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Does San Diego suck that much?

Hi All, Sorry, I just wanted to get your attention. I'm from San Diego originally, so I feel like I can say that. I'm now an East Coast chowhound, but will be in San Diego for one night only in a couple of weeks. I will get my much needed Mexican food at a haunt I used to frequent when I was younger (Indio) for my taquitos, but I was hoping to see what San Diego has to offer in the way of organic, local fine dining. The only restaurant I could come up with is JSix which I have made reservations for. Do you approve of this choice. I will have a car and I will be coming from east LA. I'm meeting my sister who lives in Ramona (where I went to high school) so really the location is flexible. I will be staying in Old Town and I would love to see the changes to the downtown area. I would love somewhere along the coast - I used to hang out in Pacific Beach and La Jolla when I lived closer so if you have any recommendations that will bring me back, I'd love to hear them.

If the restaurant is not organic and local, that's kind of okay if you think I really MUST get back to PB so's I can try such and such restaurant. I love all food. Thanks for your recommendations. I'd like to make this a memorable evening in my memory filled childhood city.

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JSix Restaurant
616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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  1. Not in PB, but The Linkery may do.

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    Linkery
    3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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    1. re: cstr

      Thanks for the reply. I looked at that restaurant and want to seriously consider it. Do you think the Linkery is a better choice then the JSix in terms of quality of food and ambience of restaurant? The Linkery looks much more sustainable, but JSix does offer local organic cuisine and is in a fun location. What would your choice be and why? Thanks.

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      Linkery
      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

      JSix Restaurant
      616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

      1. re: nyawira

        I would choose the Linkery over Jsix in a heartbeat - see the Jsix thread for more information...

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        Linkery
        3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

        1. re: shouzen

          For some reason, I cannot do a search right now on my computer, but I'll take your word for it.....

        2. re: nyawira

          The Linkery probably is more local and sustainable than is JSix, but JSix is more consistent and the quality of end product better. If, however, you do decide to go to The Linkery instead (and it is a perfectly fine choice), call ahead as they were going to close for a few days to do some spiffing up of the interior and repositioning of their menu.

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          Linkery
          3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

          JSix Restaurant
          616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Thanks so much for the information. I will do that if the decision is to go to the Linkery. Thanks for your comparisonn of the two restaurants also....

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            Linkery
            3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

            1. re: nyawira

              If you want to combine the food sourcing of the Linkery with your craving for Mexican (albeit of a different level than a *bertos), be sure to also check out El Take It Easy, which is Linkery's sister restaurant specializing in small plates with a Mexican theme.
              They even have taquitos, though they contain rabbit, not mystery meat.

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              Linkery
              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

              El Take It Easy
              3926 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

              1. re: The Office Goat

                Oh dear....do I need to rethink El Indio? Yikes, mystery meat does not sound good to me......thanks for your input. Maybe I will get my Mexican food craving satisfied elsewhere besides El Indio, but it will have to be quick and it will have to be off the freeway on my way to Ontario.

                I did see the El Take it Easy when I was researching Linkery and it does sound wonderful. I'm starting to wish I could be in San Diego longer! But that's always the case in any location where I'm researching food. Thanks for your thoughts.

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                Linkery
                3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                1. re: nyawira

                  You should go to El Indio to find out for yourself if your childhood memories of the food there is the same. Shredded beef and shredded chicken are not mysterious.

                  If you are comparing to other taquitos, you will prefer one over the other. But it still may be El Indio is the one that you prefer.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    agree. it's not mystery meat.

      2. I would go to George's in La Jolla..fine dining or the casual ocean terrace restaurants.go a little before sunset overlooking the Cove.
        Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar would be another great choice.
        I really enjoy Jsix at the Hotel Solamar in the Gaslamp.

        Cheer's in Ramona has the best damn burger and has won 'best burger' in SD..also, there is an old Pizza Hut on Main street called Pepe's that is a Produce place but has a taco stand inside that has street tacos that are so frigging good..they make me a killer quesadilla but they have carne asada and carnitas with different hot sauces that kick some serious ass!

