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sdaints Nov 20, 2009 07:01 AM

There has been plenty of talk about all of the places closing in SD but there are also some new places that are opening and others that are re-opening in different locations.

-Cucina Italiana is opening on University where Chilangos used to be
-Cups is a new cupcake place that is opening today on Girard in La Jolla
-Cafe Bleu is reopening in the former Zetouna's spot
-Red Door is opening another restaurant in the bar area next to it, called Wellington Steak and Martinin Lounge
-Au Revoir Bistro is opening in the old LaVache
-there is a Japenese place (I forget the name) that is opening on 4th where India Princess used to be
-Chocolat looks about to open its new location on University and 5th
-a new Vietnamese place is opening on 5th in between Robinson and University

This is obviously a tough market to be opening a restaurant so I am looking forward to supporting these places and hopeful that some of them are good enough to survive.

  1. Beach Chick Jan 13, 2013 08:13 AM

    Went to a private party on Friday at a place that had its debut last night called Romeo y Julieta in Talmadge..
    It's a wine and tapas place.
    Small and intimate..food we had was excellent.

    www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs/SD-Foo...

    1. Fake Name Sep 17, 2011 05:16 AM

      There is now a NEW thread on this topic, continued here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807630 to allow easier navigation. This thread is getting too big, download times too long, etc.

      1. honkman Sep 15, 2011 11:41 PM

        The people behind Yakyudori seem to open a new place on Balboa (old place of Honey's Cafe) named Hinotez

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          cgfan Sep 16, 2011 09:10 PM

          It's basically a noodle house, serving Soba, Ramen, and Udon, supplemented with Donburi dishes. They'll also have Americanized rolls on the menu to appease the locals. :)

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            daantaat Sep 17, 2011 03:15 PM

            fresh soba or the dried stuff?

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              daantaat Sep 17, 2011 03:17 PM

              cgfan, my next question is: have you gone yet? If so, how does it compare to Yakyudori Ramen?

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                honkman Sep 17, 2011 03:29 PM

                i don't think it is open yet but should be soon

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                  karaethon Sep 17, 2011 07:57 PM

                  Drove by today - definitely still closed. No sign about when they open either.

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            hungerpane Sep 9, 2011 07:17 PM

            Suite and Tender at Se Hotel, morphing into Saltbox. I'm liking the new name.

            http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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              hungerpane Sep 5, 2011 10:18 PM

              Another from Riviera - In East Village, the now closed The Cask Room will reopen in a 5,000 square foot space on the corner of Market St. and 9th Ave. The GM of Cucina Urbana has left and will partner in this new restaurant venture that will also have to-go retail. Cuisine promises not be be "bar food" and will have a large selection of wine and surprise, surprise, craft beer. Sounds intriguing.

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                DiningDiva Sep 6, 2011 09:42 AM

                Sounds like a lot of places opening up these days...wine...craft beer..."interesting food". Did the article say if it would all be under $20?

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                  hungerpane Sep 6, 2011 10:48 PM

                  It's says, think California Cuisine with Italian and French influences. No word on whether all items will be less than $20.

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                    pooch Sep 7, 2011 05:22 PM

                    In the newly "revamped" Del Mar Highlands, I noticed a sign for a Towne Bakery coming soon. Odd as there are already two bakeries (Champagne and Village Mill) not to mention Ralphs and Jimbos bakery items in the same complex. Also, looks like Urban Plates, Rimels and Enoteca Divante should be opening in the upcoming weeks. Curious to see what the menu is like at Urban Plates. Sounds like it may be along the lines of Tender Greens, which would be a welcome addition to the 'hood.

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                    Tender Greens
                    2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

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                      karaethon Sep 7, 2011 05:28 PM

                      I think Burlap started serving lunch also (with the Asian Cowboy burger that the Chef showed on the Today show - see other thread)

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                        hungerpane Sep 7, 2011 09:24 PM

                        From their website, Urban Plates seems to have a same vibe as Tender Greens, which is a good thing! I did get an email back from them saying they hope to open more restaurants in SD after this one gets established. Check it out as soon as it opens and give us a full report!

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                          melee Sep 19, 2011 10:24 PM

                          Urban Plates opened today. It's very similar to Tender Greens - really fresh ingredients, food made to order. I had a nice BBQ Chicken salad with super fresh vegetables that came perfectly dressed. I also sampled some cold sides that were pretty good (curried cous cous, potato salad w/bacon, quinoa), and a few hot sides (green beans with shallots and roasted potatoes). I'm always grateful when restaurants don't overcook their veggies and they seemed to get their cooked veggies just right. We ended with a really moist zucchini bread with currants. If I lived closer I'd probably put this place into heavy rotation.

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                          Tender Greens
                          2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

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                    sdpanda80 Dec 29, 2011 03:03 PM

                    Unfortunately, due to "issues" The Cask Room is going to stay closed.

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                    hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 11:05 AM

                    Also from Riviera, good bye Red Velvet Wine Bar in LI and hello, Underbelly! The owners of Neighborhood and Craft & Commerce are doing a ramen bar in that location. Will be nice to have an izakaya-style joint in LI to mix things up! You can count on the design of the space to be pretty cool.

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                      stevewag23 Sep 2, 2011 11:35 AM

                      Looks like they just started construction on it.

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                        Fake Name Sep 2, 2011 12:37 PM

                        "Will be nice to have an izakaya-style joint in LI to mix things up! "

                        Agreed. Way overdue.

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                          karaethon Sep 2, 2011 02:37 PM

                          What do the owners of Neighborhood and Craft & Commerce know about Japanese food though? It would be nice to find out more about the talent behind the enterprise

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                            hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 05:45 PM

                            That's definitely a concern. We all know you can get good ramen in the Kearny Mesa area, but how will this place stack up? Apparently, the owners took a trip to Tokyo to study the ramen scene there and hope to bring it back with a SD spin. At least they did some homework. Wouldn't it be great if the entire workstaff is Japanese and if every patron who walks in is greeted with the welcoming "Irishaimase!" When you hear that, you know it's the real deal.

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                              Tripeler Sep 2, 2011 06:13 PM

                              "Irrashaimase" -- well, not exactly. I once went into a Japanese place, and the entire staff shouted "irrashaimase" so after I sat down I started speaking Japanese, and was answered with a sea of blank faces. They were all Chinese who had just learned to say that.

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                                hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 06:58 PM

                                Sorry for the misspelling....

                                Oh man, was that in SD? I remember going for dim sum in Houston and hearing all the workers speaking Vietnamese around me. I felt cheated after that...lol, although I'm aware that there's a large Chinese population living in Vietnam.

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                                  Tripeler Sep 2, 2011 07:08 PM

                                  This was in Northern California, around 2005. I have been living in Japan since 1977, so when I hear "irrashaimase" I naturally expect Japanese people.

                              2. re: hungerpane
                                DiningDiva Sep 2, 2011 10:36 PM

                                "Apparently, the owners took a trip to Tokyo to study the ramen scene there and hope to bring it back with a SD spin."

                                Well, there's a scary premise.

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                                  stevewag23 Sep 3, 2011 05:40 PM

                                  "hope to bring it back with a SD spin'

                                  Hopefully this doesn't mean "flaky service", glittery shirts, and closing the kitchen promptly at 9pm.

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                                    Tripeler Sep 3, 2011 06:00 PM

                                    Or that the entire staff will be wearing Ed Hardy shirts.

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                                      DiningDiva Sep 3, 2011 06:06 PM

                                      My point exactly

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                                        chris2269 Sep 3, 2011 07:03 PM

                                        What is wrong with a man wearing a T-shirt with a dragon welding a samurai sword with gillitter two sizes too small...oh never mind.

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                                          DiningDiva Sep 3, 2011 07:09 PM

                                          Not the T-shirt that's problematical, it's the "SD spin" :-)

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                                            globocity Sep 3, 2011 07:19 PM

                                            Nah, the "SD spin" is the poor-man's-SF-hipster. Forget the glitter and Ed Hardy shirts. You have to worry about the tight flannel shirts, skinny slacks, and mustaches.

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                                              DiningDiva Sep 3, 2011 08:06 PM

                                              God, help us...

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                                                hungerpane Sep 5, 2011 09:40 PM

                                                Wow..... tough crowd! LOL

                                                We can only hope that Underbelly doesn't end up being like PF Chang's, with its anglicised menu. If done right, I could see that small space being a really cool place to hang out. One thing for sure, there will be plenty of beautiful people posing, for sure.

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                                              Island Sep 4, 2011 10:13 AM

                                              Hey don't "credit" SD for that mess. The hipster dufuss, tight flannel and Ed Hardy element is coast to coast. Unfortunately.

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                                                stevewag23 Sep 4, 2011 08:41 PM

                                                True.

                                                But it has gained a very strong foothold here.

                                                Very strong.

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                                                  globocity Sep 6, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                  I don't get the long-running joke references to Ed Hardy. Seriously, this "style" is rarely seen in SD though it is a catch-all phrase for douche baggery, which is plentiful throughout PB and Gaslamp.

                                                  There really is a dearth of late-night restaurants. A few times my friends and I have tried places like Wetstone, on a Saturday night, only to find it closed by 10pm. Bummer, man.

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                                                Fake Name Sep 4, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                You've seen my closet???

                                            3. re: stevewag23
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                                              hungerpane Sep 5, 2011 09:43 PM

                                              stevewag23, I'll agree with you on the flaky service, but c'mon now, unless you live in in the far out suburbs, there are plenty of places that serve dinner past 9pm, especially on the weekends.

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                                                stevewag23 Sep 5, 2011 10:03 PM

                                                Cool.

                                                List a bunch of options.

                                                I am thinking of having dinner this Wednesday at 11:00 pm.

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                                                  hungerpane Sep 7, 2011 12:05 AM

                                                  Now it's 11pm on Wednesday night? Your original gripe was that everything closed at 9pm. Below are places where you can still get a table at 11pm on Wed. night . I can double, maybe even triple this list if you looking for a late night dinner on a Friday or Saturday night.

                                                  Izakaya Masa - 1am
                                                  Hong Kong - 3am
                                                  Saigon on 5th - 3am
                                                  Basic - 2am
                                                  City Deli - midnight
                                                  Pink Noodle - 3am
                                                  Asian Bistro - 3am
                                                  Taste of Italy - midnight
                                                  Emerald - Midnight
                                                  Du-Pars - 24hrs
                                                  Rudford's -24hrs
                                                  Studio Diner - 24hrs
                                                  Etna - 2am
                                                  Harney Sushi - midnight
                                                  Min Sok Chon -2am
                                                  Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen - midnight
                                                  Saska's - Midnight
                                                  Thang Thang - 1:30am
                                                  Bully's Mission Valley - 12:15am
                                                  Florencia's Pizza - 2am
                                                  Sultan Shawarma - 1am
                                                  The Spot - 1am
                                                  Night & Day Cafe - midnight
                                                  Kous Kous - Midnight
                                                  Starlite - 2am
                                                  Tsuruhashi BBQ - Midnight
                                                  Crest Cafe - Midnight
                                                  URBN - Midnight
                                                  Red Fox Room - Midnight
                                                  Korean Hometown - 2am
                                                  Grandma Tofu and Korean BBQ -2am
                                                  The 3rd Corner - 1am
                                                  Hive Sushi - Midnight
                                                  Do Re Mi House - Midnight
                                                  El Zarape - 2am
                                                  Tam's Thailand - midnightish
                                                  Golden City - Midnight

                                                  FYI, I recently spent a week in Manhattan, and trust me when I say it was harder than you think to find restaurants that were still open at 11pm on a weeknight there, also.

