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Jul 20, 2009 11:08 AM

Normal Heights

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?

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  1. This doesn't exactly fall under any of the food categories you listed, but since your sis is vegetarian and you are adventurous, I'd recommend a meal (probably lunch) at Jyoti Bihanga. The Neatloaf is great!

    Jyoti Bihanga
    3351 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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    1. re: srk

      My sister's one of the long-time regulars at Jyoti's & I've been there a couple of times. Most meals there are delicious! Just on the lookout for something that she's probably overlooked cause she's a creature of habit.

      1. re: pgsmama

        How about The Linkery? I've not been, but I read their blog regularly. It seems like they've got some "adventurous" meats going on, while still managing to serve vegetarians, too.

        The Linkery
        3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

      1. 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.

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        1. re: mikec

          While my sister won't eat seafood, I DO & the overwhelming feedback about Mariscos German taco truck make this my first stop!

        2. 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.

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          1. 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.

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            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              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.