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AdamFoodie Oct 10, 2007 11:00 PM

I'm going to be there sunday what do I "NEED" to try?

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  1. Josh Oct 10, 2007 11:22 PM

    Super Cocina
    http://entertainment.signonsandiego.c...

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      kare_raisu Oct 11, 2007 02:37 PM

      damn...you are quick. "need to try" : code word for Super Cocina in San Diego.

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        Josh Oct 11, 2007 03:28 PM

        You know it.

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      LisaSD Oct 11, 2007 04:07 AM

      Depends on what part of San Diego you're staying...

      Island Prime has a wonderful view of San Diego and some delicious food but pricey.

      Peohe's is on Coronado Island with a beautiful view and some good seafood dishes.

      Jakes in Del Mar is right on the beach with a California casual menu - consistently good food.

      Po Pazzo in Little Italy has been a new favorite.

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        AdamFoodie Oct 11, 2007 08:08 AM

        we'll be in point loma

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          Josh Oct 11, 2007 08:37 AM

          Super Cocina is a drive, but you won't find its like elsewhere.

          Point Loma is kind of limited in its options. Some decent food can be found there, but nothing that would be a "best" of San Diego.

        2. re: LisaSD
          ibstatguy Oct 11, 2007 02:00 PM

          the view from Mr. A's, IMO, beats the heck out of Island Prime

        3. ibstatguy Oct 11, 2007 02:00 PM

          "need" is kinda tough to respond to; what kind of food or atmosphere would you be interested in?

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            donsd Oct 11, 2007 03:19 PM

            AdamFoodie, if you are in Los Angeles, there is nothing in San Diego that you *must* try. The top of the line places are inferior to the ones in your city and the low priced ones are too. I like Super Cocina, but if someone had told me it was a *must* go to, I would be have been sorely disappointed.

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              Josh Oct 11, 2007 03:30 PM

              Really? That seems strange to me.

              The only way I can think of being disappointed by that place is if you're looking for things like ambience and fancy service (i.e. non-food concerns).

              The best stuff in SD, IMO, is far and away the ethnic offerings. Places like SC, Sakura, China Max, Ba Ren.

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                ibstatguy Oct 12, 2007 03:08 PM

                according to Irene Virbila of the LA Times, your premise about SD's top places being inferior to LA is without merit...

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                butterbutt Oct 11, 2007 04:47 PM

                I think you need to be a bit more specific on what you are looking for.. We could be all over the place on this one..

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                  AdamFoodie Oct 11, 2007 08:57 PM

                  sorry guys. so yeah bascially we'll be in point loma for a concert but we are going to spend the day in diego. as far as what were looking for, well I'm guessing the mexican food down there should be good, so a good mexican spot would be nice?? please nothing too fancy(we hate fancy/high end places). although when it comes to mexican we like more americanized stuff(i.e. fajitas) haha. also we are vegetarian but I dont want that to limit our choices, also we are always up for ethnic food. basically we just want a good lunch spot? and maybe somewhere we can get good late night eats after the concert? what areas in diego are nice to spend the day in? old town? gaslamp? whatever spot is nice to spend the day at is where we'd like to eat. also please tell me more about Super Cocina?

                  p.s. sorry if this post is all over the place

                  1. re: AdamFoodie
                    Josh Oct 11, 2007 09:09 PM

                    Super Cocina is the best Mexican in San Diego, IMO. It's not Americanized, however, but homestyle Mexican cooking. They do have some vegetarian items (great chiles rellenos!), but another couple of options you should consider:

                    Mama Testa - This is a taqueria in Hillcrest with a substantial number of vegetarian items. The nopales w/ oaxaca cheese and pasilla chile sauce are really good.

                    Mama's Lebanese Bakery and Deli - Lots of vegetarian options here, very good middle eastern food. Their falafel and baba ghannouj are excellent, as is their Lebanese coffee.

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                      amyzan Oct 12, 2007 07:18 AM

                      I understood, though, that SC uses manteca (from pork) in pretty much all dishes. Wouldn't that be used in the "vegetarian" items like chiles relleno as well? I would love if someone could tell me there were items without any pork products, because I'm allergic, and have been missing SC because of this. Josh, are you sure the chiles relleno are truly vegetarian? If so, I'm going!

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                        Josh Oct 12, 2007 08:32 AM

                        I wish I knew the answer to that question, because their chile rellenos and their chilaquiles in the morning are stellar vegetarian items.

                        You might call and ask for the owner. FWIW, the chiles rellenos don't really taste like they have lard to me, but I certainly wouldn't base a decision to eat them on that. I would guess a pork allergy would make most Mexican off limits.

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                          kare_raisu Oct 12, 2007 03:15 PM

                          I think the base of the caldillo (tomato broth) that the rellenos rest have a chicken broth base and/or manteca aromatics fried. Can you eat beef or chicken or shrimp? The tortitas de camorones con nopales may contain pork as well despite being a Lenten dish.

                          Call 619 -584 -6244 ask for Juan Pablo - he will be able to help you out more than anyone else. He is the owner's son.

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                            amyzan Oct 12, 2007 05:40 PM

                            Thanks!

                  2. Dagney Oct 12, 2007 02:34 PM

                    Well no one has made mention of our outstanding Vietnamese joints. I think someone, somewhere, on one of our San Diego boards said that Vietnamese is one of few food items that San Diego does better than most. Sooo, with that in mind....

                    Try, Pho Hoa at the corner of El Cajon Bl and Euclid Avenue for soup. A Chau at Menlo and El Cajon Bl has good sandwiches.

                    Since Josh has practically already yanked you into Super Cocina, just drive up the street for a southest asian fix after Super Cocina.

                    If you will be in Point Loma, try Point Loma Seafoods for good casual fare and a fun atmosphere.

                    Dagney

                    1. Dagney Oct 12, 2007 02:45 PM

                      Okay, just re read one of your posts. Since you are looking for vegetarian, you should check out Jyoti Biyhanga at 3300 Adams Avenue. Inexpensive, small, local place with a calming atmosphere, very Hindu, very Yoga. They have wonderful food, and the service is friendly. AND they are right across the street from Lestats, where the best cookies in San Diego reside.

                      There are couple of other places, Spread at 2800 University Avenue, and there is another place on 30th Street that has escaped me.... Anyway, Spread is super funky, hip, and new, but tiny. They are a vegetarian restaurant and the owners are committed to putting out a quality product.

                      Dagney

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