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                                                    stevewag23 Sep 9, 2011 02:38 PM

                                                    Good list.

                                                    However, it has more holes in it than imported swiss.

                                                    I don't have the time to show the inaccuracies one by one, but I will give an example (so others less in the know won't be disappointed with incorrect information):

                                                    "Starlite - 2am"

                                                    Nice touch on using the "closing time".

                                                    The reality is that the kitchen in open to 12am on weekends only.

                                                    Additionally, at 11pm it is a bar crowd making a sit down dinner near impossible.

                                                    Furthermore, all the places on the list that I have eaten, I probably wouldn't again.

                                                    I should have added that I was looking for a "good" restaurant that serves late.

                                                    Thanks though.

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                                                      honkman Sep 9, 2011 06:40 PM

                                                      Starlite has already a very limited menu after 10pm during the week. And I agree that the list doesn't contain many good/interesting restaurants.

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                                                        hungerpane Sep 9, 2011 07:10 PM

                                                        I get it now, you just gave a hypothetical situation of finding a place for dinner on a Wednesday night at 11pm, thinking I'd only be able to come up with no more than 5 places, right? Then when I list places that still serve dinner at 11pm, it's inaccurate and none of them are good enough for you? Nice.

                                                        How many top restaurants do you know of that are still serving after 11pm? Chez Panisse stops at 9:15pm, and NYC darlings Le Bernardin and Per Se, 11pm and 10pm, respectively.

                                                        Going back to your original statement about San Diego restaurants closing at 9pm, perhap you aren't aware that some some local favorites below stay open till at least 11pm tonight?

                                                        Bayu's
                                                        empirehouse
                                                        Ebisu(1am)
                                                        Alchemy
                                                        Tajima (3am)
                                                        The Linkery
                                                        Cafe Calabria
                                                        Urban Solace
                                                        R Gang Eatery
                                                        Osteria Origano
                                                        Pomegranate
                                                        Sabuku (1am)
                                                        West Coast Tavern (full menu till midnight every night)
                                                        Harar
                                                        Ritual Tavern
                                                        Marie's Cafe (24 hours)
                                                        Streetside Thai
                                                        Crazee Burger
                                                        Lotus Thai
                                                        Taste of Thai
                                                        Ave5
                                                        Picasso
                                                        Burger Lounge downtown (3am)
                                                        Celadon
                                                        Chocolat Hillcrest

                                                        .............and this list can go on and on.

                                                        In the end, can we agree that there are more than enough restaurants that serve past 9pm?

                                                        Perhaps we should start a new thread listing all of the with late night dining?

                                                        1. re: hungerpane
                                                          honkman Sep 9, 2011 08:23 PM

                                                          As written before weekends are OK but during thr week the choices are slim after 9pm without being rushed (open until 11pm)

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                                                    honkman Sep 5, 2011 10:38 PM

                                                    For the size of SD there are surprisingly few places anywhere in SD which serve decent dinner after 9pm without being rushed so that they can close at 10pm

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                                                  daantaat Sep 6, 2011 09:45 PM

                                                  sooo, did they also read the inaugaral edition of Lucky Peach and all the ins and outs of what makes a good ramen? don't need an Americanized, lesser version of ramen...I can get that for cheap at the grocery store!!

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                                                    Fake Name Sep 6, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                    I'm sure you don't need an Americanized version, but you're a sophisticated diner. Plenty of consumers DO want more accessible "Asian food". Witness the success of Harney "Sushi" .

                                                    I suspect any attempt to create a restaurant at your level of dining would preclude the majority of their possible customers.

                                                    Not suggesting this is a good thing, but as we all know; Cuisine is Art, Restaurants are Commerce.

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                                                      daantaat Sep 7, 2011 09:24 PM

                                                      thanks for the compliment but truly, any attempt to create a restaurant at my level of dining would not preclude the majority of customers. I've often found that once a person has had "good" food at whatever level--dim sum, deli, ramen, yakitori, Italian, French, Indian, etc., their awareness changes and therefore, their demand for better tasting food goes up.

                                                      good food does not necessarily mean a $100 dinner. I've had some lackluster $100 dinners and some truly terrific $10 ones.

                                                  2. re: hungerpane
                                                    SanDiego Sep 11, 2011 11:13 AM

                                                    For what it's worth, they are advertising in this months' Yu Yu for a ramen chef and staff. The ad is in Nihongo, rather than in English. I would really like a good ramen ya close to downtown.

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                                                    Josh Sep 4, 2011 08:27 AM

                                                    My hopes are not high. He uses commodity meat. Boo.

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                                                      karaethon Sep 6, 2011 09:45 PM

                                                      Ramen = Pork... Is there non-commodity Pork?

                                                      I think most of the non-commodity stuff we usually think of is beef and chicken....

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                                                        Josh Sep 7, 2011 09:31 AM

                                                        Yes there is, and it's delicious. A number of San Diego restaurants serve it now.

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                                                  hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 10:55 AM

                                                  Is this too good to be true? A blurb in the latest issue of Riviera Magazine is saying that Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's beloved Pizzeria Mozza is coming to San Diego! Are we really on some well-known chefs' radars now? Here's more confirmation that it may really be happening. This is definitely one to keep an eye on.

                                                  http://www.laobserved.com/archive/201...

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                                                    shouzen Sep 2, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                    It would be great if true. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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                                                      stevuchan Sep 2, 2011 12:39 PM

                                                      Heard yesterday Mozza opening in Newport Beach. Interesting.

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                                                        karaethon Sep 2, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                        ditto

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                                                          hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 05:37 PM

                                                          Me, too. Supposedly, a very reliable source told the magazine that that Pizzeria Mozza is coming but no word yet on when or where it will open, other than "it's going to happen" - I'll take it!

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                                                            hungerpane Sep 15, 2011 10:50 PM

                                                            Hot off the press........the developer of the long vacant Old Police Headquarters downtown has confirmed that Pizzeria Mozza has committed to be part of the project! No word on timing.....stay tuned.

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                                                          hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 12:16 AM

                                                          And speaking of Fashion Valley Mall, not sure if the ship has sail for Pinkberry, but they are opening a fourth county location in the food court. I have to admit, the salted caramel flavor is pretty good.

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                                                            phee Sep 2, 2011 04:33 PM

                                                            Salted caramel WAS good - it's been replaced by peanut butter as part of their rotation. I believe the FV store is opening around the end of this month.

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                                                              hungerpane Sep 2, 2011 05:29 PM

                                                              I was at the Hillcrest location less than a 2 weeks ago and it was back! Don't tell me it's already gone. The yogarista (I just made that up, lol) said the FV location will have 6 flavors at all times, rather than the 3 at their smaller locations.

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                                                                phee Sep 2, 2011 07:19 PM

                                                                My daughter works at the Hillcrest location, and you must have hit the tail-end of the salted caramel stint! Normally the smaller locations carry 4 flavors at all times - chocolate, original tart, then the two rotation flavors (now PB and watermelon). I hadn't heard that about FV offering up 6 flavors. I think my personal yogarista (love that, btw!) might have kept that from me so I wouldn't venture there instead!

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                                                            hungerpane Sep 1, 2011 08:17 PM

                                                            Anyone remember Michael Stebner of Region in Hillcrest/Bankers Hills from several years back? Well, he's coming back, sort of. His True Food Kitchen concept is to set up shop in the now closed Bing Crosby Restaurant (name was more fitting for Palm Springs or Sun City, if you ask me) at Fashion Valley Mall. This is resto is getting good reviews in other cities.

                                                            http://www.truefoodkitchen.com/

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                                                              foodiechick Sep 1, 2011 09:28 PM

                                                              That sounds promising. Really hope it can survive that seemingly doomed mall location.

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                                                                Fake Name Sep 2, 2011 05:06 AM

                                                                The mall is a problem, but I went once when it was Bings, and had a pretty good meal. The VENUE, however, was very nice. Don't know if they plan to remodel or not.

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                                                                DiningDiva Sep 1, 2011 10:54 PM

                                                                I'd heard that a few months ago. Glad to see he's opening something up here, just wish it wasn't in a mall. But...Rainforst Cafe lasted a long time in FV before it folded. I always liked his cooking sensibilities.

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                                                                  hungerpane Sep 1, 2011 11:50 PM

                                                                  I agree that the mall location isn't ideal, BUT it should be a big improvement over Rainforest Cafe and Bing Crosby. If anything, maybe those poor people who wait 2 hours for their table at the nearby Cheesecake Factory will discover True Food and realize good food can be healthy, too.

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                                                                hungerpane Sep 1, 2011 08:06 PM

                                                                Looks like the Malakey/Brennan duo are setting their sights on La Jolla next. Any guesses on where they will set up shop? Could it be the old Top O' the Cove location?

                                                                http://www.nrn.com/article/enlightene...

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                                                                  foodiechick Sep 1, 2011 09:27 PM

                                                                  No to Top of the Cove. I think Brennan recently settled a lawsuit over that property with a former partner who now owns it and has listed it for sale. They have estimated $1million+ just to bring it to code alone (infrastructure only), with no guarantee of coastal comm. ok.

                                                                  The UT blurb said Herschel near Wall. There is a verrry small space currently available that fits that description. Only other place I can figure is if a nearby gallery is going under and they are taking over that larger space.

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                                                                    hungerpane Sep 1, 2011 11:43 PM

                                                                    Thx for the insight on Top O' the Cove. I think La Jolla will be a good fit for another one of their ventures. Apparently, Burlap is just killing it in Del Mar. It's just good to see other parts of the city/county getting interesting dining options recently.

                                                                    1. re: hungerpane
                                                                      The Chowhound Team Sep 2, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                                      If anyone has specific information on where the location is going to be, please do go ahead and share it, but we'd ask that people avoid speculation and wishful thinking if there's no hard information available. Thanks.

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                                                                        Fake Name Sep 2, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                        Aw, Mmmo-om...we never get to have ANY fun!

                                                                        ; )

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                                                                  hungerpane Aug 19, 2011 11:11 PM

                                                                  Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but the owners of Blind Lady Ale House are taking over the old Soho space on El Cajon Blvd. and opening Tiger!Tiger! Not sure what type of food they will have, if any at all. Here's hoping the comeback of the ECB is on its way.

