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Got $10 for lunch...where and what should I have?

Remember that I don't eat red meat unless it is the beloved patty melt but love fish and chicken..
Whatcha got for this chica for lunch?

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  1. Are you thinking all you can eat? Ha! Probably not.

    How about a food truck?


    It's not my site - but a local Hounder posts all the locations each day. (Hi Kelly, I think.) It will be updated for the 22nd shortly I'd think.

    Me? I'm gonna go-go to Devilicious. They have 2 (count 'em 2!) trucks now. From their tweets they are going to be at 10020 Pacific Mesa Blvd 11:30-1:30 AND 10180 Willow Creek Rd from 11:30am - 1:30pm today. I'll be the guy wearing a dark purple shirt. And then with food spilled on the front of my shirt.

    I guess they are doing a shrimp po' boy that dudes and ladies are lovin'

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    1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive


      Apparently they have some "special" where you get the blackened prime rib AND the tempura shrimp on top.... Is that a lo' boy instead?

      Edit - Ah I didn't see BC was the OP.... still have the lobster grilled cheese and shrimp po'boy though!

      1. re: karaethon

        Lobster grilled cheese...OMG
        I have a Devilicious coupon $12 bucks for food for $6..
        DH could have the blackened Prime lo'boy..
        Thanks K..

      2. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

        Fly to the FiftyFive...good call..website is great too..

        1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

          Well, this thread explains something I noticed a week or two ago. After not having seen the KALBIQ truck for a while on Regents in UTC (figured that they took the summer quarter off), I saw a Devilicious truck and wondered if there now was competition. A quick scan of the Food Trucks site indicates that the KALBIQ truck became a second Devilicious truck. Their menu looks a lot more interesting, but I'm not sure if it will be a hit with the student crowd.

          1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

            Do the food trucks ever go up to casinos up North for concerts...going to Don Henley and would love to chow down on some good food vs. the casino food.
            I know it's a long haul but a captive audience.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              I don't think the casino's will allow food trucks on their premisis as they have restaurants etc.

              1. re: cstr

                yeah, it was a fleeting thought..going to their Oyster bar and pony up to the bar for a dozen oysters, chowdah and a glass of wine...maybe, I can talk Don into letting me be the back up stick chick one day..

          2. Super Cocina, chic mole!! they also have various fish and non meat selections. Maybe Fish & Chips at Shakespeare or a grilled fish sammie at El Pescador. All mentioned are under a sawbuck. Horray for tofu!!


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

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            1. re: cstr

              love love love me some mole...
              Had the best Pad Thai with Tofu at Lotus of Siam in Vegas last week...it was sublime!
              Thanks brother sledge..

            2. Grilled fish plate or falafel at Mystic Grill on Univ and 70th in La Mesa or Chicken Tawook at Alforon at 5965 El Cajon Blvd

              Mystic Grill
              6990 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941

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              1. re: JRSD

                Never heard of Mystic Grill but sounds fab..
                Grilled fish plate or falafel...one of my 2 fave's..

              2. Ask somebody for extra $2 and get the bento box at Sakura

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                1. re: honkman

                  Love that honk..
                  You Berlin types really do have a great sense of humor!
                  ; )

                2. Okan for their bento box. I can't remember the exact price, but it's around the $10 mark.

                  1. Devilicious's grilled cheese with lobster sandwich will set you back $10 and is pretty darn tasty, Mangia Mangia has a whole host of Italian favorites under $10 which are both well prepared and will put a smile on your face, San Diego's signature dish is the fish taco and no one does it better the Mariscos German (get the smoked marlin). I know you said no red meat but the organic free range grass fed burger at MiHo just might be good enough to make you convert. ;)

                    Some other options: The wonderfully spiced & filling but oh so healthy vegetarian food at Madras Cafe in Mira Mesa (all you can eat for $8) or try the best pho in town at Pho Cow Cali Express also in Mira Mesa.

                    Mariscos German
                    3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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                    1. re: oerdin

                      I have a $12 coupon for $6 at Devilicious and can't wait to try the lobster grilled sandwich..
                      Love the marlyn tacos at Mariscos and of course, the Gobernator.
                      Mangia Mangia..I can eat and see foodiechicka...how great is that!
                      Pho Cow Cali Express...is that in the Target center?

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        Pho Cow Cali is in the mini mall on the corner of Black Mtn Rd and Mira Mesa Blvd. Not in the same place as Target.

                        1. re: daantaat

                          Yeah, it's where the Black Mountain Bike Shop used to be (before last month when they moved next to the Trader Joe's). I believe there is a Bank of America in that shopping center as well. Pho Cow Cali used to be called Pho Wa Cali but for some reason they changed their name even thoughg the owner and the menu are the same. The place is still packed with people from all sorts of backgrounds but it seems especially popular with Vietnamese folks. Honestly, they do many of the traditional Vietnamese favorites better than anyone else in town.

                        2. re: Beach Chick

                          Pho Cow would be an excellent choice, and has one of the most consistently strong menus for VN. Can't think of a single weak dish, from their Pho to Com Tam to Bun, from their Cari Ga to Bun Bo Hue... (And as daantaat says they're in the (NW) corner of Black Mtn Rd and Mira Mesa Blvd.)

