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hellen Apr 1, 2008 08:15 AM

Will be staying there in May and will have a kitchen as well so beside some restaurant "musts", would love to know about any deli, bakeries, grocers, etc.
Thanks!

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    cstr Apr 1, 2008 12:15 PM

    The French Pastry Shop on LJ Bvld is very good.

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      Beach Chick Apr 1, 2008 12:23 PM

      Girard Gourmet
      Jonathan's
      Cheese Shop in the Shores
      Tapenade
      Alfonso's for nachos and marg's
      El Pescador for fish sandwiches
      Marine Room for drinks
      Harry's Coffee Shop or the Cottage
      Zenbu for sushi
      Bahia's in Bird Rock for fish tacos
      Crab Catcher for happy hour
      La Valencia Hotel for brunch on the back patio overlooking the Pacific
      George's Modern eating on the terrace for lunch

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        RB Hound Apr 1, 2008 12:38 PM

        If you head up to the "La Jolla" - UTC area (unless you are already staying there, having been led to believe that really is La Jolla because of a zip code oddity :), Whole Foods and Bristol Farms are not bad places to do your grocery shopping.

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          Jada2008 Apr 1, 2008 08:30 PM

          If you are there on a Sunday, try the farmer's market at the playground at La Jolla Elementary. I second Bristol Farms for fancy cheeses and meats. They also have my favorite coffee...Peets, and they even have ahi poke.

          Brockton Villa on Coast Blvd is a great place for breakfast. They also serve lunch and dinner, but I've only done breakfast

          Also good for breakfast, Harry's on Girard

          Blue Coral has a good happy hour in the UTC area off La Jolla Village Drive by the Hyatt.

          For more upscale dinnig try Azul or Trattoria Acqua on Prospect.

          What about downtown, PB (Pacific Beach) or OB (Ocean Beach)? These areas are lots of fun and have great places to eat. My favorite is South Beach Bar & Grill on Neport in OB for fish tacos. I have lots more is you'd like.

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          1. re: Jada2008
            goodhealthgourmet Apr 1, 2008 08:41 PM

            two more great breakfast options in downtown la jolla- mission coffee cup cafe on wall street, and the cottage on prospect.

            over by the hyatt in the UTC area [next to blue coral] you've also got cafe japengo for good sushi...or if you're in a carnivorous mood, fleming's.

            second the rec for trattoria acqua [excellent italian], and zenbu for sushi.

            i also like george's california modern, but although the view is great upstairs, the food is much better downstairs in the dining room.

            oh, and as for groceries, there's also a TJs in the shopping center across the street from whole foods.

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            neener41 Apr 2, 2008 12:46 PM

            I would go to Nine Ten for dinner. Do not go to Brockton Villa for breakfast. That place is awful. Great view but that's it. The cottage is great. I also like Cody's on girard. I would do George's for drinks at sunset. There is a great cheese shop in the flower hill shopping center. It's called Aniata's. Great selection. I would also do Zenbu for sushi.

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              Alice Q Apr 2, 2008 01:00 PM

              I don't think Brockton Villa is awful, you just have to know what to order. The Coast Toast is generally very good. Souffled french toast made with orange and grand marnier. They use Bread and Cie bread and pastries and have good coffee drinks made with Pannikin coffee (Pannikin used to run the place) I think some people don't like their eggs because they steam with the espresso machine steamer - a hold over from the Pannikin days.

              I had a really good lunch the other day at George's Ocean Terrace, the first time I'd been there in a while and much better than my last visit. I would also recommend most of the places Beach Chick suggests - the food is not the draw at Harry's Coffee Shop though, it's one of those places everyone goes because they've always gone there. Piatti at the Shores is also pretty good, and is great for brunch - starting at 11 AM. The patio with the giant tree is a lovely place to sit in the spring/summertime.

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                pamelagkennedy Apr 2, 2008 05:41 PM

                beware of the birds in that tree at Piatti. We have had out of town guests "gifted" by the feathered friends while dining beneath it on two seperate occasions. i would also offer Barbarella's at the shores. Nice little bistro in a lovely garden setting...be sure to end with the fresh berry dessert crepe with vanilla marscapone cream.

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                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 2, 2008 06:02 PM

                  i'd definitely go for piatti over barbarella - both of the meals i had at the latter were wholly unremarkable.

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              beth1 Apr 2, 2008 08:30 PM

              The Living Room for great coffee and dessert. It's kind of a college take-your-book-and-study place, but the view is incredible from the back. The service is also good.

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              1. re: beth1
                honkman Apr 2, 2008 10:58 PM

                The coffee at the Living Room is lousy but the view is indeed very nice.

              2. foodiechick Apr 2, 2008 09:32 PM

                Great bargain buster happy hours:
                Azul - 1/2 price tapas in the bar area, several nice tables
                Roppongi - 1/2 price sushi
                Jacks - 1/2 price appetizers
                Zenbu
                Crab Catcher - not extraordinary food (hey, it's only happy hour), but the best views of the coast line and great food and drink happy hour prices.
                Vigalucci's - New. Daily happy hour (I believe 4-7pm). Extensive appetizer list. The patio seems to be the new "place to be" in La Jolla on sunny Sunday afternoons.

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