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Mar 6, 2009 10:44 PM


Hi, Next week I have 2 chefs from Boston staying in carlsbed for 4 days ...Where should we go to show off this coast and food..Thanks

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  1. What have they expressed an interest in seeing or doing?

    1) Valle de Guadalupe for wine and some of the best food in SoCal
    2) Chino Farms in Rancho Santa Fe
    3) Hit up the Mariscos German taco truck at 39th (or thereabouts) and University
    4) Have breakfast at Cantina Isabel in PB and spend the day at the beach
    5) The Wed. farmers market in OB...go for the beach scene more than the market. Walking Newport from Sunset Cliffs to the ocean will give your guests a pretty good cross section the area.
    6) Stop at Pan Con E (I know I've spelled that wrong) at Rosecrans & Canon in Point Loma, pick up some cinnamon rolls, go on out and explore the Cabrillo light house. On the way back in stop at the Elegant Trufflle to pick up dessert. Go on down the street to Point Loma Seafood where they can see (and eat) West Coast fish. Or stop at Tender Greens in Liberty Station
    7) If going to the zoo, eat at Super Cocina 37th and University, before or after
    8) Visit the Escondido swap meet (Wed. & Sun), not for the swap meet but to go to Fiesta Oaxaqeno, one of the few Oaxacan places in SD
    9) Check out Chuao Chocolates in the Lumberyard
    10) Introduce them to San Diego's world class and world famous brewing scene.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Great list DD!

      FYI, the MG truck (#3) is at 35th/University & Super Cocina (#7) is in the 3600 block, just east of the truck, same side of the street.

      The bakery (#6) is Con Pane and they're closed on Wednesday so be sure to plan accordingly. They do fantastic sandwiches too.

      I would also add in the mid-city, that a trip to Eclipse Chocolat would be a nice diversion.

      And if the chefs want to see some fresh seafood, maybe a visit to Catalina Offshore or one of the other fisheries in town. I've never been but I've heard it's a good thing.

      And lastly, I have become totally enamored with Northgate Gonzalez (43rd just off the 805 fwy). All my east coast food friends ever seem to want is good Mexican and a visit to their prepared food section will definitely expand horizons, even for seasoned chefs.

      Have a nice visit and enjoy the weather!

      1. re: mimosa

        Oh, jeez, I can't believe I forgot Northgate. Good call, I LOVE that place. Their meat counters are great and the prices are even better :-)

    2. Welcome to SD slim, one item that SD excell's in is Mexican, a must try is Marisco's German truck for fish tacos, nothing even comes close in Bos, believe me, I've been to Bos many times. Stay away from pizza or Italian, SD is very weak in that dept. Plenty of seafood places that grill on Mesquite, up in Carlsbad Village is Fish House Vera Cruz is nice. You may want to hit a few happy hours to have some smaller tastes of different places. Clay's, Roppongi or Nine Ten in LaJolla are pretty good. Also have to 3rd Diva's list. Have a fun stay.

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      1. re: cstr

        Have to agree, SD's finest Pizza would be pretty lame next to any average place in BOS. Frankly Boston has better seafood too. Besides Mexican, our strong point is Asian places.

        1. re: Bobierto

          Fortunately, BOS has an authentic China Town with excellent choices.

      2. Kaito for sushi in Encinitas


        Yumeya for Japanese izakaya style in Leucadia

        Much has been written about both on these boards, especially Kaito

        Kaito Sushi
        130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

        1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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        1. re: Enorah

          Kaito for sure, if you don't go when it's too busy, your chef friends will enjoy chatting with chef's Morita-san and Joe-san. The fish is outstanding.
          Yumeya, get their early or you can make a res during the week, get a designated driver, the sake by the glass selection is amazing.