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I have a friend in town who is an erstwhile foodie and pastry chef but who never goes out anymore since she became a mother. She will be in town AND flying solo Friday night and I want to take her out for a really wonderful meal. Money is not a factor other than I want to splurge on her

Unfortunately, I'm reasonably new in town and don't know my way around San Diego restaurants as well as I would like. Any suggestions? I'm afraid that Restaurant Week may make this more of a challenge.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  1. This will certainly be a challenge because of RW, but if you call directly and bypass opentable, they may be able to give you a seat. I really think whisknladle in la jolla is one of the better restaurants in san diego. Is your friend adventurous, open to ethnic food? Can you tell us more about her and your likes?

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    1. re: chezwhitey

      She and I are both pretty adventurous eaters. My experience so far has been that other than Japanese and Mexican San Diego doesn't really excel at ethnic food. OK, I have a soft spot for Asmara too but it doesn't really scream special occasion.

      1. re: unseenshores

        I would check out Romesco Baja Med Bistro in Bonita as well.

        Addison is probably the best restaurant in San Diego right now for high end food.

        1. re: scottca075

          I don't think you can lump Romesco's in with Addison, Kitchen 1540, etal. The food is good, but not amazing.

          For amazing cross the border and go to Mision 19. Best bang for you buck and amazing food to boot on either side of the border right now.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I wouldn't lump them together per se, but if I wanted great Mexican food, I wouldn't go to Addisson or Kitchen 1540, et al.

            Romesco was an option for one kind of food.

            1. re: scottca075

              Romesco is not particularly Mexican

              1. re: DiningDiva

                It is very Mexican, albeit upscale. It isn't the same as Super Cocina or El Comal, but that doesn't make it any less Mexican.

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

                El Comal
                262 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

                1. re: scottca075

                  Oh jeez. I would call it Baja Mediterranean.

                  1. re: stevuchan

                    Or as my friend called it: "Mexiterranean".

                    1. re: mikec

                      I like it.

                      1. re: stevuchan

                        Me too

        2. re: unseenshores

          I guess maybe I should ask, do you want something luxurious or something more rustic but delicious? If it's the latter, I say go to Okan. I'd imagine, your friend doesn't necessarily want to be wowed and stuffed silly by a huge tasting menu, but would rather want something more simple and delicious.

      2. "Money is not a factor other than I want to splurge on her"

        I'd go to Addison, no question.

        1. Jsix at the Hotel Solamar
          Addison at the Grand Del Mar
          Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar
          George's Modern in La Jolla
          Kaito for sushi in Encinitas
          Cowboy Star in East Village/Downtown SD

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            >>>Money is not a factor other than I want to splurge on her<<<

            +1 Addison

            +1 Kaito

            If you go to 1540, call ahead to see if you can do the white flag tasting.

            +1 Cowboy Star, but call ahead and make sure you can do the regular menu.

            1. re: karaethon

              + 2 on Addison
              +2 on Kaito for a different kind of splurge

              1. re: daantaat

                +3 on that "raw fish place in 92024"... Was it Tokai, perhaps, or just a bout of dyslexia speaking?

          2. I loved Addison but there are definitely mixed opinions about it--it is certainly luxurious though.

            I've never had a bad meal at George's or Tapenade --i.e. probably very safe to ensure a solid splurge, but not necessarily the most intriguing, and certainly not newest kid on block.

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            1. re: davidnaimark

              The problem with those places this week is that they will only offer the Restaurant Week menu, which is a horrible representation of what they would normally serve...

              1. re: karaethon

                Do restaurants participating in restaurant week only serve that menu? If so, I totally agree. I've never been much of a fan of RW--although I guess I get why it exists. Hmmm--most places are going to be a zoo--OP I'm having concerns about your plans!! Maybe Orange County??? Or TJ as suggested above? Or maybe hire a great chef to come to your house?

                1. re: davidnaimark

                  This is definitely not a rule, but in my experience is most restaurants only serve the restaurant week menu during that week. This is especially true on Fridays/Saturdays when they get totally slammed.

                  I think Addison is mentioned in this treat disproportionately in this thread because it is one of the high end restaurants that doesn't participate in Restaurant Week and the dinner seems to have to occur this Friday.