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jturtle Feb 4, 2008 09:39 PM

At the Chowdown on Saturday Alice Q posed this question to Kare_Raisu and it got me thinking, with all the new restaurants opening and all the old favorites what is next for you and any particular reason?

For me--in random order:
Back to Buga: Went for the first time January 1st and loved it. Want to go back and try even more of their offerings.
Chilangos
Pho T Cali: Am anxious to try Pho for the first time and I hear this is one of the best spots (right Josh, or did I get the wrong place?)
Kaito: The photos and the praise on this board are making me drool
Back to the Imperial Farmer's Market: Cause it was good.
Back to the Better Half: Because it was such a great first experience.

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  1. Enorah Feb 4, 2008 09:50 PM

    We would like to try La Bonne Bouffe in Encinitas.
    Still have not made it to Super Cocina (oh the shame), so that is on our list

    jturtle. I just ate at Kaito 2 nights ago and want more already.

    1. Josh Feb 5, 2008 05:32 AM

      Pho T Cali is a place I like a lot, but I am not experienced enough with Vietnamese cuisine to know how their pho stacks up against others. The place is certainly busy, with a large Vietnamese clientele, but if there's a better place for pho I'd like to know about it.

      I do know that I prefer their pho to the ones I've had at Phuong Trang and Convoy Noodle House. The noodles at Pho T Cali are cooked al dente, whereas at other places I've had noodles that are gummy from being overcooked.

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        daantaat Feb 5, 2008 06:42 PM

        I think Pho T Cali has gone downhill over the past year or so. It's still decent but the broth is not as fresh or flavorful as the one at Pho Hoa Cali off Mira Mesa Blvd.

        We didn't like Convoy Noodle House's pho. The broth tasted like chicken broth and wasn't "ho heung," or fragrant. My SO and his friend, who loves pho, tried Phuong Trang's pho and thought Pho T Cali was better.

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        jennywenny Feb 5, 2008 07:22 AM

        I'm just itching to try eclipse chocolate cafe.

        Returning to the better half next weekend.

        1. Alice Q Feb 5, 2008 08:04 AM

          Great thread Jen! - Next up we're going back to Bite and taking some friends who haven't been - later in the month I think we're also going to Cavaillon for their Monday night prix fixe.

          Also on my hit list - Super Cocina, Chilangos, The Better Half, Ritual Tavern, Romesco, China Max and Mien Trung.

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            jturtle Feb 5, 2008 07:12 PM

            Thanks! I also MUST try Super Cocina. Oh and Eclipse and Romesco...there are so many places that I cannot wait to try (and report back!)

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            cstr Feb 5, 2008 09:24 AM

            I really miss the Garden Grill on India, they had very good Lebenese food and some very authentic deserts. I'm kinda craving taboulee, hummus and kibbee, any rec's out there?

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              Josh Feb 5, 2008 09:27 AM

              Mama's Lebanese Bakery and Deli, on Alabama St.

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                geekyfoodie Feb 5, 2008 09:29 AM

                I was just there on Sunday. Great stuff and the display case of baklava was mouthwatering. I bought hummus and baba ganoush for the Super Bowl and it was delicious.

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                  cstr Feb 5, 2008 09:40 AM

                  Thanks, Josh & GF, That may be today's dinner.

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                    Josh Feb 5, 2008 10:21 AM

                    Call and check the hours, I believe they close pretty early.

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                      geekyfoodie Feb 5, 2008 10:35 AM

                      We tried to go Saturday night, but they were closed by about 6:30pm, so definitely call if you're interested in going for dinner. Each dip I bought came with pita and I ordered an extra bag on top of it. Good quantity for price. On a side note, the pitas came from a bakery in Anaheim.

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                        Josh Feb 5, 2008 11:30 AM

                        If you like their pita, you can get the same ones at Balboa International Market for around 45 cents per bag.

