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Jun 23, 2008 06:00 PM

Places to eat near Humphries in San Diego

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

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  1. 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

      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.

      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        No. Is that a restaurant or a neighborhood?

        1. re: wrightp

          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. 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

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

          1. re: wrightp

            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

              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

                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. 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

              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

                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

                  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. 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 Check it out...I've heard nothing but good things.