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? American Voodoo ?

I never made it to this place, frankly I just kind of forgot about it. Eater is reporting that it closed down already...ouch

40 minutes ago
MrKrispy in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I can't eat the center sections of Bruno's, Cafe Callabria, or Buon Forcetta's pizzas either....I guess you should march in there and proclaim they are not serving pizza either. Then fly to the Italian region that created the pizza, and in your khaki short, white socks, and sandals, proclaim to every Italian in earshot that what they make is not pizza.

1 day ago
MrKrispy in San Diego

JV's Mexican Food

I have had better fish rolled tacos at a few places in PB (that I think are no longer in existence sadly). The ones at JVs are ok...a good alternative to potato rolled tacos but it depends on how the sauce was made that day. The fish is akin to many beef rolled tacos in that the meat is almost Mystery Meat haha.

Apr 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

JV's Mexican Food

JV's is fantastic because of the variety on the menu. I wouldn't say they have a Best Carne Asada of SD or Best Carnitas or anything. But they have fish rolled tacos, mole bowls, chicken fried steak burritos (!), all sorts of umm cool stuff.

I haven't found anything there that is amazing, but I generally like everything but the fish tacos.

Apr 11, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

@Josh...I definitely agree, the beer scene up there (while sadly still horribly spread out) has much improved. I am loving what Almanac and Cellarmaker are doing. I think Faction is gonna be great once they are dialed in. Pliny available all over (drool). I just wish they were more concentrated in a couple of areas...trying to do a brewery/brewpub tour up there is a trainwreck

Apr 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

honky, you are missing the forest for the trees. The point isn't that SD is craft-beer kick-ass just because it has the IPAs. It has ALL the other craft beer stuff going for it but the bounty of top IPAs is what elevates it above the other few cities at the top. Now, I could argue that Portland is a better beer city because it is easier to get around or has many creative, unique brewpubs or urban beer density or whatever...but really, shouldn't a "Best Beer City" be defined by the beer itself and not the room in which it is served?

The food comparison isn't a reasonable comparison; is a comparison of Best Foodie City (ugh) between say NYC and Lyon and Tokyo based on one kind of food? Of course not. But chowhounders still find criteria to determine the best food city. Beer tourists (of which there are many, believe it or not) don't go to Denver or Portland just for sours, or IPAs, or whatever but for the bounty of beer. Same with San Diego. However, many do flock to San Diego especially the IPAs.

I welcome someone to offer up reasons why another area in the US is better for craft beer than San Diego.

Apr 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

" A poster asserted that San Diego is "the top beer city" based solely on their opinion about one style of beer, IPA,"

Not exactly, Josh. I think your burritos have too much rice in them lol.

I said San Diego, Denver, and Portland are the best beer cities in the nation and all share a few traits to rise above other cities with big craft beer scenes. HOWEVER, the number AND quality of the particular type of IPA is what sets it apart from Denver and Portland. While other cities may have that style of IPA (typically one, at best, if at all) San Diego is overflowing with them. I can't recall the Denver area having any that stand out, and Portland not even close although I am due to return for a proper inspection.

(Blue Dot is a prototypical west coast IPA, but not a Pliny/San Diego style IPA/IIPA)

Apr 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

I was only referring to Denver and Portland. SF can't claim Santa Rosa no matter how much they want to haha. SF doesn't have centralization of all of these things either...great bars in the city but the breweries of note are not in the city and not near each other.

My point was that San Diego has all of it, and in multiple areas...the others do not. Why bring up Heady Topper? One beer does not make a city a great beer city.

*edit* I also mentioned: "It is a matter of time before someone in those locations figures it out...some breweries on the east coast (and third coast) have." Heady Topper is included in that (and HT also is a little more sweeter than I prefer compared to the stuff I love out here, but it is still an amazing beer).

Apr 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

San Diego is the top beer city, for a very simple reason: the IPAs. Stay with me here.

Among SD area, Portland, and Denver area, all 3 have a few renowned breweries with barrel aging/sour beer programs.
All 3 have multiple breweries that take top awards at GABF and World Beer Cup.
All 3 have a generous distribution of breweries and brewpubs, tasting rooms, and bottle shops.

