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wcarpenter01 Oct 15, 2011 08:31 AM

OK..I admit I am a foodie. I have been watching Thripple D on the Food Network, and just don't seem to be able to find equivelent restaurants in Greater San DIego. I have been to every one featured on the show in town, and from Hob Nob to Ramona Cafe, and they are all good. What we are looking for is an overall casual make it and turn it out great food restaurant like on the show. We lived in No Cal for years and love the exhibition kitchens at Joe's of Westlake, Original Joe's and have found nothing like them here.

Any suggestions??? Thanks

  1. scottca075 Oct 16, 2011 10:54 AM

    Nothing like Original Joe's, places that could fit in the theme of DDD might be:

    101 Cafe, 631 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, opened in 1928.
    Bali Hai Restaurant, 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, old Tiki restaurant (which San Diego seemed to have more than any place else).
    Filippi's Pizza Grotto, 1747 India St, San Diego, family owned joint since 1950.
    Harry's Coffee Shop, 7545 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, family diner from 1960.
    Rudford's Restaurant, 2900 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego , open in 1949.
    San Diego Chicken Pie Shop Restaurant, 2633 El Cajon Blvd . San Diego, opened in 1938.

    Corvette Diner might catch their eye as well (2965 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego).

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    Bali Hai Restaurant
    2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

    Rudford's Restaurant
    2900 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

    Harry's Coffee Shop
    7545 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

    San Diego Chicken
    6867 Golfcrest Dr, San Diego, CA 92119

    1. Fake Name Oct 16, 2011 10:05 AM

      But- on a more constructive and perhaps helpful note, maybe the Tractor Room for our OP. I've only been for cocktails (and I like those!) but have heard others speak well of the menu....

      Thoughts?

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      The Tractor Room
      3687 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

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      1. re: Fake Name
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        wcarpenter01 Oct 16, 2011 10:32 AM

        The Wedge: Ice Berg, Maytag Blue Cheese, Pickled Red Onions, Toasted Sweet Pecans

        9.25

        Arugula, Endive and Radicchio Salad, Goat Cheese, Avocado, Grapefruit, Hazelnuts, Roasted Garlic Vin

        9.50

        The "Original" Watermelon/Tomato/Cucumber Salad, Pine Nuts, Feta, Currants, Basil, Mint, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

        Please...no offense intended...I did not realize this blog is for high end dinning only. I think my initial premise was worth pursuing. There is always a cost associated with "high end" dining and that does not suit me everytime I want to go out and enjoy a meal. I think Josh said it best copied below. I will continue my quest.

        I think his point was that if you like the kinds of food featured on that show, you may not get many recommendations here. As an example, I lived up the street from Hob Nob Hill, and after a handful of meals there, I was totally baffled by the huge crowds turning out there for breakfast.

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        Hob Nob Hill
        2271 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        1. re: wcarpenter01
          honkman Oct 16, 2011 11:36 AM

          You have to be kidding - Urban Solace has nothing even remotely to do with with fine dining and the prices are absolutely reasonable for the quality. You are aware of the rising cost of ingredients for restaurants, especially if you want good meat and produce quality. Perhaps you should at least try a restaurant before bashing it

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          Urban Solace Restaurant
          3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. re: honkman
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            wcarpenter01 Oct 16, 2011 02:05 PM

            ...actually "honkman" I was not "kidding" I think any question or pursuit is worth our time. I am aware of rising costs, etc. as well. I don't see where I want to pay $9.25 for a wedge of lettuce and Maytag cheese. So I thought I could seek the advise of this blog to try and find that "nuggett" place unknown to me, or a few placed I did not know of. Thanks to "Josh" & Fake Name" you have both been helpful and get what I was looking for.

            I'm Gone!

          2. re: wcarpenter01
            Fake Name Oct 16, 2011 01:10 PM

            Ok, I get the drift.

            Forgive us, we were trying to steer you to food of high quality at reasonable prices. I understand what you're seeking, and several places come to mind (remember, I never travel so I'm unfamiliar with the places you mentioned):

            Perry's on Pacific Highway
            Rudford's on El Cajon Blvd
            Clayton's in Coronado
            The Gathering in Mission Hills
            The Mission in North Park (etc)
            Parkhouse Eatery on Park Blvd
            Tylers Taste of Texas, 2nd Ave, El Cajon

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            Parkhouse Eatery
            4574 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116

            Rudford's Restaurant
            2900 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

            1. re: wcarpenter01
              Josh Oct 16, 2011 02:22 PM

              This site is absolutely not for high-end dining only. Some of the board favorites include Super Cocina, Rocky's in PB, and other casual eateries.

              What I meant by my earlier comment is that most of the places on DDD don't get much love on these boards, not due to being low-end, but due to not being very good. (Blue Water Grill being a very notable exception - that place is great, and many people here like it.)

              So if those are the kinds of spots you like, then it'd be hard to recommend stuff in that vein, since that's not a vein that seems worth mining (at least to me, OMMV).

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

              1. re: Josh
                scottca075 Oct 16, 2011 06:30 PM

                The OP got exactly what you meant.

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            wcarpenter01 Oct 15, 2011 09:27 PM

            Please don't compare what we are looking for to DDD, if that is what you want to do. Take the concept overall, and if you have a recommendation that would be great.

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            1. re: wcarpenter01
              Josh Oct 15, 2011 09:37 PM

              I think his point was that if you like the kinds of food featured on that show, you may not get many recommendations here. As an example, I lived up the street from Hob Nob Hill, and after a handful of meals there, I was totally baffled by the huge crowds turning out there for breakfast.

