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San Diego Pacific Beach area need suggestions

Curiosity Killed the Cat May 26, 2009 07:06 PM

HI, I'll be headed to San Diego again next month and would love suggestions for lunch and dinner. We'll be staying in Pacific Beach.

Here is a list of the places we have tried and will be headed back to:
La Gran Tapa, Po Pazzo, Sushi Ota, South Beach, Fishery, Cafe Pacifica, and Buon Appetito.

I would like to find a Thai place and was trying to choose between Kafe Yen, Thai Village and Lanna. Anyone have a suggestion?

We are looking for new places in the area and I would like to hear ideas. Seafood, Thai, Chinese or Italian!


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    daantaat RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 26, 2009 08:34 PM

    for Thai, skip all the ones you're looking at and head into Linda Vista, about 10 minutes east of PB to Sab E Lee. Tiny, hole in the wall place w/ the best Thai in SD.


    1. Beach Chick RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 26, 2009 09:19 PM

      Cafe Athena..Los Panchos..Kona's for breakfast..Cass Street Bar & Grill..Green Flash..Taco Surf..Chalkboard Deli..Firehouse Cafe..Bahia Don Bravo's LJ..Sushi Ota..Surfer Hotel for happy hour lobster tacos..Coaster Saloon/roller coaster..Saska's..Mission Cup..Tower 23 JRDN's..Rocky's Crown Pub..Lamont Street Bar and Grill...Baci's.

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        stevewag23 RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 26, 2009 10:34 PM

        I love the places you have been "La Gran Tapa, Po Pazzo, Sushi Ota, South Beach, Fishery, Cafe Pacifica, and Buon Appetito"

        None reside in PB though.

        My advice: Get out of PB...worst beach town internationally.

        For more reasons than just food.

        If you must: Costa Brava, The fishery.

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          DougOLis RE: stevewag23 May 27, 2009 08:24 AM

          Ota is in PB

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            stevewag23 RE: DougOLis May 27, 2009 10:43 AM

            You are right.

            I never associate it with PB for two reasons:

            One, it is on the east side of Mission Bay Dr.

            Two, its very good.

            The words "good" and "PB" don't compute for me.

            "idiotic" and "PB" go together way better.

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              stevuchan RE: stevewag23 May 27, 2009 11:03 AM

              I think your post and idiotic go together much better.

              Good and PB
              Costa Brava, French Gourmet, JRDN, The Turquoise, Latin Chef, Tamales Ancira, Hoboken, Tap Room, Rocky's, Lelani's, Fishery, Cass St., Bahia, Mr. Frosty, Bogart's, Pops NJ CS, Mama Mia, just of the top of my head, not mind blowing but "good".

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                stevewag23 RE: stevuchan May 27, 2009 12:26 PM

                I was referring more to the people than the food.

                Although that is a great list of average to below average restaurants.

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                  honkman RE: stevewag23 May 27, 2009 12:57 PM

                  Latin Chef and Costa Brave average or below ? Let me guess you really like "restaurants" like the Cheesecake Factory.

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                    stevewag23 RE: honkman May 27, 2009 01:52 PM

                    Cohn group.

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                    RB Hound RE: stevewag23 May 27, 2009 05:44 PM

                    You dislike The Fishery?

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                      stevewag23 RE: RB Hound May 28, 2009 09:15 AM

                      Decent spot.


                      Ok atmosphere.

                      Decent service.

                      Good food, nothing outstanding or overly interesting.

                      Terrible crowd.

                      All in all, not too bad. But I wouldn't travel for the place.

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                        ginael RE: stevewag23 May 28, 2009 04:48 PM

                        Terrible crowd? Do you get out much? From many of your previous posts, you sound quite discontent with San Diego. I don't get it.

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                          stevewag23 RE: ginael May 28, 2009 08:50 PM

                          I go out 3 to 4 nights per week. For 20+ years. (3.5 x 20 x 52= 3,500 nights give or take).

                          Just not a big fan of the Ed Hardy crowd.

                          If you read my comments you will probably see a mix of positive and negative.

