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Jan 14, 2012 08:45 AM

The Last Supper?

There's a READER tribute to Naomi Wise (1943-2011) their former restaurant critic entitled "The Last Supper," which takes place at the A R Valentien, her favorite restaurant. When I left San Diego in 2010, that was where I had my last supper, as well. So where would yours be? Your last SD meal or where you'd hope your friends would raise a glass to you?

Naomi's Last Supper:

A R Valentien
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

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  1. The Grill at Torrey Pines Lodge for a bit more casual and the view, heave my ashes over the side, slurp some bubbles and nosh till there's no more room. Then hop over to Super Sergio's and meet Fake Name et al for some delights! Ciao... SD it was nice knowing you!!

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      1. re: cstr

        "Then hop over to Super Sergio's and meet Fake Name et al for some delights!"

        Well, shut my mouth and call me flattered.

        You're buying, I presume?

        1. re: Fake Name

          Of course, it'd be part of my mercy meal departure package!

      2. Private dinner cooked by John Robert Kennedy, chef of Better Half Bistro which is still the restaurant in SD that excited us most after 10 years living here. The special tasting menus he cooked for us still rank as the best we had in SD (especially considering price and equipment). In addition it was also one of the favorite restaurants from Naomi Wise

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        1. re: honkman

          Do you know where JRK landed? I'm assuming it's not in SD?

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Unfortuntely not - we lost contact with him and currenty trying to get back in touch with him. We actually tried to contact Naomi Wise more recently since we knew that she knew John personally.

            1. re: honkman

              After reading about Wise's love for the Better Half, I was really sorry I'd never been. If you do find out where the chef ended up, I hope you'll share it here.

        2. Is this hypothetical Last Supper "pre-prison"?

          Or "pre-electric chair"?

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            1. re: stevewag23

              Depends on your situation, I thought I'd view my departure from old CH age. Now if you're like Bourdain, it'd be pre death row!

              1. re: cstr

                Last supper here would be a backyard cookout with friends, not a restaurant I was planning to move to Eugene, OR last year but something got in the way, so I did give it some thought.

                My girfriend and I used to have a restaurant with sentimental value- a favorite when we were first together- Viggilucci's in Cardif-by-the-Sea, but it closed and changed ownership several years ago.

                I would pay a visit to the Roberto's near Torrey Pines Beach (Carmel Valley Road). After afternoon surfing friends and I (or just myself) would often eat there. Dine on their patio watching the birds in the lagoon and the sun reflecting off the cliffs. Million dollar view and a burrito for $5....what a bargain.

                    1. re: nileg

                      It's probably their most popular store.

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        Thanks. I've always wondered about that place. The location is beautiful!

            2. A trip back in time to Roma Beach Caffe with lamb and chips starter, arugula salad, housemade pasta w/ artichoke and tomato, veal roast w/ balsamic vinegar, and tiramisu followed by espresso and grappa.

              That place was the best.

              1. Addison. Full tasting menu with wine pairings.