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We're planning to move to Clairemont in a few months and I just wondered if anyone had any surprising tips on bars/restaurants? I know we've got lots of fun choices down on Convoy but any other favorites? I think we'll end up driving/cabbing around a lot more but I thought I'd ask just in case!

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  1. Arely French Bakery Cafe and Woody's (a chili dog place that makes an *excellent* Pastrami sandwich and *great* shakes). In the Clairmont Mall, on either side of Pick Up Stix, just across parking lot from Outback.

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    1. re: Cathy

      cgfan posted this link about a Clairemont taco truck:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/akatayam...

      in this thread:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684424

    2. If you don't mind ethnic, I'd recommend Little Lamb Mongolian Hot Pot. It's a different style of Shabu Shabu.

      1. Fat Tony's Pizza on Diane, just off of Clairemont Mesa Blvd...as good a NY style pizza as any in SD. Fantastic place to have so close.

        Pretty useful dive bar in Diane Shopping Center called The Watering Hole. In same complex there's a "Donut Shop" that features Mexican pasteles, excellent tortas and raspados.

        Los Palmitos Taco Shop in the Fart & Smile (Smart & Final) strip mall and Las Playitas for Cocteles Mariscos - their Vuelve a la Vida is the bomb - in the same mall.

        Arely's makes what I consider to be the best croissant in SD. Their sandwiches are pretty useless though.

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        1. re: deckape

          I'll second La Playita for the Vuelve a la Vida. I tried to grab one today after a Smart and Final run, but the tiny place was packed with 15-20 blue hairs, and a minibus from one of the assisted living facilities was parked out front. What the hell?

          1. re: deckape

            Don't forget Ba Ren, right next to Fat Tony's on Diane. My intro to this site was reading KirkK's posts on this HOT new Szechuan restaurant in Clairemont. I've been a fan of this site, and and an FOY (fan of yoso) ever since.