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Mar 14, 2011 03:22 PM

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

SF post got me thinking about old restaurants in SD and wondering which ones are still around?
Albie's Beef Inn in Mission Valley comes to mind and Bully's East..and the beloved Bali Hai..

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  1. Baci, Troy's, Perry's, Jimmy's (Santee), Aunt Emma's. All since the 70's.

    If you consider the 70's to be long ago.

    Baci Restaurant
    1955 West Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

    1. If you ever watch Ken Kramer's About San Diego on KPBS, he will hit one of the old places every couple of weeks. I will add Chicken Pie Shop, Filippi's, and the Marine Room. And I think they may been around longer than your three. The Pie Shop moved, I think, in the 50's, The Marine Room has been renovated, but I don't think Filippi's has changed much sinse it opened.

      Marine Room Restaurant
      2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

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      1. re: littlestevie

        Oh yes. Chicken Pie Shop since 1938...

      2. I'll add Old Trieste, Anthony's, Niederfranks (okay, that's not a restaurant but their ice cream's been around a long time), Nicolosi's has been around for 50+ years. FWIW, Hob Nob Hill and Mr. A's, the Westgate, El Indio, Tony's Jacal, Posiden, and the Grove Bakery.

        I'm pretty sure I can come up with more if I think about it.

        Tony's Jacal
        621 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

        Hob Nob Hill
        2271 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        Old Trieste Restaurant
        2335 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

        1. I was at Albies last weekend, just for drinks and appetizers. Closed the place down with some friends. I had never eaten there before. The artichoke was just about the worst I've ever had -- boiled to a soggy, limp and overly acidulated mush. The calamari was better -- a pounded steak, fried with a light breading and covered with a too lemony sauce. But the martinis are fine as is the singer.

          1. Crown Room (Sunday Brunch)
            Restaurants at La Valencia since 1926
            Hob Knob Hill 1944
            Tony Jacal 1946
            Red Tracton's established 1948
            La Especial Del Norte
            Grant Grill established 1951
            Red Sails Inn established 1957
            Old Trieste
            Harry's Coffee Shop 1960
            Red Fox Steakhouse
            Imperial House early 70's (feels older)
            Lubach's . . . oh, wait.

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            1. re: foodiechick

              Red Tracton's was up in LA, I remember going to it as a kid. I think it moved down here in the mid 70's.

              Red Tracton's
              550 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075

              1. re: littlestevie

                And I was forgetting Lola's up in Carlsbad, they have been around sinse the 40's.

              2. re: foodiechick

                I don't think there was a finer restaurant than Lubach's. Many a memory was made there. I lived in Los Angeles but handled court cases in San Diego. Impressed girlfriends with Lubach's and the mock turtle soup and the duck in Montmorency.

                1. re: Hughlipton

                  Ran across a Lubach's menu from 1976 and see that the mock turtle soup was $1.25. The lobster Newburg and thermidor were both $9.50.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    Now an old menu like that is worth photoing and attaching for us all to see. I LOVED Lubach's.

                    1. re: Hughlipton

                      Would love to, but it's in a book published that year called "San Diego Restaurant Menus", and I don't think it would be legal, copyright-wise. (No, I didn't steal an actual Lubach's menu back in '76.)

                      I had several restaurants that are in the table of contents circled; this is one of them. It was fun looking back -- hadn't looked at (or even run across) this dusty old paperback in decades.

                      1. re: DoctorChow

                        I suspect you'd be covered under "Fair Use" if you credit the book and are clearly not profiting from the publication.

                      2. re: Hughlipton

                        I could only rarely afford Lubach's, but man oh man, did I love my first experiences of true continental cuisine!