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Sep 20, 2007 04:12 PM

Guild San Diego

Trying to figure out if this is a worthwhile place to try. We're serious food people, and all I keep reading about this place is that it's an interesting "experience". How's the food? Any other places we need to try in San Diego? Love Laja, Sushi Ota, Addison, Mille Fleurs, but haven't found many other places that seem worth mentioning.

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  1. Laja!

    Man, that's setting the bar high.

    You might like George's California Modern. It's not Laja, but it is good.

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    1. re: Josh

      I know, I know, thought I'd try it out and see what happened.

      Have you tried the Guild or heard anything about it? I've been to George's and enjoyed it, but not recently - have they changed the menu?

      1. re: feed_me_please

        Haven't been to the Guild yet, no. Am mildly curious, though somewhat hesitant. George's new menu is very good, I think. I was quite happy with my recent meals there.

    2. The Guild is good, but not really on a par with the rest of the places you mentioned. Have you been to Market, Tapenade, Cavaillon, 910, El Bizcocho, Bite or Cafe Chloe? I've also had a couple of good meals at Jack's, though a recent bad one put me off the place (in their Ocean Terrace room).

      Georges has recently renovated and changed the menu, they now call it Georges California Modern. I'm not a huge fan, but a lot of people really like it. I have also heard that La Valencia's Sky Room has been renovated and the menu updated.

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      1. re: Alice Q

        We loved Arterra and like Market, Cafe Chloe was fun and 910 is always pretty good. Where is Bite? Haven't heard of it.

        1. re: feed_me_please

          Bite is new - it's in Hillcrest, on University, where the Living Room used to be. It's Chris Walsh's new restaurant - he owned Cafe W and was/is involved with Confidential.

        2. re: Alice Q

          as much as I like Guild and I have been there a lot, I agree with you that it is not in the top echelon. that said, I would stil encourage "feed me please" to give it a try

          1. re: Alice Q

            Alice--i I agree with you on the food at the Guild. My friend raved about it..but she also eats Mcdonalds everyday..I drudgingly oblidged a glass of wine and an appetizer there with her. First...The menu said Wasabi Foam...I don't know who is cooking in that place, but I was served a bowl of Wasabi whipped cream over crystally frozen Tuna Bits drenched in Chili Oil. Is it proper to say that It made me want to become Bulemic...Here's a tip...If your friend raves about a restuarant watch where they eat everyday for lunch. least it was prettier than a Mcdonalds.

            1. re: foodforthought

              Oh no! I thought that was the worst thing we had there. I did like their sliders and we had something else that was good, but I can't remember what it was now. I wrote about it on my blog a while ago. Have to confess I haven't been back, though I haven't sworn it off. Just too many other places.

              1. re: foodforthought

                that's pretty harsh for one trip and one plate...I've been there plenty of times and even if some dishes have not struck a perfect note, I am always interested to see what Melissa might be creating. as to wines, they have, IMO, a very good although small list.

            2. I can't say I enjoyed George's, but I had an unbelievable, incredible meal at Jack's (dining room). I'm very intrigued by Market, as I loved Arterra.

              1. guild is good, but not outstanding. we had the caprese salad, which subbed basil foam for basil. the tomatoes weren't ripe at all, which was disappointing and a huge mistake. we also shared beef sliders, which were really good and quite juicy.

                bagwhat - we've been to market, as we loved arterra as well. i felt like the portions even got a little smaller with the move to market, but were just as delicious.

                1. Been to Guild, been to Bite. Wouldn't bother to return to Guild, may never go anywhere else than Bite.

                  OK, I exaggerate. In my opinion, Guild is a place to go to be part of a scene, similar to Modus. I'm simply too old for that. And grouchy, too. And the furniture is built, I'm sure, to keep the tables turning. You're ready to leave shortly after the salad.

                  Bite is a place to go where the scene is comfortable and hip, but the food is the reason to go. Walsh truly has an understanding of food that allows him to create interesting, fresh approaches without feeling like he's shooting in the dark, hoping to hit a chukkar or something.