What's on your rotation - part 2
I know we had a similar discussion about a year ago but the restaurant scene in SD is changing more rapidly recently and we have many new people on CH so that I thought it might be a good time for a second round of "what's on your rotation". We try to eat in many different restaurants (but also cook a lot) so that a restaurant which we visit twice a year is on our rotation.
The first three are currently on "heavy rotation" (at least one visit every month):
Golden State Restaurant
Spice & Rice
I don't think our rotation is quite as large as yours but I will give it a shot:
Good Time Charlies
Bahia Don Bravo (LJ)
The pro shop/cafe at Sail Ho golf course
Modus (although now that Nathan Coulon has left...)
Mona Lisa (sandwiches)
I have not. We moved a few weeks ago from Mission Hills to Crown Point (not my choice but a whole other issue) and as it is no longer down the street and since he left it has been put on the back burner. We are going to try and stop by next week after work to see what is going on with the menu etc...
Side note, went to the Chefs Dinner on Wednesday at Molly's and I thought Nathan Coulon's suckling pig dish was perfect--makes me sad he can't put it on the Modus menu.
I avoided this thread when it was done last year, as "rotation" seemed to imply such a limited scope. When I was an unmarried college bum, I really had a rotation that was roughly: 1. Cheeseburger and fries at Aztec Center (every day!), 2. Stewart Sandwiches at the Forty-Niner in San Marcos after work, and 3. Denny's for steak and eggs after the bars closed. With your broader definition, though, it seems a little more reasonable. Here are the places where we've eaten more than a few times in the past year:
La Trattoria (Santee)
Antica Trattoria (La Mesa)
Adams Avenue Grill
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe
Blue Water Grill
Anthony's La Mesa
Plus quite a few work-day lunches at King's Garden in Sorrento Mesa, and Spices on Mira Mesa Blvd.
If I were to add the "few times a year" places, the list would be *MUCH* longer. We eat out too much.
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La Fogata is our neighborhood Mexican sit-down joint. It's on El Cajon around 72nd street.
Michael's Grill is in Santee. It's run by Michael Lou, who has been involved in one way or another with a number of local joints, including IIRC, the Dumpling Inn.
Both of these places are moderately priced, and IMO, provide great value. Both serve lunch and dinner daily.
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Well, even though I don't get to spend much time in SD, I definitely have a rotation - which makes it hard for me to try new places. Somewhat in order.
Pho Ca Dao
Actually only been to Mien Trung once, but it's on my rotation now.
re: Ed Dibble
Well, this thread has already been helpful to me. Thanks to reading Ed's post, I was reminded of the existence of Latin Chef (on Garnet in PB). Had lunch there yesterday -- our first visit. We had appetizers only: Anticuchos with a deliciously piquant green sauce and grilled potatoes; papas huanacaina; a tamal; and a great ceviche de pescado. I think I'll be adding Latin Chef to our lunch rotation. I only wish they had beer and wine. The homemade corn-based drink we had was very tasty (cinnamon and nutmeg flavors), but way too sweet for me. Thanks for the reminder, Ed.
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