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Sep 27, 2010 06:14 PM

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants - Replacement for old board.

TIKUL just Closed in La Jolla after 3 months

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  1. Sorry in advance for a post about fast-food joints ;-) but Jack in the Box is closing 40 stores mostly in Texas and the Southeast by this upcoming Sunday. Don't know if any are in the San Diego area:

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      1. re: bizzwriter

        They neglected to add grits to their menu in the southeast and Texas.

        1. re: bizzwriter

          there's several Jack in the Boxes. One off Del Mar Heights Rd and another off Washington, just east of El Cuervo. I think there's another one in PB and another one in Hillcrest, east of 6th, on University.

          1. re: daantaat

            Now we know where four new taco shops will be.

            1. re: Encinitan

              five. isn't there a Jack-in-the-Box in Cardiff next to Wine Steals?

        2. Rumors are swirling on twitter about The Big Easy closing. Website is down, phone unanswered and Chef Matt from Urban Solace said that he saw them hauling items out of the space when he drove by this morning. Anybody? In Hillcrest?

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            1. re: foodiechick

              How long was big Easy in business?

                1. re: bizzwriter

                  based on our visit last month, not surprising at all. 2 strikes for Frankie the Bull.

                  1. re: MrKrispy

                    Yeah, for some reason, he hasn't been the san diego media darling like brian malarkey.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      He doesn't look as good in hipster gear.

                      1. re: RB Hound


                        That location is so tough as well. You really have to be putting out exceptional food if you want to succeed there. Big Easy had pretty average food and poor service.

                        And there menu read like "worst hits" of New Orleans cuisine. (Well, maybe not worst hits, but nothing inspiring).

                        Looks like they got pretty hammered on yelp:

                        I had a feeling this place would have a rough go when the chef was confusing Creole and Cajun cuisine in an interview.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          That location is death. No one has succeeded there in the last 5 years or so. Not even The Better Half which did put out great food.

                          Better Half
                          127 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

                          1. re: stevewag23

                            We had a few good brunches there several months ago. Last visit was a disaster.

            2. Bull Taco just lost there executive chef who was running both the Cardiff and Oceanside location.. It's going to be tough for them as there staff is stretched extremely thin and the oceanside location is not doing as well as hoped..

              Also I saw that Nozomi Carlsbad is up for sale on selling Very sad to see them struggling as I was a loyal patron since they opened. I hope the manage to get through but it's not looking to promising..

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              1. re: SDGourmand

                It was announced a few weeks ago but Kemo Sabe looks to be officially closed. I think there is talk of them maybe reopening in North County. I saw Sushi Itto in Hillcrest appears to be closed. No loss there as it was probably some of the worst sushi that I have had in SD.

                Kemo Sabe
                3958 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

              2. Le Bounne Bouffe, a french restaurant that has been in Encinitas for decades, has closed. The space is to be occupied by a taco shop. As there are currently only about 8 dozen taco shops in Encinitas, I look forward to the change .

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                1. re: Encinitan

                  Isn't there a taco shop in that mall already? I thought there was one on the other side of the pharmacy, or did that go under as well. That is going to be tough competition for that Del Taco around the corner, Heh.

                  1. re: littlestevie

                    That taco shop didn't last very long. That space is now occupied by a bakery that sells oatsy bars and muffins.

                    1. re: Encinitan

                      any chance you know the name of the bakery?

                        1. re: Encinitan

                          I am in that mall all the time and I just didn't notice it. With ( my favorite)Elizabethian desserts a good block away, I guess there is no good reason to check it out.

                          1. re: Encinitan

                            oh, right! i remember seeing it the last time i went to that Smart & Final. i looked it up after that, and found out it's the guy who used to supply baked goods to the short-lived Java Kai in Del Mar Plaza. i tried a few of the muffin-y creations back in those days (before i had to go off gluten). they were all very heavy, dense, and *extremely* sweet. not my thing.

                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              Awww, give Gordy's a try!

                              Gordy is a great guy and I love to support him, not only because he makes great baked goods but also because he's a beloved local coach for track and x-country at San Dieguito Academy and has a great bond w/many local current and former students and their families.

                              Gordy worked for years at Movin' Shoes running store until recently, and always spoke of his dream to open his own bakery. For many years, he was baking and selling his power/energy type muffins (called plonks) to several local coffee shops but didn't have a bake shop of his own. People loved the plonks and his other creations (especially runners). He searched and searched for the right location in Encinitas, waiting/hoping that something would come up, but finally settled on the shopping center where he is now, and many of us have our fingers crossed that his place will survive/thrive.

                              You're right that many of his products are dense, but I don't find them extremely sweet (and I'm one who dislikes overly sweet desserts). His stuff is more along the lines of granola bars, muffins, fruit-type desserts, not fluffy cupcakes and three-layer cakes (of the type that I love at Elizabethan). So, when you're in the mood for something more "healthy" (ha ha...or at least seemingly more nutritious, with less chocolate and more fruit, oats and nuts), give Gordy's a try.

                              Oh, also, he makes a mean shortbread (I think he's Scottish). Good coffee, too.