        Welcome back home nyawira!

        www.georgesatthecove.com
        www.laubergedelmar.com

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Thanks much beachchick! Wow, Pepe's sounds really good and we will be flying right by Ramona (sort of) on our way from Ontario to San Diego. I wonder if we should just take a little hike to Julian (do they still have that AMAZING bread place where I used to get the YUMMY YUMMY cheesbread! Not in Julian, but in a small town on the way too-can't remember the name) and then on our way back eat at Pepe's and visit with my sister in Ramona. Hmmmm......I have sort of wanted to go back to Ramona to see what it looks like. When I was living in Ramona they did not have a stop light until my junior year or something like that.....

          1. re: nyawira

            Dudley's Bakery in Santa Ysabel is probably the place your thinking of..
            Pepe's is a real dive but they have bar stools and a griddle and street tacos are $1.25 a piece.

            Keep us posted on what restaurant you choose..

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Dudleys! That's it. I'll keep you posted. Thanks, much.

        2. I find it funny to see such a title from someone going to El Indio on purpose.

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          1. re: Josh

            I think the term you wanted was "ironic", Josh. :)

            1. re: RB Hound

              I have heard that El Indio is poo pooed, but I used to go there ALL the time for their taquitos when I was a youngster and I'd like to go back to see how I react to the memories today.

              1. re: nyawira

                Food memories. Yes that's how I feel about their shredded chicken burrito. Haven't had it in a long time, but their taco chips are still our go to for parties. Love them.

                1. re: Island

                  Good to know. I'm starting to worry about El Indio. Maybe I'll do their chicken taquitos to avoid the possibility of "mystery meat".....I'll definitely get the taco chips...

            2. I'm a massive fan of starlite, which is close to old town. The menu changes a lot, there is a lot of local/seasonal there are a few hits and misses but the cocktails are great. I think alchemy does a great job too of sourcing local and seasonal cuisine and I like that it is chilled out but with some super classy dishes. Tender greens is a more inforaml place that I've heard does lots of local stuff.

              I'd encourage you to check out the little italy mercado on a saturday morning, thats really fun and there is some lovely produce there.

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              1. re: jennywenny

                Starlite looks super duper yummy. Thanks for the recommendation. The ambience looks good too. Alchemy has a nice menu. We love tapas, but it looks awfully brightly lit and sterile. Is it? Thanks for the recs. We will be driving out of the airport around noon on Friday and stopping at El Indio on our way to Ontario. We won't be in San Diego on Saturday, unfortunately. Otherwise the little italy mercado looks like fun.

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                Starlite
                3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

                1. re: nyawira

                  I think the pictures of alchemy are in the daytime with no customers, its actually on the darker side, and much more ambient with people in! and its down that 30th street coridoor of yumminess, so you could even couple it with some beers at toronado/hamiltons.

                  1. re: jennywenny

                    I love Alchemy.

                    Best to bring earplugs and text each other across the table, though. Conversation should be reserved for the ride there and back.

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      Alchemy is louder but not so loud that you can't have a conversation.

                      1. re: honkman

                        Even having to raise our voice may not be what we want this go-round.....thanks for weighing in honkman.

                        1. re: nyawira

                          In this case I also wouldn't recommend Starlite and even Linkery can be louder that you might have to raise your voice.

                          1. re: honkman

                            Even on a Sunday? In any event, I will have to risk it - Linkery is where we will go! Thanks much!

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                            Linkery
                            3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                            1. re: nyawira

                              Linkery is not really loud but when a lot of people are there (and that might be the case on a Sunday evening) you might have to raise your voice (it also depends where you are sitting).

                      2. re: Fake Name

                        Thanks, Fake Name. Loud would not be good. We don't like loud. We don't even like it when we need to raise our voices while eating our dinner. Hmmmm.....

                      3. re: jennywenny

                        Okay. Thanks, Jennywenny. I know nothing of this 30th street corridor, but it sounds just perfect. Me and hubby can get a beer or two before and/or after dinner.....hmmmm....

                  2. All great suggestions so far, I would also include:

                    Farmhouse Cafe in University Heights
                    Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant in....Bankers Hill
                    Market Restaurant in Del Mar
                    A. R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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                    1. re: foodiechick

                      Thanks, Foodiechick. I like the looks of Bankers Hill Bar. I will research the others as well..