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May 30, 2010 03:53 PM

San Diego since summer 2007?

Returning temporarily to SD after nearly 3 years away. What are some must-try places which have popped up since then? We'll be there for six weeks, so we have ample opportunities to adventure out (and also to return to the familiar, of course).

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  1. Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano
    Blind Lady Alehouse
    Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant
    Cowboy Star
    Farmhouse Cafe
    Small Bar

    Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano
    4203 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

    1. Cafe Chloe
      George's California Modern

      From inexpensive to expensive.

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

      Cavaillon Restaurant
      14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127

      1. Cucina Urbana, currently the best restaurant in the city IMHO, at least if you account for price.

        1. Okan
          Yakyudori Ramen
          Sab E Lee
          Wine Vault and Bistro

          1. Hey Ricodanles! Missed your post on the SD board, but found it when I was reviewing my old Austin post.

            Are you here now? If so, where have you been so far?

            I think all of the already-mentioned places are great. I had an amazing meal this week at Cucina Urbana... probably one of the best I've had in San Diego. Wine Vault and Bistro is another favorite... check out their Thursday/Friday $20 3-course menus. Don't know where you lived in SD, but North Park's changed a lot in the last three years. Check out Urban Solace's fun bluegrass brunch (they do a great dinner, too) or grab a beer at Toronado. And those two places are just the tip of the iceberg. Love Sab-E-Lee for Thai and Minh Ky for Vietnamese-Chinese noodles. If you're going to Small Bar... check out Muzita across the street for good Ethiopian with great ambiance. Cafe Chloe, Cowboy Star, and Neighborhood are part of the East Village revival... I think that area's changed quite a bit in the last 3 years.

            Hope you're enjoying your return!

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

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

            5 Replies
            1. re: geekyfoodie

              So far we've been sticking pretty close to North Park/University Heights (even though we are staying in La Jolla). It does seem that this has become ground zero for interesting food happenings in town. We have been to the Linkery (of course), enjoying, among other things, their "World Cup of Sausage." (I will describe in a more detailed post separately). Went to a preview dinner at El Take it Easy, Jay Porter's latest venture. A few kinks, but promises great things. Chicken spleens, michealadas, Kentucky friend chicken necks . . . what can one say?!

              Been to Urban Solace and also Blind Lady Ale House. Also Jayne's Gastro-Pub, which I enjoy and recommend. Haven't had success yet getting into Cucina Urbana, but will keep trying.

              I've been to Cafe Chloe , Neighborhood (a big fan), and George's California Modern, but not yet the others mentioned. Looking forward to Kaito in Encinitas and the sake restaurant whose name is escaping me.

              La Jolla usually disappoints me as a foodie destination, but I will give props to Nine-Ten, which I visited in October. Also, two newish ventures: Prep Kitchen (on Fay, across from Von's) and Whisk 'n Ladle (highish end place next to Karl Strauss). SD veterans will notice that this location has been a graveyard for restaurant ventures. Although WnL is not perfect, it is pretty good and I do wish them luck.

              More later! Enjoying being back in SD (and away from the blazing hot heat of central TX).

              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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

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

              Blind Lady Ale House
              3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

              1. re: ricodanles

                sake place in Encinitas is Yu Me Ya.

                1. re: ricodanles

                  Really need a rezzie at Cucina Urbana. I've even had some difficulty getting the time that I want on an early weekday when calling a week in advance.

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    "I've even had some difficulty getting the time that I want on an early weekday when calling a week in advance."

                    That is because 99.9% of san diego eats at 7pm.

                    9pm you will have no problem.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      They also frequently run out of several items by 9pm however.