                                                                  http://www.facebook.com/pages/TigerTi...

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                                                                  Blind Lady Ale House
                                                                  3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

                                                                  1. honkman Aug 17, 2011 11:35 PM

                                                                    Solace & the Moonlight Lounge (Urban Solace part II) is open now for three days in Encinitas.
                                                                    It's just three days open and the service was actually not bad for this short period of time with Chef Matt interacting with all guests throughout the night. Quiet alot of dishes are similar to the ones at Urban Solace. We first had a few appetizers, entrees and desserts in the restaurant - we tried some new appetizers (crab "briks" and chicken liver pate). Both are well done on a technical level but tastewise not on the same level as we would expect normally from their appetizers. Crab "briks" were like deep fried spring roles filled with dungeness crab but the wrapper was too overwhelming for the crab meat. The chicken liver + duck pate itself was good but served with a very thick layer of sweet fig compote which was way too much and too sweet and covered all the good chicken liver taste. Entrees and dessert were much more in-line with what we have often at Urban Solace. Afterwards we went upstairs to the bar - good cocktail and dessert but the steak tartare was hardly seasoned and the egg would have been better raw instead of poached. Overall they are up for a good start and should be quite successful in Encinitas especially the bar is a very welcomed addition we will visit regularly in the future.

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                                                                      foodiechick Aug 18, 2011 12:52 AM

                                                                      Thanks for the first report, looking forward to traveling North to visit but will probably give them a few weeks to settle in. With your high standards, I view this as a very positive review for a new-born restaurant. I think this location will really take off.

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                                                                        daantaat Aug 18, 2011 09:44 PM

                                                                        do they have private rooms?

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                                                                          honkman Aug 20, 2011 12:20 AM

                                                                          Not sure but just from the layout of the restaurant I don't think they have private rooms.

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                                                                          hungerpane Aug 19, 2011 11:22 PM

                                                                          Thanks for the review. Great to see North County finally getting in on the restaurant action that those of us "South of the 8" folks have been experiencing the last few years.

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                                                                          stevewag23 Aug 17, 2011 02:24 PM

                                                                          98 Bottles™ is an entertainment lounge and boutique retail store where fine service and fun go hand in hand.

                                                                          http://98bottlessd.com/

                                                                          For those excited about the opening of Bottlecraft, the good news gets better! 98 Bottles, a unique food and drink locale, is also arriving in Little Italy this summer. Many craft beers will be available at this new lounge, along with sake and wine-based concoctions. Food will also be served here, with an emphasis on shared-style indulgence, with items such as dipping platters, antipasto, flat breads, and desserts.

                                                                          http://blog.discoversd.com/san-diego-...

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                                                                            Encinitan Aug 16, 2011 09:09 AM

                                                                            The Kabob Shop will be opening up a third location in Encinitas (in the Ralphs shopping center at the corner of El Camino Real and Encinitas Bld). In the same shopping center, a Native Foods Cafe (a vegan chain of about 10 restaurants in Socal and Chicago) is in construction. Nearby, Zardo Organic Pasta looks to have almost compeleted construction, and has a wood-fired pizza oven.

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                                                                              Encinitan Aug 16, 2011 12:38 PM

                                                                              Meant Kabab shop

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                                                                                stevewag23 Aug 16, 2011 05:13 PM

                                                                                I think you mean "The Kebab Shop". Right?

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                                                                                  Encinitan Aug 16, 2011 08:29 PM

                                                                                  Yes

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                                                                                    littlestevie Aug 17, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                                    Oh you mean Chronic Tacos is going to finally have some competition?

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                                                                              hungerpane Aug 13, 2011 11:15 PM

                                                                              - Riki Sushi has opened in the former Old World Deli space in North Park

                                                                              - Also in North Park, Casa De Luz building out their space and should open later this year. This Austin, TX resto looks promising

                                                                              http://www.facebook.com/pages/Casa-de-Luz-San-Diego/173488912692853

                                                                              - In Hillcrest, Snooze Eatery (From Denver) will occupy part of the new building that is currently under construction next to Urban Outfitters. Yes, the one that is covering up the Shepard Fairey mural.

                                                                              http://www.snoozeeatery.com/

                                                                              - In South Park, Juan Chou's is opening in the recently closed El Camino location. Fusion of Mexican and Sushi sounds different

                                                                              http://juanchous.com/

                                                                              As an added bonus, while not really a restaurant, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar from LA will take over the former gay bar location of Bacchus House on University Ave. in North Park. Gaslamp, who??

                                                                              http://213nightlife.com/sevengrand

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                                                                                hungerpane Aug 11, 2011 04:18 PM

                                                                                -According to their Facebook page, Tender Greens is opening their 2nd location in the UTC area...........Nice!

                                                                                -Lisko Artisan Deli recently opened in the Rolando area. You might recognize their name from the various Farmer's Markets around town. Good luck to them.

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                                                                                2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

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                                                                                  daantaat Aug 11, 2011 08:56 PM

                                                                                  where is Tender Greens opening in UTC??? That is AWESOME!!

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                                                                                    mjsp1 Aug 11, 2011 09:30 PM

                                                                                    Tender Greens is going into the Sun Diego space at the entrance to the UTC Mall Food Court.

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                                                                                      RB Hound Aug 11, 2011 10:41 PM

                                                                                      That was last occupied by a place that mainly specialized in fish. This is very cool. Sort of a continuation to the Thursday farmer's market that's been quite a success.

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                                                                                        mjsp1 Aug 11, 2011 10:48 PM

                                                                                        no this is the actual space that Sun Diego occupies right now - the fish space has an indian restaurant in it.

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                                                                                          RB Hound Aug 12, 2011 10:41 AM

                                                                                          Sun Diego is adjacent to spot that I had mentioned, so unless Royal India moved down there, or unless a second Indian restaurant opened up, I think you might be confused what I meant by the fish place. When I was in the mall last month, that spot was still under construction. Seems to me that it would probably make more sense to combine that space with Sun Diego...

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                                                                                      hungerpane Aug 13, 2011 10:28 PM

                                                                                      It's pretty safe to say that we are all excited to see a second Tender Greens in the area.

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                                                                                    FireFlyFiftyFive Jul 25, 2011 01:02 PM

                                                                                    Video preview of the all new Urban Solace in Encinitas:

                                                                                    http://www.thefeast.com/sandiego/rest...

                                                                                    It's actually called Solace and the Moonlight Lounge and I believe was first announced way way back in late '09.

                                                                                    1. honkman Jul 24, 2011 10:14 PM

                                                                                      Just drove by the recently closed Yakitori place on 5th and it is now Raku Japanese Tapas

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                                                                                        stevuchan Jul 25, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                        Burlap is now open (soft) dinner @ six. Lots of other things going on in the Del Mar Highlands Center, also open is a new location of the Counter and Cineopolis luxury theatre.

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                                                                                          mayache Feb 21, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                                                          I tried Raku Friday night, and was very disappointed. Overly salted yakitori (should get that right when you are only working with salt and pepper), sauces on other dishes not great, and indifferent service. Not in the same league as Yakyudori -- barely playing the same sport.

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                                                                                          ambergax Jun 28, 2011 11:25 PM

                                                                                          Joe and Ernie's Pizzeria is opening up a second location in Eastlake, where Target is at. Their first location is in Chula Vista off Broadway between J and K I believe... Pizza is amazing there.

                                                                                          1. foodiechick Jun 13, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                                                            FoodBuzzSD reports that Mike and Victoria McGrath (Trattoria Acqua) have signed a lease for space on the corner of Fort Stockton and Goldfinch in Mission Hills and intend to open "Brooklyn Girl Eatery" in the fall. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Is this where Cafe Chloe was rumored to open their second location? Fake Name? Almost sounds like the rebirth of Piret's.

                                                                                            http://brooklyngirleatery.com/

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                                                                                            721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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                                                                                              Fake Name Jun 13, 2011 11:54 AM

                                                                                              It was my understanding CC had signed a LOI for the space, but clearly no progress has been made on it.

                                                                                              Similarly, abandoned construction site in the same block where Phillipe Beltran was to launch another fiasco is still in disrepair. A sign was posted that it was to be the future home of "Cut" and instant fantasies of a neighborhood Wolfgang Puck steakhouse were dashed by the word "salon" underneath. But no progress has been made since.

                                                                                              We will welcome the Brooklyn Girl to the neighborhood.

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                                                                                                Beach Chick Jun 13, 2011 12:19 PM

                                                                                                Awesome..
                                                                                                Anyone that can bring back Piret's spirit to Mission Hills will kick some serious ass..
                                                                                                I like Mike and Vicky and wish them all the best!

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                                                                                                  bizzwriter Jun 13, 2011 05:22 PM

                                                                                                  BIG fan of the departed TA, and happy to hear that the McGraths have something new in the works. This might just entice me to venture to the other side of the I-5 for dinner.

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                                                                                                    foodiechick Sep 1, 2011 05:20 PM

                                                                                                    Further update today:

                                                                                                    http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

                                                                                                    Looking forward to this opening.

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                                                                                                    JFauset Jun 8, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                    If you find yourself in Santee...
                                                                                                    Santee’s Pizza is a family run Pizzeria serving Hand Tossed, New York Style Pies & Slices.
                                                                                                    I enjoyed watching the dough being hand tossed. I plan on going back many times.
                                                                                                    http://santeespizza.com/menu

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                                                                                                      melee Jun 6, 2011 11:17 AM

                                                                                                      Does anyone know what retaurant is opening/just opened in OB at the corner of Newport & Cable?

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                                                                                                        alyd Jun 7, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                        It's called The Joint, it seems to be a microbrew place with small plates
                                                                                                        Read more here:
                                                                                                        http://www.thrillist.com/food/san-die...

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                                                                                                        oerdin Jun 1, 2011 11:27 PM

                                                                                                        I recently tried Bruski's in Scripps Ranch right off of Mira Mesa Blvd and I15. It's nothing ground breaking, burgers & beer, but they do use fresh baked artisan buns, a creative selection of toppings & sides, plus they have a good selection of beers (24 beers offered mostly local craft brews). It's not a revolutionary restaurant or even a formula unique in San Diego but Bruski's definitely fills an open niche here in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area so if you find yourself there and you're looking for a quality American style lunch or dinner then check out Bruski's next to the Trader Joe's market.

                                                                                                        http://www.bruskihouse.com/index.html

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                                                                                                          FireFlyFiftyFive Jun 1, 2011 03:17 PM

                                                                                                          Deep into Poway:

                                                                                                          http://www.companypubandkitchen.com/

                                                                                                          This is the old Miami Grill location. There is a tweet that they are opening this summer.

                                                                                                          And there is something called Fish Boutique opening in the Trader Joe's shopping center in the Mira Mesa / Scripps Ranch area. I swear they had something posted about a liquor license in their window but they may just sell tropical fish in a stylish fashion for all I know.

