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Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Ok, it is no longer Opening Day but this seems like the best thread to keep up on gameday chow and drinks. Anyone been to the Quartyard park in East Village yet?
I have not, so we are going to stop by tomorrow before the Padres game. S&M Sausage and Meat has a permanent space there, not sure what else is available. I know they have draft beer and open space for dogs...and that is all I know.

May 18, 2015
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List of San Diego Breweries

The West Coaster magazine maintains an up to date list, best I've found (not every brewery belongs to the Guild)

http://www.westcoastersd.com/sd-brewi...

May 16, 2015
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Shanghai Saloon (Dumpling Inn 2.0)

Odd, as I have usually had a high rate of "soupy" dumplings there with adequate soft wrappers. We normally went at dinner.

May 12, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Shanghai Saloon (Dumpling Inn 2.0)

If you haven't had them before, especially outside San Diego, then it would be hard for you to compare the Dumpling Inn's flagship item before and after ;)~

I had the XLB numerous times before, these new ones were more like dim sum shu mai, bad ones at that. A couple across the corner of the bar made similar comments about the poor quality.

May 12, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Shanghai Saloon (Dumpling Inn 2.0)

Forgive the new discussion post, other reviews of the new iteration are spread out among several "new openings" threads.

Swung by the new Dumpling Inn on Saturday, and we sat at the bar area. The back bar area is the Shanghai Saloon, with oddly large leather chairs and couches as well as numerous bar seats. Craft beer is displayed at the front bar, whiskey and cocktails on the side. The bar area has a limited menu at night, but all we wanted were some Xio Long Bao and other snacks to go with our beers.

Shanghai Saloon Menu
http://www.dumplinginn.com/shanghai-s...

We ordered the XLB (affectionately and lazily acronymed on the menu to appeal to hipster Convoy rookies?), some other dumplings, popcorn calamari, and the sautéed greens in oyster sauce. Besides the XLB, the dishes were well prepared and nice options for some good craft beer. That's isn't the point of my post though. That falls to the highly disappointing XLB.

I enjoyed the XLB at Dumpling Inn 1.0 in the past, even though I felt they were inferior to XLB that I have had in SF, Seattle, and Vancouver. Personally, I don't elevate soup dumplings to High Art status, following a belief of "even middling soup dumplings are better than no soup dumplings". The XLB at Dumpling Inn 2.0 now negates my axiom. The XLB (actually, now I am quite happy to have this acronym for posting) at Dumpling Inn 2.0 were extremely rubbery with the skins slightly tough and far too chewy. The dumplings had no broth whatsoever, and the stuffing was very bland and one big dense lump of mystery meat. Lastly, the soup dumpling spoons were strangely oversized, befitting only those with Joker sized mouths.

Craft beer selection was well done. I also had a bourbon old fashioned to test the cocktail preparation. It was made in the proper style using just bitters, bourbon, a single whiskey ice cube, and a fresh orange peel (no pith).

May 12, 2015
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Chicken Livers in San Diego

Just an update; on two visits I was able to puchase livers a different way. The first time there were no packaged livers in the cold case but they grabbed me some bulk ones from the back. The second time I got the Rosie's packs, the smallest I could find was 1.25 pounds ($3/lb) which was way too much. A half pound is probably more than enough for me.

The mousse came out great both times,,thanks again!

May 12, 2015
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Flour in SD

I use King Arthur which you can find at Sprouts and possibly Trader Joes.

May 12, 2015
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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Yeah, they LOOOOOOOVE that question

May 06, 2015
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San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Will all the servers and bussers wear tiny 80s OP shorts?

May 03, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Chicken Livers in San Diego

Well that was fast and easy, thanks everyone!

Apr 22, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Chicken Livers in San Diego

I am wanting to make an attempt at chicken liver mousse and need some chicken livers. I don't have storage capacity to buy a couple of whole chickens, so I just need the livers at this time (and hopefully I will plan better in the future).
I know Iowa Meat Farms has them, but is there anywhere else recommended? Thanks for ideas.

Sort of related: old thread about duck livers

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7770...

Apr 22, 2015
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Bracero

I took a look in Bracero yesterday on my way to Craft and Commerce. Very excited for that location to open.

Apr 22, 2015
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Frozen or Fresh Chicken Wings

Costco?

