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what are your favorite places on (or off) adams ave?

fizzy Jul 28, 2011 10:56 AM

My husband and I just moved to Normal Heights + have been exploring the neighborhood. We love to eat + were wondering what favorite places you might have in this area -- restaurants, fresh produce, unique eats, bakeries, etc.

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    JRSD Jul 28, 2011 11:01 AM

    I am a big fan of Blind Lady Alehouse. Excellent beer selection. I really like the pizzas there but the cheese/charcuterie plates and salads have been my favorite things to eat. Particularly the stone fruit salad.

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      juantanamera Jul 28, 2011 12:54 PM

      I also enjoy BLAH. Cantina Mayahuel has some interesting dishes and an excellent tequila selection. Viva Pops makes really tasty organic 'popsicles' from local fruits in some really interesting flavors - think strawberry basil, lavender lemonade of Mexican chocolate. Cafe 2121 is worth a try as well.

      Cantina Mayahuel
      2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

      Cafe 2121
      2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

      Viva Pops
      3330 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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      1. re: juantanamera
        Melanie Wong Aug 17, 2011 09:25 AM

        Loved the Mexican chocolate paleta at Viva Pops! My only complaint is that it was too small. :-)

        Here's a photo of my popsicle from last week, looks like it has feet.

        Missed trying it last year, arriving to a dark store, because I didn't know that it closes earlier on Sundays.

        Viva Pops
        3330 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

      2. scottca075 Jul 28, 2011 01:19 PM

        El Zarape, Lastat's for coffee drinks, Tao, Cafe 2121, Antique Row Cafe for breakfast and comfort food, Country Kabob for Greek Food, the Ould Sod for Guiness.

        As you move into University Heights, the Farm House Cafe, Muzita Abyssinian Bistro on Park, Soltan Banoo for Persian.

        Soltan Banoo
        4645 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116

        Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
        4651 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116

        El Zarape Restaurant
        3201 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

        Farm House Cafe
        2121 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

        Ould Sod
        3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

        Antique Row Cafe
        3521 Lemon Grove Ave, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

        Cafe 2121
        2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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          aloha925 Jul 28, 2011 01:25 PM

          Jayne's Gastropub is one of my faves.

          1. honkman Jul 28, 2011 01:40 PM

            Jayne's Gastropub, Farmhouse Cafe, Twiggs (for decent coffee and good cake), Lestat (for the midnight cappucchino), Savory (small but interesting selection of some Spanish ingredients, e.g. different types of chorizo) and 30th is not too far away with many more interesting restaurants

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            1. re: honkman
              honkman Jul 31, 2011 06:33 PM

              Just went yesterday night to Jayne's Gastropub and it is the perfect time for the pation in the back. One of the best places currently for us in SD to have good dinner outside. (And we had also for the first time their burger which was surprisingly good, especially after the Starlite one was a disappointment recently with a changed bun.)

            2. jmtreg Jul 28, 2011 01:42 PM

              Oh, I love Normal Heights. The grocery store right next to the Ould Sod sells street tacos and bacon wrapped hot dogs later in the evening (the perfect time for such items). Tam's Thai and Laotian food is an odd place with pretty decent food, and Tam herself is a trip (I won't go into details, but needless to say, I know more about Tam's sex life than I ever needed to know). Mariposa Ice Cream is amazing, and the popsicle place on Adams is pretty good too.

              Mariposa Ice Cream
              3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

              Ould Sod
              3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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              1. re: jmtreg
                nessy Jul 28, 2011 10:31 PM

                Cuevo bar next to farmhouse has awesome empanadas.

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                Kitsune_SD Jul 30, 2011 08:47 PM

                For weekend breakfast I love the brunch at Small Bar, it's on Park near Adams. $15 gets you a good sized plate of food and a drink (the choices are French 75, Mimosa, Michelada, Bloody Mary, or draught beer). Their "beer for breakfast" special days are always interesting, check their website under events for more info.


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                1. re: Kitsune_SD
                  JRSD Jul 31, 2011 09:27 AM

                  I am not a huge bloody mary fan, but Small Bar had the best one I have tried in SD that is still around.

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                    Kitsune_SD Jul 31, 2011 09:39 AM

                    I have heard good things about their cocktails but I go there for the beer, great selection and not as crowded as Hamilton's.

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                      DiningDiva Jul 31, 2011 10:21 AM

                      An alternative to the Bloody Mary is the Bloody Maria. It's a spiced up version using tequila instead of vodka.

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                    sdurban Jul 31, 2011 01:57 PM

                    Hanna's cafe near twiggs on adams is worthy of this list. Great sandwiches in a cozy spot. Try the curry chicken salad, rosemary chicken or grilled veggie ones, all on tasty focaccia bread.

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                      fizzy Jul 31, 2011 06:10 PM

                      thanks for all the suggestions everyone! guess it's time to get to some eatin'... :)

                      1. Ed Dibble Aug 1, 2011 08:00 PM

                        Don't forget that a short trip south on 35th takes you to Tacos German (at university) and another truck at 35th and El Cajon.

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                          zare_k Aug 7, 2011 06:11 PM

                          We have been enjoying the weekend brunch at Bleu Boheme in Kensington-- the eggs benedict with duck that I had yesterday was delicious.

                          Bleu Boheme
                          4090 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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                            eastcoastgirl_28 Aug 7, 2011 11:54 PM

                            Burger Lounge! Try the Turkey Burger and Onions Rings...if you have room get the Vanilla Shake for dessert!

                            1. globocity Jul 1, 2013 09:37 PM

                              Normal Heights
                              From West to East:
                              Cantina Mayahuel
                              Jayne's Gastropub
                              Dark Horse coffee
                              Blind Lady Ale House

                              (Univ Heights & Kensington have great spots off Adams. This is one of my favorite drags in SD.)

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                                DoctorChow Jul 1, 2013 09:43 PM


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                                  ipsedixit Jul 27, 2013 08:19 PM

                                  I can see why you like this place, Doc, given your fondness for spicy food.

                                  What level spiciness do you order your food there? 11?

                                  Really enjoyed their homemade tofu. Good stuff.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit
                                    DoctorChow Jul 27, 2013 09:39 PM

                                    I always order food as hot as the restuarant is normally willing to make it. Yes, I've sometimes asked for an 11 -- and at more than one place!

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