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Old Town rec

Bingo!!!

Apr 15, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Coronado ferry was referred to as the "Nickle Snatcher".

Apr 14, 2014
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New Mariscos truck in University Heights.

It would be more or less the same as a mixta, Fakey...fish, shrimp, scallops, oyster, mussel and octopus - oh, my!

At least I think that covers it all.

Mar 18, 2014
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New Mariscos truck in University Heights.

On a separate note, the Mariscos German truck has returned to its traditional spot in front of the liquor store (Market Place?) at 35th and University. He, Alex, will keep the other truck at the Fairmount and El Cajon location where it has been for a while.

The trucks have a Mariscos Alex designation but are the original Mariscos German ownership.

Had a Tostada Loca, Pulpo Mexicano Taco and Gobernador there yesterday, all of them quite good.

Mar 17, 2014
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Beer There, Done That

They were called "quitapons"...one of the few things I remember from the early seventies, oddly enough.

Feb 01, 2014
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Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

Any of you who used to frequent World Famous - old and new version - will recognize the owner of The Longhorn as Tobi Taki, aka, "The Tobinator".

Jan 30, 2014
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Ba Ren Sichuan - I Really Miss It

I had a very nice meal there a month or so ago. The dish they called Sweet & Sour Pork (the chef's version) was one of the most extraordinary dishes I've ever had the pleasure of sitting in front of. Tough to describe so I won't try. But it was absolutely remarkable for a pork lover.

Cold plates were quite good and they seemed to be tickled that I requested the sliced ear.

Service was quite good for what usually passes as service on Convoy. They were interested, responsive and smooth. Very nice.

I look forward to our next visit and can only hope that the same pork dish is available.

Jan 22, 2014
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Old Timer Coming Back...

Paul's original chef, Jacques, introduced the mussel bisque when they opened in '83. Jacques was from Bordeaux with a massively thick accent and explosive temper. He was prone to screaming at the bar customers to "shut up" when the bar got too loud for his sensibilities - which was quite often in those days. Occasionally, he would accompany the demand by slamming a large metal serving tray onto the tile floor startling everyone but halting the cacophany for only moments. However, his food was brilliant and, in my opinion, Paul has yet to find his equal in talent.
Also, Doc, there have been a number of superb bartenders at Dobson's over the years, it's only a matter of which one you're referring to.

Jan 12, 2014
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Old Timer Coming Back...

That "cool bar" near Spreckles was likely Dobson's.

Jan 10, 2014
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Fiesta oaxaqueña opens restaurant (Escondido)

I've had two excellent meals at El Tejate recently. The Enfrijoladas was superb, the Oaxacan Tamal was a bit of a revelation and despite the low brow funkiness of the place, I'm still the fan I was three years ago.

In my eyes they haven't lost a step.

Dec 22, 2013
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Your fave places to go for the holidays. .

Yes, free cocktails for two hours(?) every Xmas Eve in the Whaling Bar with Rafael.

Cocktails with (Not-so-Big-anymore) Mikey at Manhattan with a side of Manny.

Xmas day cocktails at The Spot since it was the only place open on the street once upon a time.

Dec 16, 2013
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Taco bar (taquiza?) catering via To-Go

You can try Porkyland in La Jolla. They speak pretty good English at PV and Northgate, don't let that stop you from trying.

Nov 07, 2013
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SD Dish of the Month - October 2013 [Curry]

iirc, Village Indian is halal. Also, no alcohol of any kind is allowed by the owners.

Oct 30, 2013
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Noodles in San Diego

Ramen Yamadaya on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Superb ramen in an incredibly rich tonkotsu broth.

Oct 21, 2013
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Coop's Closing?

You missed Black's, you missed BBQ in Lockhart.

Oct 14, 2013
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La Torta in La Mesa

Uff da...

Sep 19, 2013
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La Torta in La Mesa

Aha,well, isn't that special...

Sep 18, 2013
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La Torta in La Mesa

**AhogaDa**

Sep 18, 2013
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Please help! - Taco tour of America's FInest City and beyond

Chiapaneco has been closed for years. The fabulous matron/owner passed and her boys just didn't have the heart to carry on.

