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A few of my favorite things... (San Diego)

Dr. K Aug 31, 2006 08:05 PM

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feeeel sooo baaad...

Roast Pork Loin sandwich -- The Cheese Shop (La Jolla)
Octopus Fritters -- Yakitori Yakudori (Hillcrest)
Scallop sandwich -- Point Loma Seafooods (Point Loma)
Falafel plate -- Mama's Lebanese (University Heights)
Onion Rings -- Hodad's (Ocean Beach)
Corn Breakfast Tamales -- The Coffee Cup (La Jolla)
Anything grilled -- El Pescador (La Jolla)
Garlic Chicken -- Dao Son (El Cajon Blvd.)
Grilled Pork Ban Mhi -- K Sandwiches (Linda Vista)
Every sort of dumpling -- Dumpling Inn (Convoy St.)
Roast Leg of Lamb -- St Spyridon Greek festival (Hillcrest)
Coq au vin -- Cavaillon (Santaluz)
Italian Sausage -- Pete's Meats (Little Italy)
Lamby Joes -- Laurel (Banker's Hill)
Chocolate Creme Brulee -- Il Fornaio (Coronado)
Burrata -- Buon Appetito (Little Italy)
Wandering the wine vaults -- The Wine Bank (Gaslamp)
Neal's Yard Stilton with a dab of honey -- from Whole Foods
Roasted root veggies -- Chino Farms ( @ my house)

I could go on...

What are some of your favorite foodie things in San Diego???

  1. afinkle Sep 1, 2006 07:11 PM

    I am new in town, but thanks to the advice from here and the blog team, I've found some favorites:

    Bahn Mi from Ks Sandwiches
    BBQ from Buga
    Aji Sashimi from Izakaya Sakura
    Bun Bo Hue and Vietnamese soups from all over El Cajon
    Two person burrito from Baja Betty's (mostly the atmosphere)
    Chicken hearts and wings from Yakitori Yakyudori
    coffee beans from cafe calabria
    pork verde (or whatever that great stew was) from super cocina
    fuego burger from liars club
    spicy noodles from ba rem
    crab cake breakfast from Hash House
    martinis from martinis (hillcrest)
    pizza from arivaderici (or bronx's ricotta spinach slice after drinking all night...)
    Pastrami from city deli (plus 20 pickles with lunch)
    Cheesesteaks from philly franks (san marcos - not bad and I'm a philly guy)
    All the food from Punjabi (I love these guys)
    Lamb stew from Red Sea
    Carne Asada burrito from Robertos (am I a local yet?)
    fancy-pants sushi rolls from Ono Sushi
    Baguettes from Bread and Cie
    Thai Chicken from Saffron
    Pad See Ewe from Thai Grill (max heat!)
    Beef Empinadas from stand at Hillcrest Farmers Market

    1. Alice Q Sep 1, 2006 05:24 AM

      Gayla - I think the Chuao chocolate you are talking about is the Picante. I like the Parchita - soft passionfruit caramel covered chocolate. Other good things that come to mind right now:

      The shrimp and crab dumplings and korean spare ribs at Roppongi
      Pulled Pork Sandwich at Phils BBQ
      Burgers at Hodad's
      Roast Beef Sandwich on sourdough at Con Pane
      The egg salad sandwich and double chocolate cookies from Cafe Zinc in Solana Beach.
      Double mocha at Cantina Panaderia with their special house-made chocolate - and the breakfast tamales (same as at Coffee Cup, mentioned above)
      Coast Toast at Brockton Villa
      Chicken Mole Burrito at El Zarape
      Steak Frites at Cafe Chloe
      Espresso gelato at Gelato Vero
      The Fresqueria Special torta sandwich and a smoothie at La Fresqueria downtown
      The tuna tartare and pot de creme (and anything else) at Wine Sellar Brasserie
      Mussel bisque at Dobson's
      Spicy scallop roll at Japengo
      The 5th Avenue roll at Ono Sushi
      Sandwiches from Pete's Quality Meats on India
      The BLT and peanut butter shake at the Beef n' Bun
      Coffee Braised short ribs at Chive
      Moule Frites at Vagabond
      Hornitos Margaritas at Ponce's in Kensington
      The grilled green beans at the Linkery
      Scones from Rebecca's
      Carnitas and Carne Asada burrito from Sarita's in Spring Valley
      The fried chicken and biscuits (for breakfast!) at Hash House
      Onion rings at Jacks' Grille in La Jolla
      Ahi Poke and Chicken B'stilla at Parallel 33
      Salsa Chilena chips and salsa (at BevMo and Whole Foods - among others)
      The french bread and croissants/pastries at Bread & Cie
      Heirloom tomatoes and corn from Chino Farms or Be Wise
      and oh how I could go on - but that's enough!!

