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May 17, 2007 06:38 AM

San Diego Eatz and Living In....

Visiting San Diego soon to check out possibility of moving there...while we are in the area, any recommendations for good Korean BBQ, Mexican that's not 'touristy' and Thai?

We really trust ChowHound for restaurant recommendations and wonder if anyone knows of an equivalent website to get info about living in a find out about good neighborhoods, home pricing etc...THANKS!

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  1. One of my favorite mexican restaurants is Hacienda de Vega in Escondido off the I-15 North..
    Outstanding and authentic..

    1. Thanks for the recommendations and websites BeachChick!

      1. You can't get much more "not touristy" Mexican food than Super Cocina. Steam tables with some of the most amazing and savoury guisados you'll ever have. They'll let you taste things if you're not sure what you'd like. It doesn't get much better than this! Also, for the best and most diverse selection of tacos, try Mama Testa's. As far as Thai, the one place that's received very positive comments here as of late is Antique Thai. Can't help with the Korean BBQ, however. Be sure and post back on your dining experiences, and have a great time!

        1. Best Korean BBQ is Buga Korean BBQ on Clairemont Mesa Drive, just east of the 805 freeway. It's in a Motel 6 (or something similar) complex. Their kalbi is juicy and flavorful, the panchan is always very good.

          There isn't good Thai in the city. This has been debated over and over many times on the board. But if you find any, please post.

          Mama Testa's has excellent tacos and a terrific salsa bar. El Cuervo is a hole in the wallish place that has tacos, burritos, tortas, etc. Cheap and good. Both are in Hillcrest.

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          1. re: daantaat

            No good Thai in San Diego!! That cant be!! We LOVE Spice and Rice in La Jolla.. I think that is one of the best.. There is also a little place on Mission Bay drive,next to a 7 /11.The place is very contemporay,just an odd spot.. But Spice and Rice tops that one too.

            1. re: karenc

              Spice & Rice is not bad for SD but if you go outside of SD it is below average. I think the best Thai for SD is Thai Garden in Oceanside.

              1. re: honkman

                I strongly have to agree w/ honkman on Spice and Rice. Go outside of SD for Thai (Pasadena, Portland, LA, Reseda, SF, etc) and you'll find much better renditions of miang kum and everything else on the menu. Maybe one of these days I'll make it up to Oceanside and try Thai Garden, although I'm afraid it won't be worth the trek.

                1. re: daantaat

                  Don't expect too much from Thai Garden. I think they are above average for SD but still nothing outstanding. After eating at LOS in Las Vegas last year Thai food is different now for me. It was the first time there that I experienced how Thai food should taste.