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San Diego Places where the wait is baffling.

Josh had that great line in another post, and I thought it thread-worthy. Hope the Mods will as well.

My places where the wait is baffling:

Sushi Deli
Hash House
Cafe 222
Walker's Pancake House

I eat at some of these places, and I really like 222. But I never wait- there are so many things I can do with my time.

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  1. Are you saying that you never wait anywhere because your time is too precious? Or just at the restaurants you name?

    1. I don't mind waiting if the food and service are really good. But then again, some of the best food and service comes from those little places that are almost invisible.

      1. And would you say those restaurants are really worthy of long waits? Perry's has pretty quick service, but it's really just an oversized greasy spoon diner. What's baffling to me is the hype over Sushi Deli and Mission.

        I find most breakfast spots in LJ Cove have pretty long lines.

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        1. re: ginael

          Um.. no. These are places where I'm baffled why anyone would wait in line for their food. And it's true, I do choose carefully and make reservations so I'm not waiting in line. That struck me about the list- it's breakfast/lunch mostly because of the lack of reservations.

          I just don't understand how people can put "wait in line at HashHouse" as a to-do item on their Sunday planner.

        2. May I add: Hodad's. It's two blocks from me and I've rarely seen it open without a line wrapped around.

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          1. re: SungSook

            Ever since it was on one of the Food Network shows the line has been insane with tourists.

            Call head, and get them to go.

          2. El Indio (not that I have waited, just seen the line)
            Cheesecake Factory (see above)

            Big second to Hash House.

            1. One meal that I generally will not wait for is breakfast. (I would make an exception for Farmhouse Cafe). I really don't understand the no resv./wait in line for breakfast phenom in S. Calf. It is almost a regional cult to me. In La Jolla....Harry's, The Cottage - I just don't get it. I can whip up bloodies, eggs, bacon and some bread thing in less time than it takes to get to these places. Even homemade mex. breakfast takes less time. BUT, I will wait for great pizza!

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              1. Back in the day when I had more time on my hand, I remember waiting in line for breakfast at a number of the place listed in this tread. I really didn't think much of it because it was generally a laze Saturday or Sunday morning and I was hanging out with friends so time was really not a factor - unless you were starved! Breakfast is not like dinner or even lunch in that there are fewer options and even fewer option of places that offer something different than Denny's - not heightened states of gastronomy mind you, just something a little different.

                1. Baffling is a wait at Denny's or Sizzler or Chili's...waiting for good food isn't much of a problem for me as long as I'm sure it's worth it.