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Jan 29, 2009 11:17 AM

Steak frites tour- San Diego

As a hopeless procrastinator, I was scrambling to finish my grad school apps that were due around X'mas and New Year's Day. Because of that, I barely did any X'mas shopping. So... I was a horrible fiance and didn't buy Mr. Geeky anything fantastic. He did suggest a nice steak dinner, but he loves steak frites, so I thought I'd organize a little steak frites tour.

Anyone have any great experiences with steak frites in SD?

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      1. re: heredia76

        Tapenade LJ, $16 at the bar during happy hour.

        1. re: stevuchan

          You know, as much as I want to be....I am not a fan of their steak frites. The frites have really gone down hill and are not "frites" so much anymore, but more medium-cut fries (and the steak, meh).

          Cafe Chloe, Farmhouse Cafe, Cowboy Star (but frites not so much).

          1. re: foodiechick

            Bummer, it has been too long since my last visit. Supprised that a guy with such a good pedagree would put out sub par frites.

    1. Cafe Chloe, for sure.

      1. Do you mean you're going to organize a 'Frites Crawl' for CHers?

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        1. re: cstr

          Oops... sorry, I meant a frites crawl as a gift to Mr. Geeky.

        2. Jayne's Gastropub and Cafe Chloe.

          Hard to find actually.

          Just be happy you are not looking for steak tartare in san diego.

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          1. re: stevewag23

            Neighborhood downtown has a delicious steak tartare.

            1. re: Josh

              Really?! Great to know.

              I have been eyeing Neighborhood for a while, but never knew they had steak tartare.

              This is what I love about chowhound.

            2. re: stevewag23

              Hey! Very nice Tartare in La Jolla. It's not what we try to eat (in terms of non-commodity meat), but it is good, old-fashioned, prepared at the table by experienced servers (i.e. Mexico) tasty tartare. Go during lunch on Sat. when it is not so crowded in the Whaling Bar at La Valencia Hotel and dress code is a little relaxed. Ask for Manny (the maitre'd) or Polo. And Rey, the bartender has been there for almost 40 years ( he looks 50).

              1. re: foodiechick

                I didn't know this either!

                And I have been going to La Valencia for 20 years.

                Great tip!

                Now I just need to see if the steak tartare is good at La Valencia and Neighborhood.

            3. Cafe Chloe is by far your best bet.

              So far we also tried it at
              - Blue Boheme (fries surprisingly good, meat average at best),
              - Farmhouse Cafe (disappointing meat which was very tough (asked for medium rare and got somewhere between medium and well-done), fries were very dry and hard and serving arugula as the vegetables wasn't the best idea),
              - Jayne Gastropub (overall quite good)