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

mcgrath Jun 7, 2011 04:39 PM

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. Josh RE: mcgrath Jun 7, 2011 05:36 PM

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

    1. bizzwriter RE: mcgrath Jun 8, 2011 12:23 PM

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

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        Beach Chick RE: bizzwriter Jun 8, 2011 12:48 PM

        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

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          mcgrath RE: Beach Chick Jun 8, 2011 01:15 PM

          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.

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            Beach Chick RE: mcgrath Jun 8, 2011 01:43 PM

            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?

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              Gypsy Jan RE: Beach Chick Jun 8, 2011 01:53 PM

              Hey, Beach Chicka, check this new Caribbean and Soul Food restaurant: http://www.mybajasol.com

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                foodiechick RE: Gypsy Jan Jun 8, 2011 02:09 PM

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

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                  Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Jun 9, 2011 06:57 AM

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

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                  Beach Chick RE: Gypsy Jan Jun 9, 2011 06:53 AM

                  Thanks Gypsy Jan!

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                  mcgrath RE: Beach Chick Jun 8, 2011 08:03 PM

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

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                    Beach Chick RE: mcgrath Jun 9, 2011 06:51 AM


          2. y6y6y6 RE: mcgrath Jun 8, 2011 01:31 PM

            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. Gypsy Jan RE: mcgrath Jun 8, 2011 01:35 PM

              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. jmtreg RE: mcgrath Jun 8, 2011 02:03 PM

                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

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                  cstr RE: mcgrath Jun 9, 2011 06:44 AM

                  My casual affordable list:

                  Public House, LJ
                  The Cottage, LJ
                  Marisco's truck on 35 & Univ.
                  Super Cocina
                  Marisco's Godoy
                  Aqui Es Texcoco
                  Vamos Es Texcoco, in Vista
                  Donovan's in LJ
                  El Pescador
                  Bare Back Grill, PB
                  Miller Field, PB
                  Broken Yolk, PB
                  Kono's PB
                  Super Sergio's

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                    Beach Chick RE: cstr Jun 9, 2011 06:50 AM

                    If you go on to the Cottage website and sign up for their e-mail, Jason will send you a free buy one dinner entree and receive the next one free..
                    They send them several times a year...

                    Good list brother sledge!

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                      mcgrath RE: cstr Jun 9, 2011 07:21 AM

                      Yeah, I forgot all about Kono's and should've included it in my list.

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                      pickypicky RE: mcgrath Jun 9, 2011 07:56 AM

                      The Fishery (fish and wine list)
                      El Pescador (any fish sandwich)
                      Bahia Don Bravo (lobster burrito, fish tacos)
                      JRDN (outside for the view and vibe only)
                      La Fachada (but won't be going back unless they rebuild outdoor area)
                      The Grill at the Lodge o Torrey Pines (my book club meets there)
                      Bread and Cie
                      Cafe Mono (perfect cappuchino and good enough breakfast)
                      La Playa Taco Shop (Mission Beach; carnitas)
                      Arly Bakery, Clairemont (almond croissant)

                      La Fachada
                      20 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

                      Bahia Don Bravo
                      5504 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

                      Cafe Mono
                      3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

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                        Lynnester RE: mcgrath Jun 9, 2011 12:49 PM

                        Wine Vault
                        Antica Trattoria
                        Cafe 21

                        Antica Trattoria
                        5654 Lake Murray Blvd La, Mesa, CA

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                          TheBoat RE: mcgrath Jun 9, 2011 06:46 PM

                          La Fachada

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