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Dec 30, 2011 04:51 AM

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Last visited San Diego in March 2007, and ate very well at Third Corner, Antica Trattoria, Cafe Chloe and Terra. About Arrivederci, the less said the better.
Are the first four that I named still worthy of a visit? They do all still seem to be in business. As well, we're going to be in Pacific Beach this time, and any recommendations in La Jolla would be appreciated. We know that breakfast at the Cottage is well worth a visit.
Thanks in advance, dmm

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    1. All 4 that you mentioned are, indeed, still in business and pretty much unchanged since when your last visit.

      Terra has moved and is now located on an ugly part of El Cajon Blvd. about a block past 70th St. in La Mesa. The food is still quite good, the menu is geared more towards smaller plates at smaller prices. I like their u-shaped bar. Acoutstics in the place are dreadful and it does get really noisy when full. Breakfast at Terra is also delicious. They had a pulled pork BBQ scramble right after Thanksgiving that was way tastier than it sounds.

      Antica Trattoria is in the same location and still doing some of the best Italian in SD. The owner has opened a second location on 5th Ave. in Hillcrest called Osteria Origano. I haven't eaten there, but a friend has and really liked it. Reviews have mostly been pretty positive.

      Cafe Chloe is still going strong and rumor has it they're expanding to a 2nd location in Mission Hills somewhere.

      It's been too long since I've been to 3rd Corner to comment on if the cooking there is still solid or not, but I suspect it probably is.

      Breakfast or lunch at Isabel Cantina (Cass & Feldspar) in PB is usually a delicious meal.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        "Cafe Chloe is still going strong and rumor has it they're expanding to a 2nd location in Mission Hills somewhere."

        I now refuse to believe it. My hopes have been so dashed. Same as "Brooklyn Girl".

        I'll not be fooled.

        1. re: Fake Name

          Some sort of construction work HAS begun inside the space that is advertised as the future home of Brooklyn Girl. It's not going fast, but building materials ARE being acquired and arrayed.

          1. re: notjustastomach

            Yes, I've seen that. But I think it's just a fa├žade to tease me. Just like the building across the street and the continued use of the Piret's space as something else.


            1. re: Fake Name

              The continued use of the Piret's space as something other than Piret's does seem a little sacriligoius doesn't it.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Like using a church or temple as a political headquarters.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Isn't that par for the course anymore?

            2. re: Fake Name

              And the rumor is dated, and now false. Hope whatever's there is good, as I am "circa di FN" in the neighborhood category. Captain's Daughter place, hopefully?

          2. La Jolla is frequently asked on the board; do a search and you'll find the favorites.
            For breakfast, I think Coffee Cup Cafe has better/more interesting food than the Cottage, although you can't go wrong.

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            1. re: daantaat

              Thanks for all the replies so far. Very helpful all, especially Dining Diva wth whom I'm pretty sure I corresponded on these pages five years ago. And to daantaat, almot as soon as I made the original post, I saw the abundance of advice on La Jolla places.
              As to Coffee Cup in LJ, it seems to be part of Isabel's modest chain which has an even closer (to where we're staying) place in Pacific Beach.
              Thanks again and Happy New Year. dmm

            2. In Pacific Beach, I happen to like the JRDN Restaurant inside the Tower 23 Hotel.

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              1. re: El Chevere

                I lived in Pacific Beach, I preferred to eat in La Jolla :D

                Right in PB Rubicon Deli is worth hitting for a casual brunch/lunch - call ahead get take out.

                Georges is definitely worth a visit - don't brush them off as touristy, the high table count is warranted.

                A lot of people like Whisknladle my experience wasn't a knock-out, but I would give them a second try.


              2. Eddie V's in La Jolla
                Not new..
                Bahia's in Bird Rock/LJ for fish tacos, Pacifico's and watch the waves roll in.
                El Pescador for a great sea bass sandwich for lunch
                Coffee Cup, Harry's or the Cottage for breakfast
                Drinks and app's at the Marine Room
                Piatti's in LJ Shores
                Cass Street Grill in PB...fab oriental chicken salad and a cold one..great food