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Places to eat near Humphries in San Diego

wrightp Jun 23, 2008 06:00 PM

I will be in SD next week and have tix to a concert at Humphries in Shelter Island. Looking for recommendations for pre dinner show in the area. Open to any kind of cuisine and any price point, as long as its original or good value for money. PW

  1. foodiechick Jun 24, 2008 12:04 PM

    This is going to be a "Love it - Hate It" kind of post. We recently tried The Pearl on Rosecrans before a show. Really cool, retro-hip atmosphere and perfect vibe for the summer given that it surrounds a pool. A beautiful, very relaxing, cool little oasis with great service. Interesting, fairly sophisticated food/menu for that part of town (not fried fish or Italian). Our first evening we tried several apps. (excellent take on pork belly) and were satisfied enough to return a couple of weeks later to try the Sunday brunch. The return trip was a big mistake - only because of the change in atmosphere. The brunch food was terrific but they have a DJ at the bar playing music at very challenging decibel levels. Brunch seems to be aimed at appealing to very young party peeps who scream at each other over the dance music, imbibe in the bottomless mimosas, get rowdy and turn the place into an "everyone in the pool" party.

    So - highly recommended for dinner, but stay away from the late night and Sunday brunch party atmosphere. The Pearl has a split personality!

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    1. re: foodiechick
      wrightp Jun 24, 2008 02:14 PM

      I appreciate the suggestion. From the looks of the menu online, the food sounds adventurous. And its close. Your description of the Sunday/late night vibe reminds me of some of the newer places in Scottsdale. A little goes a long way.

    2. n
      normalheightsfoodie Jun 24, 2008 02:02 PM

      Have you thought about OLD VENICE?

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie
        wrightp Jun 24, 2008 02:43 PM

        No. Is that a restaurant or a neighborhood?

        1. re: wrightp
          normalheightsfoodie Jun 24, 2008 04:56 PM

          Old Venice is a nice casual place not far from Humpries. They serve Italian food. You can have a very nice dinner, with out spending a lot of cash.
          My neighbors went to the Bringantine the other day just before a show at Humphries.

      2. w
        wrightp Jun 26, 2008 09:34 AM

        South Beach Bar and Grille seems to have a rep for great fish tacos and its close. The show at Humphries is scheduled to start at 7pm. Question is what time would I need to show up @ South Beach Bar to make it to the show in time (best estimates)?

        BTW, is South Beach really as good as the hype?


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        1. re: wrightp
          Beach Chick Jun 26, 2008 09:48 AM

          I wouldn't venture off Shelter Island..parking and traffic issues

          1. re: wrightp
            foodiechick Jun 26, 2008 11:08 AM

            I find the fish tacos at the Brig are on par with South Beach. The wait for a table at South Beach is crazy and parking is crazier. If you are going the fish taco route, I agree with Beach Chick about keeping it close, the Brig lot has plenty of parking an hour or so before the show and you can walk to Humphreys (about 2 blocks). However, this is kind of the M.O. of many that attend concerts there and it is also first come, first seated. I would get there between 550-6pm, have a leisurely walk to the venue, getting there a little early and take in the whole scene at an unhurried pace. Have a great time.

            1. re: foodiechick
              wrightp Jun 26, 2008 11:52 AM

              Sounds like the Brig is a good way to go all around. As for the parking idea, are you suggesting parking at the Brig or on the street? P

              1. re: wrightp
                foodiechick Jun 26, 2008 12:01 PM

                There is a large public lot right at the brig, meters not enforced after 6pm. I find it easier to navigate off the island by exiting the back of the lot...turn right onto Anchorage lane and another immediate right onto Canon street. Two blocks than right onto Rosecrans. It's kind of a UPS kind of thing, making a circle of right hand turns with the traffic until you get to a thoroughfare, rather than trying to cross the line of traffic exiting Shelter Island Drive.

          2. b
            Beach Chick Jun 26, 2008 09:45 AM

            Mai tai's are a must at Bali Hai before a concert..lethal but delicious..
            Brigantine for their everyday happy hour is a good bet..good fish tacos
            Love Old Venice.
            Are you seeing Ringo Starr?

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            1. re: Beach Chick
              wrightp Jun 26, 2008 10:05 AM

              Its the Plant / Krauss show on Monday. I'm renting a condo on the bluff in Leucadia and driving down for the show.

