont Mesa Blvd and go west to the business park entrance. The quality/ease factor is the highest on the list!

BTW Alpine is about 40 minutes east, and some of my favorite beers but the tasting room is small and they limit you on tasters now. The pub next door is fun, but can be crowded. Closed on Mondays.

May 12, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

hehe I think it has been at least a year since that place closed

May 10, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

L.A.-style burritos in North County?

I have gotten to hate pico de gallo in my burritos, so I ask to not have it added. World of difference!

May 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
2

Private room for small party- Uptown

I have reserved the Hamms room at Blind Lady before, not sure if they still do that but it can't hurt to call.

Down on 30th the Waypoint has a back room also that should fit 20 people.

May 08, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

any insight to the hours? Still random for everything but the lumpia?

May 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

2014-- NYer visiting for first time. What are must trys ???

Was the Filibertos open? Last time I drove by it looked like they were remodeling or something.

I saw one of the Mariscos in the Toys R Us parking lot (on Morena) move down the street to a business near Brick by Brick, and then saw them again parked in a few other lots on Morena

May 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

Begrudgingly went to Barrel Republic to meet a friend and was extremely surprised with the quality of the draft systems installed as well as the beer selections. They definitely hired someone who knows what they are doing. The "serve yourself" gimmick was actually pretty fun (also surprising). If it wasn't in PB I would probably go more often, although I heard they are planning on opening more locations.

The City Council in all its wisdom is banning food trucks in the beach areas, might be why they are no longer at Barrel Republic.

Apr 28, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

2014-- NYer visiting for first time. What are must trys ???

If you are a late night person and staying in the Hillcrest area, you MUST visit La Posta #8 on Washington Ave for a late night taco or burrito. Not the best tacos or burritos in San Diego, but probably the most San Diego taco shop experience haha

Apr 25, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

2014-- NYer visiting for first time. What are must trys ???

If you haven't had a fish taco, you need to try one while you are here. A Mariscos truck (not sure which one has good fish tacos, I usually try the other stuff so maybe someone can help). Carne asada burrito in your area is a must.

Mention what area you are staying and if you have a car, that will get you better responses.

Apr 24, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego