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Small plates in San Diego

I just got back from my beloved Chicago and experienced some wonderful meals. It seems like the newest food trend is small plates. Chefs from Publican, Bristol, and Volo have done a wonderful job of creating small plates that highlight local, organic, and seasonal tasting menus. In addition, places like Flo and Lula offer an inviting and casual atmosphere where friends can lounge, chat, drink, and eat local delicacies for hours at a time.

I'm fairly new to San Diego and our friends are visiting us this weekend. Does anyone have any suggestions in San Diego like the aforementioned? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Bite in Hillcrest
    I also like Starlite Lounge's appetizers but I don't know if they count as small plate

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    1. Bite would probably be my first choice
      Confidential - the chef there just got the boot last week on Top Chef
      Apertivo - more veggie friendly and Italian oriented

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      1. re: DougOLis

        Apertivo might be more veggie friendly than the other restaurants mentioned. But the food is under-flavored and, given the portion sizes, overpriced.

        Though I eat mostly veggie, it definitely is NOT a go-to restaurant.

        1. re: notjustastomach

          Apertivo was once quite good but the last two visits were big disappointments - really lousy, overprice food.

          1. re: honkman

            ahh, good to know. I haven't been in a long time (at least a year I guess) so I was making a rec off an old perception.

            1. re: honkman

              That sucks. . .I really liked that place.

        2. I'll throw in my vote for Bite as well.

          Monday is half price bottles of wine (doesn't help with your weekend guests but good to know)

          We have had about 10 of the dishes there

          Hits were The Lamb meatballs, Pot roast, Crab carbonara(sp?), Stuffed figs, and the smoked chicken Pizza.

          Misses - Pizza bianca, Chicken skewers.

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          1. re: chris2269

            I just looked at all the websites--these suggestions are GREAT! Bite looks particularly yummy. Thank you! This is just what I wanted...

          2. "It seems like the newest food trend is small plates."

            Since like 2002 in San Francisco.

            For San Diego, Jayne's Gastropub, Starlight lounge and Modus (although I havent been there in a while.)

            1. You can't go wrong with Wine Vault and Bistro, either their Friday Bistro menu or their Saturday 5 courses for $25. The food is excellent, well-priced, and a nice wine selection to boot.