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we're going out for a bday lunch, all foodies. have been to jack's, cafe chloe, blue boheme, fresh (when it was still sami ladeki's), and the guild. does anyone have a suggestion for something along these lines? lunch is always tough bc a lot of places aren't open! urgh!

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  1. Avenue 5 Restaurant . . .

    1. Terra, Nine-Ten and Arterra are all open for lunch as is Le Bastide.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        We had a really good 3 course lunch for $24 at Nine-Ten this weekend. Melt in your mouth shortribs and pomegranite float for dessert. S.O. wasn't so thrilled with his burger b/c it was a tad burnt but his fries were double fried and yummy.

        1. re: daantaat

          now that sounds pretty darn good. is Nine-Ten typically open for lunch? I know that some places only do so around the holidays.

          1. re: ibstatguy

            Yes, and breakfast is pretty darn good there too, not to mention relaxed and very reasonable. Here's the link - http://www.nine-ten.com/

            1. re: ibstatguy

              I think they're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days/wk. My cousins from LA were very happy with their selections and we all left rolling out the door. :-)

        2. How about Urban Solace or Currant? I have had lunch at both - and both were very good. Currant is a little fancier and more gourmet, Urban Solace will be less expensive and a little more low key.

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          1. re: Alice Q

            is currant in the sofia? we were just talking about trying it the other day. and we actually had lunch at urban solace the last time. we really liked it!

            1. re: beachbunnySD

              It is, the lunch menu and dinner menu were the same last time I went, but it looks like they have now rolled out separate lunch/dinner menus. I'm looking forward to trying some of these things myself!

              http://www.currantrestaurant.com/menu...

              1. re: Alice Q

                have the sweetbreads sandwich, or the omlette, or the crabcake or....anyway, I've really enjoyed the place. the wine list isn't deep but their picks are very solid

          2. soooo we decided to have lunch at maryjane's in the new hard rock hotel. random i know! what actually motivated our decision is that we want to take a look around the hard rock. have added a few of your suggestions to our 'to-try' list for our next lunch!

            thanks all! will post on our experience at maryjane's later this week!

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            1. re: beachbunnySD

              changed our minds and went to avenue 5 instead. i had the 'knuckle' sandwich, called that because the fresh crabmeat is pulled from the crab's pinscher or knuckle. it was decent and had a tropical salsa on it, but i thought it was missing an aioli/remoulade. my knuckle sandwich came with fresh greens and was $10 - really reasonable. i would go back and give it another try, simply because of that fact - very reasonable. however, i did think that the decor was better than the entrees on that particular day.

              worth mentioning and eating if you stop by: the fromage blanc! it's on the dessert menu, although this is more of a savory cheesecake, topped with sugar and bruleed. it was delicious.

              1. re: beachbunnySD

                Sorry I didn't get here sooner. My totally favorite place for lunch in SD is A R Valentien. The terrace is gorgeous (sweeping vista of golf course off to the ocean and sky), service OK, and food some of best in SD. It's a lunch event, and you feel like you've been out to the "country."