              1. re: wrightp
                Beach Chick Jun 26, 2008 10:28 AM

                I'm so jealous..the strangest hook-up ever..
                Make sure you go to La Especial Norte in Leucadia for some great Mex.

                1. re: Beach Chick
                  wrightp Jun 26, 2008 12:08 PM

                  You're right about the duo. I wonder what made them think of working together. Its hard to describe the quality of Krauss' voice.
                  We've stayed in Leucadia many times over the years, and La Especial is always dinner the first night we arrive. One of my kids told me she dreams about the tortilla soup sometimes. And I want to try the japanese place on 101 (YuMeYa).

            2. c
              coolgirl78 Jun 26, 2008 11:52 PM

              There is a new restaurant called roseville up the street from old venice that has been open for a couple of weeks. Their website just went up rosevillesd.com. Check it out...I've heard nothing but good things.

              1. f
                fallonious Jun 27, 2008 09:42 AM

                If you're into sushi, you could check out Umi Sushi, which is right around the corner from Humprhies. I do not hold myself out as a sushi expert, but I've had really enjoyable meals there, as the fish is fresh and the staff really nice and attentive.

                I agree with the others about not doing South Beach for this night. You will get stressed out trying to find a table and get your food/drinks before getting in the car, heading to Shelter Island and trying to find parking. It's a fun experience with great fish tacos, but probably not your best pre-show choice.

                1. w
                  wrightp Jul 2, 2008 10:01 AM

                  To close of this thread, the dinner suggestion of The Brig worked well. We had a black cod that was nicely prepared. Easy to park and walk to the show. Plant and Krauss did a great show. Overall, really nice evening.

                  Thanks to all of the chows who weighed in. Even details on how to avoid traffic home... very thoughtful.

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                  1. re: wrightp
                    normalheightsfoodie Jul 2, 2008 12:17 PM

                    Thanks for the follwo up.

                  2. f
                    FireFlyFiftyFive Aug 17, 2010 04:29 PM

                    Anything new or recommended down there? I see a mention of Sessions Public (sounds new) that is sorta on the way. Might just do the Bali Hai. Haven't been there since is smelled *mildy* moldy. Pearl?

                    Wouldn't be opposed to eating right at Humphrey's but I think they are normally booked full with those dinner show ticket eaters.

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                    1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                      sdnativa Aug 17, 2010 04:39 PM

                      The Wine Pub is a nice spot for a light dinner. Its quiet little place with a simple, well executed menu. Nice patio too.


                      1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                        Island Aug 17, 2010 04:59 PM

                        On concert nights Humphrey's will take reservations for non concert goers beginning15 min after concert start time.

                        1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                          leanneabe Aug 17, 2010 04:59 PM

                          We've done dinner at (the renovated) Bali Hai and it went really well. Plus, we just walked over to Humphrey's and didn't have to re-park. Just know the prices at Bali Hai have gone up a bit. Drinks are still strong! I've had amazing fish there and slightly overcooked fish, so quality seems to vary from visit to visit. I love the appetizers, though. Make reservations, as they tend to fill up quickly with Humphrey's shows.

                          Along the way to Humphrey's (I guess depending on where you're coming from), there's Jimmy's Famous and Sessions Public. We love The Pearl, but be aware they don't take reservations for a party smaller than 6.

                          Bali Hai Restaurant
                          2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

                          1. re: leanneabe
                            sdnosh Aug 17, 2010 06:12 PM

                            I've enjoyed the food at Bali Hai a couple of times since the reno and you can't beat the view or the short walk. The Brig is fine, but I think it's a little overpriced for what it is. Across the street is Fiddler's Green - anyone been recently? Sessions Public is new and has had a great start but I've been hearing from friends that "they still need to work out some kinks". LaPlaya is a new place that just opened at the very end of Rosecrans before the residential area. Haven't been myself but have heard mostly good things. Roseville has been *closed* for almost a week now, don't know if it's permanent or not.

                            Bali Hai Restaurant
                            2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

                            1125 Rosecrans Steet, San Diego, CA 92106

                          2. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                            Beach Chick Aug 17, 2010 06:13 PM

                            Brigantine for the happy hour fish tacos and marg's..
                            Miguel's for Mex.
                            Bali Hai for the mai tais and pupus.
                            La Playa Bistro just opened..they do happy hour/dinner.


                            Bali Hai Restaurant
                            2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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