                                                                                                          There seems to be a lack of quality places in Inland North County and some day I'm going to bump up one of the few old topics on the area to see if there is anything I've missed.

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                                                                                                            oerdin Jun 2, 2011 12:00 AM

                                                                                                            I'm going to have to try that place out since it is so close to my house. It's nice to see more unique locally owned restaurants opening in Mira Mesa.

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                                                                                                              Island Jun 2, 2011 12:18 PM

                                                                                                              Thanks for the heads up. The Miami Grill was a tiny space wasn't it? Hope the new resto is good. Agree that area desperately needs some decent restaurants. All those half empty old strip malls are just sad. Thought the 56 cooridor would bring in some new places, but just more of the same nail salons, cleaners and small chain joints. I like Luc's in Poway, but I can only eat around that small menu so many times.

                                                                                                              Any good pizza in that area?

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                                                                                                                FireFlyFiftyFive Aug 11, 2011 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                Anyone from CH been to the new Company Pub and Kitchen in Poway yet? It's in the Miami Grill spot.

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                                                                                                                  Island Aug 12, 2011 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                  No forgot about that. Website is a single intro page? Have you seen a menu anywhere?

                                                                                                                  Just noticed there is a Smashburger in the same shopping strip as horrid Cafe 56. I like burgers, but do we really need more of them everywhere? Something different please!

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                                                                                                                Encinitan May 23, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                Chihuahua Taco Shop has opened in the CVS/Smart and Final Encinitas Bld strip mall (in the spot where Le Bonne Bouffe used to be). On weekends they serve Barbacoa De Borrego (lamb). A half order, which looked large enough for at least 2 people, goes for 17.50. I haven't tried it as of yet. Strangely, they don't list a full order of borrego on their menu. Aqui Es Texcoco offers a full (2.2 kg) and half order of lamb on their menu, so this offering appears to be inspired by that restaurant.

                                                                                                                In another strip mall on Encinitas Bld (fronted by a rebuilt Taco Bell), construction is in progress on Zardo Organic Pasta. Based upon size, I suspect that it that it will not be a restaurant.

                                                                                                                Whole Foods is scheduled to open in the Pacific Station complex on Coast Highway in Encinitas on June 29.

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                                                                                                                  greatlaker Jun 1, 2011 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                  Anybody try Union Kitchen and Tap in Encinitas yet? Its located where When in Rome used to be. I think its only been open about 2 weeks.

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                                                                                                                  1108 South Coast HWY 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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                                                                                                                    SDGourmand Jun 1, 2011 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                    It's been packed every time I've driven by. They did a great job with the build as well.

                                                                                                                2. honkman Apr 27, 2011 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                  Pizza Fusion in Hillcrest on 5th will be replaced by Local Habit

                                                                                                                  http://www.mylocalhabit.com/

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                                                                                                                    jmtreg May 4, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                    Interesting. . .

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                                                                                                                      sdaints May 24, 2011 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                      Two other places that have signs up to open in Hillcrest are Freebirds World Burrito and Luna Grill. Freebirds is part of a chain from Texas that I had not heard of and is opening in the former Kemosabe. It looks like Luna Grill already has some other locations in SD, although I have never been to any of them. They are opening in the former Chef Wok location.

                                                                                                                      Neither of them sound like anything too exciting but I guess it is better than another pizza place.

                                                                                                                      http://freebirds.com/

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                                                                                                                      7825 Highland Village Pl Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92129

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                                                                                                                        DiningDiva May 24, 2011 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                        There is a Luna Grill in Fenton Parkway, west end of the shopping center but the Starbucks. It's actually pretty decent, but I think they're overpriced for what you get.

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                                                                                                                        7825 Highland Village Pl Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92129

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                                                                                                                          jmtreg May 25, 2011 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                          I'm not sure of the wisdom of opening a Mission-style burrito place in San Diego, but whatever.

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                                                                                                                            Island May 25, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                            Why not?

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                                                                                                                              jmtreg May 25, 2011 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                              Because San Diego has a unique burrito culture of its own that developed after the Mission-style burrito was invented.

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                                                                                                                                RB Hound May 25, 2011 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                True, but sometimes the "compare and contrast" angle drives up business.

                                                                                                                                Then you get to the third month... :)

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                                                                                                                                  Island May 25, 2011 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                  And so every one in San Diego should be restricted to consuming burritos that developed here? Too restrictive.

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                                                                                                                                    jmtreg Jun 1, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                    No, but if there was a demand for mission-style burritos, the taco shops would start selling mission-style burritos.

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                                                                                                                              foodiechick May 25, 2011 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                              FreeBirds World Burrito is now primarily a TX-based chain, but the original did begin in Santa Barbara. Having never eaten there, I can't comment on what influence that may have on their recipes, but I think it is kind of an interesting piece of trivia.

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                                                                                                                                mjill May 26, 2011 01:06 AM

                                                                                                                                I have eaten several of Freebirds offerings when I went to College in SB. Good for a late night drunk snack but without alcohol, its laughable.

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                                                                                                                                  psychotron May 26, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                  I've eaten at Freebirds a few times. It's basically a Chipotle on steroids. You get more choices of fillings & tortillas.

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                                                                                                                            Island Apr 16, 2011 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                            Much construction going on at the vacant oceanfront spot next to The Beach House in Cardiff. I think it used to be Charlie's and liquor license post says it will be the Pacific Coast Grill . Wonder if the one in Solana Beach is moving there or if it will be a 2nd location. Hope it's decent. I could use another spot for happy hour with an ocean view.

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                                                                                                                              bizzwriter Apr 16, 2011 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                              Pacific Coast Grill, sitting pretty in Solana Beach for the last 15 years, will sit even prettier in its new location at the Cardiff spot formerly occupied by Charlie’s by the Sea (526 S. Highway 101), slated for a late-summer opening. pacificcoastgrill.com

                                                                                                                              http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/ar...

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                                                                                                                                Island Apr 16, 2011 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                Thanks for the update. Site looks far from completion, but looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                            2. stevuchan Apr 14, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                              Que Pasa Mexican Grill just opened on Monday in the old Mesquite location on Mercy Rd. Menu looks pretty standard for a Mexican grill type place but they have a full bar which is rare in this part of the county, Mira Mesa especially. Looks a little pricey for Mexican in a gas station strip mall, but I will reserve judgement till I try the food. Curious if any hounds have been in yet.

                                                                                                                              http://quepasamexicangrill.com/?page_...

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                                                                                                                              16089 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

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                                                                                                                                SDGourmand Apr 14, 2011 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                They had a restaurant in Fairbanks Ranch where Dolce and the RSF farmers market is located. I know that location closed, I never made it in there.

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                                                                                                                                  ikeg Apr 15, 2011 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                  Good catch. I live less than a mile or two from there, so my wife and I might head over there if we want something close. I think we're heading up to Little Saigon tomorrow for Vietnamese food, so I'll probably try it out in a week or two.

                                                                                                                                2. chris2269 Apr 7, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  Off The Hook Seafood Grill Encinitas.

                                                                                                                                  Working in Encinitas lately so I stopped by and gave them a try.

                                                                                                                                  Had a fish sandwich with Ono. Good though a little too much bread to fish ratio. That being said the bread was better the Pelly's ...which is my one complaint against pelly's they use simple loaf bread that does not stand up to the quality of their fish.

                                                                                                                                  All in all I would ...and will go back.

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                                                                                                                                    SDGourmand Apr 11, 2011 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                    I was curious about this place.. I'm looking for a new lunch spot near my house.. Might have to give it a shot.. Was the fish fresh?

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                                                                                                                                      chris2269 Apr 11, 2011 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yes the fish I had was fresh and very good. I am working nearby all this week so I will try a few other items. They have a fresh of the day. One side of their menu is their grilled items and the other side is fried.

                                                                                                                                      They have about 8 - 10 varieties of fish .....not sure if all are fresh but at least half will be.

                                                                                                                                  2. SDGourmand Apr 7, 2011 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                    The old Bull & Bear space in La Jolla has finally been leased out.. Going to be 'Thai on Prospect' No idea how they are going to make rent for that location, they were charging close to $8k a month for 900sf.. crazy price for that location..

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                                                                                                                                    1271 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

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                                                                                                                                      bizzwriter Apr 7, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                      Wow. Good luck on that.

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                                                                                                                                        SDGourmand Apr 12, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                        Found out a little bit more info about this Thai restaurant. Apparently they had a thai restaurant in Long Beach and sold it. They have been looking for a spot in La Jolla for awhile now. The owner is from Thailand and apparently is an expert in the cuisine. only time will tell.

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                                                                                                                                          bizzwriter Apr 12, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          Hmmm....now THAT sounds interesting! Hopefully the owner won't water it down for the LJ tourists...

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                                                                                                                                            foodiechick Apr 12, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                            That is a really tough, tiiny space, wish them the best of luck.

                                                                                                                                        2. globocity Apr 1, 2011 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                          I am curious about Tre Porcellini in Hillcrest. Any feedback from people who have gone?

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                                                                                                                                            DiningDiva Apr 1, 2011 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                            Funny you should mention Tre Porcellini. I had a conversation with a friend who had just had lunch there yesterday and she was very happy with it and said the food was very good.

                                                                                                                                            I think someone (maybe Foodiechick?) did a post a few months ago about them

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                                                                                                                                              MissAliXO Apr 4, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                              I went to Tre Porcellini for Valentine's Day and it was pretty good. Authentic Italian and a decent wine list. I had one of their specials that night, a steak with garlic mashed potatoes and it was amazing. My date had the pappardelle alla vodka (salmon pasta) and although it was tasty, it was SUPER rich, probably better to share than get that for a whole meal. The atmosphere leaves a little something to be desired; kind of cheap modern furnishings. We sat at a table for two on hard plastic chairs. Definitely try to get a booth if you go. It's decent, though. I would give it probably 2.5 or 3 out of 5.

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                                                                                                                                              uchound Apr 1, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                              Bite of Boston in University City at Governor and Regents. The lobster roll was fantastic and a bargain for $11.95 - imagine an 8 inch hot dog bun completely filled with large chunks of lobster mixed with minimal mayonnaise and celery. It was as good a lobster roll as I have had outside of Boston and Maine.

                                                                                                                                              Fish and chips were served fresh from the fryer. The fish was very fresh haddock with a cornmeal crust. Cole slaw was nothing special, but the fish was so good that we didn't care.

                                                                                                                                              It's in a cursed location, so I hope they continue to be busy. We need more options in University City!

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                                                                                                                                                bizzwriter Apr 1, 2011 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                That sounds GOOD. Is that the little shopping center across from Henry's?

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                                                                                                                                                  uchound Apr 1, 2011 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                  No, it's in Henry's shopping center right next to Starbucks. A couple of years ago that place was a ghost town - let's hope they get the business they deserve.

