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Feb 6, 2010 09:42 AM

Which Places do you Frequent because the Owners Appreicate your Patronage

I've been to many excellent small family run places where the owners/proprieters and staff know that you come out of your way for their food. They show their appreciation in many wonderful ways,and I appreciate their food. A few of my fav's are:

Aqui Es Texcoco, where Paco will gladly assist you with trying different things as well as accommodating your guests.

Marisco's Godoy, the whole staff is friendly and will help this gringo by explaining areas of their menu that I wish to try as well as cooking methods and spicing.

The Marisco's and Gorda trucks by the Toys R Us, always very friendly and patient to help with questions.

El Pescadore, the guys are just polite and friendly and willing to recommend a fish sammy.

I could list more but, this is why I will go out of my way to patronize places like this. Have places like this that are your go to places? What are your gems.

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  1. Gosh. "Owners"...."appreciate"? Two rareties at SD restaurants. Sab -e- lee comes to mind. Not much else.

    1. Everyone at Bety's in Encinitas is super friendly (plus I think their food is the best Mexican home cooking I've had in the greater San Diego area).

      In particular, the son (I think his name is Luis) is exceptionally friendly and welcoming, always making sure that we have a great experience and he even remembered our family and what my daughter ordered, after we hadn't been there for a few weeks. I believe it's either his mom or grandmother who does a lot of the cooking in the back, and his sister is up front in the dining room.

      They're all hard-working, quality and service minded people who really care about what they serve. They make us feel very welcome and sincerely appreciated. The food is so fantastic that we'd probably go there regardless, but their attitudes definitely make us want to support them even more.

      9 Replies
      1. re: carli

        Very much agree with your Bety's assessment. It is Bety who is both cooking and in the front of the house. She is Luis's mother.
        Oh now I so want Bety's. I miss it.

        1. re: carli

          I've been to Bety's a number of times, but it's always been for take out. However in the past two weekends I've made it a point to dine in there and have noticed something that I wanted to pass by others on this board who go there more regularly than I.

          On both dine-in visits, they were both in the late morning hours on the weekend, they had the music up so loud that it actually interfered with service. In trying to flag down a server I was not able to be heard above the music. Now I give a lot of margin to small independent ethnic restaurants in terms of what they do to provide atmosphere, but in the two cases where I dined in it was almost to the point where I felt like complaining about it. It was almost as if they were having a house party, it was so loud.

          Anyone else have this experience there, and did it bother you?

          1. re: cgfan

            This is a problem for me in most restaurants, and really in most public places in general. It's as though having a moment's silence is simply not permissible. I always enjoy having a nice conversation over a meal, and nothing ruins that more than obnoxiously loud music. Somehow I doubt that anyone would complain if that practice was abandoned.

            1. re: Josh

              I'll also add the fool yelling on his/her cell phone. Josh you been, peddled, around the block a few times. How about your fav owners/places.

              1. re: cstr

                I don't know that I have a place I'd say this about. Usually the reason I patronize a place is if the food is good. I will say that I feel better about my patronage if I feel like the owner is a nice guy, or someone who I want to see succeed. And I know there are places I've avoided patronizing, because I don't want to support people financially who I have issues with on a personal level, for whatever reason.

          2. re: carli

            I grew up in Encinitas, but don't know Bety's. Details, please. I will be driving up to Encinitas weekly for the next few months, so would love to try it. Where is it?

            1. re: Ms. Verde

              Here's an old comp I crudely put together for another post. (It's not the easiest restaurant to find...)

              1. re: cgfan

                Another place in Encinitas that I been treated well is Jorge's Mexican.
                They have really good chicken soup that everyone raves about.
                I have some good meals at Bety's and they have some unique items but I find the quality to be inconsistent.

                1. re: pantani

                  Really love the soup at Jorge's. My s.o. finds the one on Santa Fe a bit crazy at lunch time with all of the Scripps people crossing the street.

                  Santa Fe Cafe
                  445 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

          3. Kaito. Everyone who works there is incredibly welcoming and we always feel like guests in someone's home. By leaps and bounds the friendliest restaurant I have ever been to.

            Jay at the Linkery has always been very friendly, everyone at Alesmith Brewery have been very nice, and the owners at Viva Pops and at were very pleasant and welcoming.

            3 Replies
            1. re: JRSD

              K & B Wine in Del Cerro. Costa Brava.

              1. re: globocity

                Rana's in Spring Valley in addition to serving excellent food in the style of Mexico City has a very appriciatve owner.....

              2. re: JRSD

                I definitely second The Linkery.

                3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

              3. Okan. The owner/manager always makes a point to stop by, say hi and ask how things are going, no matter how busy it is.
                Oton. Whoever is training their staff at both places (Okan) is doing an excellent job.
                Kaito. All of the staff are welcoming and accomodating. Regularly checking on how we're doing.

                1. Mariscos La Ensenada -Oceanside
                  and Brookyn Boyz Pizza - Oceanside
                  Great treatment from all Owners and staff.