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Hidden neigbourhood gems in Clairemont?

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jennywenny Feb 11, 2010 11:14 AM

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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    Cathy Feb 11, 2010 11:28 AM

    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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      RB Hound Feb 11, 2010 03:04 PM

      cgfan posted this link about a Clairemont taco truck:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/akatayama/4298478833/

      in this thread:

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

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      royaljester Feb 11, 2010 04:13 PM

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

      1. deckape Feb 12, 2010 02:39 PM

        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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          Captain Jack Feb 12, 2010 05:40 PM

          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?

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            Uncle Lefty Feb 15, 2010 11:46 AM

            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.

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