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                                                                                                                                                    bizzwriter Apr 1, 2011 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Ah yes -- I'm in that center every Sunday morning so will check out soon. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                              2. bizzwriter Apr 1, 2011 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                Finch's Wine Bar & Bistro just opened at 7644 Girard in La Jolla. Interesting-looking menu. Will definitely check out for lunch. Hope this new restaurant has better luck in this off-the-beaten-track location than former tenants Cafe Lavande and Cafe Lautrec.

                                                                                                                                                According to an article in San Diego Community News:

                                                                                                                                                "Finch’s, which opens on March 29, will feature local and imported wines with tastings, food pairings and other wine-related events. The menu will showcase locally-farmed, organic produce and, said Linda Ravden, “really good, uncomplicated food.” A daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays will include live music."

                                                                                                                                                Here's Finch's facebook page:

                                                                                                                                                http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finchs-...

                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                1. SDGourmand Mar 9, 2011 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Fish 101 going into the old auggies spot in Leucadia. The site has a new restaurant every 6 months or so. I don't expect much from this.

                                                                                                                                                  HapiFish going in to another cursed location on the 101 between Leucadia and Encinitas blvd www.hapifish.com

                                                                                                                                                  Calypso is currently being completely gutted out. Looks like a possible tear down but not positive.

                                                                                                                                                  The old When in Rome spot has gone throurgh a lot of changes. Gutted everything out and was left with just the exterior shell. It's going to be called Union..

                                                                                                                                                  Acai cafe located in seaside market shopping center in the old frozen yogurt spot next to Rimels.

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                                                                                                                                                  1108 South Coast HWY 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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                                                                                                                                                    beachbunnySD Jun 7, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                    fish 101 is actually quite good. quality, fresh ingredients prepared simply and everything made from scratch. it's only been open a few weeks and my husband and i are regulars already. casual, friendly vibe, nice attention to detail. the fish sandwich is one of the highlights (we've had it now with copper river salmon, yellowtail and sea bass - it changes daily based on the catch). fish sandwich has pickled onions, org greens and a homemade aioli on a soft italian roll. so good! homemade chowder is excellent, not pasty at all and more of a loose style (no flour). grilled asparagus is simple and elegant with shaved grana padano and a few drops of truffle oil. shrimp po boy is excellent as well, similar to the fish sandwich. interesting wine and beer list and great HH and oyster selections. such a great addition to our neighborhood!

                                                                                                                                                    union kitchen + tap was a bit of a clusterF when we went. food was just meh. their menu reads like they're putting a bit of a spin on things, but the execution was terrible. awful homemade ketchup, lukewarm food, bland pizza and slow service. we had to ask for knives 3 times and each order of beer took 15 minutes to deliver.

                                                                                                                                                    hapifish was pretty disappointing. overdressed coleslaw made with brown cabbage, grilled chix with no discernible marinade, pineapples from a can, spicy ahi was so spicy it was inedible, uber greasy onion rings. we really wanted to like this place because it's close and has a fun, casual vibe. the food just fell flat on it's face.

                                                                                                                                                  2. ohnothankyou Feb 14, 2011 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                    In Point Loma (Canon St), there's Lighthouse Bar & Grill opening where La Scala used to be.

                                                                                                                                                    What's going in the Roseville spot?

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                                                                                                                                                      honkman Feb 14, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Accodring so FoodBuzzSD: "We’re hearing the Point Loma former site of Roseville (closed in August, 2010), might become a fun casual sports bar concept"

                                                                                                                                                      Exactly what SD needs...

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                                                                                                                                                        DiningDiva Feb 14, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Didn't Foodbuzzed also say The Waterfront was thinking about going into that space?

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                                                                                                                                                          ohnothankyou Feb 14, 2011 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Just read that. I could actually see that working...

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                                                                                                                                                            foodiechick Feb 14, 2011 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I think I read somewhere that the people behind the Roseville sports bar are the owners of The Waterfront and maybe The High Dive.

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                                                                                                                                                              DiningDiva Feb 14, 2011 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                              That would certainly make sense wouldn't it

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                                                                                                                                                        Ewilensky Feb 14, 2011 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Veg heads rejoice.

                                                                                                                                                        Casa de Luz - a vegan, macrobioic restaurant and cooking school with a location in Austin, TX will be opening up this year in North Park in the old Woolworth's Building.

                                                                                                                                                        http://www.casadeluz.org/

                                                                                                                                                        There iz alzo rumorz of another vegetarian restaurant with two other locationz in San Diego opening up in North Park later thiz year. But we've been zworn to zecrecy.

                                                                                                                                                        1. kare_raisu Feb 9, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Flavors of East Africa on El Cajon Blvd. - old Pomegranate spot. I think this one spawned from the Kenyan grill at the Farmers market

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                                                                                                                                                            DougOLis Feb 10, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Did Pomegranate close?

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                                                                                                                                                              ohnothankyou Feb 10, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Say it ain't so! Just went for the first time last month and the lamb, beet salad, etc were all DELICIOUS.

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                                                                                                                                                                wrldtrvl Feb 14, 2011 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, it just moved 3 doors down. Not to worry. I like East African food but was very sad when I saw it seemingly replaced Pomegranate. I love the borscht!

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                                                                                                                                                                MrKrispy Feb 14, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I believe I read that Pomegranate moved down the street.

                                                                                                                                                            2. bizzwriter Jan 21, 2011 09:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Noticed a new restaurant on Kline in La Jolla -- in the space where Burgundy was for a few years, next-door to Extreme Pizza and around the corner from The Cottage. Place is called The Public House La Jolla, and it appears to be an offshoot of Encinitas Ale House. Anyone like the Encinitas Ale House?

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                                                                                                                                                                foodiechick Jan 21, 2011 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I saw that this past week, is it open yet? I hope they get some traction, that locale (along with the old Cindy Black's address in Bird Rock) has been cursed for success.

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                                                                                                                                                                  bizzwriter Jan 21, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Not open yet -- a couple people were working on the outside seating area when I walked by this afternoon. If it's anything like it's sibling in Encinitas, it looks like a very promising list of draft beers and ales. The food menu didn't impress, however. And, yeah, the old Cindy Black's location has been cursed ever since she left. I was happy to see that a surf shop moved into the other long-time cursed (and vacant for years) restaurant location in Bird Rock, Ocean Fresh. I still shed a tear or two when I drive by the old Bully's site and see that it's now a boxing gym. My wife and I had many a pleasant meal there. :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                    bizzwriter Feb 10, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Wandered over with my wife late yesterday afternoon. Remarkable selection of beers -- both on draft and bottled. Nothing like it in La Jolla. Food that we tried (seared ahi) was just so-so. Pretty large crowd developed as the afternoon turned into evening. This place is going to be PACKED when the warm spring days arrive.

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                                                                                                                                                                      birdrockmom Mar 19, 2011 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      This is a great site!
                                                                                                                                                                      I hope that this new seafood restaurant is good and stays open!
                                                                                                                                                                      The owner has put a lot of time and effort into opening a quality restaurant in Bird Rock. Hopefully, something of quality will go into Bird Rock Pizza's location.

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                                                                                                                                                                      cstr Jan 22, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      The website is under development, no relavent info on it yet.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. SDGourmand Dec 2, 2010 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      New place going in the old Pasta Brava spot in Encinitas called Off The Hook Seafood Grill.. Don't know much else about it.. They just put their banner up the other day.. It's in the same shopping center as Best Buy and Barnes and Noble..

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                                                                                                                                                                        chris2269 Dec 2, 2010 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I work in that Plaza a lot, when not on the road for Office Depot,. When does it open? I'm sure I can adjust my schedule to compare it to Pelly's or King's in Carlsbad (I know lot of CHer's hate them but with the right bartender and thier oyster selection thier my go to place in North County.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. bizzwriter Nov 21, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Was cruising down Garnet in PB today and noticed a new seafood restaurant: the Pacific Beach Fish Shop. It would be hard to miss -- they have a HUGE swordfish or marlin hanging outside of the restaurant! Location is 1775 Garnet, which used to be a Mexican restaurant (Mi Casa, and before that Los Panchos for MANY years). I'm a fool for seafood so will check it out and report soon...

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                                                                                                                                                                          Island Nov 21, 2010 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Great. Got a long weekend stay at PB coming up early Dec and will be looking for recs to dine local so hope you get to try it soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                            stevewag23 Nov 21, 2010 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't been yet, but word on the street it is very similar to Blue Water.

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                                                                                                                                                                              nileg Nov 21, 2010 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Three of us ate lunch there about two weeks ago. You order at the front counter and they bring the order to your table. The fish was good, simple and well prepared. The service was very polite and attentive but still getting up to speed...they misheard my order and gave me the wrong fish, but corrected the problem promptly and courteously. Prices and menu reminded me of Blue Water, but they offer a wider selection of beers. Clean but spartan interior. Abundant parking is a plus. I'll be going back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Island Nov 22, 2010 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Nileg. Sounds like my kind of place. Did you try their clam chowder?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  nileg Nov 25, 2010 12:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  No, I didn't. I can't eat New England-style clam chowder anymore as I have become extremely lactose intolerance. I only eat Manhattan-style clam chowder now. Life without cream...arrrgh....

