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Casual dinner in Pt. Loma/OB-San Diego

sds Aug 2, 2006 04:24 PM

Going to a friends event tomorrow night and were looking to have some casual (but tasty) food in Pt. Loma or OB and memory is failing me...it has to be vegetarian friendly, and I'm not a fan of the chain Brigatine, Miguels, etc.

Thought about Luna Notte and Ranchos, but my friend has been there before...

Any suggestions?


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  1. Josh RE: sds Aug 2, 2006 04:25 PM

    Try The Vine, in OB. It's veggie friendly and has tasty food, along with an amazing import/micro beer selection.

    Corner of Bacon and Newport.


    1. El Chevere RE: sds Aug 2, 2006 04:38 PM

      I second The Vine.....one other place you might consider in Pt. Loma would be Old Venice (Italian, which I assume with pasta meets the Vegetarian requirement).

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        sdnativa RE: sds Aug 2, 2006 10:21 PM

        Dont forget 3rd Corner in OB.

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          jlls RE: sds Aug 2, 2006 10:25 PM

          I third The Vine! Excellent food and beer/wine selection.

          1. Alice Q RE: sds Aug 3, 2006 02:56 AM

            I would probably go to Old Venice in Pt Loma - nice atmosphere but affordable and definitely veg friendly. I hadn't heard of the Vine until now - I looked at their website and it looks interesting though! I haven't been but 3rd Corner might also be a good option. Thee Bungalow might be a little fancy for you, and I haven't been there since it changed ownership. Maybe somebody else has some feedback.


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            1. re: Alice Q
              ekomega RE: Alice Q Aug 3, 2006 04:21 AM

              I wasn't thrilled by Third Corner the last time we went. I thought the prices of the portions were misleading, considering it cost me about $35 to have a good meal (appetizer and salad and entree). Also, they sell you Baked Brie for $9 but they don't give you any bread unless you pay $2 more. That is slightly ridiculous.

              The Vine is good, but occasionally (usually) they get a large group of boisterous people, and the place can't take the noise. But I've always enjoyed the food and drink there, and the prices are pretty good. I recommend the flat iron steak.

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                DiningDiva RE: Alice Q Aug 3, 2006 03:54 PM

                As posted previously, a close friend has eaten there 3 times since the Cohen group took over and each time it has been a little worse than the time before. This is coming from an OB resident and frequent pre-Cohen Group diner at Thee Bungalow. It's now a chain restaurant.

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                  sdnativa RE: DiningDiva Aug 3, 2006 04:27 PM

                  I knew they could not be trusted with Thee Bungalow.

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                    Josh RE: sdnativa Aug 3, 2006 04:56 PM

                    Really, what *can* they be trusted with?

                    I remember going to Mister Tiki shortly after it opened. We got appetizers, some of which were quite good. We went back a year later, and all the things we liked were gone from the menu. In a cost-cutting move, they had replaced their previous chef, and everything we had was pretty sub-par.

                    I don't care for any of their restaurants. The fact that so many are popular is depressing.

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                      sdnativa RE: Josh Aug 3, 2006 05:55 PM

                      You are right on. The restaurants border on tourist traps the prices are so high. The food is often annoyingly, needlessly complicated, as if diners are going to be duped by that.

                      Anyone know what happened with Josh McGinnis moving from Prego to Island Prime? They do not promote his name, only Debra Scott. Prego was excellent with him at the helm. What a waste he was absorbed by the Cohen Group.

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                  sds RE: Alice Q Aug 3, 2006 08:54 PM

                  Thanks! I think we'll be going to Old Venice...I've always wanted to try it and I think its the atmosphere we are looking for. I've been to the Vine for drinks (went after dinner, so no food) but it looked good...

                3. El Chevere RE: sds Aug 3, 2006 05:45 PM

                  couldn't agree more about the Cohen Group...I am amazed at the number of people who rave about their restaurants--Indigo Grill, for one (there's nothing on the menu that appeals to me).

                  Anways, I thought Cohen Group bought Thee Bungalow, not 3rd Corner...please confirm.

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                    DiningDiva RE: El Chevere Aug 3, 2006 05:47 PM

                    You are correct, the Cohens bought Thee Bungalow. Ed Moore still owns 3rd Corner and is, I'm pretty sure, doing the take over and remodel of Qwiggs which has been completely gutted and is set to reopen sometime next month as Nick's at the Beach.

                  2. El Chevere RE: sds Aug 3, 2006 05:53 PM

                    Thanks...if it is the same as Nick's at the Beach in PB, I look forward to it in OB--I enjoy the food at Nick;s.

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                      DiningDiva RE: El Chevere Aug 3, 2006 06:58 PM

                      If Nicks in PB is owned by Ed Moore, then I'm guessing it'll be pretty similar. A couple of weeks ago we asked our server at 3rd Corner if she knew what the menu would be like at the new Nicks. Her reply was that the only thing she knew was that it would be casual "burgers and stuff like that". Not sure that end of OB really needs a new burger joint. Shades underneath Qwiggs does it decently enough, not to mention that Hodad's is right around the corner. Can't wait to see what they do with the space and what the menu actually ends up being.

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                        mimosa RE: DiningDiva Aug 4, 2006 03:38 AM

                        Ed owns Nick's in PB. I've never been particularly impressed by the food there but recently read a nice review that made me want to give it another try.

                        We love 3rd Corner and we're even bigger fans of the previous iteration of the place. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience there AliceQ. We've always had stellar service and found the menu pretty fairly priced. Our only complaint has been that it's become too popular. I don't know which is tougher, finding parking or getting a table once you do.

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                          Alice Q RE: mimosa Aug 9, 2006 02:14 AM

                          Hi - I think it was the person who responded to me who said they weren't thrilled with 3rd Corner - I haven't tried it yet.

                          I am not crazy about the Cohn "juggernaut" myself. I had a couple of good meals at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine a while back, but have not been there lately - the rest of the restaurants are mediocre at best.


                    2. DiningDiva RE: sds Aug 4, 2006 05:40 AM

                      I like the food, I like the space and I like the wine alot at 3rd Corner. What I'm having a hard time with is shaking the feeling that I'm eating in a retail space (yeah, I know, technically ALL restaurants are really just retail space). I found it somewhat disconcerting having people milling around behind me pulling out bottles of wine, inspecting them and hearing entire conversation about each bottle. Conversations that were competing and conficting with the one that I was trying to have with my dining companion.

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                        stevuchan RE: DiningDiva Aug 4, 2006 03:53 PM

                        I got the same feeling. The last two visits I dined at the Bar (great service), and on the Patio. I enjoyed both experiences a lot more than sitting at a regular table.

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