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notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 07:52 AM

I usually avoid loud restaurants, but as an experiment I would like to eat in the loudest room that exists in America's Finest City.

Where should I go?

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    cstr RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 08:23 AM

    motive, revenge against your better half?

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      notjustastomach RE: cstr Apr 5, 2012 08:44 AM

      No. It's for a book I'm writing. I need the feeling of being smothered in a cacophony of human voices.

      I'll probably go alone, since I want to sit and experience the soundscape, not contribute to it myself.

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        Fake Name RE: notjustastomach Apr 11, 2012 11:08 AM

        Interesting story relating to this concept. Steppenwolf's John Kay used to lay (lie?) between some apparently BIG speakers and listen to music.

        And then he wrote:

        I like to dream yes, yes right between my sound machine
        On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
        any place it goes is right
        Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here

    2. Josh RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 08:46 AM

      Gabardine is one.

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        SteveRB RE: Josh Apr 5, 2012 09:03 AM

        Pei Wei (mission valley)

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          DiningDiva RE: Josh Apr 5, 2012 01:59 PM

          Gingham in La Mesa

        2. honkman RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 09:56 AM

          Banker's Hill between 8-9 on a Friday or Saturday

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            foodiechick RE: honkman Apr 5, 2012 11:11 AM

            +1, and I would add Cucina Urbana during the same hours.

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              Fake Name RE: foodiechick Apr 10, 2012 04:13 PM


              I think Banker's hill wins the loud contest by a couple db.

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                foodiechick RE: Fake Name Apr 10, 2012 11:05 PM

                Want to love the place but I think that maybe, for some reason, we are not seated in the "preferred tables" section at CU. Every time we dine there we are surrounded by tables of screaming, drunk, cackling "woo-hoo" girls. ;(

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                  mikec RE: foodiechick Apr 11, 2012 10:59 AM

                  "two for table L"...

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                    Fake Name RE: foodiechick Apr 11, 2012 11:02 AM


                    I've been mostly for lunch, and when I do go for dinner it's:

                    1. Early
                    2. Request via Open Table for a quiet corner table.
                    3. Sit in the atrium and wish it wasn't so loud.

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              lmmsdca RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 10:30 AM

              Wangs in North Park

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                zmirzlina RE: lmmsdca Apr 5, 2012 11:51 AM

                I DON'T THINK IT GETS ANY LOUDER THAN- oh, sorry - at Wang's in North Park.

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                  Lynnester RE: lmmsdca Apr 5, 2012 12:21 PM

                  cacophony = Wangs

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                    notjustastomach RE: Lynnester Apr 5, 2012 02:09 PM

                    I've never even heard of Wang's. Is it related to Wang's in the Desert, in Palm Springs? Not the best food, but food isn't the point.

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                      mikec RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 06:00 PM

                      Definitely not the best food. More commonly called: "P. F. Wang's" by most people I know.

                      Loudest restaurant I've ever been in is Buca de Beppo in the Gaslamp on a Friday night. Relatively small rooms with low ceilings and all hard surfaces seating about six large (10-20 people each) parties all striving to achieve chemical parity. Painfully awful with food to match. You'd have to put a gun to my head to get me to ever return.

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                  wanker RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 10:49 AM

                  The Fish Market. Any Brigantine Lounge during happy hour. Bring your bullhorn.

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                    aloha925 RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 02:44 PM

                    If food isn't the point try either Harney Sushi or Ponce's on a weekend night. Unbearably loud, and I'm relatively young.

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                      eatemup RE: notjustastomach Apr 5, 2012 02:46 PM

                      Burlap in Del Mar. There is a danger you might be able to hear each other during the week so try Friday to be safe.

                      1. jmtreg RE: notjustastomach Apr 6, 2012 03:06 PM

                        Urge Gastropub on a Friday/Saturday night would fit the bill.

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                          chezwhitey RE: notjustastomach Apr 11, 2012 11:25 AM

                          Basic by petco park. you can't hear yourself thinking.

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                            wrldtrvl RE: notjustastomach Apr 11, 2012 08:07 PM

                            Wang's North Park is the worst in my experience. Besides the extremely bad crowd noise last time (the only time) I was there they played a loud thumping background (?) sound track. We actually complained and took the rest of our food to go. I would never ever go back there again unless I was told by a reliable source that there had been a major change. Too bad. We live only 3 blocks away.

                            1. Fake Name RE: notjustastomach Apr 21, 2012 07:12 AM

                              Got another one. El Take It Easy.

                              Went last night LOVED the food and cocktails, but my ears are still ringing. The heavily-trafficked 30th street corridor was significantly quieter.

                              But I guess that's the goal. Get them in and hurry their ass out the door.

                              Won't return.

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                                cstr RE: Fake Name Apr 21, 2012 09:06 AM

                                SS on Convoy would also be much more serene!

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                                  Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 21, 2012 09:47 AM

                                  Debating on going to the Costco business center just so I can go to Fakey's beloved SS..
                                  So frigging good and quiet too!

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                                    Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Apr 21, 2012 10:11 AM

                                    They don't offer a TofuAsada burrito.

                                    And thank nonspecifichigherpower for THAT!

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                                      Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Apr 21, 2012 10:36 AM

                                      LOL...that is what a bean/cheese/rice/guac/chiles/sourcream and rice burrito is for!
                                      Yes...I said rice in the burrito...blasphemous!

                                      Chica Lama

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