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Unusual dinner venue to impress San Diego native?

Lanfeare2 Dec 13, 2010 06:18 PM

Where would you suggest going for an unforgettable birthday dinner for two on a Wednesday night? Could be cheap or expensive, near or far, just something to impress even the most jaded San Diego diner!

Thanks Hounds!

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  1. foodiechick RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 13, 2010 08:06 PM


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      daantaat RE: foodiechick Dec 13, 2010 08:34 PM

      add Okan, Oton or Yu Me Ya

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        mjill RE: daantaat Dec 14, 2010 12:26 AM

        2nd Yu Me Ya.

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        karaethon RE: foodiechick Dec 14, 2010 02:00 PM

        2nd Addison

      3. Beach Chick RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 14, 2010 06:41 AM

        You can start out with a gondola ride with champagne in Coronado and stay at Loews resort/Hotel Del and dine at Mistral/1500 Ocean.
        Go up to Julian and dine at Jeremy's and stay in a bed and breakfast.
        Dine at the Marine Room/Piatti's/Gerorge's in LJ for dinner and stay at the LJBT&C and then go have high tide breakfast at the Marine Room.
        Dinner at the Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel and stay the night.

        Lots of great last minute deals for 4-5* hotels on expedia..
        Have fun!

        1. Fake Name RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 14, 2010 07:30 AM


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            Lanfeare2 RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 14, 2010 09:08 AM

            Wow, thanks everyone! Hope to post back an exciting outcome.

            1. Beach Chick RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 14, 2010 04:37 PM

              You could do the opposite and hit all the classic dive bars in SD..cab it and hit up all the great taco shops along the way to sop up all that booze...what a riot that would be!
              Pac Shores, Waterfront, Nunu's, Silver Spigot, Star bar, Kraken, Lamplighter, Club Marina, Catalina Lounge, Captains Quarters...
              Then go and stay at the 5* US Grant Hotel for $151 a night...they have great room service!
              This gets my vote!

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                Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Dec 14, 2010 06:25 PM

                You can mention BC's name at each of these fine establishments- they are all no doubt deeply in her debt.

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                  Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Dec 15, 2010 06:01 AM

                  You got that right Fakey!
                  ; )

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                Cathy RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 14, 2010 04:53 PM

                Ali Baba in El Cajon. Excellent. Fresh. Inexpensive.

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                  globocity RE: Cathy Dec 15, 2010 09:35 AM

                  Cathy: Is Ali Baba the same purveyor at the Hillcrest farmer's market? Their hummus is really good. I'd like to go to the storefront if they have one.

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                    Cathy RE: globocity Dec 15, 2010 10:42 AM

                    I think it is the same, but never asked. The hummus at the restaurant is excellent.
                    [Main Street at Balantyne/Avocado in El Cajon]

                    Items from the restaurant are $1 less each if you get them to go instead of eating in. Lots of "to go" ordering...but sitting down is an experience you would enjoy.

                    {Definitely not the same as Ali Baba's Cave on Roselle 92121}

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                      DougOLis RE: globocity Dec 15, 2010 06:14 PM

                      That would be Baba Foods and I don't think they're related

                  2. SaltyRaisins RE: Lanfeare2 Dec 15, 2010 10:07 AM

                    Starlite Lounge. $15 off bottles of wine on Sundays, and excellent menu and service.

                    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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                      Fake Name RE: SaltyRaisins Dec 15, 2010 03:34 PM

                      I like Starlite as well, but an "unforgettable birthday dinner for two"?

                      Don't think so. Unless you are smokers, and you can enjoy the back patio and pretend you're in Spain with the mas-chic crowd that don't wear athletic shoes.

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                        SaltyRaisins RE: Fake Name Dec 15, 2010 04:46 PM

                        Actually, I am making this rec based on a recent dinner for two that was, in fact, pretty unforgettable. If the two in question are feeling good together, this place does nothing but augment what you bring in without any fanfare- just good, solid service and food. Especially if you go earlier in the evening, sit in a corner booth behind the bar, enjoy the good music and try not to forget a thing.

                        on the menu for us:
                        their grilled octopus- simple, but always very fresh and tasty
                        steamed clams from baja in their broth- really outstanding
                        persimmon and greens salad- rediculously good with paper-thin slices of the fruit that matched the leafy greens in texture, no chunks
                        order 'o fries- up there with Cafe Chloe's, in my book
                        shared their boned-half jidori bird on the most delicious Crow's pass veg melange with pomegranite, various ways
                        all with a bottle of good tempranillo...
                        and for dessert, a delicious ginger cake with dulce de leche icing and house-candied persimmon and really good coffee service

                        ...all for $100 with tip.

                        And not a whiff of cigarette smoke in the place. No need to visit the patio...


                        p.s. All this without notes and I'm the kind of guy who can't remember what he had for breakfast. I was also dining with the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. So, unforgettable it was...

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                          Fake Name RE: SaltyRaisins Dec 15, 2010 07:07 PM

                          Well, maybe the second most....

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