Don't bother with La Fachada. Once the city forced the closure of the trailer out front the tacos and atmosphere went to hell. Compita continues to please and also make a pretty creditable Birria de Chivo.

If you're up for Birria in Ensenada, give Birrieria La Guadalajara on Calle Macheros between Calles Primera and Segunda.

If you get the urge for some superb Pozole, try Pozoleria Dona Maria in Chula Vista on Broadway down towards Main St.. It's a Guerrero-style pozole blanco that is well worth the effort.

Try the Tortas Ahogadas at the stand in the Toys R Us parking lot. A good example of the genre. Also in the same parking lot a really good Mariscos truck (forget the name, it's enough to know where it is).

And, as long as you're in Mex, make the obligatory stop at Tacos El Yaqui in Rosarito Beach. It's moved across the street directly to the north. Don't get sucked into the fakey El Yaqui in the old location.

Bueno Suerte

Sep 01, 2013
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BBQ 81

Man, that's some bloody expensive BBQ!!! Too dear for me, I don't care how good the music is!

Aug 24, 2013
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old restaurants

Pet name is Willie Wonka. Real name is Bill Walker. One reason why Paul and Bertrand are so successful, they seldom forget a customer.

Aug 23, 2013
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old restaurants

Third College, eh?

Aug 23, 2013
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No, BC, different Danny Myers (Danny was one of the bartenders) - now a math teacher, probably retired. Willie Wonka is owner of Latitude 32 in PB.

My memory has returned and Bertrand's place next to the Brat was named Cote D'Azur. Bertrand's next effort was La Mediterranee.

Also, I made a mistake regarding Paul's partner at Andalucia. It was photographer Robert Vavra.

What is now the bar area of George's was our liquor room. Served by a dumbwaiter, it was an awesome after-hours hangout-with-a-view that was well used by the bartenders.

Aug 23, 2013
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old restaurants

Happy to help you indulge in some nostalgia.

Aug 21, 2013
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old restaurants

Here you go, BC, a genuine piece of the past. Can't find the apron but I found one of my old work shirts so I posted that. The menu was one that I used to train with so it's ugly with resto shorthand and pretty stained up. Surprised I kept this stuff all these years - but maybe not, it was a whole lot of fun! This menu is circa 1979ish probably earlier. If you remember Bill Walker (Willie Wonka), Gary Fisher, Danny Myers then you know my era. The Brat belonged to a resto group out of LA and they had three other Brats and another one of long forgotten name. The space had a brief life as LJ's Bar & Grill under Paul Dobson before it was sold to George and became a quality restaurant. Paul went on to open Andalucia with photograper Vivre (?sp) and after that failed he went into the space that became Dobson's - worked for him there as well in the heyday. Bertrand also had a space right next door to the Brat - the name escapes me now. Enjoy.

Aug 21, 2013
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old restaurants

That's $9.25 per person...you have the dough to cover that? Items will be subject to the imaginative whims of our eccentric chef.

Aug 19, 2013
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old restaurants

Botsfords was up the stairs not down the stairs. And, yes, the Court Room would be correct. Been a long time since I've thought about this stuff.

I'll get that menu and apron shot and post 'em for the fun of it all. Prices are a revelation.

Aug 19, 2013
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Well, at least it wasn't a Lancers. And, it was always rewarding to buy drinks for women. One of the perks of tending bar.

I still have a Brat menu in one of my chests and one of these days I'll shoot it and post it just for grins. I also still have a Brat apron.

Aug 17, 2013
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old restaurants

I was one of the bartenders at The Bratskellar, BC - probably got you drunk once or twice. Paul worked there, but George Hauer was a CRS management guy - Monterrey Whaling Co., Tortilla Flats et al and never worked at the Brat.

The OP was asking about Chuck's, I'm sure.

Aug 17, 2013
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Zion Market

It transitioned from a K-Mart into a Sears Essentials some years ago.

Jun 05, 2013
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