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1 S.D. Chef Nominated for James Beard Award

Bob Foster Feb 13, 2008 09:05 PM

The 2008 nominations for the James Beard award for Southern California chefs has been announced. The sole San Diego nominee is Karl Schroeder, the amazing chef at Market Restaurant and Bar on Via De La Valle, east of I-5 in Del Mar.


We have eaten there a number of times since they opened and consider it, by far, the best restaurant in San Diego, bar none. The last time there we had a first course that was a goat cheese ommlet with caviar. Superb, utterly superb. If you are a San Diego chowhound and haven't eaten there, turn in your password to this site.

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    hakuisuke May 27, 2008 12:03 PM

    Is anyone planning on going to the award ceremony in New York? I'm thinking of going as a representative of Gourmates. Anyone know anything about this?

    1. ibstatguy May 25, 2008 10:55 PM

      had another excellent dinner there tonight

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        P Macias May 10, 2008 08:58 AM

        If you haven't eaten at LAJA turn in YOUR password.
        Yes, I love Carl too.

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          Josh May 10, 2008 01:34 PM

          Agreed on Laja. ;-)

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            ibstatguy May 10, 2008 03:26 PM

            Josh - how can you talk about Laja but deride Market on cost consideration?

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              Josh May 10, 2008 03:42 PM

              I thought the winky face made it clear I was being tongue-in-cheek. How I hate the flatness of electronic communication.

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                ibstatguy May 10, 2008 04:07 PM

                my bad then! sorry 'bout that.

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            CarlinCarlsbad May 11, 2008 07:49 PM

            I have not - is LaJa in Mexico? Tell me about it

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              MrKrispy May 14, 2008 05:56 PM

              if it is what I am thinking of it is French/Mex in Baja. They don't have a website that is operational yet. I have been wanting to go but the.... nervousness (to put it lightly) of heading down to Baja lately has prevented us from checking it out.

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                foodiechick May 14, 2008 11:10 PM

                Laja has had a working website for quite a while, unfortunately, they are updating this week and it is only available at the moment in spanish. I imagine it will be fully functional in english within the next few days. In the meantime, please check out this recent thread from several chowhounders that happened to dine there on the same day last week - most of them (myself not included) are frequent visitors and experts on mexican restaurants and Laja. I (and I think they) will tell you that Laja is not a mexican restaurant, nor french. It is fresh, sustainable farm and sea to table cuisine. We spent last Wed-Friday in Baja and had no problems at all. They have instituted new tourist police help centers and have been very aggressive on criminal activities along the highways (which is typical of any new governor/police/mayoral regime, as they just experienced). The drive is beautiful, peaceful and most of all safe.


          3. Josh May 9, 2008 04:53 PM

            "If you are a San Diego chowhound and haven't eaten there, turn in your password to this site."

            We're not all made of money.

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              Bob Foster May 16, 2008 07:55 PM

              Josh, get real. You can dine at Market for under $50 a person if you order carefully. Give up a few trips to Starbucks. It's worth it.

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                daimyo May 18, 2008 10:45 AM

                That's true...you just can't have any cocktails!

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                  Bob Foster May 25, 2008 08:31 PM

                  Never drink them anyway. Wine is as strong as I like it.

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              Bob Foster Feb 16, 2008 08:32 PM

              Of course, it's Carl not Karl. Pardon my typo.

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                cstr Feb 14, 2008 07:05 AM

                Hope is wins it, we need more of this type of restaurants in SD. Who knows, it may even lead to our own site for SD, OK I'm awake now.

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                  jaysurf12 Feb 14, 2008 12:20 AM

                  Awesome ! He absolutely deserves it too... I hope that he gets nominated....

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