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May 24, 2008 10:31 AM

Must Haves: Clairemont Area - SD?

So my Vegas family is going to visit some family in SD and I was just wondering what are some Must Haves in the Clairemont Area? We are willing to drive but if there is something amazing right around the corner why miss out?

It needs to be on the less expensive side because we will have a larger group. Also, no seafood. I love seafood but one family member is very against it so it ruins it for the rest of us. HAHA!

Any of your suggestions would be rockin because at this point im clueless.


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    1. The Original Pancake House is great for Briakfast, on Convoy.

      If you all like Chinese Food, you can always try Dim Sum at Jasmine or Emerald on Convoy as well.

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        We have OPH in vegas and i love it but I do really like Chinese Food ... so that sounds fantastic! Thanks

        1. re: katie_ladie

          to be frank, Chinese food in Vegas is MUCH better than Jasmine or Emerald. Definitely better than Jasmine for sure. If your family knows where to eat Chinese in Vegas around Spring Mountain Road, they will be disappointed by Jasmine and Emerald. Cathay House in Vegas has WAAY better dim sum.

          If you want better and equivalent Chinese to what Vegas has, Ba Ren off Clairemont Mesa Drive is very good. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in the big strip mall across the street from Ba Ren has good hot pot and to the best of my knowledge, Vegas doesn't have one (yet).

          Buga Korean BBQ on Clairemont Drive is good for large parties and cheap for the amount of food. There's a new all you can eat Korean BBQ in the area, Jeong Won Korean BBQ. Someone posted a thread on it recently.

          best bet is to follow phee's advice and do a search for Convoy. You'll turn up the favorite Asian places on the board.

          1. re: daantaat

            i see.. well im really open to anything, it doesn't have to be chinese because like you said we do have lots of it here in vegas.

        2. re: normalheightsfoodie

          What's good at OPH other than the obvious pancakes?

          1. re: dimsumgirl

            They have great bacon and coffee. They have different types of items, the dutch baby is like a tarte tar tan ,and their German is very thin, it is almost like a soufle, and it comes with powdered sugar and lemon. It looks big, but it is almost all air, it is great.

            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              If you want the dutch baby with apples, tarte tatin style, order that version. The item called dutch baby on the menu is a smaller version of the german pancake, and is served plain, with lemon, whipped butter, and powdered sugar on the side, always hot with crispy edges. Absolutely delicious, and plenty filling. The german pancake, the larger version, is really huge.

            2. re: dimsumgirl

              Dutch baby is good. Corned beef hash is good. Their scrambled eggs are good, but I'm not so much a fan of the omelets. Bacon pancakes are insane, but after having them twice I don't think I could eat them again.

              1. re: Josh

                Josh, could you please elaborate on the bacon pancakes?

                1. re: MrKrispy

                  They're three normally sized pancakes, densely packed with shards of very crisp bacon. With the addition of butter and maple syrup, it's the zenith of the sweet/salty breakfast. They really are tasty, but they're so rich and intense that twice in a lifetime was enough for me.

                  1. re: Josh

                    thanks Josh. I am looking forward to my 1 of 2 haha

                    1. re: Josh

                      hmm, add some dark milk chocolate and you have the equivalent of Vosges Haut Chocolat Mo's Bacon bar....

              2. re: normalheightsfoodie

                Is the OPH in Encinitas as good as the one on Convoy?

              3. You'll be close to Convoy, and there are so many Asian dining establishments there. Do a search for Convoy on this board, and you'll have a wealth of places from which to choose. Enjoy!

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                1. re: phee

                  so are there good Thai places there too??

                  1. re: katie_ladie

                    Sadly, being by the sea, makes seafood one of our "must have items".

                    I say lock the offending family member in the trunk while you try some of our delicious uni.

                    Be sure to try a sampling of our local and excellent beers at O'Brien's, which will be in your area, on Convoy.


                    1. re: katie_ladie

                      no good Thai in SD. there are multiple threads on this issue. Better luck in Vegas. Lotus of Siam on the Strip is a board fave.

                      1. re: daantaat

                        I think there are places in San Diego better then Lotus of Siam. Rama and Karinya thai has better noodle and better curry dishes than LOS.

                      2. re: katie_ladie

                        No Thai in SD nearly as good as Lotus of Siam in Vegas.

                        1. re: Ed Dibble

                          Agreed. There is a large Thai community here and there are several excellent Thai restaurants.

                    2. Squaremont is a bland suburb with few unique restaurants. For cheap eats on a patio, I like heading to Dino's Gyros and Cucina Italiana in the Clairemont Town Square (at the Clairemont Drive and Clairemont Mesa intersection). Fillippis Pizza is solid and been around since the 1950’s (Clairemont Mesa near the 163 Highway). For breakfast, try the Original Pancake house (3906 Convoy St) or Honey’s Café (7947 Balboa Ave). If you like healthy food you can try the “SoupPlantation” on Clairemont Mesa (near the 805 interstate).

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                      1. re: crankster

                        LOL. Yeah, OK, whatever.

                        You obviously have never once explored the Convoy St. corridor, otherwise you'd be much better informed.

                        Short list of worthwhile eating in the Clairemont area:

                        Mien Trung
                        K Sandwiches
                        Noodle Town
                        Tofu House
                        Sammy Sushi
                        China Max
                        Dumpling Inn
                        Pho T Cali
                        Sam Woo BBQ

                        That's off the top of my head, so I'm sure there are some I'm missing.

                          1. re: DougOLis

                            Yep. How could I have forgotten? I also forgot Tsuruhashi.

                          2. re: Josh

                            Shanghai City is also pretty good and so is Santouka in Mitsuwa.

                            1. re: Josh

                              add Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot
                              Yogurt World
                              Tea Station
                              Tapioca Express
                              Red Mango

                              1. re: Josh

                                Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot
                                Yogurt World
                                Tapioca Express
                                Red Mango
                                Tea Station

                                1. re: daantaat

                                  Oh, how could I have forgotten about Tea Station and Little Sheep. Tea Station has the best honey lemon iced tea outside of Taiwan.

                                2. re: Josh

                                  Great list Josh, both your's and the follow-up posters...

                         which I'll add Espresso Cart Non Pareil (aka Yvonne's) for a shot of espresso ristretto...

                                  Espresso Cart Non Pareil
                                  7060 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    I also like 168 for taiwanese food.

                                  2. re: crankster

                                    Wow crankster, you have no idea what's going on in Clairemont. How could point her in the direction of the Pancake House and not mention Tsuruhashi and Izakaya Sakura when they're both in the same strip mall?

                                    1. re: jmtreg

                                      hey hey ... no need to get rough you guys!! Its all in the name of good eats! But I really appreciate all the info! I really cant wait to go now!!

                                      thanks for being fabulous!

                                      1. re: jmtreg

                                        and my moniker has cranky in it? Technically Convoy is in Kearny Mesa rather than Clairemont.

                                    2. While you're on Convoy St., go to French Sage Cake for dessert.

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                                      1. re: beth1

                                        o i love dessert! Is there anything in particular I should get?