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Jan 31, 2009 09:14 PM

California Cheap Eats Comfort Food

I've been creating Google Satellite Maps of above average cheap eats comfort food places for cities across America on my website.

I recently started maps for California SD SF & LA
I've been to some of the ones below. Lived in Sf & Bay Area from 67-94. Spent time in LA SD & rest of CA and visit but need more current input from anyone who would want to share their hard earned experience finding out the places worth spending their time money effort and digestion on.

Please check my profile here to find out what I'm about. I will also put a credit to this thread on the variious Ca pages.

I've found through the other chow threads that comfort food is evolving here in America. It isn't just hamburgers pizza bbq hot dogs mexican chinese and diner food anymore. For some cities it's also Pakistani BBQ or Viet Pho.....I expect Californians to expand my definition of American cheap comfort food even more than portland philly chicago boston austin have already....

Here are the ones I've selected so far
If I'm off base on them let me know.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Bakesale Betty's

Bette's Oceanview Diner

Brophy Brothers
Santa Barbara

Casper's Hot Dogs

Chart Room Restaurant
Crescent City

Chicken Pie Shop

Coast Cafe

Duarte's Tavern

Fenton's Creamery

Harbor Fish & Chips

Hitching Post

Loulou's Griddle In the Middle

Squeeze Inn

Taqueria Guadalajara
San Leandro

Taqueria Ramiro & Sons

Taylor's Automatic Refresher
St Helena

Val's Burgers

Bill's Place
Blue Light Cafe
Burger Joint
Cafe Trieste
Capri Ristorante Pizza
Dottie's True Blue Cafe
Giorgio's Pizzeria
Little Star Pizza
Mama's On Washington Square
Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe
Pacific Cafe
Reds Java House
St Francis Fountain & Candy
Swan Oyster Depot
Tommaso Ristorante Italiano
Tony's Cable Car Restaurant

I have an extensive list of SF Taquerias that I don't have time listing here - please go to my profile for access to that site.

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
Bronx Pizza
Emilianos Mexican Restaurant
Hob Nob Hill
Hodad's Restaurant
J V's Mexican Food
Kono's Surf Club Cafe
Mama Testa
Mission So Ma
Phil's BBQ
South Beach Bar & Grill
Tin Fish Gaslamp

I have a huge listing of LA joints (thanks to the LA chows!)I don't have the strength or time to list here - please check my site through my profile for those.

Thank you ! Look forward to hearing from you.

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    1. re: trentyzan

      great that will keep me busy..thanks

    2. FrugalDanny, it's interesting to see that you have the same topic and comments on the Boston Board. How can you possibly have been to all these places? So what are you really attempting to do?

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      1. re: cstr

        hi cstr - .not exactly but essentially similar..i haven't been to all those places and i say that on my splash page and i do say at the top that i've been to some of the ones listed here ...i'm retired i travel i have lived a long life!... i have 49 states and about 35 city threads and i want to fill them up and expand them with fresh ideas from people at chow fresh ideas for others and also for ME to explore someday...creating lists as well as these great satellite maps and street views so they maybe of use to people that like that kind of thing hopefully i'll earn more than the 8 cents an hour i'm getting right now so i can continue to give it all away anyway! so i guess it's a labor of love?

      2. by the way i have plenty of los angeles ideas from the la thread
        i'm trying to get more input for areas outside greater la

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        1. re: FrugalDanny

          I looked at your map and like the principle however, there's a huge difference between 'cheap eats' and 'good cheap eats'. For me, it's all about the quality, preparation and, of course price, of the food. I assume you want quality but, what's your criteria for 'cheap'? under what $ amount.

        2. Wow..what a frigging list!

          I wish we had a Taylor's Refresher here in San Diego..ahi burger kicks some serious a$$'s that good..

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            BC, I've been, totally awesome and reasonable, I also wish we had something like that here.

          2. "SD-Acapulco Mexican Restaurant"

            Well, that blew that project to bits. How about El Torito, Olive Garden & Pasta Bravo?

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            1. re: The Old Man

              what are your favorite places in SD old man

              1. re: FrugalDanny

                "what are your favorite places in SD old man?"

                El Torito, Olive Garden & Pasta Bravo.

                Actually I live in north county and have found very little to make an effort to go out for. The first time I ate at Vincent's in Escondido it was one of the top meals I've ever had. However the second and third visit it was not near as good. So there may be a consistency issue there.

                I liked the recently visited Brent's BBQ and want to go again for a confirmation visit. I really liked the baby back ribs, though even the smoked sausage is very good. In addition the corn pudding is excellent.

                We go to King's for its consistency and that the food goes well with the wines we bring. It's nice that there are many types of fish that can be cooked in so many ways.

                I'm suppose to go back to Bety's for a dinner--I've only had lunch.

                After 17 years I still think that Siamese Basil is one of the best Thai restaurants around. Love the Param (sp?) and the Thai Lotus Artichoke.

                Use to love the Pacific Coast Grill, but had a very bad experience about 5 years ago and haven't gone back. I plan on going again.

                I don't eat sushi (too undercooked for my taste--that's a joke) so I'm probably missing out on some of our best restaurants--especially considering how high Kaito is ranked.

                In general we save our restaurant money for our regular trips to LA.