However, neither Portland nor Denver have a killer IPA in the style we have in San Diego (dry, hoppy, juicy, very little to no caramel/malt character, smooth or very little forward bitterness). They have regular IPAs, and what I call East Coast style IPAs (more caramel malt character, but not as much as English style IPAs). Note that San Diego is fully stocked with those styles as well.

It is a matter of time before someone in those locations figures it out...some breweries on the east coast (and third coast) have. I will say Portland has far more variety and creativity with some brewpub concepts, regulations in CA/SD are always going to stunt that here.

Apr 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Great coffee in SD..?

Just to add another position, I use "hipster" as a pejorative term now (combined with a variety of offensive words), especially with the current fashion/aesthetic built into restaurants. Thankfully the waxy mustaches + Prohibition-era garb + old timey desk stuff + dinner plates in earlobes thing is now saturated and commandeered by large corporate interests (quick example: the upcoming OB Warehouse by the Cohn group) so I expect hipsters to rapidly move to some other ridiculous fashion + relic combination.

I ignore the dumb outfits and overplayed decor if the place makes solid food though haha

Apr 01, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

A parking lot would be a welcome addition to the area as well.

Mar 27, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

TrueFood in Fashion Valley has a shared sink area as well. It is only uncomfortable the first time when you aren't sure if you somehow accidentally walked in the wrong bathroom.

Mar 24, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

well, they won their quarter final group in Eater's "SD Best Pizza" poll this week. Further proof (for those that refuse to believe it) showing that the microcosm of SD Chowhound is not representative of real world restaurant success. They had the easiest group in the competition IMO haha. Full disclosure, I voted for Luigi's in that round.

http://sandiego.eater.com/archives/20...

Mar 21, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

no funeral, it is right next to a Cheescake Factory and flooded with tourists, which sounds perfect for the way it seems to be run down here.

Mar 21, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Breakfast in La Jolla?

I third Harry's!

Mar 18, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

lamb bacon dates *i give up, it insists on flipping half my photos**

Mar 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

Photos were massive, and one keeps showing up upside down. trying this again

Mar 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

Ms. Krispy and I made a visit last night and came away pretty happy. We didn't leave shellshocked and in awe, had some hits and misses but really enjoyed it and will be going back soon. We tried to hit a couple of sections of the menu for the first time instead of trying something from each.

summation - I will TRY not to repeat what has already been said. Sorry for the poor pictures, I snapped them in a hurry with no flash because those people annoy me haha.

1) Noise. We ate at 7:00, while it seemed to be typically noisy we didn't find it to be ear-splitting or unsettling like many other places (Cucina Urbana comes to mind).

2) Overall Menu. Rather eclectic. Most portions are on the small side, which I typically prefer actually, and most of the menu is geared towards sharing. Server explained everything at seating. We actually didn't even try any entree items. The menu has changed since the first reports and what is online. 3 pasta items, 6-10 starters, same with "salads"/small plates, 4-5 raw seafood selections, 3 toasts (bruschetta-esque), and maybe 6 entrees.

3)Drinks. I don't have much new to add except the craft beer section is quite poor (4 beers, all local) and the cocktail I had was delicious.

4)The service. Spot on, very attentive, friendly, and items arrived in the groupings on the menu which was nice. Items came out fast as well. If you want a long, slow-paced dinner I recommend you order in two batches.

5) From the Snacks and Toasts section

We started with the lamb bacon dates stuff with chevre. Tree trunk arrived with 4 of them (pictured). Chevre was completely lost in the sweet dates. Lamb bacon was crumbled atop, quite savory. Dates had a cocoa or coffee dust, I couldn't actually tell. Ms. Krispy was put off by the dusting. A miss, will not order again.

Next was the carne crudo asada. Carne asada ground like raw hamburger on top of thick cut very buttery toast, topped with quail eggs (poorly taken photo attached). Delicious, nicely seasoned, well ground (no tough or chewy bits). Server said meat was lightly seared before grinding. A hit, would love to have again!

6) from the small plates section the grilled artichoke salad and Pate. Artichoke salad was a small portion, nice char on the hearts (served cold) on an otherwise forgettable dish. Thinly sliced pears were perfectly ripe and played well with the others but I don't recall anything else about this dish. A miss.
The pate arrived as what I normally regard as a terrine, not whipped or pureed. Expertly crafted, which an abundance of pork flavor balanced nicely with fat and pistachios. Served with the thick cut toast, pickled onions and mini cauliflower florets.

