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Beach Chick Apr 16, 2010 08:45 AM

Some of my fave's are..

George's out on the ocean terrace
El Pescador
Fish Market Oyster Bar Downtown
Las Cuatro Milpas
Point Loma Seafoods
Con Pane

  1. El Chevere Jun 9, 2013 08:08 PM

    Supernatural Sandwiches on Wednesday and Thursday in Barrio Logan....their Neptune sandwich with bay scallops, bacon, cilantro, and special sauce on brioche is nothing short of sensational.


    Azucar in Ocean Beach--excellent Cuban pressed sandwiches.

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    1. re: El Chevere
      RB Hound Jun 9, 2013 09:47 PM

      Supernatural's web site now says Thursday and Fridays for lunch in the Barrio Logan site, Saturday afternoons in North Park (Ripe Produce), and Sundays at the Hillcrest Farmers Market.

      And though that technically is in the Barrio, it's only a few blocks from the ballpark - so it's not deep within. :)

      1. re: RB Hound
        El Chevere Jun 10, 2013 08:38 AM

        they may have recently switched dates...when in Barrio Logan they alternate between the Sushi on a Roll location next to Cafe Virtuoso and the Farmers Market....I'm usually there on a Thursday and the sandwiches are packed with flavor and just the right amount of food--not too much, not too little.

      2. re: El Chevere
        Melanie Wong Jun 10, 2013 10:26 AM

        Haven't made it back to Azucar for the Cubano, but I did try the pastelito de guayaba my one time there.

      3. Beach Chick Apr 27, 2012 08:44 AM

        Just saw Larry Himmel of Channel 8 talk about Haggo's Tacos in Leucadia..
        Chef James Haggard, formely of Rancho Valencia resort, opened up a funky organic taco trailer resto..
        I am so all over this place!


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        1. re: Beach Chick
          Melanie Wong Jun 9, 2013 06:51 PM

          Saw this photo on instagram of Haggo's and wonder 'hounds like it?

          Haggo's Organic Taco
          1114 N Coast Highway 101
          Encinitas, CA 92024
          (760) 753-6000

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          cstr Apr 15, 2012 07:20 AM

          The Linkery, great links! Stopped by while in the 'hood, had a link sammie and a cold craft brew. Attentive service, fresh ingredients, great flavor, works for me.

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          1. re: cstr
            Beach Chick Apr 15, 2012 09:46 AM

            Wish Jay would make a soy sausage with lots of herbs and garlic..if that's possible.

            1. re: Beach Chick
              cstr Apr 15, 2012 02:12 PM

              You should try their grilled broccoli (whch is killer), the baked goat cheese and a house salad. You could be well satisfied, just add a good draftie or 2!.

              check the website:


              1. re: cstr
                The Office Goat Apr 17, 2012 11:01 AM

                We ordered a baked goat cheese there by accident; turns out it's huge and delicious!

          2. cgfan Apr 12, 2012 01:11 PM

            Barrio Logan
            * El Porvenir (Carnitas Taco)
            Little Italy
            * Lounge Burger
            * Mariscos German/Alex (South Park & City Heights - Mixto, Pulpo, and Marlyn Tacos)
            * Caffe Calabria (light sandwiches/Paninis)
            Kearny Mesa
            * Yakitori Yakyudori (Shio Ramen)
            * Okan (Bento lunch)
            * Santouka (Tonkotsu Ramen)
            Mira Mesa
            * Luong Hai Ky (VN-style Chinese - everything)
            * Pho Cow Cali (everything)
            Solana Beach
            * Rudy's (Carne Asada plate or Torta)
            * Las Brisas Taqueria (Menudo & Carnitas)

            ...still need a viable replacement to the now defunct Umenoya (Miramar)

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            1. re: cgfan
              Ms. Verde Apr 12, 2012 09:14 PM

              Love Super Cocina--near my workplace in the hood.
              When I'm on vacation, I love Chocolat in Hillcrest and Fairouz Cafe in Midway area.
              Playa Grill in Costco Mission Valley has great early happy hour Merry Pigglest sliders and margarita lunch

              1. re: cgfan
                Beach Chick Apr 13, 2012 06:55 AM

                Hey cg!
                Are they opened back up... El Porvenir?
                Great list!

                1. re: Beach Chick
                  cgfan Apr 13, 2012 11:33 AM

                  Thanks BC... I don't get out there often enough, but by being open again if you mean since a year or two ago, then yes, they have. They still run with the same charming disregard for typical food service, which is partly why I love to go there. My understanding with the new owner (who still is family) was that his goal was to restore the original family recipe.

                  1. re: Beach Chick
                    cgfan Apr 15, 2012 12:51 AM

                    Ooops, just had a chance to drop in to El Porvenir today, and it turns out that they got foreclosed on and had to shut down. They did say that they might be featuring their cooking at the market just down the street, however.

