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Sep 15, 2009 07:43 AM

Need some quick help in Sorrento Valley!

Hi SD Hounds,

My DH had to travel last minute to work in SD for the week. He is staying near the Qualcomm buildings on Pacific Heights and Mira Mesa Blvd.

Last night I quickly tried to search here for suggestions and I routed him to Sitars for some Indian takeout...If you guys can give recs for good local eats that would be much appreciated. He particularly likes fish and chips and tasty Mexican.

Also are there any good fish tacos near by? So suggestions for a great Mexican place, anything ethnic or Asian, sushi? Sorry I'm all over the place...Thanks all!!

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  1. I'm sure that there will be others that chime in and maybe in conflict, but here are my favorites in the area (I work in the same area).

    1. Fish and chips -- Karl Strauss Beer garden. It can be very crowded at lunch time, but after happy hour, it's acceptable. The fish and chips are made with a beer batter, nice and crispy, most of the time.

    2. If he has a car, for ethnic Asian/Vietnamese, he should head East on Mira Mesa Blvd. to Pho Ca Dao.

    3. Opera Cafe --

    4. There are many sushi places to choose from on Mira Mesa Blvd. I have not personally been to any of them, but a colleague recommends Sushi Town, which is just down the street from the Marriott Courtyard and Karl Strauss on Scranton and Morehouse.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. re: araknd

      Thanks so much for the recs, I did a search for fish and chips and saw KS suggested but I didn't realize they have a location close by...thanks I just sent him the link :-)

      1. re: liveloveat34

        Callahan's fish & chips are not too bad, either. Largish fish pieces, often much better beer selection than KS, somewhat farther away east on Mira Mesa Blvd, possibly cheaper. My one gripe with their fish is that the batter is so crisp it's impervious to malt vinegar until you take your first bite.

        Go all the way east on Mira Mesa Blvd (past the 15) and make a quick U-turn and there's some really nice Afghan food at Ariana Kabob House.

        For quick eats, I get the banh mi from the European Bakery in the food court at Camino Santa Fe and MM Blvd. Cheaper, bigger and better than the ones at the vietnamese restaurant right next door. Also good are the wraps from Marketplace Grill in the same food court. The food court parking lot gets FULL at lunch time, but early dinner time is no problem. Habanero's is at the other end of the same food court (past BevMo and Fresh & Easy) by Spices Thai and is decent California-Mexican.

        The Grill & Market at 10066 Pacific Heights Blvd is supposed to be good for sandwiches, though I've never eaten there.

        Ariana Kabob House
        9910 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste A, San Diego, CA 92131

      2. re: araknd

        I like Callahan's better then Karl Strauss as their beer selection is better but, as Office Goat said, their batter is a little to smooth and lacks the nooks and crannies to really hold the malt vinegar. They do however have excellent prices if you go at happy hour and the fish meat is firm and white with large portions. It's a bit furth of a drive but at the corner of Black Mountain Rd and Miramar road there is the Little India Center strip mall of Mira Mesa with some pretty darn good Indian food (I like Ashoka the Great especially for their lunch menu but there are around a dozen different restaurants to chose from there).

        It's a pretty long drive from Mira Mesa/Sorrento but I noticed you said your husband likes both seafood and Mexican so for a real treat off of the tourist map for some special Mexican food which you probably just can't get back home he should try Mariscos German.

        It's not a true restaurant and is just a taco truck but it serves what is wildly accepted as the hands down best fish tacos in the city and fish tacos are [i]the[/i] most San Diegan of foods. It's worth the drive if he wants something unique and quintessentially San Diegan.

        1. re: oerdin

          great! thanks so much- he said he went to Karl Strauss yesterday and the portion of fish n chips was huge and he enjoyed it with a beer. If i were out there with him I would definitely drive out to Mariscos German. Sounds delightful! We'll end up living in SD in the near future so we will check it out then. Thanks!!

          1. re: liveloveat34

            The Mariscos German truck in Normal Heights is probably closer and it serves the exact same food. It's right off the 805 freeway so he can get on the 805 at Mira Mesa Blvd in Sorrento Valley and just take it south to University Ave.


      3. Most of the fare on Mira Mesa Blvd. is uninspiring, but here are the few that makes my day. You'll see that most of the decent eats along MMB are Vietnamese.

        1) Vietnamese/Pho - Pho Cow Cali - NW corner of Mira Mesa Blvd & Black Mountain Rd.
        2) Vietnamese/Pho - Pho Lucky - NE corner of Mira Mesa Blvd & Black Mountain Rd.
        3) Vietnamese/Mi - Tan Ky Mi Gia - NE corner of Mira Mesa Blvd & Black Mountain Rd.
        4) Vietnamese-style Chinese - Luong Hai Ky - SW corner of Mira Mesa Blvd & Camino Ruiz
        5) Shechuan - China Chef - SW corner of Mira Mesa Blvd & Black Mountain Rd. - note: I'm referring to their full-service restaurant which is next door to their "fast food" take-out counter
        6) Ban Mi - Sorrento European Bakery - 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd
        7) Shish Kabob - Marketplace Grille - near Sorrento European Bakery

        Re. Sushi, my advice would be to avoid any Sushi in Mira Mesa. The shops along MMB are as clueless as they come with regards to Sushi.

        And while burgers are always controversial especially when it involves a chain, but there's also In-N-Out and Fuddrucker's on MMB as well.

        1. The Afghan place in the same food court as Sitar is also pretty good. Very similar to Indian but the flavors are more subtle.

          Sushi--head north about 20 min into Encinitas and hit up Kaito.

          If he isn't into pho, then the Convoy area is roughly 15-20 min south and there's a lot of good Asian there.

          Avoid the Korean BBQ in the same strip mall as Ariana Kabob House. We ended up there b/c Ariana wasn't open yet and it was well below average Korean BBQ. Panchan was not fresh, the dried seaweed panchan had been sitting around b/c it wasn't crunchy anymore and the grills weren't hot enough so you didn't get the nice caramelized sear on the meats. Kalbi was undermarinated and underflavored.

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          1. re: daantaat

            Thanks everyone for all the great info! I feel like i'm eating vicariously through him :-) I really appreciate all the feedback and if anyone is in the Boulder area, let me know!

            1. re: liveloveat34

              Loved Boulder. I was working down in Westminster and my wife flew up one weekend and we spent a whole day on Pearl St. just eating and drinking our way up and down.

              1. re: araknd

                Nice! I hope you got to check out Heaven Star in Broomfield as well since u were working in Westminster. I wasn't too thrilled when i first moved here from NYC but it has definitely grown on me.

                1. re: liveloveat34

                  I was there in 2005, don't remember hearing about Heaven Star then.
                  When you moved in down here, give a shout.