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Sep 25, 2010 11:10 PM

What happened to moderate excellent dining in San Diego?

It has been some time since I contributed to this website on a regurlar basis. Now I find that the most of the posts are for fast food type of places.
Note there are no long strings on restaurants participating in SD Restaurant Week. :(

Has the economic downturn had such a major effect on the foodies, that used to post herre?

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  1. RW is a crap shoot at best and not necessarily an indicator of what a kitchen is capable.

    Fast food? Are we reading the same board?

    1. In between the "helpful" suggestions to drive to LA you still get some good advice, you just need to be patient.

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      1. re: thirtyeyes

        I can count on one hand the number of times anyone has suggested visiting LA instead of eating here. Please stop flogging this dead phantom horse.

        1. re: Josh

          Now Berlin- that comes up over and over.

          1. re: Fake Name

            Understandably, you must admit!

            1. re: Josh

              the culinary world rotates around Berlin

              1. re: honkman

                I can't believe you'd insult the physically challenged in that way.

          2. re: Josh

            Don't think the horse has given up the ghost.

        2. It's good to see not too many posts about SD RW which are the worst time to go to any restaurant. I also don't see many posts on fast food type places on this board.

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          1. re: honkman

            +1 in agreement with Honkman.
            Seems to me that the LA Board is more focused on fast food than is the San Diego Board, FWIW.
            I like the SD board for the colorful reports of Fedora hats and such.

            1. re: honkman

              Yeah, I don't think I have ever seen people talk fast food on here. I think they would get hazed by all.

              1. re: honkman

                what fast food places? Have I been missing something??

              2. RW is, frankly, what some less courteous folks would refer to as a cluster(fair). Crowded and rushed is the atmosphere, and sloppy food are the hallmarks.

                Mrs Name and I went to a CH favorite downtown before a performance at Sushi and on our arrival were disappointed to learn it was restaurant week. The place was mobbed within moments after our arrival, and the kitchen was really slammed. And the otherwise reliable food demonstrated that. It was a decent price for what would have been an otherwise solid menu, but in the RW milieu, it was just not given the love necessary to shine.

                I'll skip RW, thanks.

                1. Agree with the previous posts re: Restaurant Week. I went once to RW at the Pampelmousse Grille. I was sitting next to a local celebrity (a football player, I think) and the chef, Jeffrey Strauss came out to greet him. The chef was complaining that RW nites were brutal and that on a typical nite they served 120 plates but on a RW nite they served over 300 plates. That would explain why the restaurant was overcrowded with extra tables and the wait staff was trying to move you along quickly. I'd rather pay the full price and have a better experience.