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SD - Fabulous Mid-Range Gems?

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A girlfriend of mine's birthday is coming up. She moved away from here a couple of years ago and she's coming down to see me from the OC area for her birthday. I want to take her to sample some new and different food down here. are there any fabulous under the radar gems in the mid-range? I like Apvertivo, the Linkery. Also, if the caliber of food and service is that of cavaillon, we're willing to upgrade.

so, chowhounders, please give me your newest, freshest off-the-map (or on the map if they're THAT good) tips! Thank you so much!

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  1. Market in Del Mar.

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    1. re: honkman

      I read with mixed feelings a report on Market in the April issue of Gourmet magazine. So the word is out, and we'll be booking weeks in advance! You knew it was going to happen.

      1. re: happensatonce

        I think it benefits the SD restaurant scene better if good restaurants are becoming well known outside the chowhound/foodie group even though this might mean that we won't get a table every time we want.

        1. re: honkman

          Exactly the reason for my mixed feelings.

      2. re: honkman

        ok you've convinced me. I've seen the name come up too many times not to go. so when we go there, what do we just have to try?

        1. re: jessijessi

          The menu changes constantly, so it's kind of hard to say what might be on it! The short ribs and the crispy oyster cobb salad are very good. I wasn't as crazy about the apple salad - a little too sweet. The desserts are fantastic - the pastry chef is very innovative.

          Another place you might consider is the Guild - in Barrio Logan - it's getting pretty good reviews and is sort of the newest thing in town. Jayne's Gastropub is also very good. www.jaynesgastropub.com

          www.aliceqfoodie.com