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dbwave Feb 22, 2011 10:36 AM

I have a friend coming in from Denver tomorrow staying downtown. Any suggestions on a casual place to eat for dinner?

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  1. Josh RE: dbwave Feb 22, 2011 10:58 AM

    Cafe Chloe

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

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      cstr RE: dbwave Feb 22, 2011 12:11 PM

      Cowboy Star.

      1. geekyfoodie RE: dbwave Feb 22, 2011 02:41 PM

        The two above, plus Neighborhood for burgers and local beer.

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          janeyoc RE: dbwave Feb 22, 2011 02:48 PM

          Must get res at Noble Experiment for cocktails. The entrance is in the Neighborhood. Text the phone to get a res. Great flavorful drinks.

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            bizzwriter RE: janeyoc Feb 22, 2011 03:14 PM

            Yes! Start with cocktails at Noble Experiment, then dinner in Neighborhood. You should text for reservation NOW if you decide to go to Noble Experiment -- it books up quickly.

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              littlestevie RE: bizzwriter Feb 22, 2011 03:43 PM

              Is the NE really worth it? reservations for a bar? I am just curious if it is just a place to be seen? the exclusivity of it, or are the mixed drinks really that great?

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                janeyoc RE: littlestevie Feb 22, 2011 03:56 PM

                The place is really tiny, only seating 30, which is why it is hard to get res. We were on the waiting list and just sat at the bar in Neighborhood waiting. There were about 6 seats at the bar and 3 -4 for lounge chairs.

                I don't really like the harsh taste of hard liquor but I like a good flavor combinations. I told the waitress what flavors I like cucumber, ginger and lime and I got a really different bourbon drink. It is fun place to try out if you can get in.

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                  bizzwriter RE: littlestevie Feb 22, 2011 06:57 PM

                  Yes, it's worth it. It really blew my mind. NOT a place to be seen -- too small for that. Drinks are super-personalized -- you essentially have a dedicated (and extremely knowledgeable) drinkmaster at your beck and call for as long as you want. Got to try it at least once (though you'll come back for more).

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                    littlestevie RE: bizzwriter Feb 23, 2011 07:46 AM

                    OK, I was just a little fearful of a James Brennan/table service/Ed Hardy/mortgage broker type of place.

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                      Ewilensky RE: littlestevie Feb 23, 2011 08:42 AM

                      NE makes some of the better cocktails in town - if you've never been, I'd give them a try.

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                        stevewag23 RE: littlestevie Feb 23, 2011 04:27 PM

                        I think the San Diego striped shirted mortgage brokers got extinct somewhere around November 2008 to March 2009.

                        RIP

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                          littlestevie RE: stevewag23 Feb 24, 2011 08:09 AM

                          I guess I should update that to: skinny jeans/curly mustache/hipsters, though I must admit that I do have a mustache.

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                            Ewilensky RE: littlestevie Feb 24, 2011 08:23 AM

                            I think it's the ironic mustache that sets them apart from the rest of us...

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                              Josh RE: Ewilensky Feb 24, 2011 08:43 AM

                              They must have had the foresight to realize we'd be reliving the 1920s.

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                              cstr RE: littlestevie Feb 24, 2011 08:33 AM

                              Are you talking Rollie Fingers curly stash??

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                                dbwave RE: cstr Feb 24, 2011 09:08 AM

                                So I took the rec and went to Noble Experiment for drinks and Neighborhood for dinners. Sorry Cowboy Star was a bit pricey. Noble is amazing. Single malt scotch mixed drinks? Who knew! The food was good. Great gormet burgers and the onion rings were fantastic. Thanks,

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                                  Ewilensky RE: dbwave Feb 24, 2011 09:19 AM

                                  Good call. But I always feel weird packing my bootleg stash of ketchup ;-)

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                                    cstr RE: dbwave Feb 24, 2011 11:04 AM

                                    Glad you liked Neighborhood but, Single Malt Scotch yes .... mixed??? drinks???? argh!! the only mixing with a single malt would be a small splash of H2O to open it up.

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                                      dbwave RE: cstr Feb 24, 2011 11:34 AM

                                      Agreed until last night. I am total Scotchie......trust me. You need to try this.

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                                        Ewilensky RE: dbwave Feb 24, 2011 12:13 PM

                                        Was it a Blood in the Sand?

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                                          dbwave RE: Ewilensky Feb 24, 2011 04:26 PM

                                          Not sure. I had two different ones. One was a regular looking drink the second looked like a martiini.

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                                    Island RE: cstr Feb 24, 2011 09:26 AM

                                    Or 70's porn star stash?

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                                      Ewilensky RE: Island Feb 24, 2011 10:19 AM

                                      Isn't that same thing as ironic?

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