Just back from SD!
I just returned to NY from a wonderful four days in San Diego. Thanks to all the chowhounders for recommending some fabulous restaurants! On Friday and Saturday nights we stayed in the Gaslamp and Sunday and Monday nights in La Jolla.
Here's a quick summary of where and what we ate:
Friday night: Late dinner at Oceanaire. We brought a bottle of wine that we bought at the Wine Bank (great service at the shop) and were not charged a corkage. Our waitress kept trying to steer us toward the fried/heavier dishes - even though we stated that we didn't want anything fried. She raved about a few though, so we though we should give them a shot. We had the calamari app which was fine, fried, with a bit of a kick, but it certainly wasn't the best calamari I've ever had. Then I had the grouper (which they ran out of and substituted halibut) with a peppercorn sauce (also recommended by the waitress). It was heavy, masked the flavor of the fish and not in a good way. My husband had the simply grilled wahoo -- fabulous. We also ordered the cauliflower and cheddar gratin, forgettable.
Saturday morning: Breakfast at Cafe Chloe. Such a cute place! I had the croque madame, delicious, and my husband had the eggs piperade, also fabulous. Wish we'd gone for dinner instead of Oceanaire!
Saturday dinner: We had a wedding.
Sunday breakfast: The grill at Torrey Pines (we had an 11am tee time). The breakfast burrito was tasty (pretty yummy salsa) and the granola and berries was light and flavorful.
Sunday lunch: We shared carne asada tacos at Alfonso's in La Jolla. They were surprisingly delicious!
Sunday Dinner: Sky Room at La Valencia. AMAZING. There were only two other tables and we were spoiled rotten (granted we told them it was our anniversary). To start we shared a lobster souffle -- light and subtle flavors. Then they gave us a complimentary duck course which was fabulous. I had lamb and my husband had venison, also delicious. Then we had the orange beignets and ice cream (we asked for seconds). Really a special special night!
Monday Breakfast: Cody's in La Jolla. I had omelette which was fine, nothing remarkable, except the view!
Monday Lunch: Marisco's German. We went after visiting the zoo. Wow. Thank you chowhounders for recommending this. We ordered the Governador, the Fish Taco, the Smoked Marlin and the Garlic Shrimp. I loved them all, but probably the marlin the least (I don't love smoked fish). My husband was skeptical when we pulled up, but I assured him I had strong recommendations, and he wanted to go back for dinner!
Monday Dinner: George's California Modern. We had a great meal. The service was fine, and the food was pretty tasty. Unfortunately it didn't compare to the Sky Room for a special occasion. We started with an asparagus, prosciutto and crispy poached egg salad -- my husband's favorite. We followed this with a meyer lemon ricotta ravioli which was also delicious. Next we shared spaghetti with crab and uni -- pretty tasty but not as flavorful as the previous two dishes. Our last dish was salmon with asparagus and peas. The asparagus and peas were very tasty, but the salmon was completely forgettable.
Tuesday Breakfast: Brockton Village -- beautiful view and tasty carne asada benedict.
Tuesday Lunch: 2 apps at Agave -- fabulous.
Tuesday Dinner: George's Ocean Terrace. Love the view, the service was mediocre. We had the fish taco apps and they were decent, but did not hold a candle to German's!
I can't wait to return to SD, especially for tacos at German's, a more upscale Mex at Agave and a special dinner at the Sky Room!
Awesome report! Sounds like you had some good food and definitely followed the recommendations you received, which we love to hear about! Thanks also for the info on the Sky Room - I've been waiting to hear from someone who has been there since the recent remodel/chef change. Sounds like it's a thumbs up!
Great to hear about the Sky Room and that you had a wonderful meal..
Love Love Love Marisco's German too!
I heart you and you are a person after my own heart, looking for the best flavors and experience in the high end, and, also, in the neighborhood.
I'm glad you had a good time and thanks for the report.
Agave is in Old Town, a pretty good upscale mexican restaurant in probably the biggest tourist part of town. The mexican food in La Jolla is pretty standard fare, but there are plenty of options to fill out your dining options if you really want to stick close to that part of town. Along with comidaqueens recs I would also suggest Nine-Ten in the Grand Colonial Hotel and A.R.Valentein in the Lodge at Torrey Pines. I know they are both hotel restaurants, but both have won raves and the respective chefs have quite impressive culinary pedigrees. Also, if you have difficulty getting a reservation at the Sky Room or don't want to drop as many $$$, try one of the other restaurants in the La Valencia hotel property. The same chef supervises the operations for the entire hotel and has recently revamped and updated many of the menus/items. Classic ambiences and a beautiful view.