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What and (Where) was your FAV dish, in SD, for 2010

cstr Dec 30, 2010 07:03 AM

Was it a Great Steak? Seafood? Italian? It has to be the 'one' favorite that really stands out.

  1. globocity Jan 6, 2011 10:28 AM

    Last year I ate way too much pizza in both NYC and here in SD. That said, my favorite dish, hands-down, was the Margherita pizza with Arugula, at Pizzeria Bruno in University Heights.

    A close second is the butternut squash ravioli at The Smoking Goat. Divine.

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      diningwithkids Jan 6, 2011 09:39 AM

      Confit of duck leg at A R Valetien.

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        Megbeck Jan 5, 2011 03:35 PM

        My favorite was the goat cheese ravioli at Cucina Urbana. And I am going to cheat and name my favorite dessert as well--the butterscotch pudding at Banker's Hill. I wanted to take a bucket of it home with me.

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        1. re: Megbeck
          DiningDiva Jan 6, 2011 08:48 AM

          I love butterscotch and I liked the flavor of the pudding at Banker's Hill. But, wow, the last time I had it my portion was so sweet I left at least half of it because I couldn't eat it. Disappointed.

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          daimyo Jan 4, 2011 08:26 PM

          Shio and shoyu ramen at Yakyudori. Pretty much by shear number of times I ate there. However, because of Yakyudori, I've been reminded how much I still like Santouka as well. I hadn't eaten there in quite awhile and find I enjoy it even more in between my frequent Yakyudor visits.

          1. jmtreg Jan 1, 2011 01:33 PM

            My favorites from 2010:

            The herb gnocchi from Avenue 5 - really the best version of gnocchi I've ever had. Light, pillowly, and earthy at the same time.

            Pizza from Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano - finally got to try the pizza that everyone talked about for so long.

            Victory at Sea, nitro, by Ballast Point - Adult chocolate milk, and that's a good thing.

            Julian Hard Apple Cider.

            Country ham and eggs - the Linkery. Really the best breakfast I've had in a long, long time.

            3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

            Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano
            4203 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

            Avenue 5
            2760 5th Ave Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92103

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              FireFlyFiftyFive Jan 1, 2011 10:55 AM

              Pork belly sammie from the MIHO truck. Burger too. And the fries. Cinnamon roll at Urban Solace. I like that place.

              Urban Solace Restaurant
              3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

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              1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                mjill Jan 1, 2011 12:12 PM

                That sandwich from Miho was really good! With picked cucumber and kimchi?

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                  FireFlyFiftyFive Jan 2, 2011 09:26 AM

                  Yep, that was the one. Really a great flavor combo.

              2. Josh Dec 31, 2010 12:59 PM

                Does NYC count? ;-)

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                  cstr Dec 31, 2010 02:34 PM

                  let's keep it loca,l there's gota be some great stuff the hounds noshed on last year.

                  1. re: cstr
                    Josh Dec 31, 2010 02:46 PM

                    The bacon-wrapped octopus at The Linkery is seriously delicious.

                    3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                    1. re: Josh
                      DiningDiva Dec 31, 2010 04:57 PM

                      Thus proving the old adage...everything's better with bacon. Not that octopus needs much help, but adding bacon sure sounds great :-)

                2. bizzwriter Dec 31, 2010 10:26 AM

                  Drinks with a friend at Noble Experiment. Blew my MIND (in more ways than one).

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                    Chowrin Dec 31, 2010 10:10 AM

                    The kebab shop. doner kebabs... my first time trying. [spent less than 24 hours in SD, thanks for the rec, San Diego board!]

                    1. SDGourmand Dec 31, 2010 08:35 AM

                      I just had the best dish in SD last night at Kitchen 1540. It was smoked steelhead roe on a piece of toasted brioche with frozen creme fraiche. So simple yet so good. The different textures, flavors and temperatures really made this something special.

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                        MrKrispy Dec 31, 2010 10:04 AM

                        omg that sounds fantastic. Is it too early to start drooling?

                        Off the top of my head, I have to add the ricotta gnocci and oxtails at Whisknladle. Several amazing courses at Wine Vault this year...darn so much for a single favorite.

