holes-in-the-wall where grandma or mom is cooking in the back (SD and or RIV)
i know this is a weird request --but from experience-- these places tend to be right on the money when it comes to the presence of love in a dish.
bonus points for ethnic cusines.
geography:anywhere in SD and riverside counties
(personal nomination: la cocina de Maria in escondido)
Ravi's Indian Cuisine in Colton (San Bernardino County)
A Dong (Vietnamese) in Redlands (San Bernardino County)
Asia Cafe in back of strip mall on corner of 47th and Market in SD. Small Laotian place completely family run. They also cook and serve more dishes than are listed on menu. Ask for Nam Keow (crunchy fried rice with sour sausage). Truly wonderful. But only open until 6:30 PM.