Chicago CH'er in La Jolla and San Diego
My husband and I will be in La Jolla and San Diego in the next couple of weeks. We'd love to try some great restaurants. Any places you'd recommend? We like just about anything with a good wine list! Some examples would be... Blue Ribbon (NYC), Nha Trang (NYC), Craft (NYC), Sai Cafe (Chicago), Spring (Chicago), Blackbird (Chicago), Ice Box (Miami), Redd (Yountville)...
We like high end and hole in the wall type of places. Have car, will travel.
A R Valentien (@Lodge at Torrey Pines). All California wine list; Epicurius pick as one of top ten locavore restaurants in U.S. The dining room is decorated with watercolors of CA. wildflowers by early twentieth century artist A. R. Valentien. If the weather's nice, sit on the deck outside under torrey pines which exist only two places in the world. If not dinner, then luncheon. Thursday nights they do a family-style Artisan Table. Sadly, their website sucks, but on it you can get a sample menu and read about Chef Jeff Jackson.
Thank you for all your recommendations! We ended up staying in La Jolla the entire time. We ate at our hotel, the Estancia, for the first night -- wonderful! We went to the Cove area and ate at Nine Ten for lunch one afternoon which was great (they had a favorite wine of mine (from Curtis) so I loved it even more. We went to the Marine Room for drinks and to watch the sunset. The last night we went to Bangkok Bay in Solana Beach for dinner -- brilliant!! Some of the best Thai I've ever had! We did go to Torrey Pines for breakfast on Sunday and we watched all the hackers on the first tee. Thanks again for all your recommendations. I'm envious of all of you who live in the area!!
Addison/Amaya have a very extensive wine list. I'm not a wine connoisseur so I can't really speak to the quality but there's several thousand bottles. You'll get different opinions on the quality of food, but I had a very pleasant time at Amaya (have never eaten at Addison). Good food and had the nice fortune to dine in one of the wine cellars.
It will be difficult in San Diego to find peers in the list you came up with.
A.R. Valentein and The WineSellar & Brasserie have great wine lists.
The WineSellar & Brasserie is in a really weird (for lack of a better term) location.
San Diego does low-end way better than it does its high end.
Yakitori Yakyudori is epic.
Hane Sushi and Sushi Ota are as close to world class as you can get in San Diego.
I also love Jaynes Gastropub.
I haven't been there myself, but I've heard many good recommendations for the WineSellar & Brasserie, and Mira Mesa is just a skip over from La Jolla. I think it's in an Industrial Park? But being from Chicago you can understand that you can find real Gems in some funky locations (one of the best Classic French meals I had in Chicagoland was in Momence!)
The WineSellar & Brasserie
9550 Waples Street, Suite 115, San Diego, CA 92121
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Winesellar and Brassierie is nice, but I wouldn't necessarily put it on a list for out of towners, mostly b/c I've had up and down meals there and there's better places w/ more consistent quality of food.
I'd put Addison, Tapenade, Market, AR Valentien, Cavaillon, Blanca and George's (downstairs only) all above W & B.
I agree that SD does low end better.
Okan on Convoy Ave for homestyle Japanese (there's a long link back from Aug 08-ish on it).
Izakaya Sakura on Convoy Ave for another izakaya place if you don't feel like making the hike north to Yumeya.
Lots of good pho places around. My fave is Pho Hoa Cali on Mira Mesa Blvd.
Kaito blows every other sushi bar around. Totally worth the drive north. It's ruined me for everyone else's sushi.
If you go to Yakitori Yakyudori, make reservations. We went at 6 pm on a weekend and they couldn't seat us until 7:30 pm.
For amazing, well-executed food from excellent product, I don't think you can do better these days in San Diego county than Market. Located on the edge of Del Mar, about a mile inland from the 5 freeway on Via De La Valle. Best way to experience them is the four-course price-fixe menu with several options per course, and I'm sure wine pairings are offered.
I've eaten all over the North County during numerous visits over the years. Enjoyed Pamplemousse, especially when my dad was paying. Love the prime rib and the oldtime atmosphere of Red Tracton's. Loved the outdoor patio and our cabana at Kitchen 1540 recently, but the food had more misses (much-touted longcooked pork, awful little pear dessert) than hits (delicious perfect grilled salmon) but the service was great and people-watching fun. Savory was a favorite a few years ago -- prices and attitude have, unfortunately, risen significantly.
Lots of fun, inexpensive, casual Mexican. Enorah loves Bety's in and on Encinitas, my favorite is Juanita's on the Coast Highway -- good al pastor, carnitas with guac, and wonderful crunchy tacos, try the spicy green sauce. Karina's for ceviche and simple seafood.
Sai Cafe *sigh* I used to get sushi delivered from them weekly.
For really great sushi - Kaito in Encinitas (about 20 or so minutes north of la Jolla).
For Izakaya styke Japanese - Yumeya in Encinitas
For yummy lunch time treats - Girard Gourmet in La Jolla - European style deli - delicious
130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
7837 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037