                                1. re: Fake Name

                                  Oh yeah. His shortbread is really awesome, and I'm not normally a shortbread person. I usually like to save my dessert calories for anything with chocolate, but I've been making many exceptions at Gordy's, especially shortbread and the "lunch lady" bar, which is dense with oats and peanut butter...delicious with a good cup of coffee or tea.

                                2. re: carli

                                  well, i don't live in the area anymore, and even if i did, i can no longer eat gluten so all of his stuff is off-limits to me.

                                  i tried the plonk, the big bang and the fruit bomb, and none of them did it for me - all too sweet and heavy. but i understand why people who like sweet, dense baked goods enjoy his stuff...and they're obviously a good choice for any local athletes who need to carbo-load ;)

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    Yep, I gotcha. Different strokes for different folks. Interesting, because I don't find his things overly sweet at all, and I'm one who really can't stand anything too sweet.

                                    1. re: carli

                                      it was several years ago, so maybe he adjusted the recipes...? anyway, i'm just glad he has a devoted following. even though his stuff isn't my cup of tea, it makes me happy to see people supporting a small, independent shop instead of buying mass-produced stuff from giant corporate grocery chains!

                      1. re: Encinitan

                        I am very bullish on taco shops in the down economy in san diego.

                        And I am very bearish on French restaurants in the down economy in san diego.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          Taco shops are a cop-out for the operator. Low food cost, low labor cost, low operating costs and depending upon location the rent probably isn't unbearable. Not very challenging, but usually pretty profitable

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            And don't forget, the demand is out of control.

                            A taco shop is the only kind of restaurant I would ever open up in san diego. That is if the goal of the restaurant was to make money.

                            1. re: stevewag23

                              After all, fish tacos are all that we San Diegan want, right?

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                Don't forget carne asada burritos, flip flops and lower back tattoos (girls only).

                          2. re: stevewag23

                            I can afford rolled tacos on unemployment. Escargots de Bourgogne not so much.

                          3. re: Encinitan

                            Verry saddened by the news about Bonne Bouffe. It was the quintessential of a country small French restaurant. Liked their beef bourguinon very much. Wine prices were reasonable too.

                            1. re: Encinitan

                              Between Encinitas and Leucadia....there must be at least more taco shops than Tijuana. I like them all.

                            2. Confidential Closed:

                              I intercepted some cables about Confidential Restaurant + Loft. It will affect those of you who like to melt into white leather couches and sip Skyy vodka cocktails with 20-somethings. Yes, half of San Diego needs to know that the Gaslamp spot on Fourth Avenue has secretly shut down. Owners Darren Moore and Merritte Powell are remaking the 5-year-old sleek scenester into The Lincoln Room bar, opening in January.


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                              1. re: stevewag23

                                "I intercepted some cables"

                                No doubt decoded with the Enigma device.

                                Or a Lektor.

                                1. re: stevewag23

                                  Also buried in that story is , that El Bizchoco (sp?) lost its chef again, for what the third time this year? I have not been there for a while except for brunch, so I can't comment on the dinner food, but I just didn't see the last couple of chefs as good fits for the restaurant and the property. The crowd that they get out there is, ahem, older and not so adventurous. I hope the next chef the get works out for them, maybe Amy Dibiase might still be looking for work, and her talents would work better there than Old Town.

                                  1. re: littlestevie

                                    Wow that was fast. I figured he wouldn't last. His menu was too high priced and way to adventurous for that area.

                                  2. re: stevewag23

                                    It also talked about a "pop-up" restaurant coming to North county "a chef with TV cred" I hope it's not Ludo.. I've been to his pop up concepts in LA and they were some of the worst of overpriced food I've had to date..

                                    1. re: SDGourmand

                                      Jeez, and I was just hoping it wouldn't be Brian Malarky!

                                      And since when does being on TV give a chef "cred"?!?!???

                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                        "And since when does being on TV give a chef "cred"?!?!???"

                                        Since the self-absorbed media hype/television/facebook/twitter/Internet world really took hold. I would guess circa 2005.

                                        1. re: stevewag23

                                          And since when would anyone really know about most chefs, or the latest trend ...cocktail mixologists, TV or otherwise, if it wasn't for the media? This is media! How many people out there consider themselves food experts with superior palates because they blog? Countless.

                                      2. re: SDGourmand

                                        We still haven't gotten a reservation for Ludo but would really like his (pop-up) restaurant in SD. His style is very similar to the one from Laurent Quenioux at Bistro LQ which for us is the best/most creative restaurant currently in LA (or anywhere). I guess you wouldn't like Bistro LQ but perhaps you should give them a try (if you do go for the full tasting menu.

                                        1. re: honkman

                                          I've been to two of his pop ups.. The first time the orginal 1.0 at breadbar was the best.. Still had some misses but overall it was a good meal.. The last one i went to was the downtown LA spot and that was just awful.. Presentations were a mess and flavors just didn't go.. I tried the whole menu and there wasn't one dish that didn't have serious flaws.. After dropping 300 on that dinner I would never go out of my way again to get a reso.. He needs his own spot and focus on that... Not constantly changing locations and hiring new cooks..