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Bracero

The hostess said you could get the full menu up there, I specifically asked when we were leaving because the bar was fairly empty. I wouldn't be surprised if that changes quickly though while they figure out how to juggle two different floors of service.

Aug 26, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Bracero

Made it to Bracero a few Sundays ago (just now getting to my mini review), intentionally getting a reservation about a month in as that is my SOP for new restaurants. We were seated upstairs in the Coach Cabin, tables so close together I feel for anyone trying to squeeze by to the booth seat that is larger than a Victoria's Secret model and not bump their neighbor or the tables with their junk or posterior. I was immediately reminded of the claustrophobic seating of Farmhouse Cafe. Music was cheesy 80s rock, didn't seem particular loud just particularly bad.

Got some of the most recommended dishes as well as some tacos:

Albacore Two Ways
Huitlacoche Tamal
Shrimp & bone marrow sopes
Beef Cheek Taco
Lamb Neck BBQ Taco

For our beverages, went with some Villa de Guadalupe red wines, since we don't get to try those very often.

Service was indifferent, as Fakey aptly put it. After being seated we just got a simple, "What would you like to order" approach, foods were delivered, water was refilled, at the end we were asked if we enjoyed it. Very simplistic, and it wasn't slammed that night.

Food was fantastic, some of the best tacos I have ever had and the bone marrow sopes were sublime. Albacore was very fresh (saw them caving up the fish when we walked in) but I am not metropolitan enough to know how to eat that stack properly without it collapsing or exploding. Sorry for the crappy pictures but I try not to be obnoxious with the photos especially when people are sitting six inches from me.

I look forward to returning, may try for the open seating at the upstairs bar because there seemed to be availability most of our visit.

**edit** no idea why one photo is monstrous and the other is tiny, both came from my phone. ugh

Aug 25, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Fukujinzuke (Japanese pickled stuff)

Thanks!!! I have been using the non-canned stuff from Mitsuwa, will look for the canned one next time I go shopping.

Aug 14, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

K Sandwiches

very sad to lose K's...besides the sandwiches, I loved getting the ham and jalapeno croissants.

Aug 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

Don't be so jaded...at the very least a carne asada burrito or fish taco is a Must Try.

Aug 04, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Bracero

thanks everyone, will report back tomorrow!

Aug 02, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Bracero

what is the attire like in the restaurant areas?

Aug 02, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Bracero

Ant eggsacks...probably wish I would've tried it before reading that haha. How were the portion sizes on the tacos?

Jul 23, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Good article about the fraudulent use of Farm-To-Table in San Diego

I think I am more saddened by the comments about Suzie's Farm not doing well.

Jul 22, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Good article about the fraudulent use of Farm-To-Table in San Diego

Ms. Krispy forwarded me this article...I have read some asides on Chowhound about this a few times, but didn't know it was anywhere close to this bad. Hopefully Troy keeps moving forward with a way to combat it. Maybe we can get Turko on it! heh heh

http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-D...

edit: A follow-up editorial by Troy
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs...

Jul 22, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Liberty Station food hall getting closer

IT for years and you are unaware of all the modern browsers having incognito modes/tabs?? Don't let your employer see that post heh heh.

Jul 22, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

The Pizza Port brewing operations have been in a bit of flux for the last couple of years. IMO PortOB was the front runner after Jeff Bagby left Carlsbad, but Yiga the brewer abruptly left for St. Archer. Port Solana had a solid new brewer but she just left for LA. I don't think the pizza is particularly better at any location, most everything is canned or pre-made and they use the same conveyor ovens (I think).

Jul 18, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

You will find the Toro SD beer panel-board menu to be the only thing in common with Toronado SF. The staff is friendlier and helpful, the place cleaner, bottle list better curated, and the draft list far better 364 days out of the year (the only edge I give SF is easy access to Moonlight beers).

You mentioned barrel aged and wild beers; besides Cellar 3 the best places to check out are Council (near Societe) and Toolbox (in Vista off the 78). Both places are offering a newer style of "quick" sours and have several on tap. Not really helpful for your food stuff, but not sure if the beer mission is more important heh heh.

