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The Last Supper?

pickypicky Jan 14, 2012 08:45 AM

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: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

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

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    pickypicky Jan 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    I'm thinking of adding this to my will: skip a funeral or paddle out, eat a dinner I'd like and drink some of those wines I'm saving. If that were the case, and I could then choose from all over the world, well, I guess I haven't found that place yet. Too many places I've loved have changed or closed. Choosing by chef seems the thing-- so Honkman you better find JRK! (Or choosing a place that may last forever like Bahia)

    1. Beach Chick Jan 15, 2012 08:29 AM

      Gosh Last Supper...probably want to start with 2 dozen Kumamoto oysters with a bottle of fab champagne at Top of the Market, swing by Dobson's for the Mussel bisque en croute, scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods, cocktails at Pac Shores in OB, Lobster burrito with a cold Pacifico at Bahia's in Bird Rock, play 18 at South Torrey and hit the turn for a veggie burger and beer, take off from the Torrey Pines Glider Port and sail off in the sunset looking for a good slice of pie in the sky..

      1. Dagney Jan 15, 2012 12:13 AM

        Addison. Full tasting menu with wine pairings.

        1. Josh Jan 14, 2012 02:35 PM

          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.

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            stevewag23 Jan 14, 2012 11:46 AM

            Is this hypothetical Last Supper "pre-prison"?

            Or "pre-electric chair"?

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              honkman Jan 14, 2012 12:03 PM

              pre-"no cigarettes and no models"

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                cstr Jan 14, 2012 01:00 PM

                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!

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                  SteveRB Jan 14, 2012 01:57 PM

                  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.

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                    pickypicky Jan 15, 2012 10:25 AM

                    Is Roberto's still there?

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                      nileg Jan 15, 2012 11:13 PM

                      Yes, Roberto's is still there at 2206 Carmel Valley Rd.


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                        RB Hound Jan 16, 2012 07:51 PM

                        It's probably their most popular store.

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                          pickypicky Jan 17, 2012 05:52 AM

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

              2. honkman Jan 14, 2012 11:19 AM

                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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                  DiningDiva Jan 14, 2012 12:46 PM

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

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                    honkman Jan 14, 2012 04:51 PM

                    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.

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                      pickypicky Jan 15, 2012 10:18 AM

                      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.

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                  cstr Jan 14, 2012 10:36 AM

                  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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                    foodiechick Jan 14, 2012 02:25 PM

                    "Like" Great post.

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                      Fake Name Jan 15, 2012 10:52 AM

                      "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?

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                        cstr Jan 15, 2012 03:45 PM

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

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