                    That's so sad, especially since they've been in business for so long.

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                  royaljester May 22, 2011 08:45 PM

                  Super Cocina
                  Opera in Sorrento
                  Chin's in Convoy
                  The Kebab Shop in Mira Mesa
                  Little Lamb Hot Pot (Clairemont)
                  Okan in Convoy
                  Nijiya supermarket in Convoy

                  Super Cocina
                  3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

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                  1. re: royaljester
                    SteveRB Apr 12, 2012 11:18 AM

                    Koon Thai Kitchen
                    Pho Hiep + Grill
                    Bud's Louisiana Cafe
                    Spicy House
                    King's Fish House (mission valley)
                    Point Loma Seafoods

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                    buzznutter May 5, 2011 10:59 AM

                    There are a number of hotels that have great outdoor dining venues. The Veranda at Rancho Bernardo Inn, 1540 at L'auberge Del Mar, Torrey Pines Inn, plus I like sitting outside at Blue Ribbon Pizza

                    1. pRon May 2, 2011 06:18 PM

                      Hey Beach Chick,

                      I'm sorry nobody backed you up on Las Cuatro Milpas!

                      I'm here to say that if you want GOOD old fashioned Mexican food this place is hard to beat...

                      Thanks for your support, pRon

                      1. ibstatguy May 1, 2011 07:55 AM

                        Wet Stone Wine Bar; Cowboy Star; Red Door; Dobson's; Craft & Commerce

                        Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe
                        1927 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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                          pickypicky Apr 29, 2011 12:31 PM

                          Yesterday we had lunch at Tender Greens-- and it was as delicious and fresh as when it opened. Chef Husband and I were away 15 months, half of that in Sonoma, and this was our first visit back to TG. As we sat outside in the Perfect San Diego Sun and ate our lunch, we tried to remember any place in Sonoma, Napa, or Marin as pleasant, fresh, and reasonably priced as Tender Greens-- and couldn't. Northern CA has incredible bread, cheese, wine, and produce, BUT, as we learned, most of the everyday restaurants we visited were ho-hum. Before leaving, I did nothing but bitch about SD restaurants, and now I'm just happy to be back and find out that my TG Tuna Nicoise Salad is still perfectly composed and dressed. ( No one has the al fresco dining we do. . . )

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

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                          1. re: pickypicky
                            DiningDiva Apr 29, 2011 12:49 PM

                            "( No one has the al fresco dining we do. . . )"

                            I'll gladly second that, especially yesterday and Wednesday, just about perfect

                            1. re: pickypicky
                              honkman Apr 29, 2011 02:39 PM

                              "as we learned, most of the everyday restaurants we visited were ho-hum" - Our experience is the other way around. There are of course also numerous disappointing restaurants in SF and the wine country but there is still a very large number of everyday restaurants with outstanding food for good prices which I would love to have in SD, e.g. Scopa, Barndiva, Zin, Willi's Seafood Bar, Zin, Ad Hoc, Oenotri, (and that's just a few in the Healdsburg/Napa area)

                              1. re: honkman
                                pickypicky Apr 29, 2011 03:59 PM

                                enough said.

                                1. re: honkman
                                  Fake Name Apr 30, 2011 07:07 AM

                                  Funny- I'm in Yountville right now and dammit, I can't find a drive-thru anywhere. I suppose Taylor's Refresher (now Gotts Roadside bla bla) will have to do for lunch. Breakfast this AM will be an armload of goodies from Bouchon Bakery.

                                  1. re: Fake Name
                                    Beach Chick Apr 30, 2011 07:12 AM

                                    Gott's has the best Ahi burger...
                                    The Grill at Meadowood Resort for breakfast or Redd for Sunday brunch..
                                    Have a great time and we'll see you this Wednesday!
                                    BTW, I'm so jealous..bring me some Silver Oak Cab..
                                    ; )

                                    1. re: Beach Chick
                                      Fake Name Apr 30, 2011 07:21 AM

                                      Here for a wedding, so food options are narrowed.

                                      Ahi burger? Nah...

                                      1. re: Fake Name
                                        Beach Chick Apr 30, 2011 07:58 AM

                                        The Ahi burger is one of their most famous items..trust me..


                                    2. re: Fake Name
                                      honkman Apr 30, 2011 05:55 PM

                                      Not a drive-thru but the sandwiches at Dean& Deluca and Oakville Grocery (both in St. Helena) are quite good.

                                      1. re: honkman
                                        pickypicky Apr 30, 2011 07:36 PM

                                        Fremont Diner, Hwy 121, between Sonoma and Napa. No website just incredible food.

                                        1. re: honkman
                                          cstr May 1, 2011 07:54 AM

                                          Oakville Grocery is a wonderful display of excellent sammy material and tons of sides, their sampling stations are incredible.