                          But speaking of the Target center, a favorite of mine is Luong Hai Ky for VN-style Chinese. For whatever reason I like everything there just as much as I didn't like any of their dishes in their old Convoy location. (Though I haven't returned since LHK re-opened in that space after they closed down Phat.)

                          They also have nothing but winners on their menu in a broader range of cooking styles than what it first may seem from their still extensive menu. Particularly nice are their roasted poultry, especially as a Mi Quay. It's almost like ordering three different items in one order, as the poultry (duck, chicken, or quail) is plated separately from the Mi Quay and its soup.

                          I don't find much compelling on MMB, but PCC and LHK are my two standout choices. (Actually I do enjoy China Chef - corny name, good food - for Szechuan, though it would likely not come in under $10; not a match for Ba Ren, but not much to complain about either... Keep in mind that I'm not referring to their take out business, which is right next door to their full service dining room.)

                          China Chef
                          623 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

                          Luong Hai Ky Restaurant
                          4633 Convoy St Ste 107, San Diego, CA 92111

                          1. re: cgfan

                            Thanks cg, oerdin and daantaat!
                            Great to see you posting cg..

                            Is Pho one of those items that can be taken 'to go' or needs to be eaten on the premises?
                            Thinking it will be a perfect lunch item since it's going to be rainy and cold for the next couple of days.
                            Love love love Vietnamese food..can't wait to try Pho Cow Cali!

                            China Chef...are you talking about the one in LJ..they had a great lunch special.

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              I would recommend eating Pho at the resto, hot and fresh.

                              1. re: cstr

                                An easy ditto on eating-in...

                                With regards to China Chef, I was referring to the one on MMB. Never been to the one in LJ, nor aware if they're related or not.

                                BTW I did just recall on MMB that there's the new Pho Ban Mai, in the same center as the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Seafood City. I've only been there a few times, but everything I've had has been competent to more than good. If anything I'd say their dishes have more clarified tastes, i.e. perhaps a bit less rustic, than PCC; not by itself good or bad, but more a style thing. I'd say their broth is a tad less brothy than PCC's, and their dining room, if that's important, is approaching the elegant side of things.

                                I'm still checking them out and trying to form a clearer opinion on them, but I'd put them right behind PCC of the Pho+ VN options on MMB. However I must say that their Pho noodles, (and I am referring to the noodles themselves as opposed to the entire dish), are what I favor; they have "more guts" or resilience to them, an entirely different concept than al dente. Their noodles reminds me of the Pho noodles that they serve at Pho Saigon in Escondido, or the ones at Pho San Marcos before their change of ownership.

                                I also left out for one more VN-style Chinese option, though my first choice goes to LHK, in Tan Ky Mi Gia, which shares the same location as Lucky Seafood.

                                Apologize for having dropped these on my previous post!

                                Lucky Seafood
                                9326 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

                                Pho San Marcos
                                700 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

                                China Chef
                                623 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037

                                Tan Ky Mi Gia
                                9330 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste A, San Diego, CA 92126

                                1. re: cstr

                                  Thanks brother sledge..
                                  Are you still in mourning after the horrific bottom of the 9th home
                                  run..so sad..

                                2. re: Beach Chick

                                  definitely eat it at the restaurant. The only way to do it take out is to have them pack the broth, noodles, meat and herbs/bean sprouts in separate containers. Then go home and reheat the broth to boiling, then pour it over the noodles and meat. Then add the basil, sprouts and sawgrass leaf.

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    BTW BC, not to throw a damper on things but you are aware that Pho, which most mean to be Pho Bo, is for the most part all about red meat, right? Just checking.

                                    The broth is a beef stock and the protein items are all red meat, depending on how you'd classify beef cartilage (Gan) or beef tripe (Sach). To avoid the red meat it'd be Pho Ga (chicken) or, if I recall correctly, they also do a Pho Tom (shrimp).

                                    Of course one can order it without any protein items, but where's the fun in that? :) No, I can't recall a Pho PM (patty melt) on their menu...

                                    1. re: cgfan

                                      Pho PM (patty melt)....LOVE THAT cg!

                                      I've asked the question before on the broth since I'm won't eat a beef broth base but a chicken or seafood broth would be just fine.
                                      Pho Tom would be ideal since I'm picky about my chicken meat...only white meat..
                                      Wish they would bottle up that seafood broth at Mariscos German.

                                      Thanks d and cg for your kind responses!

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        Pho Fifth Avenue does a good Pho Ga with all white meat. I'm picky about my meat too and it certainly satisfies. They also do a nice job of packing up each item separately - noodles, broth, protein, veg - so you can compose at home. Perfect for a day like today!

                            2. Costco..... Hot dog and a coke and slice of pizza for under $5 and I can almost guarantee there is no real meat in those hot dogs :)

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                              1. re: scottca075

                                Ha...I've been begging the CEO to add a turkey dog to the mix for a quite awhile..

                                Golden Bears... : )