IF YOU ONLY READ ONE SECTION OF THIS DIATRIBE READ THIS
Someone let the molecular gastronomist in the building, because on the pate plate there were purple dots of what the menu called "violet mustard" which blew me away..all with no fanfare or buzzwords on the menu. An initial taste of floral notes gave way to an almost shocking intense sweetness of what I could only describe as Kool-Aid, Crystal light, or Jello powder-flavor. Just when it seemed to be jarring the spicy mustard flavors knocked the palate back into reality. Amazing IMO, and went well with the dish. The mustard dots didn't make the dish but were a nice reminder of what they want to bring to San Diego. The dish was a sum of its parts, well played. A hit!
(Ms. Krispy couldn't get over the sweetness of the violet mustard I should note).

7) Lastly, our shrimp and pork rigatoni with self-described Brooklyn Gravy & burrata came out. At seating, the server mentioned pasta portions were only 3 oz (fine with us, we shared). Pasta looked sad as a small clump in the bottom of a relatively oversized bowl. Sauce and bits of meat tossed in with burrata that seemed to be haphazardly flung in on the sides. I thought the marinara was spot-on, shrimp and pork were nothing special nor was the dish. I liked it though, Ms. Krispy did not. A push.

Check arrived with a pair of macaroons...a hit!

I look forward to going back, will explore the raw section and entrees next. Neighbors seated next to us got the abalone and oyster dishes and both were drool-worthy. I look forward to other reviews.

Mar 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Source for organic pork in San Diego Grocery Stores

I have been eating pork all my life and the corn/slop fed stuff didn't taste like a sick animal to me...they taste delicious haha.

I met the owners of Cooks Pigs (located in Julian, I think?) at a local brewery and they feed their pigs fallen avocados, grass, nuts, etc. Really nice people, and they mentioned they are opening a storefront in San Diego soon in Kearny Mesa/Clairemont. I haven't had the pleasure of trying their pork products yet, when I do I will update this.

They can be found on facebook/twitter/etc if you want to find out more.

Mar 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Cocktail Bars in SD

when I was in Seattle a couple of years ago I was at a bar that had a few oak-barrel aged cocktails. I tried two and both were pretty good but I didn't have non-barrel aged versions to compare to.

Mar 14, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

You have to walk over to Soda & Swine and order the food, but they have runners that will deliver to your table at the Provisions side.

They initially didn't have alcohol in Soda & Swine but not they have a few beer taps. For the booze you have to stick to Polite Provisions.

Mar 12, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Any one know of any good Dim Sum restaurants in San Diego?

The little person comments got my attention and Yum Cha Cafe kept me reading. We sort of live nearby and have picked up Dim Sum there a couple of times but didn't really know what was what. It seemed ok, not as good as Jasmine in a San Diego context, but not terrible.

Do you know if you can pickup/to-go roast duck that is cooked and ready to eat?

Mar 12, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Wrap up of 3 days in SD

Sounds like a great trip, and you hit a lot of bars I regularly visit haha.

Thanks for the mention of the line at Carnitas Snack Shack, I will try to time our next attempt for 4pm (and feel like I am 90 years old and eating dinner).

Mar 12, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

hahaha, excellent point. Hopefully they have some new food vendors that are decent.

Mar 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

La Jolla Brewing Company on Zagat's "hottest restaurants" list

Sounds like pay-to-play IMO.

Mar 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Opening Day is at night a few days before Opening Day. Only the Padres could bungle something like this.

Mar 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

a lot of restaurateurs seem to have this nightclub mindset that their target clientele must be 22 year olds who only will step inside because they happen to be walking by and hear the music. Or they read an internet business article that loud rooms turn tables faster (without ever mentioning the loss of repeat customers).

While I don't desire most restaurants to be a dimly lit, silent-as-a-graveyard space, I do enjoy being able to hear my dining companions and hear the wait staff. The whole concept is pretty dumb IMO.

Mar 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

i failed at my joke, sorry

Mar 06, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

We have reservations for next week...a little short of my typical "minimum one month before we try a new restaurant" but that's ok. I just hope I can remember which street it is on in Little Italy.

Mar 05, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Help me out with my Specialty Produce Farmer's Market Box

No that is a different company. She is at Lilly/AME

Mar 02, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego