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Lunch specials - Mira Mesa (San Diego)

mangiatore Feb 14, 2007 08:12 AM

I work in Mira Mesa and would love to hear any suggestions you have for lunch specials. The only place I really like near me is Spices Thai.


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  1. honkman RE: mangiatore Feb 14, 2007 09:49 AM

    You might try Punjabi Tandoor. I has only a few tables but very good Indian food. They are quite inconsistent but on those days when they are good you get some of very good indian food for SD.


    1. Josh RE: mangiatore Feb 14, 2007 09:53 AM

      There's a good pho place on Mira Mesa Blvd. It's east of the 15, going up the hill towards Scripps Ranch. Forgot the name, but used to eat there all the time.

      There's also a cool little sandwich shop called Chez Nous. It's on Carroll Canyon Rd, just east of the 15, in the shopping center with Carl's Jr. They make pretty tasty, and unusual, sandwiches. Def. try the chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies.

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        Leucadian RE: Josh Feb 14, 2007 08:47 PM

        Bolsa is a great pho restaurant on Mira Mesa, but west of I15, on the south side of the street. And a new chinese place just opened next door. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353119
        And there's a boba place in the same center. You could stay there all day.

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          daimyo RE: Josh Feb 16, 2007 05:38 AM

          I think its Pho Hoa Hiep. I've never tried it. Da Kitchen is a good plate lunch place next to Chez Nous.

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            nutrition RE: Josh Feb 24, 2007 01:11 AM

            Pho Hoa Hiep is about the best broth and freshest greens, that I find anywhere in SD or along Mira Mesa Blvd.
            If you get off the I-15 FWY at Mira Mesa Blvd, go East and make a legal U-turn and enter the 2nd driveway or even the third, when you will see a Denny's.
            It is a large and CLEAN place with attentive service. I noticed a lot more activity there in the last few weeks. Never a disappointment compared to the other Pho shops further West.

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              tiffany RE: nutrition Feb 24, 2007 03:18 PM

              They've been having this deal that is, buy 1 bowl of pho noodles & get the 2nd bowl half off. Really good pho. We started going here because Pho Hoa Cali was always too busy... and we haven't stopped going.

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                clayfu RE: tiffany Feb 24, 2007 04:16 PM

                they used to have buy one get one free.

                but the large is about 6.50$ which is a lil bit more than your standard bowl of large pho.

                and their serving portions are significantly smaller, i could eat two large bowls easily (i will not lie i love pho)


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                daimyo RE: nutrition Feb 27, 2007 07:04 AM

                you've tried Lucky Pho at Lucky Seafood? That's been my favorite, but I actually live closer to Pho Hoa Hiep. I've always been scared to be disappointed when I've felt like pho by going there. I'll have to give it a try.

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                  clayfu RE: daimyo Feb 27, 2007 12:42 PM

                  Lucky Pho is good, but i think Pho Hao Cali across the street is even better =)

              3. re: Josh
                nutrition RE: Josh Mar 4, 2007 12:30 AM

                It is named Pho Hoa Hiep on Mira Mesa Blvd, that you are referring to.
                I find it to be consistently better, then Lucky or Cali!

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                  nutrition RE: Josh Dec 4, 2008 10:21 PM

                  Unfortunately, PHO HOA HIEP closed that location about a year ago.
                  It was the best of all the Pho shops anywhere along Mira Mesa Blvd.
                  You mighttry their La Mesa location, if you get withdrawals.
                  They had the best broth of any Pho shop and a well sized portion of rare steak to go with it. Even the Basil was the freshest of all.

                  I miss it terribly, but the location did not permit a lot of visibility or traffic like one would find in a larger mall.

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                    Cathy RE: nutrition Dec 5, 2008 06:15 AM

                    La Mesa location?

                    I know of the one on Linda Vista and Ulrich. Behind the McDonald's.

                2. leanneabe RE: mangiatore Feb 14, 2007 11:02 AM

                  Along the lines of good sandwich places is C's Ice Cream and Deli, on Mira Mesa, just on the east side of the 15. http://www.csdeli.com/index.html

                  They have good cold and hot sandwiches, along with many different root beers and interesting sodas and chips. I went there often when I worked in Scripps Ranch and I miss them now that I'm farther away.

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                    mangiatore RE: mangiatore Feb 14, 2007 04:36 PM

                    Awesome, thanks for the suggestions everyone.

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                      daimyo RE: mangiatore Feb 16, 2007 05:42 AM

                      If you go north on Pacific Heights from Mira Mesa Bl there's a little strip mall. There's a chinese, mexican, greek, and a store with a deli. I've only eaten at the deli, but maybe something else might be good there and you'll have a few more options. I used to get the teriyaki beef plate at the deli. I thought it was a pretty good deal for the price.

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                        nutrition RE: mangiatore Mar 4, 2007 12:27 AM

                        I have tried all the Pho shops looking for the best bowl in town including Cali and Lucky.
                        I always, end up realizing that Pho Hoa Hiep is the best of all with the freshest greens.
                        NO need to look any further. So I don't. I appreciate that it is the cleanest and no dirty dishes lying around the tables or carts. Prompt service without crowds and noisey teenagers.
                        The only drawback is the location at the East end of Mira Mesa Blvd immediately East of I-15, which understandably has less traffic drive by, then if it were located West of I-15!
                        I had many a discussion with the previous Manager about this. But since I drive by every day, it is most convenient and not a problem at all. I like the fact, that it is not crowded, but they really should be busier for their fine quality.
                        Funny, how one finds their favorite Bowl and then orders it every time. The rare fat free ribeye steak is my favorite. I do believe that their Pho contains larger portions of meat, then the other places.

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                          dirkers RE: nutrition Dec 3, 2007 02:54 PM

                          OK, so after all the glowing reviews in this thread, I went to Pho Hoa Hiep today. It's closed! Instead, it had been replaced by a really desolate looking Afghani restaurant. I ended up getting my Pho fix at Lucky Pho on the other side of I15.

                          However, I'm happy to report that Chez Nous (off of Carroll Canyon Rd.) is still there and just as good. Everybody loves the "Spicy Chicken Sandwich" and the "Special Salad" is outstanding.

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                            Cathy RE: dirkers Dec 3, 2007 03:45 PM

                            Well, the thread/topic was started in February, pretty much ended in March and it is December.

                            The closure was mentioned someplace else on here in the summer

                            There is another location of PHH on Linda Vista Road in the same mall as Vien Dong III.

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                              nutrition RE: dirkers Dec 4, 2007 12:23 AM

                              No one misses it more then I! I live a mile up the hill and it was the best, but I have not driven to their other location mentioned. It won't be long before I do, when I get real withdrawals for their PHO. It was a shocker to find it closed up tight, when I returned from a vacation in July. They needed more traffic and were on the wrong side of I-15. The Lucky Noodle shop is almost a close second and very similiar overall. But I always have to ask for more greens!

                              At the other end end of the Lucky Grocery/Pho mall is another favorite, that is my #1 spot. You should really try them for their slight variation of PHO/soup, Dumpling Soup with or without noodles. A hearty meal by itself! I skip the noodles since the Dumpling have enough dough to make up for added noodles. The broth is the very best on equal to Pho Hoa Hiep broth. They also have many other dishes and I mentioned most them on their string. The only one I didn't care for was the Chicken Curry soup.
                              LQQK for the TAN KY MI GIA string for reviews. $5.10 for the soups- $7.10 for the special beef, chicken, seafood or comgination dishes. One dish is enough for most folks.

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                                clayfu RE: nutrition Dec 4, 2007 09:53 PM

                                i remember pHH was the only place where i had to wait to get Pho because so many people went there.


                              2. re: dirkers
                                oerdin RE: dirkers Jan 7, 2008 04:32 PM

                                Pho Hoa Hiep did go belly up; it seems like Mira Mesa has to many Pho places in to small an area. The good news is there are still about a half dozen different places along Mira Mesa Blvd including both Luck and Pho Hoa Cali. I also love Chez Nous and Mesquite.

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                                  kare_raisu RE: oerdin Jan 7, 2008 04:46 PM

                                  could you tell me about these last 2 you mention?

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                                    Josh RE: kare_raisu Jan 8, 2008 10:32 AM

                                    Butting in, Chez Nous is a sandwich shop that makes really good, unique sandwiches. They're on Carroll Canyon Rd., next to the 15. There's a Carl's Jr. you can see from the street. They have a really tasty roast leg of lamb sandwich. Don't miss the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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                                      oerdin RE: kare_raisu Jan 24, 2008 11:00 AM

                                      Mesquite is a restaurant on Mercy Rd near the I15 which serves a combination of grilled meats and Asian food. It sounds like a strange combo but it actually is very well done. Here's their website: http://mesquitesandiego.com/

                                      Josh already went over Chez Nous so I won't repeat his post though I would like to also mention Kabul West (an Afghan restaurant near Scranton Rd), The Grill & Market (great sandwiches, located on the west end of Mira Mesa), WineSellar & Brasserie (contemporary French, on Waples St), and Franky's Italian Deli has the best pizza in town north of Bronx.

                                      Mira Mesa gets a bad wrap on these boards but there are actually some interesting and good restaurants there besides the chain store places. Hope that helps.

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                                        philhh RE: oerdin Dec 8, 2008 12:16 PM

                                        Mesquite sounds interesting, but it appears that they are closed. Their website is gone as well.

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                                oerdin RE: mangiatore Jan 24, 2008 11:18 AM

                                For Chinese try China Chef Szechuan, for Vietnamese try Pho Hoa Cali Express, and for Pizza I suggest Franky's Italian Deli or Z Pizza in Scripps Ranch. For Sushi I like Happy's Sushi though Mr Wasabi is a close second. For French if WineSellar & Brasserie is to expensive (and it is expensive but a real gem for French food with a wine list so impressive they got listed in Wine Spectator Magazine) then try La Bastide Bistro. It is a great little place located next door to the Vons in Scripps Ranch. Hope this helps. Also don't forget to explore the Little India center as there are several good Indian restaurants there.

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