anniversary weekend in san diego
a little background: we love san diego and try to visit at least once a year. on our last trip, we enjoyed laurel st. (now urbana cucina), cafe chloe, extraordinary desserts. we also dined at georges in la jolla, starlite and elizabethan desserts, but weren't blown away. our last wow dining experience in los angeles, was the gamut tasting menu (29 courses) at michael mina's xiv. see perceptor's pics here if you are interested http://www.kodakgallery.com/ShareLand...
we are celebrating our anniversary, staying in downtown san diego and looking for some great dining experiences. are there any up and coming chef's to try in san diego?
fri anniversary dinner: tasting menu at? addison? jrdn? bite any good? any others you recommend?
sat lunch: open?
sat dinner: yakitori yakyudori? urban solace? urbana cucina - are their pizzas thing crusted pizzas? linkery?
sun brunch - extraordinary desserts european breakfast
any input on our eating itinerary is super appreciated. thanks!
Re. Yakitori Yakyudori - make sure you go on a day when Nabe-chan, the owner and grillmaster, is on duty. It makes a big difference. Also try to score a seat at the bar. Not sure if you can reserve a seat at the bar, but again it makes a huge difference.
On top of those tips I highly recommend the very best dish in their repertoire, though available only as a special - Horumon, or beef intestine. (You are probably already aware that this is the place to silence any squeamish tendencies that you may have, if any...)
My other must-haves:
2 - Gyutan steak (not Gyutan, but Gyutan steak) - beef tongue steak
3 - Hatsu - heart
4 - Teba - wings
5 - almost anything that's on their special's board...
* - Pucchi tomato (petit tomato) - enjoy each tiny morsel as a palette cleanser between items and for a nice break from the heavily protein-driven menu
Lots of other delicious items, but these are my must haves for every YY meal!
I have a feeling you'd be underwhelmed by JRDN or Bite for your anniversary. You might want to try the tasting menu at Addison, El Bizcocho, or call ahead and request a tasting menu at Kitchen 1540. I don't think 1500 Ocean has a tasting menu but you might be happy there. Good food and a great view from the Hotel Del Coronado; especially if you take in a couple of pre-meal drinks on the Sunset Bar.
Saturday lunch - are you looking for something nice, casual, or hole in the wall?
Ocean temps are pretty warm so you can body surf/boogie board in Cardiff by the Sea..eat oceanfront at Bull Taco in the San Elijo Camp Ground...props to SD Gourmand!
Or Basic for thin crust pizza in the Gaslamp..Las Cuatro Milpas in Barrio Logan (under the Coronado bridge) for great Mex...super hole in the wall.
re: Beach Chick
thanks, these are great suggestions.
after reading the suggestions and looking at the menu's i'm actually leaning away from the "fine dining" and fancy hotel experience and looking for a more low key tasty dining experience. maybe somewhere with a vibe like starlite, cool and chill, but better food? or maybe somewhere for happy hour?
i also love macarons and had some last time at mille feuille. any other recs for macarons?
kinda off topic, but can anyone recommend a good massage place?
Those pic's of the food at xiv are beyond exquisite!
I would do Market in Del Mar, Addison at the Grand Del Mar or A.R.Valentine at the Lodge.
Cavaillon in Santa Luz for Sunday Brunch.
Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel downtown SD is lovely...drinks at Jsix.
Anniversary dinner: Addison, AR Valentein or Market
I was at Blanca in the past month and it was good, although I think I've had better meals there. Definitely avoid any fresh oysters, as mine had been shucked earlier and were dry and a tad shriveled, both aspects being a pleasure-killer. The 2nd meal was better with a roasted fish for my entree.
If you're from LA, most of the high end dining around here won't match up, but SD does low-mid range pretty well.
Sunday brunch--Cavaillon in Santaluz. Easily the best $10 brunch for 4 star food in the county. Plus, it's nice and quiet on the patio out there. Fresh beignets, softly scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and chives...
I think Izakaya Sakura is open for lunch on Saturdays. Mama Testa's in Hillcrest would be another option.