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World Famous in San Diego

berliz Jun 24, 2009 05:51 PM

World Famous in Pacific Beach used to be one of our favorite restaurants - the last two times there have been very disappointing - poor food and mediocre service. Any similar experiences or comments?
thanks , berliz

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    Beach Chick Jun 24, 2009 06:19 PM

    World Famous has always been a beach cruiser kind of place for us..never put it in my fav's but it was a good place for a decent breakfast/lunch and bloody mary on Sat or Sunday..riding up and down the boardwalk.
    Anyone remember when World Famous was where the Green Flash is now?

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    1. re: Beach Chick
      deckape Jun 24, 2009 10:19 PM

      I still have a tendency to it Famous...killed a lot of neurons at four in the am with Lonnie or Richard behind the bar.

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      stevewag23 Jun 24, 2009 07:02 PM

      I have never understood the love for World Famous or Green Flash.

      "World Famous in Pacific Beach used to be one of our favorite restaurants"

      Could be that you have been to better places since then and in comparison it seems mediocre.

      I think I liked both places before I knew better.

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      1. re: stevewag23
        jennyo Jun 24, 2009 07:22 PM

        To me they both are what they are: places to have a drink, enjoy the people-watching action on the boardwalk, and eat some average food. Does anyone really go to those places expecting fine cuisine? I will admit that I had a pretty good carne asada benedict at WF a couple months ago. I had low expectations and they surpassed them.

        1. re: jennyo
          stevewag23 Jun 25, 2009 02:07 PM

          Not necessarily "fine cuisine", but good cuisine would be nice.

          So would passable service.

          "I had low expectations"

          I think that is the key.

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        cstr Jun 25, 2009 03:29 PM

        A place I like for HH but, not dinner. Pretty good nut crusted baked brie, average fish taco's, calamari etc. and a nice view.

        1. Captain Jack Jun 26, 2009 09:48 AM

          The highlight of World Famous is their lobster bisque. Wednesday evening they have half price lobster tacos which are pretty good, but not great. Keep in mind that tourists love this place for the location and view.

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          1. re: Captain Jack
            stevewag23 Jun 26, 2009 12:10 PM

            Well, it sure beats Arizona.

          2. El Chevere Jun 27, 2009 07:56 PM

            Lobster tacos with jasmine (not dirty) rice rule!!...also the firecracker thai shrimp and prime rib bits are amazing. Good value for the money and I'm not easy to please.

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              sdnosh Jun 28, 2009 09:56 AM

              I would head down to JRDN. It seems there they don't let the chefs get distracted by the view and put out some pretty good grub. At JRDN you're a little set back from the board walk but I think it's worth the trade off. The only negative is that the service at JRDN can be a bit indifferent. Aren't there a couple other choices on the boardwalk better than World Famous?

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              1. re: sdnosh
                Beach Chick Jun 28, 2009 10:39 AM

                JRDN is at the top of the food chain for the boardwalk..Green Flash, imo, comes in second and World Famous third..
                Wave house down in MB, looks like a fun party atmosphere..hell, I just want to ride that wave machine!

                1. re: sdnosh
                  El Chevere Jun 30, 2009 10:25 AM

                  JRDN is in a different class and category altogether and quite good...with it, comes higher prices....for what it is, World Famous does a good job. I don't think anybody will confuse it with world class cuisine but they do put out a good product that fills a niche.

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                  dustin.hayes Nov 20, 2009 10:51 PM

                  Fortunately, I cannot agree with you on this. World Famous continues to be my favorite spot in San Diego. The view is amazing, and the food is delicious. I absolutely LOVE the Nut Crusted Brie and Shrimp Martini for starters, their Salmon or Steak dishes for entree's, the warm spinach salad to accompany the entree and top it all off with the creme brulee. Oh man, just talking about it make's me want to get there now. Talk to management about your experiences, I feel as though they would do something to change your experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. I do not work for the company, I am just passionate about the food and atmosphere.

                  World Famous
                  711 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

                  World Famous
                  3625 Dalbergia St, San Diego, CA 92113

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