                        1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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                          cstr Dec 31, 2010 02:32 PM

                          Now that sounds awesome, it's going on my list.

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                            SDGourmand Dec 31, 2010 02:37 PM

                            Here's a pic

                          2. Fake Name Dec 30, 2010 05:59 PM

                            "If a single moment stands out in a person's life, it must have been a pretty boring life"

                            --Ray Terrell, my middle school science teacher.

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                            1. re: Fake Name
                              goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2010 06:43 PM

                              if *no* single moment stands out in a person's life, i'd say *that* is indicative of a pretty boring (and sad, and lonely) life.

                              first kiss. graduation. saying "I do." birth of a child...nope, nothing remarkable or memorable there!

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                Fake Name Dec 30, 2010 11:31 PM

                                Yes, all those are important moments. Thus, my point. I can't differentiate between our child's birth, his subsequent rise to the ripe old age of ten, meeting the not-yet-but-soon-to-be Mrs Name, or, perhaps even more important NOT getting hit by a car while motorcycling (something perhaps more important than all the others).

                                For food, certainly a romantic and spectacular meal in Aix en Provence, the perfect burrito at Sergio's, three hour meal by myself at Bouchon, and the most pathetic restaurant in Fredonia, AZ where no vegetables were on the menu.

                                None. But after that day's off(and on) road riding near the Grand Canyon, and helping an injured fellow rider back to our origin with his leg broken, it was remarkable meal.

                                Tea at the Carlton in Monte Carlo, lunch in Pienza and a group dinner in Cortona. Cheese sampling meal in Tuscany. Our son's first oyster (and subsequent addiction for MrFussy) and the lunch at Denny's after knowing my father's death was imminent.

                                Our third trip to Addison and the cassoulet I made here at home. Mrs Name's pies were awesome this year, and she made The World's Best Carrot Cake (some thanks to Dorie Greenspan) for xmas dinner.

                                But pick one?

                                No way.

                                1. re: Fake Name
                                  Fake Name Dec 31, 2010 06:56 AM

                                  Oh, yeah- a pouch of Starkist albacore tuna with a plastic fork and dessert of dried Trader Joes blueberries on the very edge of a 1000' cliff in a remote area of the Grand Canyon.

                                  Belon Oysters in Nice.

                                  Cinqueterre wine in Monterroso al Mare

                                  I just can't pick one.

                                  1. re: Fake Name
                                    Josh Dec 31, 2010 08:02 AM

                                    That's only because you haven't been to Berlin.

                                    1. re: Fake Name
                                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 31, 2010 09:01 AM

                                      okay, i see what you're saying - i misinterpreted the meaning of your quote...but even though i had some pretty terrific food "moments" here in LA this year (SD was pretty unmemorable during the 7 months i was there in 2010) and i'd hate to have to pick just one as *the* one, if someone put a gun to my head i could do it :)

                                      besides, all the food moments you listed were elsewhere - does that mean nothing stood out for you in SD this past year? i'm not being a wiseass, i'm genuinely asking.

                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                        Fake Name Dec 31, 2010 03:30 PM

                                        Addison and Sergio's both excellent this year.

                                    2. re: Fake Name
                                      Island Dec 31, 2010 12:43 PM

                                      Agree. It's often a new flavor, the good company, spectacular (or bizarre) location, circumstances or events that sets a meal apart rather than the food itself. Many memorable in that way from travels and often simple. I'll take a peanut butter sandwich on a deserted atoll in the Cook Islands over 5 star white tablecloth feast any day.

                                      1. re: Fake Name
                                        royaljester Dec 31, 2010 07:02 PM

                                        Child's birth, meeting someone, getting not hit, none of those are names of foods nor happened this year. The original question is a soft toss here lol.

                                    3. re: Fake Name
                                      royaljester Dec 31, 2010 07:01 PM

                                      How about many moments, some of which happened this year, and one of which involved food? Now we just have to name it!

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                                      4wino Dec 30, 2010 05:14 PM

                                      Cauliflower in green curry sauce at Addison.

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                                        daantaat Dec 30, 2010 04:05 PM

                                        the grilled musubi ball with ume in hot broth at Okan
                                        the Nagoya style cold noodles at Okan

                                        sorry, had a hard time sticking to one!

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