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Sep 23, 2007 02:40 PM

Old Trieste in SD is...old...

I was so looking forward to dinner there last night.. had done my I thought..I was so disappointed.. It was so bright in there.. a guy in a hawaiin shirt and jeans.. I was dressed up.. what happened to the reqd coat? There was ceiling leak with a table with bus tubs in the middle. the salad is ice berg coated in blue chees. While the dinner was ok I would never even think of going back..It makes me nervous now reading these suggestions!! I read GO!!! and fabulous etc.. Someone loved the fried zuchinni. hey it was thin sliced fried zuchinni.. no big deal..NOT that iIwas expecting a food heaven at all. I thought it would be more romantic and candlight.. i seriously think it was brightrer than Dennys..We should have walked out..actually I didnt think the staff was all that pleasant either,considering we did have a reservation and there are so few people in there... oh well bummer. It was my husbands bday dinner...Im off to make short ribs with gorgonzola polenta to make up for my choice!!!

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  1. by any chance, is your short rib recipie from Bon Appetit?

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    1. Wow, sound dreadful. Too bad because it used to be a pretty good restaurant. Some of our erstwhile elected officials (and maybe some not elected, but appointed) managed to rack up $40,000+ in food bills at Old Trieste a few years ago. It is old, though, been around a L-O-N-G time in SD. Sounds like it hasn't aged all that well.

      Let us know how the short ribs turn out, they sound better.

      1. Thanks for the report. I have often been curious to check this place out, but will now save my money for elsewhere.

        1. in case anyone wonders.. the short ribs were incredible.. plus the polenta of course...hard to dine out when you can make something that great.. ok well its sometimes more fun when someone else does the cooking... and the clean up!

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          1. re: butterbutt

            I agree about the Bon Appetit short ribs--they were excellent. The gorgonzola in the polenta really added a nice touch. And I agree that it's hard to go out when you can cook good food at home--except when the chef is better than you!

            1. re: daantaat

              I'll have to look that one up... tis the season for that sort of food again!

              1. re: Alice Q

                Bon Appetit October 07 issue. Cover recipie. It should be on the newstands. Or wait a month or two and get it for free off their website.

          2. Old Trieste might be the last of the old-line restaurants left in San Diego (remember Lubach's?). Old Trieste is still a pretty good call when you are out on a Saturday and don't have a reservation somewhere. Their liver and onions are outstanding...the last time I was there, half the orders were liver and onions and all of the cars out front were cadillacs and lincoln continentals. The clientele averages 70+.

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            1. re: buzznutter

              ah we do have those favorites for no reservations!!! Harrys bar and Grille and Elarios(Clays) Im sure there are others ...but these are always a good to go.. They are just busier in the week.