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Aug 18, 2008 12:05 PM

Forever SD - The 1 you'll never forget?

If you had to leave San Diego tomorrow, what <one> restaurant might haunt you forever? What place would you dream about? Yearn for?

On a previous post, Captain John made me realize that my very favorite SD place-- the place I would miss the most if I moved away-- would never be some place I'd write about on here. That pulled me off my pompous high-horse. I remembered other cities I'd lived in and how each one of them has one special place that lives in my heart.

Here it's Bahia in Bird Rock. It's their lobster burrito. Also because I ate there alot with my son when he was in high school and now he's gone. It was my first taste of Jarritos Tamarindo and zanahorias. I love the windows on three sides and the tiny slice of Pacific you can see sitting on a stool on the tiny back porch. This is what I'll miss if I leave SD. . .

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      It would be Bety's Tacos in Encinitas or Kaito in Encinitas

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      1. re: Enorah

        Kaito Sushi would be mine, or more specifically wherever sushi chef Kazuo Morita happens to practice his craft.

        Being separated from his sushi would be like being lost at sea without fresh water.

        "Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."


        "Sushi bars everywhere, but none of them will do."

        1. re: cgfan

          I am going with Kaito as well, Morita-san really changed my sushi world! I will never forget his sushi!

      2. After 18 years I can truthfully say--none. I wish it weren't so.

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        1. re: The Old Man

          I wake up in the night thinking about the shrimp tacos at Cantina Mayahuel on Adams Ave in Normal Heights. I would die without those!

        2. This may be a tad far afoot, but to me the finest food available in the Californias are the fish tacos at the open-air seafood market on the harbor in Ensenada. You have your choice of maybe a dozen tiny restaurants with identical menus. You look for the freshest salsas or the prettiest smiles. You cannot go wrong.

          And then you grab a couple of pounds of your favorite smoked fish or some live lobsters to take home.


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