Hi, any recs for Normal Heights? Staying for a week with my sister. She's vegetarian & I'm adventurous. Especially interested in ethnic places, i.e. vietnamese/oriental cuisines, russian/polish, greek/mid-eastern plus unusual venues.
I've heard about the mexican popsicle place across from LeStats & Mariposa for ice cream. Any other interesting treats in the neighborhood?
There's a new Thai place, Pinto's, near the Olde Soud, that's not bad, though I think Bankok Spices Thai on El Cajon is a bit better. Private Reserve/Rosie O'Grady's has surprisingly good Mexican food (not sure about veggie options there, though). And Cantina Mayahuel on Adams near 30th. If she eats shellfish/seafood, there's the Mariscos German taco truck at 35th+University. For middle eastern, there's Mama's on Alabama just south of El Cajon Blvd. And I think Pomegranate on El Cajon Blvd near Texas has many veggie dishes.
There is anew Asian restaurant on Adams Street called Tao next door to the Viva Pops, (which I think is the Popsicle place you mentioned). It is operated by the Chef of Dao Son, an inexpensive Vietnamese/Japanese restaurant on El Cajon Blvd.
I had read that they make their own tofu there. We tried a sample at a recent food festival and while I usually do not enjoy tofu, I thought theirs tasted very good.
Mariposa will hit the spot on these warm days.
We have a new el Zarape on Adams, owned by the same people as the El Zarape on PArk Blvd. They offer a different dining experience. There are no combo plates or fast food style dishes. They have a full bar and menu. I recently had the mole and wife had the Enchiladas. We were very pleased and their prices were under 14 per plate.
In Kensington you should also check out Blue Boheme. It is a very nice French Bistro.
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm really looking forward to this trip. I am going to forget all about watching what I eat & enjoy EVERYTHING!
My 13-year old son is has declared his theme for this trip to San Diego (his fourth) to be Strange Foods. I have a separate post for that &, other than the insects & fermented squid guts, it all sounds fabulous. Can't wait.