              2. geekyfoodie Feb 5, 2008 10:40 AM

                Anthology: everything I've heard and read sounds fabulous and, while I have a tin ear, I do enjoy live jazz performances.

                Super Cocina: went for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I need to go back and try more dishes.

                Wired: Still haven't gone there, despite a couple of stops at UTC for last-minute gifts during the holidays. I'm determined to have a good crepe and Wired looks to be my best bet.

                Costa Brava: I've been wanting to go for months and I will finally go soon, I hope.

                Good luck with pho, jturtle! I loved Pho T Cali when it was the previous incarnation: Pho Hoa Cali. After the change, something seemed to be missing from the broth and it went to very good to ok for me. I haven't been back for a while, so you'll have to report in when you try it.

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                  RB Hound Feb 5, 2008 02:37 PM

                  "Wired: Still haven't gone there, despite a couple of stops at UTC for last-minute gifts during the holidays. I'm determined to have a good crepe and Wired looks to be my best bet."

                  Geekyfoodie - have you tried Bibby's on Pearl in La Jolla? I've heard a lot of people give positive reviews. I occasionally get their offerings at Tuesday's UCSD farmer's market, and have never been unsatisfied, but I'm not the most discriminating eater in the world.

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                    geekyfoodie Feb 5, 2008 06:54 PM

                    I haven't tried it and it's been a while since I've been to the UCSD farmer's market. I don't even think I'd recognize the campus now. Thanks for the rec, RBHound, I'll definitely give Bibby's a try. I think satisfaction is key in all foods. :)

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                      RB Hound Feb 5, 2008 09:11 PM

                      "I haven't tried it and it's been a while since I've been to the UCSD farmer's market. I don't even think I'd recognize the campus now."

                      You are much better off going to the store front in La Jolla, where you don't have to park 10 miles away, and wait in line behind a few hundred hungry students and staff. :)

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                  daantaat Feb 5, 2008 06:49 PM

                  Back to Latin Chef--we really enjoyed the food and better yet, the prices!

                  Next large group meal: Little Sheep and Buga Korean BBQ
                  Need to try: Yu Me Ya, Kaito, Yakitori Yakyudori, Anthology, Chilango's, Bite, Eclipse Chocolat, Lucha Libre
                  Need to revisit: Arterra, George's (downstairs only), Addison
                  Any time: Market, Oceanaire, Izakura Sakura

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                    bbrooke Feb 6, 2008 06:18 AM

                    Has anyone been to Romescos? the Citybeat paper today has a review of it and I usually trust the reviewer's opinions. http://www.sdcitybeat.com/cms/story/d...

                    Pork belly tacos sound great!

                  2. kare_raisu Feb 6, 2008 06:25 AM

                    Well, Romesco's tops
                    - Tacos Salceados / Ermita (TJ)
                    - Tacos El Gordo
                    - Costa Brava
                    - Balboa International Market
                    - Tropical Star
                    - Somewhere I can get Chinese turnip cakes
                    - Somali / Ethipian Food
                    - Mien Trung
                    - K's
                    - Lucky Seafood Pho
                    - El Comal
                    - Imperial Beach Mex Ice Cream place (Josh?)
                    - Mariscos Crawl on Imperial
                    - Yakitori Yakudori
                    - Berta's
                    - Linkery

                    1. geekyfoodie Feb 7, 2008 05:31 PM

                      Lefty's in North Park.

                      1. gpdexter Feb 11, 2008 11:30 AM

                        I agree, Lefty's is the best Chicago-style pizza I've had in SD

                        1. gpdexter Feb 11, 2008 11:27 AM

                          Maryjane's Coffee Shop (in the Hard Rock)
                          Bleu Boheme
                          Restaurant at The Pearl (in The Pearl Hotel)
                          Sicilian Thing (for the NYC-style round pizza; I'm already fond of the Silician style)
                          Gemelli (fond of the veal saltimbiocca; must try other stuff)
                          Bite (yep, late to the party!)
                          EXY

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