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Best Patty Melt in San Diego..

It's 9:40 am and all I can think about is a Patty Melt...grilled rye with extra cheese and grilled onions with lots of thousand on a meduim rare patty..
Kountry Kafe in Poway makes a good one and of course my fav, Longhorn's..
Where do you go for your Patty Melts?

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  1. The Broken Yolk , in PB, very comforting and tasty.

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    1. re: cstr

      Broken Yolk..who would of thought..

    2. well I don't want to make the trip to Longhorn today but maybe I'll head down to Waterfront for a PM

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      1. re: ibstatguy

        yummmm...Waterfront

      2. O'Brien's in KMesa. Pair that with one of their ales; low-maintenance decadance.

        1. Had a Longhorn Patty Melt today. Had'em make it with a Bison patty. American cheese, griddle grease for the bread, and yes, thousand island dressing. And no fancy beer, either, just a tall frosty draft Bud. All in an atmosphere to dovetail with the cuisine.

          Mmm.

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          1. re: Fake Name

            Shut Up..
            You are such a brat and love that you did the bison patty melt with the thousand and cold Bud draft..outstanding Fake Name..you are ready for your next assignment..
            ; )

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Brat? Too old to be a brat. But today's assignment- I skipped breakfast in anticipation of the calories- is in the photo below. Heartburn, here I come!

              1. re: Fake Name

                Fake..
                What is the thing of beauty in the photo...where can I get some of that?

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  That's a large, wonderful portion of the Chorizo con Huevos from Las Quatros Milpas.

                  fn

                  Disclaimer: While Fake Name enjoys said restaurant and the cuisine served therein, FN does not, in any way, suggest nor imply that the establishment endorsed is true to it's ethnic origin, whatever that may be. FN realizes that there are differing opinions about the value of both the establishment and it's cuisine. Please don't trouble FN with all amounts of evidence against the claim of the true origins of the cuisine and/or the establishment in question. Authentic or not, FN enjoys said restaurant and/or cuisine, and will continue, wise or unwise, to patronize the establishment. Please consult your favorite blog for plenty of evidence to inform and delight with naysaying. FN shall, while you peruse your favorite blog, be happily consuming said cuisine and moving on. With a cold Pepsi, as due the cruel nature of the world, cold beer (authentic or otherwise) is not served at the establishment in question. FN is fully aware that there are at least (as of this writing) one thousand places that offer better, and more authentic cuisine, while offering beer as well. Thank you.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Okay, we all know I don't have much use for Las Cuatros Milpas, but you know what...if you like it, enjoy it and can afford the calories, who cares. All that truly matters is that you like the food you eat and enjoy the process.

            2. re: Fake Name

              did not realize the PM could be had with a bison patty. gotta try it.

            3. Went to Studio Diner last night and noticed it on the menu, but didn't pull the trigger. Have you ever tried it there?

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              1. re: JRSD

                I've had it. It's ok, but nowhere near the best. Get the montecristo. However, on the topic of Patty Melts, The Wagon Wheel in Escondido has the best I've had by far. It's not overly greasy, has a nice patty-to-onion-to-cheese ratio. The onion is about 1/3 in. thick and grilled before going into the sandwich. The fries are house-made, with skins on.

              2. I believe I've seen Patty Melts on the menu at Johnny B's in La Mesa. I've sat and watched as Carlos (the cook) grills up a bunch of onions and lays them on the grilled bread that looks like Rye, so I'll check it out next time I go. The whole sound of it doesn't appeal to me at all though, so that is probably why I never paid much attention.

                Note to FakeName: Thanks for making me crack up at your disclaimer. My mouth waters just thinking of another tasty meal at Los Cuatro Milpas (did I type that out loud?)!

                1. hamburger mary's I hear has a great patty melt..
                  other ideas?
                  thanks!

                  1. Callahan's in Mira Mesa does a fairly good one, neither the meat nor onions are over done, with Swiss Cheese, and the Chicken Pie Diner in Poway's is juicy with sweet grilled onions and lots of American Cheese & comes with Onion Rings for $.89 extra.

                    1. A thread after my own heart! I'll have to give some of these suggestions a shot.

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                      1. re: ReelMike84

                        Gotta try Longhorn's for one of the best Patty Melts..

                      2. Anyone have any good Patty Melts lately?
                        I am so jonesing for one right now..lots of grilled onions, extra cheese and extra sauce..

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                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Burger Lounge should add this to their menu.

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            Man, haven't been to Longhorn in a dog's age.

                          2. DZ Akins. Bonus points because when you ask for extra mayonaise, they bring a squeeze bottle of it to your table.

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                            1. re: Dagney

                              Longhorn brings you one without having to request it...