                                    3. re: pickypicky
                                      cstr Apr 29, 2011 04:12 PM

                                      Y'all didn't have much el freshco in TX...Mammm!

                                    4. goodhealthgourmet Apr 17, 2010 06:25 PM

                                      i very rarely eat lunch out, but when i do i love outdoor seating with a view. can't beat Cardiff State Beach with takeout from Seaside Market!

                                      other faves:
                                      - Swami's
                                      - Lotus Cafe
                                      - Naked Cafe
                                      - Rimel's
                                      - Ki's

                                      Swami's Cafe
                                      1163 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA

                                      Naked Cafe
                                      106 S Sierra Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

                                      Rimel's Rotisserie
                                      1030 Torrey Pines Rd Ste E, La Jolla, CA 92037

                                      Lotus Cafe
                                      765 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                        liza.calderon Apr 19, 2010 08:47 PM

                                        I had forgotten about Rimel's! I LOVE their rice plate with the rotisserie turkey! The sauces that come with it are so complex and wonderful. Yum!

                                        1. re: liza.calderon
                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 19, 2010 08:58 PM

                                          this is SO great to know - i've never had their turkey...i love the grilled mahi mahi and the fire pit-seared scallops.

                                          just steer clear of the mussels - i had them at the Cardiff location a couple of months ago and they were HUGELY disappointing.

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                            palmtree38 Apr 29, 2010 05:09 PM

                                            Anyone like Hodad's for lunch???
                                            We love watching drive ins and diners and their bacon hamburger looks pretty darn good...

                                            Previous San Diego holdiday
                                            El Pescador was really good for pick up lunch
                                            Georges at the Cove (great fish taco's and gorgeous view for lunch)
                                            Mama Teste's loved the salsa bar! (take out )

                                            This future trip Super Cocino and Mariscos German are musts to try!

                                            Hodads Restaurant
                                            5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

                                            Mariscos German
                                            3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

                                            1. re: palmtree38
                                              cstr Apr 30, 2010 08:07 AM

                                              You're probably going to get an earfull about Hodad's, but just go. Depending on where you're staying there are many Marisco's locations.

                                              1. re: palmtree38
                                                Indirect Heat Apr 30, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                Hodad's makes decent burgers, but they're not worth the line around the block that they often have. If there's a short line, I think they're a perfectly lovely lunch place.

                                                Hodads Restaurant
                                                5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

                                                1. re: Indirect Heat
                                                  palmtree38 Apr 30, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                  so whats the scoop on these diner/drive in places?? Is it restaurants that want or need a pick up so they get noticed from this show?

                                                  Any other drive in dinner place that would be a better choice in SD?

                                                  We are going to Mariscos on University/35th... Hear this is a good location..

                                        2. Beach Chick Apr 17, 2010 07:42 AM

                                          Wow..what great places you all lunch at!

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                                            daantaat Apr 16, 2010 05:48 PM

                                            Izakaya Sakura
                                            Tender Greens
                                            Copper Chimney Indian truck
                                            Surati Farsan Mart
                                            Mama Testa's
                                            El Cuervo
                                            Sab e Lee
                                            Buga Korean BBQ
                                            Coffee Cup Cafe
                                            Pacifica Breeze Cafe

                                            Mama Testa
                                            1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                                            Surati Farsan Mart
                                            9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

                                            Pacifica Breeze Cafe
                                            1555 Camino Del Mar # 209, Del Mar, CA

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

                                            Coffee Cup
                                            1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

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                                            1. re: daantaat
                                              RB Hound Apr 16, 2010 08:13 PM

                                              I'm envious; I'm lucky if I get out of my office for lunch, much less the La Jolla Village / UTC wasteland. I really should pick up an occasional sandwich from Spirits of St. Germaine, though - I've heard from multiple sources that they are pretty good.

                                              1. re: RB Hound
                                                DougOLis Apr 17, 2010 05:54 PM

                                                Have you been to Fibonacci's before? It's run by Waters Catering and they have some pretty good options. Nothing crazy (other than their TJ Bacon Dogs last week) but it's a lot better than most corporate cafe places in the area. Worth checking out.

                                                1. re: DougOLis
                                                  honkman Apr 18, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                  Tried Fibonacci's for the first time on Thursday and it is a good addition to area. Philly Cheesesteak was bit underwhelming, vegetarian quesadilla was quite good. We were in a hurry and didn't have really time to look through the menu but saw that Andrew Spurgin was cooking at that day.

                                                2. re: RB Hound
                                                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 17, 2010 06:19 PM

                                                  RB, have you ever been to Croutons? i'd love to hear some CH opinions - my next door neighbor is the founder/CEO of the company but i've never been there.

                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                    RB Hound Apr 17, 2010 09:37 PM

                                                    Yes I've been to Croutons, especially the one on the UCSD campus (there is also one in front of the La Jolla Village Square Ralph's).

