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Jun 7, 2011 04:39 PM

Restaurants I've Been To Five or More Times & Can't Stay Away From

When all is said and done, this is probably the best measure of what one truly likes in a restaurant. We live in the Downtown area and many on the list are within walking distance.. Visits have been over many years, and all places have been tried most recently within the past few months.

Jsix (Farm to table slow food downtown)

Neighborhood (Downtown's best beer selection and good, inventive fare to boot)

Cowboy Star ("Go to" place when I want a steak; great little butcher shop too)

Tapenade (La Jolla; closest thing I can think of to dining in France)

Red Tracton's (Across from track in Del Mar; love the retro steakhouse vibe)

Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano (Ok, only been 3 or 4 times but it'll soon be 5)

Basic Pizza (Downtown - wonderful pizza and salad; lots of fun)

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

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

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  1. One could also argue it's the measure of one's disposable income.

    1. Su Casa. Double margarita's. Tableside guac. 'Nuf said.

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      1. re: bizzwriter

        Dang, I miss Su Casa....all us locals would hang there and they make a great marg with the tableside guac..the 2 for 1 coupon in the LJ Light/Reader was always a bonus too..

        Aloha mcgrath!
        Here is my 'go to' list:

        Fidel's in SB for the chile relleno with a scoop of sour cream and a draft Dos XX..

        Brigantine in Shelter Island for the happy hour fish tacos and a shaker marg..park the dinghy at the Red Sails Inn dock and then head over to the Bali Hai for my fave...mai tai..

        Hacienda de Vega for the queso with guac and portabello mushrooms with flour/corn tort's.

        Antonelli's Deli for the best Turkey, Cheddar Cheese on Rye sandwich.

        Fish Market Downtown..dozen kumamoto's oysters, chowdah, cheesy bread, wine..

        Dumpling Inn for tofu pan fried dumplings with a side of sambal and brown sauce.

        El Pescador for sea bass sandwich

        Dobson's..Mussel bisque en croute and a bottle of Vouvray

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Oh my. "Beach Chick" comes all the way out to the industrial district of El Cajon for a sandwich?

          We may be the only two on the planet to have been to both Jalousie Plantation and Antonelli's.

          1. re: mcgrath

            LOL..damn straight..
            Antonelli's puts the Cheese Shop to shame with their stellar deli sandwiches.

            Love the islands and wish we could find a place like Jalousie Plantation here in SD..
            So glad you listened to the chicka and took the boat over..did you snorkel between the Pitons too?

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Hey, Beach Chicka, check this new Caribbean and Soul Food restaurant:

              1. re: Gypsy Jan

                Very interesting, we were just down there two weeks ago.

                1. re: foodiechick

                  Those pics of you dancing on the tables with your own private Mariachi band were awesome!

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  Ever seen an old whale snorkel?? Between the Pitons? Yes I did!

          2. El Patron in Mira Mesa.

            s someone who regularly drives everywhere from Mariscos El Prieto down by the border to Tacos Alex way up in San Marcos, I'm really really happy to see a Mexican place of this quality closer to home in Mira Mesa. Not a "best in class" sort of place like Super Cocina or Tacos el Paisa, but way better than average for just about everything on their deep deep menu.

            We went here years ago when it first came in and it was very meh. But at some point they completely changed everything and the menu/quality really took off.

            Super Cocina
            3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

            1. Meijo Sushi in Imperial Beach

              Izakaya Sakura on Convoy

              McDonald's on Palm, after we cross the border, for bathroom, breakfast and a visit with the Filipino Social Club.

              Meijo Sushi
              600 Palm Ave Ste 300, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

              1. The Linkery - granted, the last four times I went for brunch, but it totally counts.

                Dos Brasas - My local taco shop and (allegedly) the reason why my friend Eric dramatically gained 20 lbs in three months.

                Wine Vault and Bistro - Okay, I've been there only four times, but I plan on going a lot more.

                Perry's Cafe - How can I let Perry's go when I just discovered the bacon waffle?

                3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104