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                                                                                                                                                                                Island Feb 9, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Bizzwriter thanks for the heads up on the PB Fish Shop. Been there 3 times since New Years and had great halibut and scallop sandwiches. Mr Island enjoyed his favorite yellowtail (or was it fin?) with different sauces.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. foodiechick Nov 18, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                We finally got around to trying the fairly new Sapori Italian restaurant in Coronado this past weekend and had a really good experience. Tasty spicy linguini with shrimp, beautiful caprese salad with huge dollops of fresh burrata cheese drizzled with pesto. The standout dish was the outstanding ricotta stuffed fried squash blossoms that included lots of perfectly dressed peppery arugula salad to add a sharp contrast to the rich appetizer. I'm a big fan of this dish at Cucina Urbana, but I honestly think Sapori has raised the bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                We were there for lunch on Saturday and they were offering a $10 lunch special that included soup or salad and a choice of 5 pasta dishes. All menu items change daily. Great atmosphere, well balanced service. Next time you are in Coronado I encourage you to walk a block and a half away from the touristy restaurants at the Ferry Landing and give Sapori a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. bizzwriter Nov 18, 2010 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  New (presumably) Italian restaurant Voce De Mare going into that ill-fated spot on La Jolla Blvd in Bird Rock that has seen 8 or more restaurants crash and burn over the past couple of decades, most recently a couple of variations of the Boll Weevil/Cotton Patch. Looks like they'll be open within a month or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    cstr Nov 18, 2010 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Have to see if it's chow worthy. As for the last 2 places they were owned by the same people so, let's hope the location isn't jinxed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      foodiechick Nov 18, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep, Italian with emphasis on seafood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Island Nov 17, 2010 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Some previously mentioned.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Encinitan Nov 12, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        According to the North County Times, Pink's Hot Dogs is do to open at the Harrah's Rincon Casino later this month. Personally, I could never understand the hype.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sdnativa Nov 10, 2010 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Tried Osteria Origano this week. Our party of 4 liked it very much. We shared 3 pizzas and a couple of salads. Pizzas are 11" - enough to split if you supplement with a salad and bread. I think their crust is just about perfect - thin and chewy with just the right amount of resistance. Lovely salads of roasted vegetables and greens. An order of sea bass walked by and we almost fell off our chairs - beautiful chunk of fish. Next time. Decent wine list. VERY attentive service; they really are trying hard. The restaurant itself is very handsome. I have only two complaints: the "chairs" are really table height backless bar stools - they are attractive but not comfortable enough; the place can be noisy with traffic on 5th, especially with ambulances going by all the time - closing the french doors to the sidewalk tables would help a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                          www.osteriaorigano.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                            salustro Nov 16, 2010 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I had the same experience as SDNativa. Our party of four, including a Roma native with very high food standards, tried Origano last night and we all really enjoyed it. The food was very good, especially for SD (homemade burrata, fresh salads and ingredients, good pizza crust, wonderful tiramisu, Lavazza coffee), the service was very attentive without being overbearing (the owner came over and apologized for not having any grappa on hand yet), and the price was great ($90 for four including great bottle of wine, app, salad, two pizzas, dessert and a coffee). We'll be back for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              MrKrispy Nov 17, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              homemade burrata, now you're talking!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                jmtreg Nov 23, 2010 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Wait, what? Homemade burrata? Really? Sorry, I was glancing over the thread when I came upon these words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sdaints Nov 16, 2010 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                It is good to hear that they are putting out good food. I have not tried it yet but every time I walk by they are very friendly, although not very busy. They could work on the noise issue although living close by I don't find it that bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                There are 2 other places opening within a couple of blocks of this place on 5th. Naked Pizza is opening next to Starbucks and Pita's Mediterranean is opening next to Chocolat, in a location where another middle eastern place used to be. Maybe that is what is in demand, but I don't understand opening another pizza place, especially when there is already one in the same block. I also can't believe that after all of the time that the space next to Chocolat sat empty (close to 3 years) it is being filled by another version of the last place that failed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  SDGourmand Nov 16, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow someone finally took the ranoush spot.. That place was disguting when I went in. Mangement had to gut the whole place to even make presentable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    stevewag23 Nov 16, 2010 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Naked Pizza"

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gentleman's Club/Pizza joint? In the gaslamp?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally, they eased up on the conservative, disney land nature of 5th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think this one will be a hit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      phee Nov 17, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually it's on 5th in Hillcrest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        RB Hound Nov 17, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That may be the straight line of the year. Phee FOR THE WIN!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          stevewag23 Nov 17, 2010 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Different demographic, but I am guessing it could still be a hit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. bizzwriter Nov 6, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Although PB needs another Thai restaurant like it needs another tattoo parlor or sports bar, I noticed today that a new Thai restaurant is going into the space where San Diego Thai pioneer Karinya used to be for decades on Garnet Ave. Here's a photo of the signage going up today -- can't tell if it's Narraya Thai or Karraya Thai.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. honkman Nov 2, 2010 11:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since there are a number of chowhounders interested in good BBQ so this new place might be interesting - Brazen BBQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fake Name Nov 3, 2010 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        No location?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          No address on their website yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            honkman Nov 3, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It will be in the place where Sushi Itto was on the corner of Fifth and Washington

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fake Name Nov 3, 2010 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Better than Berlin, I suppose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can't imagine they'll be able to smoke there, though, so probably using a central kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love my (real) BBQ, but the only real stuff comes from my backyard and hours of time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                honkman Nov 3, 2010 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Better than Berlin but nothing compared to Hamburg

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fake Name Nov 3, 2010 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, that's not a fair comparison. Hamburg is the HOME of hamburgers, fer crying out loud.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    honkman Nov 3, 2010 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And it's a nicer city

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stevewag23 Nov 3, 2010 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How does it compare to Deggendorf?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Encinitan Nov 3, 2010 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brazen BBQ's results in the 2009 Golden State (BBQ) Championship:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              12th overall, 13th in brisket, 14th in pork spare ribs, 2nd in chicken, not listed in top 15 in pork

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              I couldn't find anything online regarding the 2010 championship.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sdnativa Nov 1, 2010 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I dont know how new it is, but we had a great meal at 25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse in Old Town a few weeks ago...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                sdaints Nov 1, 2010 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is not a "new" restaurant but I drove by the Hillcrest location of Burger Lounge and saw it was open for the first time. It must have opened within the past few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stevuchan Nov 2, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  New sushi place over by Trader Joe's off Mira Mesa, Kappa IIRC. Would be nice to have a good neighborhood sushi joint, anyone been yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FireFlyFiftyFive Nov 2, 2010 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kappa Sushi - been once a few weeks ago. Definitely a good neighborhood sushi spot. (Probably not great by CH standards.) Getting very good Yelp reviews I noticed on my iPhone app. That might not mean much around here but ... well, give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I see they have something called Bruski Burgers and also Stone Flats coming soon in the same Trader Joe's center. So far can't tell that they are chains. Good to have some new options right there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stevuchan Nov 17, 2010 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Might have reported this another thread but, there is a new Thai joint Siam Nara in the old Silver Ark location did a really nice job on the remodel, Silver Ark was kind of a pit but the snow pea greens were good. Anyways went last night for some take out and was pretty happy. Had the Larb Kai, Som Tom and a Massaman pork shank curry with ro-tee. all pretty good, but not at the level of SEL or LOS but a good Mira Mesa option and better than Spices and the rest. Looking forward to going in for a sit down dinner. I would compare it to Thai Village in PB, which I liked when I lived in the area. Spice level of 8 had some heat, but probably a 6 on SEL scale. I also had a nice meal at Kappa and agree with F4's assessment, good neighborhood sushi joint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stevuchan Feb 9, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Came across a few new spots last night, there is a Rotisserie truck at the Mira Mesa Farmers Market, same outfit as LI and LJ. Good bird and roasted potatoes. Also Loving Hut vegan restaurant is doing a soft opening, stopped in last night to grab a menu, they are doing 10-20% off during the soft opening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littlestevie Feb 9, 2011 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hasn't the Loving Hut been open for a while? I think I came across it about a year ago when I was trying to research a vegan restaurant on the internet for a relative.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bizzwriter Feb 9, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There's been one El Cajon Blvd for a while -- I think the one on Mira Mesa Blvd is new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. SDGourmand Nov 1, 2010 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just heard a new place is coming into La Jolla called We Olives from Paso Roble.. Going to occupy 1158 prospect..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bizzwriter Nov 1, 2010 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cool -- looks like they're going to have a few olive oils to taste and choose from...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      keena Nov 2, 2010 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice! We went to the store in Paso when we were there and it has some wonderful oils and a tasting bar too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flavor del mar opens today.. This is the new concept by the old exec chef of Arterra Jason Maitland. Curious to see how it turns out. I know they did a complete renovation of the space which used to be epazote..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. foodiechick Oct 28, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Acquamoree Is opening in 2 weeks in the old Pasquale's/Tikul spot on Prospect in La Jolla. I thought the concept sounded kind of crazy, but in viewing the menu on the new website I find several items are pushing my buttons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like the owner/chef might have worked at the Grand Del Mar. Promising?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SDGourmand Oct 28, 2010 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Menu doesn't look bad. Looks like it will be similar to whisk n ladle. The only good food being served at the grand del mar is coming from Addison which it seems he didn't work for or they would have stated that instead of GDM.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bizzwriter Oct 30, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting menu -- kind of a Southeast meets Southwest vibe. Definitely will check out this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Island Oct 30, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            New restaurant name and menu on an old website. It's Tikul's including the pictures. Those are Tikul's lobster tacos and mussels which aren't on the menu at Aquamoree. Not cool. See for yourself. http://www.tikul.com/site/index.html

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ohnothankyou Oct 30, 2010 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good call, but both sites use the same local web design firm and stock photography. Probably just a generic template rather than a rip-off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fake Name Oct 30, 2010 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I believe using stock images of food you've not created is misrepresentation. If one were talking about raw ingredients, I'd have no problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you didn't create, cook it and present it (or direct that process) I don't believe you should represent it as your own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Island Oct 30, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know, those mussels and lobster tacos fit Tikul's description and the restaurant's interior is the same, not stock. I have no idea what's involved in purchasing ads or websites, but with Tikul closing as quickly as they did I'd bet they sold off whatever they could to the new owner including the "as is" website so they could recoup as much $ as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But come on if they have same web design firm and had to change the name, menu and contact info anyway, how difficult could it be to change a few pictures? Even if it was stock it would be better to at least represent something they have on their menu. If they're too cheap a$$ to do that, I expect they'll be cutting corners in the kitchen too. Either way generic, rip off (sold off) or just stupidity, I agree with Fake Name on this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fake Name Oct 30, 2010 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To be fair, it might be the same chef....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Island Oct 30, 2010 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      True, but wouldn't he want pics that represent his dishes? Those could be pics from Berlin for all we know,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fake Name Oct 30, 2010 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No way. Pics from Berlin are always better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I believe if it's the same chef, he/she has the right to show his/her work- the images are fairly portable. But if it's a different staff, I think using stock is misrepresentation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DiningDiva Oct 30, 2010 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It might be the same owner too

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodiechick Oct 30, 2010 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not same owner, unsure about the chef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. SaltyRaisins Oct 28, 2010 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anybody been to Off the Sajj east of Mama Testa's? I'm assuming it's connected with Mama's Lebanese, and since I a Manakeesh-Ultimate-with-torshi-instead-of-the-regular-pickles kind of guy (read: addict), I'm hoping it's as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ewilensky Oct 28, 2010 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not as good as Mama's we thought - spicing and flavor were a little mild but still damn tasty. Seems to be affiliated with Mama's Lebanese as the guy behind the counter looked familiar. Prices and menu are also similar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stevewag23 Jun 28, 2010 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone know what is going in the Visions Restaurant/Nightclub space in the gaslamp?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It looks like they are starting construction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littlestevie Jun 28, 2010 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From the Searsucker discussion, I was going to guess, the Ed Hardy Superstore?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stevewag23 Oct 27, 2010 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You were actually pretty close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Its going to be a "Wet Willies" http://www.wetwillies.com/happenings.cfm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am sure this will help San Diego rise to being considered a prominent international dining destination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And also help the gaslamp attract the international, wealthy, jet set crowd that we need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Diego has arrived!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littlestevie Oct 27, 2010 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Schweet, Can't wait til it opens. This will just give me another reason not to go down to the Gaslamp, not that there wern't enough reasons already

