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Apr 30, 2007 10:40 AM

Workday lunch in SD?

The boss and I usually do lunch once or twice a week. We have a handful of places that we always go to, but I wanted to see if y'all can add to the list. We're in the Torrey Pines area and we have about 1 1/2 hours for lunch. So, wherever we go, we have to allow for driving time and faster service. There's not much in the Torrey Pines area, so we're usually headed out to Mira Mesa and Clairemont Mesa.

Our usual places include:

Tofu House (Clairemont)
Pho Viet Cali (Mira Mesa)
Pho Tu Do (Clairemont)
Bismillah (Clairemont)

Occasionally, we'll go to Dumpling Inn or China Max. As you can see, we're not incredibly varied. Any suggestions will help! Thanks!

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  1. I work pretty close to you and I agree that the UTC area is pretty barren as far as good non-chain lunch places. Some of my favorites are:

    Nozomi (UTC, same menu as the one on Convoy)
    Porkyland (Mexican, near downtown la jolla, but prices are cheap and the carnitas is very good)
    Jeff's Burgers (La Jolla Shores, very casual beach shack type place, was recommended to me on this board, the decor and atmosphere is not the best but the burgers are pretty good considering the area)

    1. Board and brew in Del Mar for great sandwiches
      Caliente on Sorento Valley Road..yummy Mexican
      Spicy City in Clairemont...great Chinese food

      1. when you head to clairemont, in the plaza with the old pancake house is Sakura, they serve a very very good lunch, all under 10$ very reasonable.

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        1. re: clayfu

          I agree. Excellent lunches. I had an outstanding tempura zarusoba on my last visit. But Sakura is hard to find because they have no signs. It looks like you are walking into the Army recruiters.


          1. re: Ed Dibble

            I was at the Original Pancake House and I kept saying to BF, "There's a Japanese restaurant here! Where is it?"

            I had to come back to the CH boards and be reminded that there's no signage. I'm going soon!

        2. try le bambu, del mar heights, just west of 5

          1. Mandarin Garden in Mira Mesa has good lunch specials.

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            1. re: candicew

              Is that the place off of Pacific Heights Rd.?