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              Hob Nob Hill
              2271 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

              1. re: Josh
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                cstr Oct 16, 2011 08:15 AM

                Same thing for Hash House.

                1. re: cstr
                  Fake Name Oct 16, 2011 10:04 AM

                  oh, now you're getting me started. I eat at HH sometimes (do I have to turn in my CH badge of honor by admitting that?) and it does not suck too badly.

                  But wait in line? Some people wait over an HOUR. An HOUR of life! At this point, for me, another hour is a damn precious thing.

                  Somebody help me here- is it a social kind of thing? Do people enjoy each other's company while standing, arms folded, hip thrust, in flipflops and shorts, on the sidewalk?

                  What am I missing here? Because it's not the food.

                  1. re: Fake Name
                    scottca075 Oct 16, 2011 10:30 AM

                    Hash House and Hob Nob Hill each have decent breakfasts, neither one has food worth the wait if the wait is more than 10 minutes, but I suspect that for a lot of people the comraderie of the wait is part of the experience.

                    I won't wait for any place more than 20 minutes and when I go to a place like Gjelina where they expect you to wait 30-45 minutes beyond your reservation time, I'd rather go to In 'n Out than wait.

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                    Hob Nob Hill
                    2271 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                    1. re: scottca075
                      Josh Oct 16, 2011 02:17 PM

                      Define "decent".

                      1. re: Josh
                        scottca075 Oct 16, 2011 06:28 PM

                        Decent food is food that is good tasting, but doesn't blow you away and is reasonably priced as well.

                        1. re: scottca075
                          Josh Oct 17, 2011 03:18 PM

                          OK, so Hob Nob Hill doesn't qualify.

                          :-D

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                          Hob Nob Hill
                          2271 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                        2. re: Josh
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                          RB Hound Oct 17, 2011 11:19 AM

                          Rather than forcing people to type out the argument again, maybe we should just add a hyperlink:

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7988...

                          :)

                      2. re: Fake Name
                        DiningDiva Oct 16, 2011 12:26 PM

                        It's the rosemary bushes sticking up out of each plate.

                        1. re: Fake Name
                          Josh Oct 16, 2011 02:19 PM

                          It's called the herd mentality.

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                            chezwhitey Oct 16, 2011 09:52 PM

                            Sometimes the herd mentality is wrong (cheesecake factory) sometimes it's right (iphone). As for HH, I'm not going to touch this.

                            1. re: chezwhitey
                              Josh Oct 16, 2011 10:43 PM

                              Not sure herd mentality applies equally in all areas.

                          2. re: Fake Name
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                            cstr Oct 18, 2011 11:46 AM

                            Hey, fakey, I totally relate to an hour of life, at this point in my life, every moment where I'm looking down at the grass instead of up at the roots is a great day. I'm referring to all the hype that DD&D does, have you ever seen Guy Fee Eddy say the chow was meh? remember DD&D is on a 'pay-to-play' basis.

                    2. honkman Oct 15, 2011 12:18 PM

                      I watched the show twice and haven't seen a single restaurant or dish that seemed to be even decent food. If you want good comfort food with a twist try Urban Solace

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                      Urban Solace Restaurant
                      3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

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                      1. re: honkman
                        Fake Name Oct 15, 2011 08:18 PM

                        While I hate (in a friendly, chiding way) to agree with Herr Honkman, I believe he has this correct. I've yet to see anything on ddd that I'd like to eat. I've never seen a full episode, but whenever I land on it, I shake my head in disbelief.

                        We further agree on Urban Solace.

                        Now, we return to our regularly scheduled disagreements.

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                        Urban Solace Restaurant
                        3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

                        1. re: Fake Name
                          scottca075 Oct 15, 2011 08:42 PM

                          I disagree, I think Pizzeria Luigi has the best NY style pizza in SD and Blue Water Seafood is a pretty solid seafood joint.

                          Most Diners, Drive-ins and Dives places are not foodie places per se, they fall more in the comfort food category.

                          Some days I am okay with truffled eel liver, some days I just want a good lasagne in meat sauce.

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                          Pizzeria Luigi
                          1137 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

                          Blue Water Seafood
                          3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

                          1. re: scottca075
                            Josh Oct 15, 2011 09:14 PM

                            Why is comfort food not of interest to foodies?

                            1. re: scottca075
                              Fake Name Oct 16, 2011 05:35 AM

                              Ah, yes, Blue Water Seafood is excellent. But I didn't see that show. Of course down the street is Luch Libre- *with a line to get it*! I mean, it's not a BAD place, but come on- are all those new customers?

                              Because once you've been nobody in their right mind would stand on line for the food there.

                              Of course, I wouldn't stand on line for anywhere- it's a policy.

                              <edit> I do stand on line for 4 Milpas- but not longer than 10 minutes.

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                              Blue Water Seafood
                              3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

                              1. re: Fake Name
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                                RB Hound Oct 16, 2011 09:47 AM

                                I once waited in line for about 3 minutes at Super Sergio's...

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                                Super Sergio's
                                4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

                                1. re: RB Hound
                                  Fake Name Oct 16, 2011 09:59 AM

                                  And I'm confident Chef Sergio comped an amuse bouche, no?

                                2. re: Fake Name
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                                  wcarpenter01 Oct 16, 2011 09:31 PM

                                  Now 4 Milpas is a great place. I have been going there since 1987. So this is not high end, but a nugget to be discovered by those who do not know of it. That was my original premise. I did not ask the question of the board to get jabbed or try to bash a place I had not been to. BTW, I am a retired VP of Sales to a fortune 100 company and have spent many a night at many very exclusive places nationally. I know fine dining well and now I am recently retired and life styles changed....hense the original email looking for a special place I may not know of. Thanks to all

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