What did I miss?
So, it's been decided that we are moving to Seattle this December - I'm leaving the San Diego area for good, and probably California too. I figure I have the next two months to enjoy the sunshine, go to the beach, and eat a lot of mexican food =)
I'm sure I'll visit the central coast and san fransisco because I have family there, but I don't know when I'll come back to San Diego.
So, is there anything I should absolutely do or eat before I go?
Off the top of my head, I'm going to look for good mexican and eat lots of avocados and citrus =)
Have you considered "the neighbour: Mexico"? We expererienced an extraordinairy high quality meal, paired with wonderfully trained waiters and a most charming interior:
La Diffencia in TJ, Mexico, take trolley, walk accross the border, get into taxi and within 10 min you are there; remember that in Mexico lunch is the main meal and they stay open UNTIL you and your party have finished enjoying your lunch (which we did not know but we are very slow enjoying eaters and finished around 16.00h..) have FUN!
Having just come back from a meeting up in seattle, I would have to say the food may be better in Seattle than down here, I really dont think you are going to miss too much. When I went to grad school in St. Louis many moons ago, out of area produce was dicey but now with air freight, I think you will get your fill of avocados at the local market. I would get my fill of carne asada burritos and good fish tacos.
I'd hit Cavaillon for their Sunday brunch, Isabel's Cantina for brunch or casual lunch. Definitely Market again (over Blanca, if you're in a time crunch). Mama Testa's for tacos, El Cuervo for cheap Mexican street food. Cafe Chloe as well.
And when you get to SEA, do NOT miss Salumi (I still drool when I think about their meatball sandwich), Cafe Juanita in Kirkland (sublime branzino), Le Panier for all their freshly baked breads and pastries and Sosio's Produce for their "Oh My God" peaches in the summer. I would totally FedEx Sosio's peaches and nectarines down here, they're sooooo good! Also hit Agua Verde Paddle Club--Mexican food that rivals what you get down here.
Believe it or not, my favorite Mexican restaurant is a chain --Los Reyes in Golden Hill, Broadway at 25th. This neighborhood has a couple of gems: the Turf Club on 25th at C is a really fun place--there is a small central grill in this tiny restaurant where you cook your own food as you sip your cocktail and meet people from all walks of life. go on a sunday night--they have live entertainment w/an upright piano. try the delmonico steak--great prices since you're the chef. the cocktails are great. across the street is Luigi's (thin crust) pizza--it is THE best pizza in San Diego and they have an unexpected selection of great beers.
Downtown try Royal Thai Cuisine for dinner, or an Asian sandwich (go for the chicken curry) for lunch 2 doors up on 5th Ave (part of RTC). the sandwiches are inexpensive and delicious, but there are only about 4 seats in the joint, so be prepared for very casual dining.
I have no idea if there are "supper clubs" in Seattle, but I think you'd enjoy a night at Anthology for the experience and the food.
Other than that, I think you're on the right track just absorbing the sunshine and indulging in some good Mexican food. Maybe take advantage of patio seating, too.
I can tell you I have deep cravings for taco shop carne asada burritos after being away for only 6 days....and that we did live here in 19XX, moved to VIrginia an when we came back on a House hunting trip in 19XX +3, as soon as we got the rental car, we found a 24 hour taco shop...
However, I can tell you that no matter where you live, or visit, you will find some hole in the wall with a specialty you never had even thought to try elsewhere that will become the pinnacle for that food, that part of the world and that home base. Enjoy what you have here now and enjoy th new stuff there.
Me personally, I don't know that I could live with out tortillas! So, fill up on the fresh ones made in Old Town.
I visited Seattle in Feb and stayed on 1st and Pine. Everyday around 4-5 we had a lemon drop martini in the restaurant across the street, I think it was called SteelHead. There was a Sliver haired bartender that was always ending his shift and his were the BEST!
We ate pizza at Serious Pie before catching a hockey game. It was a gourmet pizza and wine joint. The beet salad was as good as the pizza.
Well it's kind of hard to say, without knowing everywhere you've been or what you've done! :-) Are there places you're wondering about - as far as whether they're worthwhile? The food in Seattle is pretty darn good, so I can't imagine there's anything here you'll suffer too much for missing, maybe the best idea would be to just soak up as much sunshine as you can!
re: Alice Q
Sorry! Wrote off the question last night without really thinking about that.
I've mostly explored North County while I've been here, looking for good food around the carlsbad/vista area.
- discovered my love of pho and ramen with fresh noodles.
Dim Sum and Mitsuwa in Kearny Mesa.
Been to Market (definately going back once before I leave),
various micro-brewpub type places (Pizza Port, Stone etc),
frequented Juanita's and Bety's for tacos,
and shopped at the awesome natural grocery stores and the vista farmers market. Went apple picking in Julian.
Discovered I like sushi.
I don't really know too much about the downtown area as I don't often head that way, but I'm willing to take some weekend trips. I wouldn't mind going to some really awesome higher-end restaurants, but as I'm sure I can find that where I'm going I'd rather focus on what I won't.
I'll be going through these threads on the board too.
If I were you I'd probably hit Blanca and/or Addison before leaving, just so you can say you tried them - 1500 Ocean is also pretty good, as is Tapenade, and I keep hearing good things about Cavaillon. I wouldn't worry too much about the rest of downtown. You might also hit the Linkery or Cafe Chloe if you haven't been. I would definitely spend some time at the beach, and hike Torrey Pines. Wear short sleeves, eat carne asada burritos, and drink some margaritas!