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One meal in San Diego

chadradchad Jun 11, 2010 07:56 AM

Visiting SD for an evening with my family. We are looking for something not too expensive ($18-20 an entree) that has seafood and vegetarian options. Looking to see what SD has to offer. This is for a Saturday in July and a party of 6.

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  1. honkman RE: chadradchad Jun 11, 2010 09:24 AM

    Might be good if you could tell us in which part of SD you will be but you might look into Linkery and Alchemy

    1. Captain Jack RE: chadradchad Jun 11, 2010 09:29 AM

      Sea Rocket Bistro is an option.

      Sea Rocket Bistro
      3382 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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        chadradchad RE: Captain Jack Jun 11, 2010 11:43 AM

        We are staying downtown at the Westin, but will have a car! Thanks

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          stevewag23 RE: chadradchad Jun 11, 2010 03:19 PM

          Blue Water would fit your criteria.

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        mjsp1 RE: chadradchad Jun 12, 2010 09:39 AM

        Kensington Grill, Cucina Urbana, Alchemy, Bankers Hill Bar & Grill... you will be really pleased with any of these and they are close to downtown. I would stay away from anything in the Gaslamp.

        Kensington Grill
        4055 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

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          SDGourmand RE: mjsp1 Jun 12, 2010 09:51 AM

          Cucina Urbana without question best restaurant in SD. Make sure you book in advance they fill up quick.

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            honkman RE: SDGourmand Jun 12, 2010 01:52 PM

            Yesterday for the first time at Cucina Urbana and it is without doubt good but by far not the best in SD

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              SDGourmand RE: honkman Jun 12, 2010 01:59 PM

              For what the prices are nothing is over $20 and they are sourcing all produce and meat locally I think it is, I guess we can't agree on everything. haha.. Also on there pastas they use Assenti from Little Italy, I think I said they made it in house in a previous post.

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                honkman RE: SDGourmand Jun 12, 2010 02:40 PM

                One pasta is made in-house, all others are from Assenti. And just to make clear - we really liked Cucina Urbana but to say it is the best restaurant (even for what they are doing) in San Diego there were a few toomany dishes which could have been better with the pizza being really disappointing (crust and dough wasn't great (tasted like bread) and the topping weren't good for the pizza)

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                  SDGourmand RE: honkman Jun 12, 2010 03:00 PM

                  Totally agree on the pizza. The dough is really killing them. It's really not good at all. I'm curious to know what you think is the best, so I can give it a try, if I haven't already.

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              chris2269 RE: SDGourmand Jun 12, 2010 07:00 PM

              I think dollar for dollar if you stick with the Apps and wine Cucina Urbana is one of the best right now. The Octopus, Squash Blossoms, and sweet breads are some of the best. Have not tried the Pizzas so I'll defer to others. Last night 2 bottles of tenuta di biserno insoglio (which after having it at Babbo have been hunting down and they have it) , 3 Apps and 2 Mains with a 20% tip for under 200 ...very very happy

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                chadradchad RE: chris2269 Jun 23, 2010 02:57 PM

                Cucina Urbana looks fantastic. I made reservations for the 6 of us... thank you SD Chowhounds.

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                  Island RE: chadradchad Jun 23, 2010 04:24 PM

                  Only been for lunch and everyone enjpyed it.. I would have been happy just with the gorgonzola vasi.

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                    Fake Name RE: Island Jun 23, 2010 06:31 PM

                    Was there for lunch today (again) had a great meal.


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                    SDGourmand RE: chadradchad Jun 23, 2010 04:27 PM

                    Here are pictures from most of the menu http://gourmandsreview.com/blog/revie...

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                      chris2269 RE: SDGourmand Jun 23, 2010 06:58 PM

                      I have been twice and think dollar for dollar this is the best Restaurant in SD. The Octopus App rivals thev one at Babbo in NYC

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                        chadradchad RE: chris2269 Jul 20, 2010 01:30 AM

                        thank you everyone! Had a splendid meal at UC. It was pride, so many colorful people waltzing around. The squash blossoms were wonderful! Really enjoyed the dessert pizza. It is a great place.

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                        bizzwriter RE: SDGourmand Jul 20, 2010 08:09 AM

                        Wow -- GREAT pix, SDGourmand! I'm sold!

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                          chadradchad RE: bizzwriter Jul 20, 2010 10:10 AM

                          you should be. it is wonderful and great service. loved the wine shop in the back! they add $7 to the bottle price.

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                        Alice Q RE: chadradchad Jul 21, 2010 09:36 AM

                        get the mozzarella in the jar appetizer, the squash blossoms and the budino for dessert!

                        EDIT: oh whoops, you've already been - well glad you enjoyed it, and maybe these tips will help someone else! Also wanted to mention I highly recommend it for lunch - the food is the same - but no crowds and no difficulty getting reservations!

                2. Fake Name RE: chadradchad Jul 21, 2010 09:38 AM

                  I've been to Cucina Urbana.

                  It was good.

                  Thank you.

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