Jul 18, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Desserts and decadent treats To-Go

The last few months I have found myself having to pickup desserts for various events, and realized I only really could think of Extraordinary & Heavenly as easy standbys and Eclipse for chocolate stuff. I have really been enjoying Pub Cakes and Annie's Truffles when I can find them for a nice homemade dinner night.

What is your go-to when you need to pickup a small dessert for yourself or a birthday gift and such?

Jul 18, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

i would focus on the bustling 30th street area, Alpine, and Societe if you can make them all. Expect crowds at Alpine on the weekend, if you can go during the week it will be easier. Only food trucks at the latter, but they are one of the top newer breweries IMO, worth the stop and close to Super Sergios.

my recommendations for 30th street area, going from the North part to south:

Blind Lady Alehouse - high quality pizza, charcuterie, and local produce salads
(Also Tiger Tiger - same owners as above, on El Cajon, really good wood-fire creations
The two above have decent tap lists, leaning more toward lighter beers

Fall Brewing - solid quality beers, artisan donuts on the same block

Rip Current - all solid beers, wide range of styles, has a restaurant in back with gluttonous mac n cheese, pizzas, atypical pub grub

Toronado - bar food, but one of the top 10 craft beer bars in the country

Modern Times - already mentioned, excellent tacos next door at Tacos Perla and ramen at Underbelly.

Hamilton's / South Park Brewing - another awarded pub, the Brewing side has a fish counter, focuses on seafood and fish tacos, etc.

Personally, if you are needing to trim stops I would skip St. Archer and Green Flash on Miramar but try to get to the GF Cellar 3 in Poway if you really want to visit them. If you are far north the new Bagby Brewing is worth a stop, amazing setup and quality food.

Jul 17, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

visiting Foodie on moderate budget seeks suggestions

I found leaving a lucrative high stress biotech job to join the craft beer industry for a poverty-level zero stress job to be much more fulfilling. Are we going to get reports of RB Hound proclaiming mission burritos to be better than SD burritos soon?

Jul 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dickey's BBQ?

My point being, is Dickey's actually cooked low and slow? It didn't taste like it, and didn't seem of any better quality than Phil's.

Jul 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dickey's BBQ?

Is Dickey's stuff cooked low and slow differently than Phil's?

Jul 04, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Brewery, tasting room OK’d for Carlsbad industrial park

There is no food involved, #overonehundred in SD, and apparently nothing to standout from other new breweries. not sure why this is Chow-worthy?

Jul 04, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Unfortunately, multiple employees from their locations have told me of the split. I don't expect anything to change though.

Jun 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Cucina Urbana and Solare also have grossly overpriced cocktails haha.

Jun 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

The best clam chowder (or seafood chowder) in San Diego?

I have been wanting to try Soupe Shoppe but they are only open for lunch, oddly enough. Haven't heard anything about them on Chowhound. Not always a bad sign , not always a good sign.

Jun 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dickey's BBQ?

I have had good luck with the brisket at Iron Pig, always juicy, smokey, and bits of char. I have only been a couple of times though, need to go back.

Jun 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

The fabric group has never been very big on craft beer, they embrace grossly overpriced cocktails instead.

Jun 03, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dickey's BBQ?

I've had similar experience ps at both, but mostly at Miramar

Jun 03, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dickey's BBQ?

oh noes, I cursed your Abby's visits, sorry!

Jun 02, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where in San Diego can I find good Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale)?

I bought gold label from SLT Fashion Valley a couple of months ago. Did they say they don't carry it anymore?

Jun 01, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dickey's BBQ?

man, you must have the best luck in the world because everything I have every had at Abbey's has been dry, and the smoke is typically the only flavor left. I would rather have Phil's over Abbey's any day, because at least the meat is cooked properly.

Dickey's was a pretty terrible experience for us, the ordering was confusing and the guy at the counter was being short or downright rude with people in line (none of whom knew how to do the ordering). It wasn't even acceptable fast food, more like if Sonic tried to do BBQ sandwiches. On a positive note I liked being able to help myself to a soft-serve cone heh heh.

May 30, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

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
MrKrispy in San Diego

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
MrKrispy in San Diego
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