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josephnl Feb 12, 2011 10:27 AM

We will be in La Jolla attending a matinee performance and are looking for something new and wonderful. We love George's and Tepanade, but would like something new. Only caveat...doesn't have to be quiet, but please not overly noisy...we hate shouting to be heard!

  1. foodiechick Feb 12, 2011 12:21 PM

    Zip, nada. LJ has had a couple closings. Expect 3 new openings in late spring.

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      cstr Feb 12, 2011 01:37 PM

      2nd that, unless the OP wants a burger or a Rubio's Taco. I'd say if they eat before the matinee The Cottage may surfice cause after it'll probably be closed.

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      4wino Feb 12, 2011 03:40 PM

      Try Whisknladdle.

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        cstr Feb 12, 2011 05:38 PM

        Another great pick.

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          foodiechick Feb 12, 2011 07:08 PM

          Good call, but not new.

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            josephnl Feb 12, 2011 07:32 PM

            WhisknLadle is terrific for lunch, but not what I'd call a great dinner spot like Tapenade or George's which is what we're looking for.

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              bradly Feb 13, 2011 02:33 PM

              Their sister restaurant Prepkitchen is just a few blocks away and is a great place for dinner.

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                josephnl Feb 13, 2011 06:04 PM

                I thought that Prepkitchen is even more informal than WhisknLadle. Am I wrong? We are looking for a nice dinner spot like George's California Modern or Tapenade.

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                  honkman Feb 13, 2011 06:17 PM


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                    josephnl Feb 13, 2011 06:21 PM

                    Don't understand what youn mean by 9-10 in reference to my query re PrepKitchen?

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                      honkman Feb 13, 2011 06:25 PM

                      I meant the restaurant 9-10 which delivers good food on the same level as George's:


        2. bizzwriter Feb 12, 2011 11:14 PM

          Haven't tried it yet, but the menu at the relatively new Aquamoree at 1250 Prospect looks VERY interesting...


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            foodiechick Feb 13, 2011 10:06 AM

            Given the OPs reply on Whisk 'n Ladle, probably not the atmosphere they are looking for as they pipe pretty loud blues and classic rock music. We have eaten there twice and the food is solid. Very unusual flavors for San Diego being that is very Southern with little hint of Cajun. Happy hour is a good deal but ends fairly early at 6pm. Seems to be struggling, on weekend night 2 weeks ago I saw diners at only 2 other tables.

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              SDGourmand Feb 13, 2011 10:18 AM

              Do you think it will make it? It's a very tough location and I haven't seen any advertising for it..

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                foodiechick Feb 13, 2011 10:44 AM

                I agree with you. I hope they do. The Chef is very talented has a great love for his regional cooking. His mother and brother have moved from Atlanta as investors and to help him run the front of the house. My fingers are crossed for the family.

            2. re: bizzwriter
              daantaat Feb 13, 2011 10:54 AM

              had dinner a few weeks ago at Aquamoree w/ a friend. Shared several apps and the small version of their short ribs.

              orange cornbread muffins are very good, nice and orange-y, although I'd prefer a slightly more savory cornbread, but I am being picky.

              pomme frites were excellent, a close 2nd to Cafe Chloe's frites, although I think Chloe's aiolis are better and not as thick.

              buttermilk fried onion rings were decent but nothing particularly special. I was hoping for a more seasoned batter.

              mushrooms were very tasty, definitely much better than Costa Brava's mushrooms.

              grilled asparagus salad was a nice blend of tart acid and smokiness.

              vegetarian mac and cheese was pretty good, although the tortilla chips didn't add anything to it. I would have preferred bread crumbs b/c the chips got rubbery from the moisture. Donovan's mac and cheese was more satisfying.

              beef short rib was very, very good. falling off the bone tender. the green beans were very, very delish, as was the horseradish mash.

              we were too full for dessert.

              service was friendly, attentive and not intrusive and gave us extra muffins w/ our leftovers. :-) they let us hang there for a good 2.5 hrs w/o rushing us out the door. we went on a Saturday night around 6 pm and there were only 4 other tables that were occupied. definitely not noisy at all! For what the 2 of us paid, I thought it was a very good deal for the quality and amount of food.

              I would definitely return and try the rest of the menu.

              Cafe Chloe
              721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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