      1. j
        jayporter Sep 1, 2006 02:57 AM

        * BLT at Bread on Market

        * Quesadilla Special at La Posta on Washington

        * The Traditional on whole wheat roll with added cucumbers and spinach at Influx on Broadway at 19th

        * Imported Prosciutto sandwich from Mona Lisa deli on India at Hawthorn

        * Pollo Asado tacos at Los Reyes at 25th and Broadway

        * Thin-crust Margherita with added house made sausage at Lefty's on 30th north of Upas

        * Six-shot ultra-short Mexican mocha (aka "Sex-Mex") at Krakatoa on 25th at B St (by special order...as far as I know only one of the baristas is tuned in to making this)

        * Pepperoni-Ricotta slices at Pizzeria Luigi on 25th at B St.

        * Laja, Laja, Laja.


        Full disclosure: I own a restaurant not discussed in this post.

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        1. re: jayporter
          DiningDiva Sep 1, 2006 03:09 AM

          Dr. K awesome topic
          Josh, PBHomey,jay great choices........

          Panna Cotta as made by Jack Fisher (Nine-Ten)
          Pork Confit (Asia-Vous)
          Fish Flavor Eggplant (Ba Ren)
          Mashed Potato Taco, fried (Mama Testa)
          Green Beans Almondine (Oceanaire)
          Dragon Potatoes (Cantina Panaderia)
          Hash Browns (Perry's Breakfast Cafe)
          Chuao Chocolate - the one that tastes like raisins w/chipotle

        2. pbhomey Aug 31, 2006 09:27 PM

          Drunken spicy noodles – The Thai Grill in Hillcrest
          Ramen – Tajima on Convoy
          Tongue - Buga in Clairemont
          Any slice – Bronx in Hillcrest
          Sweet & pungent chicken – China Max on Convoy
          Spicy cold noodles – Ba Ren in Clairemont
          Tasty red chicken – Dao Son in North Park
          Chicken burrito - Alberto's in PB
          Chipotle beef torta - La Torta in PB
          Any pupusa - El Salvador Pupuseria in North Park
          Papas Quesadilla – Nick’s at the Beach
          Single bacon cheeseburger – Hodads in OB
          Beef ribs - Phil's BBQ in Hillcrest
          Fuego steak melt – Liar’s Club in MB
          Chili - Cass Street in PB
          Tapas & sangria - Costa Brava in PB
          Banana pancakes - Original Pancake House on Convoy
          Prime Rib – Bully’s East in MV
          Cupa, Cupa, Cupa - Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe on Kettner
          Gumbo and sides – Huffman’s BBQ on Imperial Ave

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          1. re: pbhomey
            Josh Aug 31, 2006 09:42 PM

            Man, that Fuego Steak Melt rocks.

          2. Josh Aug 31, 2006 08:17 PM

            Turkey sandwich on rosemary/olive oil bread - Bread & Cie (Hillcrest)
            The tomato sauce w/ capers and anchovies - Assenti's Pasta (Little Italy)
            Char-cheddar dog - Lefty's Pizza (North Park)
            Porko slice - Bronx Pizza (Hillcrest)
            Carnitas plate - El Rodeo (Hillcrest)
            Barbacoa burrito - El Asadero (College)
            Custard-filled pancakes - 99 Ranch (Kearny Mesa)
            Roasted chestnuts - Mitsuwa (Kearny Mesa)
            Nem Nuong Cuon (grilled pork meatball summer rolls) - Convoy Noodle House (Kearny Mesa)
            Mini Bacon-cheeseburger - Hodad's (OB)
            Combo #0 (ground beef taco, cheese enchilada) - Nati's (OB)
            Rice pudding ice cream - Oasis (Imperial Beach)
            Italian-style macaroni and cheese - Nicolosi's (Allied Gardens)
            Sausage tacos - Linkery (North Park)
            Puerco Enchilado, Empanadas, Chicken chipotle - Super Cocina (City Heights)
            Chicken salad, egg salad, or pot roast sandwich - Wit's End (Hillcrest)
            Turkish ground-beef kebab - Hillcrest farmers market
            Szechuan lamb - Ba Ren (Clairemont)
            Tuna tataki, Gobo roots salad - Tajima (Kearny Mesa)
            Bulgogi - Buga (Clairemont)
            Salami sandwich - Girard Gourmet (La Jolla)
            Tiger cry steak - Royal Thai (Gaslamp)
            Charcuterie items - Cafe Cerise (Gaslamp)
            Onion rings - Phil's BBQ (Hillcrest)
            Espresso con gelato (like a coffee-spiked mini-milkshake) - Gelato Vero (Mission Hills)
            BBQ Brisket - Abbie's Texas BBQ (Miramar)
            Chicken rolled tacos - Nico's (OB or Bay Park)
            Roast beef sandwich - Seisel's (Bay Park)
            Cuban sandwich - Andre's (Bay Park)

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            1. re: Josh
              kare_raisu Sep 1, 2006 02:17 AM

              Josh...are the roasted chestnuts at mitsuwa a seasonal thing? what else do you like from there.

              I once had the dry fried lamb at Ba Ren...while good and mind-numbingly spicy...it was a little too much on the fatty side for my tastes. Love the cold appeteziers though -beef tendon rocks!

              1. re: kare_raisu
                Cathy Sep 1, 2006 02:58 AM

                There is a roasted chestnut cart in front of Mitsuwa, in front of 99Ranch and in front of Lucky Seafood every weekend...kind of a chain....

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