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Josh Oct 28, 2010 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Comic Sans is a nice touch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            phee Oct 28, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hope they didn't pay their web developer a ton of money for that design.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ipsit May 11, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two (maybe three) new Indian places going to open soon in the Black Mountain neighborhood. One called Spice Corner in the strip mall at the corner of Black Mountain and Miramar (across the street from the Surati Farsan complex). Signs outside say that it will be a chaat house and serve Indian fast food. Also saw signs saying 'Dosa Place' and 'Bawarchi' newly hung over the old space of Ker Little India. Couldn't figure out if this is one new restaurant or two, and no one around seemed to know. Im curious to see how a restaurant will use all that space.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In any case, hopefully these places will turn out to be good. For now, I am happy about signs of growth in the Indian restaurant world in these parts

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stevewag23 Apr 21, 2010 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Along with their Ristorante Arrivederci and Arrivederci Pizza on Fourth Avenue, the group also owns the soon-to-open Au Revoir Bistro in the former La Vache location at Fourth Avenue and Robinson. They’ve just about made Monopoly on those few blocks of Fourth."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.foodbuzzsd.com/blog/2010/0...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone know when this place will open?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Granite Apr 21, 2010 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why would you name your new restaurant goodbye? Doh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stevewag23 Apr 21, 2010 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ha. No, but it sounds so much more elegant in French.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Au Revoir is better translated to "farewell" or till we meet again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Similar to Arrivederci.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MrKrispy Apr 21, 2010 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That easily overtakes Seersucker as Worst New Name for a Restaurant

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stevewag23 Apr 21, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How do you say "Seersucker" in French?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nileg Apr 22, 2010 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  >How do you say "Seersucker" in French?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With a French accent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. deckape Apr 9, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A new Italian restaurant, Ciao Bella, has opened in Ocean Beach on Newport Ave. next to the Hostel. Ciao Bella is the sister restaurant to Mama Mia's in PB and the namesake of the original Ciao Bella in La Mesa. Those of us who enjoy the noisy rusticity of Mama Mia's should be pretty happy with this one that features pasta, a long list of pizzas and paninis and a low price point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't eaten there yet, was planning to go tonight but taxes are getting in the way, but Francesco usually puts out good food along with his exuberant excitability and I personally can't wait to have a go at this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anybody out there have a go at Ciao Bella yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honkman Apr 9, 2010 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know a lot of people like Mamma Mia in PB but we went there four times and still don't understand the appeal to this restaurant - really mediocre food with sometimes unbelievable bad service. I know that Franceso has a "special" personality but that it shouldn't be used as an excuse for crappy service. We have never seen people leave a restaruant because the owner yelled at them for no reason or because he made mistake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                deckape Apr 9, 2010 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never had anything but stellar experiences there, and the only angry yelling we've seen there was Francesco's wife/chef taking the piss out of him for one thing or another - quite a scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No restaurant's food has universal appeal, just not your cup of tea, eh? His personality is not offered up as an excuse for crappy service, I happen to enjoy the guy and boisterousness but would not tolerate poor service at the same time - something I've not had an issue with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In addition, I have yet to see anyone shouted out of the restaurant...not that I would put that past Francesco...could be they deserved it, eh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  honkman Apr 9, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  " just not your cup of tea, eh" - Actually I am really looking for good Italian food in SD and had high hopes in Mamma Mia but after the different visits I would say that the food at Mamma Mia hasn't much to do with somewhat authentic Italian food. (not home made pasta which was often mushy, pasta drowned in sauce, laughable desserts)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "could be they deserved it, eh ?" - On one occassion a couple who had reservations ask very friendly after they already waited more than 30 minutes past their reservation time if there is a chance that they will get a table in the next 15-20 minutes and Francesco started to yell at them. And that wasn't by far they only example of bad service at that restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    deckape Apr 9, 2010 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, your complaints are well heard, I'm not here to debate quality or to promote Ciao Bella or Mama Mia's - just to post that it's open. You've made your gripes and tastes known, really good job of it too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm done...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jennywenny Apr 8, 2010 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just popped into cups today and shared a half dozen cupcakes with my coworkers and they were pretty good. We had a really delicious vanilla cupcake which was really tender and moist, a caramel macchiato which was just totally delicious, there was a gluten free chocolate, and a healthy zucchini which were both good, and a vegan berry, which was just ok, bit chewy, and I wasnt a massive fan of the red velvet. I'll definitely stop by in the future if I have a cupcake craving and didnt bake at home!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mjsp1 Apr 6, 2010 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PHIL's BBQ - San Marcos.... in the Best Buy Shopping Center off the 78.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RB Hound Apr 7, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did some other restaurant close in the Best Buy / Lowe's strip mall in San Marcos?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SDGourmand Apr 7, 2010 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Phils took over carinos spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RB Hound Apr 7, 2010 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carino's closed? Ah, gee - what a loss. I bet had it been another Olive Garden that wouldn't have happened.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DougOLis Mar 24, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Troy Johnson of Modern Luxury posted something yesterday about the Neighborhood/El Dorado/Noble Experiment people opening up a new place in Little Italy (former Illume Bistro location). The quote he received from the owner was: “A more refined version of Neighborhood—with good food, great beer and craft cocktails”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd post a link to it but last time Troy posted a couple of links on here they got deleted, so you'll have to find it on your own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stevewag23 Mar 25, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good tip. Hadn't heard that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    East Village Asian diner just opened in Encinitas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.eateastvillage.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also Jaws island fish taco's is opened in leucadia in the old auggies spot

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Encinitan Mar 24, 2010 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The name Jaws island fish taco's sounds like a rip-off of Jawz Tacos in Maui http://www.jawzfishtacos.com/.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SDGourmand Mar 24, 2010 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dont know if it's rip off. I think it's the same people. There logo is the same

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littlestevie Mar 24, 2010 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like to see new places open up in Encinitas, but I always wonder how more out of normal places will do up here. I really don't think of Encinitas as edgy restaurant town. As an aside, Souplantation has been packing them in since they opened. The lines have been literally out the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. honkman Mar 24, 2010 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wade Hageman (former chef of Blanca) will open his own pizza place in Encintas (Lumberyard Shopping Center): Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          honkman Mar 24, 2010 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Green_Turtle Mar 23, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not a new place, but Bud's Louisiana moved from their tiny Tierrasanta place to larger space in the middle of an office complex in Kearny Mesa:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4320 Viewridge Ave, "A"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the Balboa Business Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          San Diego, CA 92123

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          At least parking should be easier at the new place, right off the 15 fwy & Balboa Ave.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            daantaat Mar 22, 2010 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bluefin Sushi is opening/opened in the UTC mall where that Chinese restaurant used to be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stevewag23 Mar 22, 2010 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PF Wangs?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                RB Hound Mar 22, 2010 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PF Wangs? Going out of business? Have you had some sort of break with reality, stevewag? It's the Cheesecake Factory of Asian Fusion food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm guessing daantaat is talking about Peking Palace, next door to popular Cozymel's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2015 Birch Rd Ste 705, Chula Vista, CA 91915

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  royaljester Apr 8, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey don't knock Cheesecake Factory. They have great..cheesecake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mjill Mar 22, 2010 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wang's is across the street from mall, so that probably isn't it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    daantaat Mar 23, 2010 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, not PF Chang's. Yes, it was Peking Palace. Thanks RB Hound!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodiechick Mar 22, 2010 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unfortunate name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DougOLis Mar 23, 2010 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      especially given the UN's decision last week to remove fishing restrictions on Bluefin Tuna. http://www.theatlantic.com/food/archi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hye Apr 21, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two fixes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1) the decision was made by CITES, an organization created by the IUCN, which is separate from the UN, but which does have observer status at the UN General Assembly. (i.e. it is a separate international organization)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2) They did not vote to remove fishing restrictions, they voted not to impose fishing restrictions. (i.e. Both species of Atlantic Bluefin is endangered, which is usually enough for it to be included on the list of species you can't do international trade in. In this case, a bunch of countries lobbied to keep Atlantic Bluefin off the list, either because they get money from selling it to Japan, or because they are Japan.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mayache Apr 21, 2010 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I went here Friday (lazy night, sushi craving) and it was surprisingly good. There are 1/2 price basic rolls, so we had yellowtail and spicy tuna, as well as spanish mackerel nigiri (not part of discount), and their "monkeyballs" appetizer, which was spicy tuna with a cream cheese and mushroom, wrapped in some dough and topped with masago. Totally inauthentic but tasty. The rolls were good, and the mackerel was extremely high quality, fatty with that springy fresh texture. Not a bad spot if you live in the area. The decor is kind of cheesy, and the prices aren't that great, although with the 1/2 price deal they're reasonable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stevewag23 Mar 22, 2010 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Donovan’s owners take over the Bondi space land will open later this summer with a new dining concept–possibly seafood or Italian so not to compete with their namesake steakhouse just a block away."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Source: http://www.foodbuzzsd.com/blog/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Encinitan May 4, 2011 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recently received an email from Groupon clone TIPPR for Donovan's Prime Seafood, located in the Gaslamp. 80 dollars worth of food and drink for 40 dollars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mjill Mar 12, 2010 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looks like Banker's Hill Bar + Restaurant is opening soon - next month or so - where the old Modus used to be. This is put together by Carl Schroeder and his team at Market. Similar cuisine to Market but simplified a bit. I think they're trying to go pricewise a place that is feasable for people to visit a couple times a week for a few drinks and food. Great location for that concept I think. Look forward to trying it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4wino Dec 28, 2009 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here's a new one in RSF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.dolcepaneevino.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            keena Mar 11, 2010 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just what La Jolla needs. Where the Hard Rock then French 101 was, the owner of French 101 is now re-doing as .... a Sports Bar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So Powells will be a burger joint and now a sports bar at the Hard Rock and Jack's is still vacant. What La Jolla really needed was a true bistro. Something like Cafe Chloe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honkman Mar 11, 2010 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think Cafe Chloe would survive in La Jolla. In LJ you either need something more upscale than Cafe Chloe (for the older people living there) or something cheap for tourists.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rotochicken Mar 11, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think a Cafe Chloe type place would be great in LJ. There kind of is one in My Place (terrible name). Bascially a bistro, moderate, just not quite good enough or cheap enough. If the food and atmosphere at My Place was a just little better or a little bit cheaper I would be there all the time. They even allow dogs on the outside patio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  honkman Mar 11, 2010 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I heard not so good things about the food quality of this place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keena Mar 11, 2010 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The closest to a bistro in LJ is Girard Gourmet. And that place is packed. A real bistro with dinner service, I am sure would have a market there. But this is all hope amidst burger joints and sports bars...argh..just go to PB for those!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      honkman Mar 11, 2010 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Girard Gourmet is packed because it is cheap. I doubt it would be packed if the prices would be around $20-25 for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. DiningDiva Dec 28, 2009 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How about the new Carl Schroder venture in the old Modus location? Open? About to open? Sometime next year?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sdaints Dec 28, 2009 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You got me curious so I looked up and saw that they are not opening until February. It is going to be called Banker's Hill Bar and Grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Someone I know wants to go out to a nice dinner downtown and is looking for a new place to try. Is there anything of note that has opened there recently?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stevewag23 Dec 28, 2009 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The old Modus is gutted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haven't started construction yet, it seemed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                modfood Dec 28, 2009 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some additional for North Park all set to open in the next couple months (thanks to North Park Scene & SDurban blog for the info):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Urbn PIzza in the old Drowsy magguies space on University http://www.urbnpizza.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -owners of Arrivederci opening IL Postino in the La Boheme building on 30th- looks ready to go so should be any day now...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Smoking Goat French restaurant in the old Commonwealth Cafe Space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Fish Market next door to Smoking Goat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And another in the works...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -The old payless shoes on University closed & will be a Thai place and an expansion of North park Sushi next door.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Looks like True North leased he drapery place next door & are opening some type of brewery restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anthony Ambrosino Dec 28, 2009 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charisma Cucina Itraliana on West University is up and running....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sdaints Dec 25, 2009 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We were taking a walk today and saw that Frankie "the Bull", who had the BBQ place on Morena is opening a New Orleans style restaurant where the Better Half used to be. They are planning a soft opening next month. It is called The Big Easy, http://thebigeasyrestaurant.com/. There is not much information on their site but some of the menu items that he told us about sound promising.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, I saw that the Italian place that replaced Chilango's is open for business but I haven't heard anything about it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MrKrispy Dec 26, 2009 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder if he will stick around for more than a month at this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regardless, I would be very excited if we can at the least get a good quality/fairly authentic Cajun restaurant