                              1. re: Dagney

                                Never would of thought to go to DZ Akins for a patty melt..

                                Dagney, you need to get to Longhorn's..like ibstatguy states, they bring the mayo..you don't need to request it!
                                It is one of the best places in SD for old school burgers..imho

                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                  I cannot say no to marching orders when it comes to food. It shall be done.

                                  1. re: Dagney

                                    Love the red naugahyde..remember this is a dive...report back Dagney!

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      I like to describe Longhorn's in a more dignified way, it's an upolstered sewer! BTW, when I read your 'jonesing post' I just got off my treadmill, there goes those burned calories!

                                      1. re: cstr

                                        'upholstered sewer'..cstr..you running smack on my beloved Longhorn's?
                                        ; )

                                        1. re: Beach Chick

                                          Be honest, you were laughing when you read my 'decor comment'. I'm referring to it in a lov'in way, it's got alot of 'character' especially in red 'naugahyde' (man that's an old term I haven't used in decades). I wouldn't want Longhorn's to change one bit. Long live the patty melt!

                                          1. re: cstr

                                            you always crack me up cstr!
                                            Long live the Patty Melt..

                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              Okay. I have been to the Longhorn Cafe for the much sought after Patty Melt......

                                              Upon my arrival, I was slightly taken aback by the um, KIND of place my fellow Chowsters had drawn me into. Dark corners, shifty characters, wood paneling circa 1970's, which matched the red pleather seating.

                                              One patty melt, onions, cheese, on rye, yes please. French Fries? Also yes please. So, order placed, newspaper opened, I waited patiently for the kicker, mayonnaise.

                                              Moments later, she arrived with a TRAY of mayo, mustard, ketchup, peppers, and olives. Oh dear.

                                              Another few moments later the prize was placed before me, glittering with shiny grilled onions, delectable rye, and a juicy, juicy, bison patty.

                                              I have never had bison meat, and I have to say it was so rippingly flavorful, yet surprisingly lean! The onions were sweet and soft. This was no ordinary patty melt.

                                              Thank you all Chowhounds for the suggestion! Excellent meal.

                                              1. re: Dagney

                                                There's an old saying Dagney, 'never judge a book by it's cover'. Glad you enjoyed your PM.

                                                1. re: cstr

                                                  Yes indeed. I am so glad I discovered this place. I am in that area frequently, and have seen Longhorn Cafe before, but I thought it was just some creepy semi-east county dive bar. Come to find out the place is actually extremely clean, and they have good food.

                                                2. re: Dagney

                                                  Excellent report Dagney..loved how you mentioned the Patty Melt as the 'Prize'.
                                                  Glad you enjoyed one of my favorite dives!
                                                  You'll see more Charger and Padre players past and present that hang at Longhorn..it's a high end dive..a classic oxymoron!

                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                    Okay, anyone had the patty melt at Johnny Bs in downtown La Mesa. I was in there on Saturday but didn't try the patty melt...couldn't afford the calories or fat as I was still facing another meal out that night. Waitress claimed it was the "best in town". Yes? No? Contender?

                                        2. re: Beach Chick

                                          Saturday afternoon, for a post Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lunch. I was going to wait until next week, but then ibstatguy mentioned the mayo situation. I simply cannot wait.

                                    2. re: Dagney

                                      I agree. DZ's. Great housemade rye. A crock of home-made kosher dills on the table, plenty of caramelized onions....and a beer, if you want it. Plus great fries or choice of deli salad.

                                      1. re: millerowski

                                        DZ Akins is a really bad excuse for a deli, IMO. What kind of Jewish deli isn't open on Christmas? Only in San Diego could a place like thrive.

                                        1. re: Josh

                                          IMO, DZ's is a deli, not a Jewish Deli.

                                          1. re: cstr

                                            The menu is filled with traditional Jewish deli items, like kishka and kasha varnishkes. The gift shop sells Judaica. It's not kosher, but it is Jewish.

                                            1. re: Josh

                                              DZ Akins is a Jewish/Eastern European restaurant that serves good food, however the deli items are the weakest part of the menu. The fresh turkey breast makes a good dinner with gravy and kasha and the Latkes are good. I did not care for the pastrami or corned beef (although the CB Hash and the knish with corned beef were OK).

                                              The whitefish salad is the best (only) restaurant version I have seen in SD and does not have the smoky, oily flavor that I love in superior versions but the mini sandwich of it with the matzoh ball soup definitely fills the cravings and is a lot of food for under $10.

