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Apr 16, 2010 06:31 PM

Mussels and Fries

So, my trip to the Netherlands and Belgium has fallen victim to volcanic ash. Anywhere in SD I can take my craving for mussels and fries now that Belgium is a another trip at another time?


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    1. i've heard raves about the moules frites at Vagabond in South Park - try searching the board to see if there's any feedback here on CH.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Opening chef at Vagabond went on nto open Blue Boheme. Vagabond is currently being repurposed into a new direction.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          sigh. of course it is. these places turn over so quickly these days i can't keep track! thanks for the heads-up...i guess that supports foodiechick's rec for Blue Boheme.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Another vote for Bleu Boheme. Thin, crisp fries with a touch of lavendar...CAn be noisy at peak hours.

            Bleu Boheme
            4090 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

            1. re: millerowski

              I think I had the worst mussels & frites ever at Blue Boheme it was as if the chef never heard of salt or pepper on multiple orders of mussels and they misfired our fries so they came out about 10 minutes later soggy.

              Cafe Chloe's spring rendition of their mussels is quite tasty (they change every season) and the Fishery is Pacific Beach also makes some mean mussels with linguica but you will need to order fries on the side.

              Cafe Chloe
              721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

              1. re: jturtle

                I totally agree-

                Blue Boheme's mussels are awful. They were overcooked and tasted "fishy." I enjoy it there, I just never order the mussels. I do like their escargot, however.

        2. rat bastard sorry Campy!
          mussels are good on the back patio of the Fish Market frites but you can get those on the side.
          Cafe Chloe is always excellent..great rates for US Grant on expedia for $144..go out and have some fun!
          I do feel your pain...I was leaving the morning of 9/11 for Europe and sometimes when you think the biggest monkey wrench that you didn't put into the equation of screwing up your trip and then there it is.
          Get some Veuve Clicquot and drink & eat all the mussels you can and enjoy in SD!

          1. Was just at whisknladle tonight and they have mussels and fries on the menu. I didn't order it though.

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            1. re: hopkid

              I've had them there. I thought they were pretty good. Take a drive up to LA and get them at bouchon best mussels I've had in a while.

              1. re: SDGourmand

                Went to Whisk'n'Ladle last night, it was the first time we've gone for supper, though multiple times for lunch and their "brunch".
                Mussels with Fries and a Stone IPA - this was very good with a nice creamy broth that had a pleasant wine flavour and nice herbal component. I find their fries just ok, definitely not anything close to Belgian fries, not that they claim to be - we ate them all just the same.
                Bone marrow and toast - been waiting to order this for awhile as it not on the lunch menu; it did not disappoint at all. Though the pieces varied by the size of the bone, the light dressing matched well to the meaty marrow which was nice and creamy without being the least bit chewy.
                Small Charcuterie plate - I also hate to admit that in so many times of going here that I had never sampled the house prepared meats. Last night, it was a Pate Campagne, Small salami, Rillette of Pork, Olives, Raisins, Mustard, Tapenade and Truffle Tremor from Cypress Grove (along with another firm, sheep cheese who's name escapes me).
                We both also had a glass of wine each to accompany the charcuterie plate. Other than having to order another plate of bread for the delicious mussel broth - I'm not a big fan of fries in the broth - it was another nice experience at Whisk'n'Ladle.

                1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

            2. Sorry to hear that. bummer.

              Ritual Tavern has good moules frites (I think you do have to order the 2 items separately though). Plus it has good beer to pair with it as well (essential).

              Ritual Tavern
              4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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              1. re: DougOLis

                I had pretty good mussels at Bull Taco a couple nights ago -- we took the kids to San Elijo campground for their first ever camping trip. Talk about roughing it...

                I don't know if they have fries (though it wouldn't surprise me), I got plain bread to dip in the abundant sauce.