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manhong Jun 6, 2011 11:35 AM

Anyone been to the Market Restaurant in Del Mar? Is the cost worth it? Are there any restaurants in the San Diego area (including La Jolla and Del Mar) that can compete with Market?

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    RB Hound RE: manhong Jun 6, 2011 11:47 AM

    Not to sound too smarmy, but perhaps you should familiarize yourself with the Chowhound search utility (caveat: "Market" will match a lot of unrelated threads, for example farmers markets). Here are a few threads you might check out:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766801
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726842
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786834

    1. honkman RE: manhong Jun 6, 2011 11:47 AM

      There are a number of restaurants which can easily compete with Market especially looking at the rather high prices at Market: Blanca, Kitchen 1540, 9-10, Georges, 1500 Ocean, Tapenade. In addition there are a number of restaurants which might serve more bistro-style cuisine which is perhaps not as refined as Market but overall have the better value and creativity, e.g. Cafe Chloe, JSix

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        davidnaimark RE: honkman Jun 6, 2011 11:56 AM

        When the chef was at Arterra, I thought his food was excellent, generous, unpretentious, and well-priced for the quality. I've tried Market twice and been underwhelmed--expensive, really small portions (and I don't like to overeat), and the staff seems to have a "holier than though" attitude--kind of like "you should be more appreciative for the chance to sample our Chef's cuisine". All of this imvho--maybe I should give them another try, last was about 2 years ago.

        I'd give Blanca a shake.

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        Arterra Restaurant
        11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

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          honkman RE: davidnaimark Jun 6, 2011 01:01 PM

          I agree that the cooking from Chef Schroeder at Arterra was much better than at Market

      2. foodiechick RE: manhong Jun 6, 2011 12:13 PM

        I would add A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

        1. Beach Chick RE: manhong Jun 6, 2011 01:10 PM

          Rancho Valencia Resort
          Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar
          A.R. Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines
          Blanca
          Mille Fleurs

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            honkman RE: Beach Chick Jun 6, 2011 01:45 PM

            Rancho Valencia Resort just lost their Chef de Cuisine (and key driver behind the new, creative cuisine) to 1500 Ocean. Not sure in which direction Rancho Valencia Resort will go.

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            4wino RE: manhong Jun 6, 2011 07:31 PM

            Cavaillon has great $32 prix fixe menu M-Th.

            Addison is great, especially for the 4 course $98 menu.

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            Cavaillon Restaurant
            14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127

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              honkman RE: 4wino Jun 6, 2011 08:40 PM

              Cavaillon will change its chef/owner in 4 weeks so you have to be either quick or wait a few months until the new team settled in

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