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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)

many thanks

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    1. re: Josh

      did you see my favorite rest. list? :)

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

      1. 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

        1. 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. 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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