Food Love..what's yours in SD?
For me, it's a guacamole taco at Las Cuatro Milpas with their hot salsa and wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
Turkey/Cheddar on rye at the LJ Cheese Shop..beach it.
Cheeseburger with fries at Cheer's.
Mussel Bisque en croute at Dobson's.
Fish Tacos at Bahia's in Bird Rock with a cold Pacifico on the back patio watching the sets roll in.
Late breakfast at the outside corner table ocean/patio at La V.
Fresh corn at Chino's.
Tofu dumplings at Dumpling Inn with lots of chile sauce.
Couple of gobernador's at Marisco's German and a cold one in a paper bag from the liquor store.
Bucket of mussel's/chowder/oysters at the oyster bar at the Fish Market downtown.
App's and Marg's at Hacienda de Vega next to the waterfall outside patio.
Patty Melt at Longhorn's.
I'll think of some more..
- heavenly arame salad from Jimbo's in Carmel Valley (but not Carlsbad - they don't make it right)
- peanut butter gelato from Bubby's in Encinitas
- portobello omelet at Americana in Del Mar (preferably eaten in one of the ocean-view outdoor booths on the 15th street side)
- protein roll at Station Sushi in Solana Beach
- la coppa gelatissimo (gelato sundae) at Trattoria Acqua in La Jolla cove
- sampling my way through the Sunday Hillcrest farmers' market
- a few items from the deli counter at Cardiff Seaside Market & a bottle of wine, enjoyed on a beach towel at sunset
- coffee or tea at Pannikin in Encinitas
i'm sure there are more.
corn, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, French melons, watermelons and lettuces from Chino Farms
any cheese from Venissimo
gobo root salad at Okan
Ozanza noodles at Okan (basically, anything at Okan)
omakase at Kaito
beignets and potatoes w/ caramelized shallots at Cavaillon
spicy miso nabemono at Oton
stir fried chilies w/ chicken at Dede's
chevre and black pepper bonbon from Chuao
spicy hot chocolate made w/ milk from Chuao
mashed potato tacos at Mama Testa's
anything from Copper Chimney truck
dry potato curry from Surati Farsan Mart
shrikand puri from Surati Farsan Mart
Double Happiness bowl at Coffee Cup Cafe
Dutch apple pancake at Ricky's
truffled popcorn at Blanca's (do they still have this on the app menu?)
shio ramen at Yakyudori Ramen
the chocolate cupcake that looks like a Hostess Ding Dong from Elizabethan Desserts
berry buckle and any of the mini pies from Elizabethan Desserts
chirashi bowl at Izakaya Sakura
I'm still waiting for a real Jewish deli and good dim sum around here...
1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103
Surati Farsan Mart
9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126
155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA
14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127
1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Have you tried D.Z. Akins off the I-8 near San Diego State? It is, in my opinion, a great Jewish deli, and I grew up in Skokie, Illinois. I love the matzo ball soup and the potato knish and the rughlach cookies. They also have good potato latkes. It's crowded like mad on Sunday mornings, really all weekend.
I have not had the tongue sandwich. However, I had enough to know that I'd rather save my time, $$ and calories for better food in SD and better deli elsewhere. Our go to place is Brent's Deli in Northridge and Westlake Village. Fresh, cake-soft rye bread, corned beef that is not fatty but full of flavor, chopped liver salad that actually made me want to continue eating it b/c it wasn't overly mineral-y or liver-y, whitefish salad that was packed with fish and not too mayonnaise-y. Matzo ball soup as big as your head but still tender and soft. Cabbage soup with the right balance of sweet and savory (even better w/ a squirt of Sriracha). Tongue is soft, flavorful and not overly salted. What made me realize it was great deli was the first time I ordered corned beef hash and it came out lean, flavorful and not greasy or fatty like other corned beef hashes. Then everything else followed....
Unfortunately, I have not been to Langer's and hear that it is the mecca of pastrami. What I can say is that Brent's has lean and regular pastrami. The lean is reasonably tender, peppery and flavorful w/ enough fat for flavor. Out of their deli meats, I like their pastrami, corned beef and tongue the best.
The best pastrami I've had was made by a catering company in the Valley. It was juicy, dripping w/ flavor and extremely tender! Reminded me of the descriptions of pastrami in "Save the Deli."
Carne Asada Burrito from Super Sergios on Convoy.
4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
OK, in all seriousness (and in no particular order):
* Platter of Three Terrines with House Made Pickles and Dijon Mustard @ AR Valentien:
Chicken Liver Pâté, Zucchini Pickles, Grain Mustard
Short Rib Terrine, Pickled Wax Beans, Tarragon Vinaigrette
Duck and Pistachio Pâté, Endive, Cumberland Sauce
* Cucina Urbana: Stuffed squash blossoms, burrata + prosciutto caprese, risotto carbonara
* Dobson's: Mussel Bisque en Croute
* Oceanaire: Crab Cakes. Best I have had outside of D.C.
* Cowboy Star: Bison
* Hacienda de Vega: Chicken Poblano Enchilada
* Church of Chino's (always drive out on quiet Sunday mornings): Corn, tomatoes, strawberries
* La V: Steak tartar (under heavy personal supervision) and Whaler
* Cheese Shop La Jolla: Warm pork loin sandwich with cilantro and melted jack.
* Wine Vault: Oysters on half shell with horseradish ice