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Aug 19, 2006 11:57 AM

DC visitor to San Diego

Hi, gonna be in town 8/27 - 9/2

I would like to know what not to miss, if possible, as a San Diego chow experience. What to savor.

I was in SF a few weeks a go, and there were a lot of very good Chowhound recomendations!! Gained a few pounds along the way.
So, trying your area too.

Seafood, BBQ, ethnic, steak, breakfast, burger, hot dog or sausage, and please a good Pho spot. Flea markets, Swap meets, Farmers Markets, local yummy finds.


I will check back here or you can email me directly:

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  1. Please do not miss Super Cocina on university. The place is like a transport to some rural village in central mexico, if you measure it culinarily.

    Sushi Ota is your best bet for mind-blowing authentic sushi.

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      Second Super Cocina in a huge way. Just went there again for lunch on Friday, and it was transcendant as ever.

      For pho, I recommend Phuong Trang on Convoy St, south of Balboa Blvd.

      Also, you should try The Linkery in North Park for dinner.

      1. re: Josh

        I went back to Super Cocina this morning to try their breakfast. Every bit as great as every other meal I've had there. Huevos Rancheros were amazing - dressed with the spicy sauce from the puerco enchilado. Also had some truly transcendant chilaquiles that were spicy and rich with crema.

    2. best pho (in SD) is Pho T Cali on Clairemont Mesa Drive. Fast, cheap, decent. a rule of them when looking for good pho is going to a restaraunt that has "pho" in their name. That means all they do is pho and their broth will be fresher. Pho broth takes HOURS and a lot of effort to make, so the better places will specialize in them.

      That said, Phuong Trang has good non-pho Vietnamese food.

      best concentration of cheap Asian food is along Convoy Ave. Do a search on the board and you'll find lots of ideas. Also go to Kirk K's blog, the ultimate blog of good, cheap Asian eats.

      Kirk's blog is:

      would not miss Mama Testa's on University Ave in Hillcrest for really great tacos from all over Mexico. Cheap, fast, fresh with lots of different fillings. Great salsa bar too!

      Tommy's Burger is an LA institution that opened an outpost on Clairemont Mesa Drive. My S.O. swears by their chili burgers and chili fries.

      In-N-Out Burger is scattered all over the county. Fast food burgers at their best. The closest one to downtown (I think) is in Mission Valley, near the Mission Valley Mall. There is also one off the 5 freeway and Grand/Garnet exit in Pacific Beach.

      There was a long post back about the carne asada burrito. Something else not to miss.

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      1. re: daantaat

        Pho T Cali was my favorite for a long time. Reading all the positive comments about Phuong Trang on CH though got me over there the other day. I thought there were some aspects of their pho that were superior to Pho T Cali. For one thing, there was a stronger beef flavor, for another the veggies were fresher.

        1. re: Josh

          Kirks review of Pho T Cali at called it 'middle of the road'. That was how I felt about it also.

        2. re: daantaat

          That site was great!!!
          San Francisco has a site called Yummy Chow, which is almost like this one. And thanks for the information on Pho!!!

        3. Hit Pho T Cali on Friday, Kirkk was right middle of the road. Pho was medicore, no bad just not great. Best bet for me recently has been Pho Hoa Cali and Lucky Pho (both on Black Mountain Rd.). Recently got hooked on the Bun Bo Hue, Phuong Trang has been the tops so far, but still searching.


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          1. re: stevuchan

            Lucky is the best pretty much, in price and flavor.

            Mien Truoung, a TOTAL hole in the wall, behind K Sandwiches on Convoy seems to have absolute best flavors, is inexpensive (highest price on menu was $5.95 and that was something with snails in it) and *no* atmosphere. Have seen basically only blue collar Vietnamese in there. The meats for the pho are chopped rather randomly. There are 31 items total on the menu. Mom and pop place. Nice people working. Mucho flavor.