                          I possibly could come off as negative only because I don't subscribe to the "everything is great in San Diego" provicial thinking that is ubiquitous.



                          "Discontent is the first necessity of progress." - Thomas A. Edison

                          or perhaps Mohandas Gandhi said it best "Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress."

                          Get it?

                          Edit: The other part of that Thomas Edison Quote:

                          "Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure." - Thomas A. Edison

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                            Beach Chick RE: stevewag23 May 28, 2009 09:19 PM

                            We ALL want to like you but your flippant comments at times, make for not so nice in the sand box..if you want to play...being nice on this board goes a long way..
                            I only wish you all the best!

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                              stevewag23 RE: Beach Chick May 28, 2009 09:36 PM

                              You don't like Gandhi? (He has been called many things, but never in my memory "flippant")

                              I think the beauty of a forum is you get people together with varying viewpoints.

                              If you back track, people attacked what I said.

                              I simply attacked pacific beach (if there way ever a place that needed attacking, pacific beach is it).

                              Back to the food, Sushi Ota is a great spot.

                              But I must say I am glad Hane opened.

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                                Beach Chick RE: stevewag23 May 28, 2009 09:47 PM

                                I love your biting humor and your caustic viewpoints but sometimes I just want to kick your ass because you're not so nice..amazing what a little honey does to the hive.
                                Hey, I'm not perfect either but I always try to be nice..at least I got that going for me..
                                I love everything about Mahatma Gandhi...
                                ; )

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                                  Fake Name RE: Beach Chick May 29, 2009 05:18 AM

                                  As someone "who has never left San Diego" (remember, Stevie-do?) I think your attitude has little to do with food commentary, and a lot to do with personal posturing. Your food observations are harsh, but accurate, but the rest of the static- like personally attacking Pacific Beach natives, or personal bar conquests- are useless.

                                  The beauty of a forum is, indeed, sharing varying viewpoints. And it works best in an environment of mutual respect. You demand a lot of respect for your viewpoint, and offer little in return.

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                                    ginael RE: Fake Name May 29, 2009 11:04 AM

                                    Very eloquently stated.

                                    The OP merely asked for suggestions for lunch and dinner.

                                    What is the point, other than to incite controversy on this board, of pejorative comments related to the crowd, beach scene, etc.?

                                    Surely there is a separate forum for airing Everything I Hate About Life in San Diego. This ain't it.

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                                  stevuchan RE: stevewag23 May 29, 2009 11:37 AM

                                  Did you just compare yourself to Gandhi? Geez.

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                                    DougOLis RE: stevewag23 May 29, 2009 12:37 PM

                                    "You don't like Gandhi?"

                                    Well, he wasn't much of a foodie...

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                                      foodiechick RE: DougOLis May 29, 2009 12:54 PM

                                      That comment was rich!

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                                  DiningDiva RE: stevewag23 May 29, 2009 08:25 AM

                                  Are you Mangiatore in disguise?

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                  DougOLis RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 27, 2009 08:52 AM

                  I agree with daantaat that you should head up the hill for Thai and go to Sab E Lee (as long as you have a car it should be pretty easy). Similarly, for Chinese I'd also head up the hill into Clairemont to Ba Ren.

                  Staying in the PB area: JRDN, Sushi Ota, Tap Room

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                    cstr RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 27, 2009 09:23 AM

                    For a quick happy hour in PB, World Famous is OK with a good view.

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                      Curiosity Killed the Cat RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 27, 2009 06:32 PM

                      Sorry I wasn't clear, We do have a car and don' t mind driving outside of PB. I wsa looking for somplace close. So far these are great suggestions.

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                        keena RE: Curiosity Killed the Cat May 27, 2009 08:08 PM

                        But if you're in PB and don't feel like driving, Karinya Thai is one of our local favorites. Nicest wait staff and the food is solid. Another fun, laidback place for Mexican is Bahia in Bird Rock. Outside seating has nice view to the ocean and you can walk down to a nice little park and the beach from there too. A nice late afternoon spot.

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