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holes-in-the-wall where grandma or mom is cooking in the back (SD and or RIV)

kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 03:36 AM

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)

many thanks

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  1. Josh RE: kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 03:48 AM

    Super Cocina

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      kare_raisu RE: Josh Jul 11, 2006 03:54 AM

      did you see my favorite rest. list? :)

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      daantaat RE: kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 04:32 AM

      Ravi's Indian Cuisine in Colton (San Bernardino County)
      A Dong (Vietnamese) in Redlands (San Bernardino County)

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        young_chower RE: kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 04:48 AM

        Try Punjabi Tandoor in SD. The whole family is cooking, and you can see them do it too!

        I like the chicken mahkni. Also has good lassis.

        www.punjabitandoor.com

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          Phoo D RE: kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 04:39 PM

          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.

          1. David Kahn RE: kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 05:21 PM

            Carnitas and/or chili relleno burritos at El Porvenir (1786 National Ave., (619) 702-2445) in Barrio Logan. Life changingly good, in a serious hole in the wall.

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              petradish RE: David Kahn Jul 14, 2006 08:57 PM

              What David Kahn said. Soulful cooking.

              photos:
              http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=c...

            2. honkman RE: kare_raisu Jul 11, 2006 06:25 PM

              I liked Punjabi Tandoor quite a lot but the last three visits were all disasters with lousy food. I think at this point Punjabi Tandoor is way overrated.

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                young_chower RE: honkman Jul 11, 2006 07:23 PM

                what was disastrous about it?

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                  honkman RE: young_chower Jul 11, 2006 10:21 PM

                  I went with my wife six times to Punjabi Tandoor over the last few months. The first three times we had excellent food but the last three times it was like they changed all cooks and recipes. Nothing tastes good anymore, it was like they forgot how to use their spices, the quality of the lamb they are using has dropped significantly, the naans were burned black the last three times, all three meals were incredible oily (one of the inedible because of the amount of oil) etc. Most likely I will try Punjabi Tandoor in the future again but in the moment I go to Indian Tandoor when I don't want to cook after work and need some Indian take-out. Indian Tandoor is not as good as the first three visits to Punjabi Tandoor but much better than the last three visits.

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                glbtrtr RE: kare_raisu Jul 15, 2006 05:30 AM

                There was a great "soul-food" restaurant on the little pedestrian mall next to the Mission Inn in Riverside - on the route down from the convention center. Hope it is still there. Perfect home made touches and flavor additions made this stock cuisine rise above the rest: great cole slaw, ribs, beans, sweet potato pie. Yum.

                Just looked it up and it appears it is "Gram's Mission BBQ and Palace" on Main Street, near the Mission Inn and continues to get rave reviews. Celebrate Riverside's Juneteenth festival with their great food.

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