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My husband, a PB native, and I are returning to SD with our son this May for an extended vacation. We were hoping to begin compiling a list of great restaurants (new and old)...

Sushi
Thai (we remember Thai House Cuisine with great fondness)
Italian
Mexican (my husband is obsessed with Carne Asada burritos from Roberto's)
Seafood

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Sushi - Kaito in Encinitas (there are a couple of threads here). It is down for a couple of weeks as they are moving, so it should be up and running when you are here.

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    1. re: Enorah

      lizzy69: In addition to the wonderful sushi at Kaito, it would be a shame to miss out on another new and wonderfully unique restaurant in the area, Yumeya. It has quickly garnered its share of devoted fans, despite, or perhaps because of, its small size and odd location. A strictly family-run restaurant, they've managed to create one of the most unique and welcoming environments ever to grace the county.

      They've managed to combine an old 101 roadhouse feel with the largest sake selection in the county (all available by the glass), hand made udon made by the father, the use of traditional kozara and plateware, the casual ease of an izakaya (Japanese pub) and many a local's destination (many of their customers simply walk to Yumeya from their homes...).

      Here are some of my thoughts on Yumeya from an earlier post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31947...

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      Yumeya
      1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

      1. re: cgfan

        Thanks for that info, sounds like an amazing place. Do you have any Thai food recs? Do you know if Thai House Cuisine on Convoy in Mira Mesa is still there/good? It was unbelievable when we were there in the mid-late 90s, couldn't even top it in L.A.

        1. re: lizzy69

          lizzy69: Never been to Thai House, though if it's the one I'm thinking of I received a long-standing recommendation for their food from a reliable source. (I believe you meant Kearny Mesa, not Mira Mesa...)

          Since I can't vouch for it personally, any CH'ers out there with some recent intel on Thai House?

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          Thai House Cuisine
          4225 Convoy St, San Diego, CA

    2. Sushi - Niban in Clairemont or Ichiban in PB - no frills but really good and inexpensive

      Thai - not sure

      Mexican - Miguels in Pt Loma. Also in Coronado if you're out that way - phenominal carne asada and cheese dip - also really good calimari chile rellenos and regulare rellenos

      Fun Baja Mexican - Rockin Baja Lobter in Old Town. The baja buckets with shrimp, longustos (little lobsters), carne asada and chicken give you plenty to eat.

      Fish tacos - South Beach Bar & Grill on Newport in OB - usually have to be 21 to get in. Not sure how old your son is, so don't know if this will work.

      Seafood - so many choices, but some favorites are Pt Loma seafood for take-out, the Brigantine which is nice but not too pricey (Pt Loma, Del Mar, Coronado) and Oceanairre downtown for something upscale.,

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      1. re: Jada2008

        Hi lizzy69, Taco Surf on Mission Blvd is good -- both for Carne Asada (tasty with great guac) and build-your-own Veggie Burritos. They have other good stuff too... don't really know if they're old or new, but to me, it's better than most Robertos these days.

        1. re: Jada2008

          You can take underage folks into South Beach Bar & Grill until 5pm; then it becomes 21 and up only.

          1. re: Jada2008

            Jada2008: re. your two points on Niban and Ichiban, you're right on the inexpensive.part...

            For sushi I second Enorah's post and heartily recommend Kaito; they have the best sushi to be had in the county. As Enorah mentions they are in the middle of a move, but are certainly expected to be open by the time you will be here.

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            Kaito Sushi
            130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

          2. Have you been to Karinya Thai in Pacific Beach or Sushi Ota? For Italian I like Baci and Cafe Bella Italia.

            1. For Italian, Mamma Mia's on Balboa, near Grand, is very good and reasonable, South Beach Grill, in OB, for fish taco's, Hodad's, in OB, for a great burger, Point Loma for seafood, probably hasn't changed since you left.

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              1. re: cstr

                Sorry, I have to disagree with Mamma Mia as a good Italian. They have some good appetizers but their entrees are overall quite disappointing and badly executed. You will get much better quality if you are looking for Italian food at Barolo or Piatti.

                1. re: honkman

                  I'd also add that while Hodad's makes a pretty decent burger, they've been surpassed by Ritual Tavern, Neighborhood, Hamilton's, and Urban Solace. All those places use much higher-quality beef, which means they don't have to cook it to death, and they also use higher-quality rolls and cheese. Don't get me wrong, I'm a long-time Hodad's fan and have eaten a great many of their burgers, but history and longevity don't mean a better product (see El Indio).

                  1. re: honkman

                    I'm surprised about Mamma's, went there a couple of weeks ago, the entree's consisted of homemade pasta, not boxed, they weren't super large portions but, were quite flavorful. What did you order?

                2. Mitsuwa marketplace in Kearny Mesa (by the 163) has sushi made to order, morning and afternoon, along with a wide selection of Japanese vegetables, satellite TV, and two other Japanese eateries. Prices range from $3 to $5 for eight pieces, weighing 8oz +/- 1 oz.