                                                    It's pretty decent. Like I always do, I overdid it early on and got a bit tired of it, but I got back from time to time. I almost always get a soup/sandwich combo.

                                                    I have not been over to Fibonacci's (in Qualcomm/SAIC land). I may want to try that sometime as well - good suggestion.

                                                    1. re: RB Hound
                                                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 19, 2010 09:05 PM

                                                      thanks for the response. he wants me to consult for him on some menu adjustments they're planning to make, and i said yes without ever having eaten the food...i was mildly concerned about what i might have gotten myself into ;)

                                                      one more thought for you - Bristol Farms on Genessee at UTC. certainly not cheap as grocery stores go (but neither is Whole Foods!), and i haven't been to this location, but the quality of prepared and takeout food at their LA stores was usually good.

                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                        RB Hound Apr 19, 2010 09:25 PM

                                                        I lived right by Bristol Farms for a few years. Though their deli sandwiches were pretty decent, they don't really warrant any sort of trip (in my opinion). I liked their crepe bar, and though I understand why they ditched it, that was the only thing that I felt that stood out.

                                              2. jmtreg Apr 16, 2010 04:17 PM

                                                Okay, because I work Downtown. . .

                                                Mama Gucci's
                                                La Gran Tapa
                                                Old Gallery
                                                Ai Sushi

                                                I used to like the Sixth Avenue Bistro, but the service is spotty, at best.

                                                Mama Gucci's
                                                1157 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                                                Sixth Avenue Bistro
                                                1165 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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                                                1. re: jmtreg
                                                  liza.calderon Apr 16, 2010 05:03 PM

                                                  Dobson's downtown. It is so old school, but they have the best sourdough bread and delish comfort food. The bartenders are awesome and Mr. Dobson himself is always around to greet you.

                                                2. foodiechick Apr 16, 2010 02:21 PM

                                                  All al fresco La Jolla edition:

                                                  George's Terrace
                                                  Birdrock with an El Pescador plate
                                                  Bahia Don Bravo
                                                  Patio at Trattoria Acqua (not gazebo)
                                                  Barbarella (garden sidewalk)
                                                  La Jolla shores beach with a Cheese Shop sammy
                                                  Piatti patio
                                                  The terrace at AR Valentien
                                                  La V - back terrace overlooking Scripps Park

                                                  1. d
                                                    DougOLis Apr 16, 2010 11:21 AM

                                                    Super Cocina
                                                    Brett's BBQ
                                                    Surati Farsan Mart
                                                    Bull Taco
                                                    Urban Solace
                                                    Pho Cow Cali
                                                    Aqui es Texcoco
                                                    Tacos el Paisa
                                                    Yakyudori Ramen
                                                    Ba Ren
                                                    Fibonacci's Campus Point Bistro
                                                    taking something to the Torrey Pines Gliderport and eating on a picnic table there

                                                    Urban Solace Restaurant
                                                    3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

                                                    Surati Farsan Mart
                                                    9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

                                                    Super Cocina
                                                    3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

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                                                    1. re: DougOLis
                                                      Indirect Heat Apr 28, 2010 07:40 PM

                                                      Second Yakyudori Ramen, Ba Ren, Pho Cow Cali.

                                                      Add Mama's Bistro.

                                                      1. re: Indirect Heat
                                                        keena Apr 28, 2010 11:13 PM

                                                        I openly admit I am not a ramen expert but lately I do love going to Yakudori ramen for lunch at least once a month. I also like: Tender Greens, Bread Cie, Salad Style (to go), Lean n Green, and a lovely little place for a leisurely lunch in Hillcrest is Olivetto. None of these are spectacular but they are just what I love for lunch. PLSF is too insane at lunchtime for me but I love the scallop sandwich.

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

                                                        Olivetto Restaurant
                                                        860 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

                                                        Salad Style
                                                        807 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

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                                                      cstr Apr 16, 2010 10:30 AM

                                                      2nd El Pescador, excellent grilled fish sammies
                                                      Maritiza's in Clairmont for a Carnita's plate
                                                      The Cottage in LJ
                                                      Marisco's truck on Industrial or the truck in OB
                                                      Burger Lounge

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                                                        MrKrispy Apr 16, 2010 09:41 AM

                                                        sitting on Sunset cliffs with a deli sandwich from Olive Tree Market or a burrito from Nico's.

                                                        1. Fake Name Apr 16, 2010 08:47 AM

                                                          Super Sergios
                                                          Grab n Go India Street

                                                          Super Sergio's
                                                          4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

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                                                          1. re: Fake Name
                                                            RosiD May 22, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                            I second Saigon! It's my favorite lunch place in the world... the City Heights one, that is, not the Hillcrest one. Majorly lacking in ambiance, but a bowl of pho and an order of spring rolls is the best.

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