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Aug 7, 2007 03:43 PM

Pacific Beach

Where to dine?

Read about that Belgian Fries place. Yum.

Where else?

We like everything except for fine dining (not to say we do not like fine dining, it just is not our thing.)

Oh and we do not drink.

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  1. French Gourmet
    Kafe Yen
    La Torta
    Latin Chef
    Costa Brava

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      1. re: honkman

        Honkman's list is good. I would add:

        Taco Surf
        Cafe Bella Italia
        Cantina Panaderia
        Cass Street Bar and Grill
        Mama Mia

      2. Rocky's for burgers (not my faves but are well regarded)
        Zanzibar Coffee Shop for Zanzibananas (they are a coffee/banana milk shake that is great)
        Bahia Don Bravo (fish tacos)
        Taco Surf
        Mama Mia
        Surfside for good not great sushi.

          1. re: Enorah

            IMO it's one of the three best places for seafood in SD. Casual (not cheap, though there are lower-cost choices on the menu), delicious food, friendly service.
            . . . jim strain in san diego.

          2. Cantina Panaderia, although I think they just changed their name to something like Isabel Cantina. But they did not change location. The restaurant is still located on Feldspar a couple doors down from where it crosses Cass. Breakfast is excellent and lunch and dinner aren't half bad either.

            Latin Chef on Garnet serves up some pretty darn good Peruvian food
            Limonz does good chicken and ribs as well as made to order burritos (plus they stay open late)
            Mama Mia has gotten a lot of good comments on the board lately. I haven't eaten at this incarnation, but I did eat at the owners pervious place in the east County and it was excellent.
            The Fishery, though a friend went within the last couple of weeks and reported it was "tired, very tired"
            Lotsa Pasta in the center at Garnet and Jewel has it's followers plus it's one of the few places in town that does timbale a la the movie The Big Night.
            Charile's Breads are also in the same shopping center and are definitely work stopping to pick up to take home.
            The Broken Yolk is a breakfast/lunch place that's been in PB for eons. Portions are enormous, prices are fair, and it is almost always crowded
            Green Flash and World Famous have their share of fans

            1. I am remembering reading about a restaurant that has delicious roast chicken, I think Mexican? Maybe? Help?

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              1. re: Enorah

                That's Limonz. I haven't eaten there but heard very mixed reviews.


                1. re: honkman

                  I have eaten there and liked it. I thought the chicken was okay, a little dry, but the ribs were terrifically tender and flavorful. (And for all the BBQ purists out there, NO, these are not "authentic" BBQ). The chicken and ribs are both done in a combi oven (i.e. a professional grade oven that cooks with both conventional heat and steam) and then reheated/finished on a gas fired grill. At first I was a little dismayed to see precooked chicken and ribs go on to the grill, but surprised at how well they both came out. The ribs hold up better to this method of preparation than does the chicken.

                  Some of the available sides were really good as were some of the salsas. I really liked the side of rajas, which are strips of poblano chile peppers. However, I was less please that they felt like they had to hide the nopales in a salsa, I think they could have stood alone.