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stevewag23 Dec 26, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Could have promise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Keep in mind, since he was on top chef, he could now be considered a "san diego celebrity chef".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stevuchan Dec 27, 2009 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They do make a nice gumbo over at what is now "Bulls BBQ", this was a carryover from when Frank (though I think I read it was the sous chef's recipe) was there. Thanks for the heads up, could be promising.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          New Banh Mi shop opened in the Pho Bolsa strip mall on Mira Mesa Blvd. Cali Baguette. House made bread, lot of other items, including Bun Bo Hue, and various stem table items. Had the Dac Biet Banh Mi ($3.00) and it was quite good along with a couple gỏi cuốn with fried shrimp/fish cake with herbs and lettuce, no bun, refreshing and tasty. Worth checking out, bread was very good. They also have a small market area with various food stuffs including a couple diffrent types of Pate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stevewag23 Nov 24, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "including a couple diffrent types of Pate."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a good spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honkman Nov 24, 2009 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is this the shopping mall with El Maguey/China Chef 2 or the one on the other side with the bicycle shop ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stevuchan Nov 24, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, El Maguey strip mall. My wife refers to it as "The Strip Mall of Deliciousness".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  honkman Dec 24, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have tried Cali Baguette now a few times and when compared to Ba Le on the other side of the street I think I like the bread more at Ba Le (cunchier and lightly toasted before assembled) but prefer the cold cuts/meats at Cali Baguette. ( I hope for a merger of both shops ;). Has anybody tried their non-banh mi stuff (e.g. soups etc). I have never anybody seen there ordering something else than the banh mi. (It is also interesting to see that the size of the banh mi at Cali Baguette is decreasing over the last few weeks . (Especially the width of the baguette. The first time it was really large (about 3-4 inches). The one today was more a larger breakstick (about 1.5 inches)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stevuchan Dec 25, 2009 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tried the Bun Ho Hue, meh..people are really nice. The ground shrimp on sugar cane, really good. Like the bread better last time, but had to wait 4 it to come out of the oven. The Ban Mi on the fresh bread is tops. Need to time it right I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                territucker47 Mar 12, 2010 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But is the Pho good? or does it smell like a cow? I like Pho but the best I've had is in Houston, TX. Haven't found out where to eat it in SD. Got any ideas??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stevuchan Mar 12, 2010 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not a spot for Pho, stick with the Ban Mi and the stuff from the steam table. Pho Cow Cali is right across the street and Lucky Pho is kitty corner, both are good. In the same strip mall as Cali Baguette Express is Bolsa that make a good Pho Ga (Chicken Pho), get the dark meat and be sure you have the ginger/garlic condiment that comes with the soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ed Dibble Mar 12, 2010 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For a great listing and sampling of pho places in SD, you can't beat KirkK's blog:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/pho/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stevewag23 Nov 24, 2009 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Linkery will take over the recently closed Aperitivo space just down the street from their current location on 30th near University. Look for a Summer 2010 open with a California-Spanish-Baja small plate affordable concept. More to be fleshed out in the coming months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: http://www.foodbuzzsd.com/blog/2009/1...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keena Mar 28, 2010 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I drove by Cali Deli today and it looks like it's open but I didn't have time to stop in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone tried it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Josh Mar 29, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They have coffee only right now. I was there last weekend for the first time, and the owner said they'd have food in 2 weeks. They'll be making their own bread, and he said they roast their own coffee. The Vietnamese iced coffee there is quite nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sdaints Oct 27, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did anyone ever eat at Cali Deli? Whenever I stopped in they said that they weren't serving food yet. Finally they did start offering sandwiches but before I could try it they had closed. It has to be close to a record for how quickly they closed. They literally seem to have spent longer perfecting the decorations. I feel bad for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On a positive note, I walked by Origano, a new Italian restaurant that opened yesterday, next to Pappalecco on 5th. I talked to a couple of the people there and they said that it is authentic Italian and they are making their own pastas. They seem to do a nice job renovating the space and they have an outdoor patio area as well. Their menu is not up yet but they seemed to offer a good mix of antipasta, pastas, and entrees .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://osteriaorigano.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DiningDiva Oct 27, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With all due respect, reading the blurb on their web page says they've been doing Italian in SD for the last 20 years. I think the one thing this board pretty much agrees on is that SD doesn't do Italian very well. I'm not sure that really bode well for the "authenticity" of the place. Sounds like this might be another Buscallachi (or how ever you spell it) venture?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SDGourmand Oct 27, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes I agree. Also the pictures on the site look like the food is from the 90s. If those are the pictures of their best dishes this place is done before it opens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stevewag23 Oct 27, 2010 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "a new Italian restaurant that opened yesterday, next to Pappalecco on 5th"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wait, is this the one "across" the street under construction?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think this is the same one you guys are talking about because they are still building the building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That one is Busalacchi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LaurenZ Oct 27, 2010 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have any of you tried Sapori on Coronado yet? Its a new Italian place (owned and run by couple from Italy) that opened up in the past year. On Orange near the ferry landing. I agree that we do not have great Italian in SD, but this place was really good. They were also really gluten free friendly which is great for my husband who can't have gluten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lovesfood11 Oct 28, 2010 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went the other night one of the best italian restaurants i have been to in san diego.All the desserts are hand made by the owners wife. The chocolate tart is too die for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RB Hound Oct 29, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Would you care to reveal the name and location of this restaurant, lovesfood11, or are you simply taunting us? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodiechick Oct 29, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.saporicoronado.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We are finally trying this place tomorrow, really looking forward to it.. Beautiful space with some view of the SD skyline from the front patio. We discovered it about a month ago on a post-lunch stroll after dining at another nearby bistro. They told us they have been open several months.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RB Hound Oct 29, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you. I hope it is still there the next time we spend the day in Coronado - it looks good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Island Oct 30, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just checked out the website. Is that a wall of giant mouths with pasta hanging out of them? Freaky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DiningDiva Oct 30, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sure looks like it doesn't it :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sdaints Oct 27, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just to clarify, this is not the Busalacchi restaurant. That is being built a block away from this new place. I was talking to the people there about how it is strange that they closed the location they had on 5th, only to build a new location a block away. Maybe they got a better deal on the space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't know anything about the food at this restaurant as it just opened yesterday but I am hopeful that we can get some better Italian food here. I was not blown away by it but I had a good meal at Bencotto a couple of months ago and the place was packed. It was definitely one of the better Italian places that I have tried in town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cstr Oct 27, 2010 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree the 20 years blurb gives it away, this has all the markings of another Busalacchi's resto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On a lighter note, there's a new Rubio's opening soon in LJ on Fay.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Josh Oct 28, 2010 02:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cali Deli, if you'll pardon the crudity of the following, sucked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The iced coffee was good, but their sandwiches were a disaster.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Josh Oct 28, 2010 02:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Didn't realize Origano opened, we'll have to check it out as we live pretty close by. I feel weird about cheating on Bruno, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cstr Oct 28, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You'll need to ask for forgiveness!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you tried Cali Baguette Express (Mira Mesa/Black Mountain)? It has been on my rotation for the last couple months. Curious what other think about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mjill Mar 8, 2010 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't. I actually am secretly hoping the sandwiches aren't as good as K's although they'd be much more convientent. Feels like I'm cheating on the place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      honkman Mar 9, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I foud the quality at Cali Baguette Express declining over the last few weeks. We are now more going back to Bale next to Lucky Seafood which is more consistent and better).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stevewag23 Nov 21, 2009 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just noticed that Luigi's in Little Italy is now "Landrini's Pizza".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone know the story?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChrisG Nov 24, 2009 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A falling-out between Luigi and his partners. There is no connection between the two except the new owners may have "borrowed" from his menu. We'll see how long it lasts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stevewag23 Nov 24, 2009 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Figured it had to be something like that. One day it was Luigi's and the next it was Landrini's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The question is: Is the quality same, up, or down?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stevewag23 Dec 2, 2009 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The current owners of Landini's bought out the biz from Luigi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The restaurant is the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ate there today. Seemed the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So we can call this two new openings: Luigi's and Landini's!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nodunk Sep 14, 2011 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New to San Diego. Ate at Luigi's on 25th several times. Ate at Landini's once and this is no Luigi's. Salads are same, pizza at Landini's a notch below Round Table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mliew Nov 20, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So Chilangos is gone again?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny cause it used to be a board darling a couple years ago. Ever since they reopened I haven't heard any talk about it at all. I went maybe 4-5 months ago and it was pretty good, on par with the original quality back in the day. Unfortunately the couple times I went (on a Friday/Sat night) the place seemed pretty dead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stevewag23 Nov 20, 2009 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, its gone again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ate there for lunch a couple of times this year and it was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charisma Cucina Italiana seemed to almost open for biz last time I passed by.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DiningDiva Nov 21, 2009 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chilangos may have been done in by that train wreck of a Mexi-Carribbean party place on Uni and 2nd. 2 doors up from Chilangos, first stop. Why go for the good stuff when you can fill up on cheap food and cheap drink.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              territucker47 Mar 12, 2010 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh Chilangos! one of the best flavors in Mexican food ever...it was great food in a bad location. No where to park but that seafood cocktail was out of this world...and those beans were quite special. Very different from any Mexican resturant in San Diego. I really miss Chilangos!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stevewag23 Nov 20, 2009 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "-a new Vietnamese place is opening on 5th in between Robinson and University"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is that the Cali Deli? Vietnamese sandwich place?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Airport Lounge is turning into El Camino. Same owners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just Burgers has already transformed into a Santana's taco shop. Quickest conversion ever.

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