                                              To stay on topic, the burgers there are not bad for a commodity beef burger. To me, DZ Akins fills the role of diner much more than deli.

                                              1. re: JRSD

                                                My few experiences there, ordering deli items, were generally poor so I've not been there in some time. I found the kasha to be pretty bad when I've had it, and I think that's probably because I doubt many people order it. It tasted old to me, like it had been sitting forever.

                                                I'd rather save up the calories for my rare visits to Brent's and Nate 'n' Al's.

                                                I might have to try the whitefish salad, though, if it's good. How do you find their bagels?

                                                1. re: Josh

                                                  I eat dinner embarassingly early, so maybe I get the Kasha when it is fresher.

                                                  The bagels are not the best I have had in SD, but better than Einsteins, etc. I prefer to get the whitefish on the Challah or the egg-onion rolls rather than bagels. It is not the same style (or nearly as good) as Russ and Daughters or Barney Greengrass's whitefish salad, but it tastes good. I think they also have bialys, but I may have hallucinated that.

                                                  1. re: JRSD

                                                    I live and die by Greengrass. Sturgeon and eggs for breakfast. Expert waiters. Dining room that permits no secrets. I once ate there three days in a row, and I'm the more timid type. Thanks for bringing it to mind.

                                                    1. re: JRSD

                                                      Kasha's one of those things that I like to make, and for me it's a dish that really needs to be eaten freshly made otherwise it suffers a lot.

                                                      Which bagels are the best you've had here?

                                                      1. re: Josh

                                                        Garden State Bagels in Encinitas have been the best that I have found. They definitely had the texture right and the store smells like boiling bagels. Gold Coast Bagel on Lake Murray Blvd in La Mesa was OK as well.

                                                    2. re: Josh

                                                      One thing I'll say about DZ is that they make an edible pierogi, something impossible to find in this town since Cottage Cafe closed.

                                        2. With all due respect to the delicious patty melt, I can't help but think of my own favorite greasy, cheesy sandwich, the reuben. In my hometown it was practically required that a serious sandwich shop have an exterior sign boasting of the 'best reuben in town.' Can't think of a great one I've had here. Any suggestions?

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                                          1. re: juantanamera

                                            When Linkery has them, they're top notch. None other in San Diego even come close.

                                            1. re: Josh

                                              I know Jay has the sauerkraut covered, it is fantastic. What about his corned beef and rye bread. Made in house, or sourced out?

                                              1. re: Captain Jack

                                                Corned Beef was made in house and bread was not the last time I had it, but I think they have started making some bread since then, so they may have started. They also made the dressing in-house. Overall, a great sandwich.

                                                1. re: Captain Jack

                                                  JRSD covered this, but I just want to add that their corned beef is excellent. I think their cured meats are their best stuff.

                                                2. re: Josh

                                                  I've had one at the Linkery, and as usual, the ingredients were top notch. My only quibble was the open face presentation - I prefer two pieces of bread, just because that's how I'm used to them. The bartender helpfully suggested getting another one and flipping it over on top of the one I had, but my girlfriend vetoed that idea - I guess she thinks I've got enough extra weight already :(

                                                  1. re: Josh

                                                    The Linkery is going to have it back on the menu next week: http://thelinkery.com/blog/r-minus-7/

                                                  2. re: juantanamera

                                                    re: Reuben sandwich

                                                    I echo my response to the patty melt question. D.Z. Akins. House-cooked corned beef and pastrami--piled high. Fresh-baked rye. They even make (gasp!) a turkey reuben.

                                                    1. re: millerowski

                                                      A turkey Reuben?, no,no no. Sounds like it's been neutered.

                                                  3. Had one of the best Patty Melts of my life this past weekend at Harbor Reef restaurant at Two Harbors in Catalina..maybe it was being on a boat for 6 days but the fresh marble rye with grilled onions and 2 slices of swiss cheese and a hand made patty, well seasoned and great fries and a side of thousand island dressing..washed down with a buffalo milk!

                                                    www.visitcatalinaisland.com/twoHarbor...

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                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                      6 days to Catalina BC, you almost had me humming the tune to Giligan's Island!

                                                    2. Screw the New Year resolution..I want a Patty Melt...extra thousand and cheese.

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                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                        Ohhhhh why ya gotta be like that?????????

                                                        1. re: Dagney

                                                          hee hee
                                                          I don't really make NY resolutions but I rarely eat meat but there is something about a Patty Melt that just screams my name every know and then and it was on the loud hailer last night..does anyone know where I can get a PM with a veggie burger..that would so kick ass!
                                                          If not, any new places around SD that you had a to die for Patty Melt?