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Bday dinner dilemma [San Diego]

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Ok, I want to go to someplace nice that I haven't tried at all or not recently for my bday soon. Just my better half and me.
Here is what I am thinking and tell me what you think or if I should think about other places too.

Blanca (heard the new chef is awesome)
George's (haven't been there in years and years)
Quarter Kitchen (heard it's also very good and great atmosphere--except annoying loud music?)

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  1. I have also heard and read great things about the new chef at Blanca. I would roll those dice.

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    1. re: foodiechick

      I also vote for Blanca... just so you can report back on your dining experience. We really enjoyed Blanca when Wade Hageman was chef and the new chef, Jason Neroni, sounds great. Thus please be the forum guinea pig and take the pluge. Also FWIW, we've always recieved outstanding service at Blanca..

    2. and where pray tell in Califonia are you located?

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      1. re: toodie jane

        Sorry----San Diego (Blanca, George's, Ivy)
        Also, we've done and loved Kitchen 1540, Market and Tapenade (although not so much Tapenade the last time)

      2. We are thinking about Blanca soon too! And Nathan Coulon is a great chef and trying to turnn Quarter Kitchen around and while it isn't the best yet it is improving. Please report back on where you decide, your experience and happy birthday.

        1. I would do Blanca..with the new chef and the reviews were over the top.
          Quarter Kitchen if you can do a room and dinner at the Ivy Hotel and then drinks at the rooftop bar..