Apr 21, 2015
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Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

I like Craft & Commerce, Starlite, and Lion's Share for that area. North Park: Polite Provisons and Coin Op. The crowd/clientele at CoinOp has been fairly annoying the last couple of times I have stopped in.

I still really like the whole experience at Noble Experiment, once I am in the door. everything before that (parking, texting, waiting) not so much.

Apr 16, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Cocktail supplies in San Diego : bitters, liqueurs, etc

bumping this as craft cocktails have gained even more popularity since the last post. Are there stores selling interesting bitters and such now? Is anyone locally making bitters for sale?

i saw some new brands of mixers and such at Pigment (a home decor place on 30th near Urban Solace) and started wondering about this.

Apr 14, 2015
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Juniper & Ivy with kids

Frankly, i find it pretty annoying that adults can't have a nice dinner at more places without having a few indifferent parents letting their kids run around/scream/climb all over stuff/etc. Those are probably the ones that grow up to do the same thing as adults.

Well behaved kids and thoughtful parents at restaurants that aren't primarily family-targeted are the exception these days, not the rule. That being said, i rather like seeing the rare family with well behaved young kids enjoying upscale dining. Our last dinner at J&I was one such case, i was rather curious was dishes the kids were trying.

Apr 13, 2015
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Restaurant closings outnumber openings

Too many places making mediocre beer

Apr 11, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Thyme-Honey Mustard

Mar 29, 2015
MrKrispy in Recipes

Buffalo Public House - Hillcrest

Stone Brewing will likely have a beer out soon with all three of those in it. Yum.

Mar 16, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

The Water Grill

I'm also very guilty of conspicuous consumption. I normally take my food and quickly make like Gollum and run into a dark room to eat my meal inconspicuously. I've sunk to lows and admit to eating conspicuously in public places, restaurants with roll up doors, patios, in my car with the windows down, even at the bar in plain view of others. I do prefer aioli and curry for my fries like any true well traveled person, but sometimes when I relapse I dip my fries (sorry, frites that is ) in ketchup. Don't tell my friends!

Fries at McDonalds - $2
Fries at Burger Lounge - $5
Fries for the hoi polloi - $10

Following a linear fit correlation of $ per ounce of fries (sorry, frites) vs table furnishing quality (cloth napkins, construction of chairs, table laminate, etc) the equation seems to fit quite well, locally at least.

Mar 15, 2015
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Coming from LA for a few days...

i definitey like the turkey stuff there, not sure if it is chow-worthy thow heh heh

Mar 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Mr Peabodys?? no...just no. It isn't kid friendly and they serve a single SD-made beer. A few food items might be good for locals but not sure why you would send tourists to a dive bar in Linda Vista of all places (with a multitude of better beer options in any direction).

A Pizza Port or Blind Lady would be more appropriate for lunch with kids as well as having a good number of local beers, if trying to find something very "San Diego"

Mar 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

How could you ever feel bad about a guy like that having his restaurant fail...

Mar 07, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Ok, thanks. Some relatives were just talking about meeting us there this month.

Mar 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Is Yanni's out on Scripps Poway Parkway no longer there?

Mar 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Looking for fresh "asian" wheat noodles

Do these types of fresh noodles without the preservative come dry, damp, or in liquid? Refrigerated? Very interested to try them...I didn't know fresh ones existed in SD.

Mar 04, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

My Gf and I stopped in on Tuesday, had a few dishes and everything seemed like before. Yes, that also means your appetizer and one entree will be delivered at the same time while waiting at few minutes for the other entree haha.

New location is still Cash Only for anyone wondering.

Feb 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Glad I saw this, I was going to call in an order. I was at the BofA a few times and it looked like the front counter and numerous other furnishings were being remodeled. Hopefully they can keep up with the increase in customers.

Feb 03, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Heritage Pigs in SD

If you are going to subject a belly to curing, does it matter if it has been frozen or not? I honestly don't know, never thought about it before.

Jan 26, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

A (VERY late) trip report! (From the Cheeseheads)

Thanks for the trip report, hope you enjoyed SD!

As for World Famous, you pretty much nailed several of the reasons it isn't recommended on Chowhound heh heh. Did you make it to any breweries or beer bars?

Jan 22, 2015
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