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Feb 25, 2008 07:42 PM

Just North of the Border

I guess that this post should probably go to the chains board, but my story is specific to the geography, and not about a chain restaurant.

After crossing the San Ysidro gateway, going north, there is the Palm St. exit. Turn left and cross the freeway and then turn right into the McDonalds.

Most every morning the big table in the restaurant is full of filipino veterans and their wives, sitting and talking about this and that, just socializing..

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  1. Have you tried Tomodachi Japanese Restuarant in the area or any of those dulce shops?

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    1. re: epicureous eggplant

      No, I haven't been to Tomodachi, but now that it is on my radar, I will definitely investigate it at a future time.

      I posted recently about Utage Japanese restaurant in Chula Vista, it has a spacious and nicely decorated interior with a large and varied menu that apparently caters to the "salaryman" community at the various Japanes corporations located in CV.

      As to the dulce shops, I don't have a clue. I thought that KirkK had posted something about them on his excellent blog, but a quick search didn't yield any results. Go to http: and if you can't find any info, ask him - I'm positive he'll be helpful.

    2. I live in the area, give me the names of some of your faves.

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      1. re: epicureous eggplant

        Well, I don't live in the area, I live 40 miles south.

        So my chowhoudish explorations are tailored to the travel needs.

        Our most frequently visited restaurant of choice is Meijo Sushi in Imperial Beach. We have been stopping there before going home across the border for nearly, maybe, eight years.

        Good people, who welcome our dogs (we have big dogs).

        The food is always reliably good, if not destination dining. The sushi and sashimi selections are always impeccably fresh and the soft shell crab is a favorite.

        1. re: Gypsy Jan

          Wow..eight years huh? I didn't know it's been that long! I remember when it first opened and didn't realize it was nearly 8 years ago. The other places that vacated the spot haven't done nearly as well, not that I know of. Osaka in Mission Gorge is their sister restuarant and place of origin. It's nice to have Meijo so close.

          I always find when I need to satisfy a craving I need to drive to North Park, Downtown, Hillcrest or other locations. I'd like to rediscover what's closer to home ( even though you have to travel 40 miles out it seems like you may have a better idea than me!!). Let me know what else you enjoy North of the border.

          Someone mentioned that the Baja Oyster Bar on Coronado Ave is pretty good, even though they've been open for awhile, I've never tried it.

          Share the foodie love Gypsy Jan!