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Stuck in a rut...help this SD hound pleasse!

I'm a local hound, love these forums, and have been to a lot of great places as a result of recs. Seems I'm stuck in a rut, need someplace new and very tasty to go tonight...

Looking to spend about $50-60/pp, no wine...although less is certainly fine..we're not pretentious in the least. Any type of cuisine is fine.

Places I really like and have been to...

Benecotto, Whisknladle, Sushi Ota, Market, Bo-Beau, Cucina Urbana, Kous Kous, Cavallion..to name a few...

Appreciate any help!

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  1. Smoking Goat, Kitchen 1540 (the new menu looks promising), Cafe Chloe, JSix, Starlite ( but overall I xan understand your feeling - we are experiencing the same as we tend to only go to the same few restaurants recently. Some of our highlights closef, e.g. Blanca or chefs moved and it feels that over the last 1-2 years no real interesting (at least for us) restaurants have opened in SD

    1. Flavor Del Mar - great new chef really starting to hit his stride

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      1. re: karaethon

        I will second that, actually. Went to Flavor last weekend and was pleasantly surprised.

      2. How about Truluk's, get the cold seafood plater for 4 (that makes it an entree for 2) and a good bottle, or 2!, of grape juice. Noth'n like it.

        1. As we are fond of saying on this forum, where in San Diego County to you plan to dine? It's a big county.

          However, if you're up in North County try: Blue Ribbon Pizza, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Mille Fleurs, A.R. Valentien, Red Tracton's, Q'ero Restaurant and Flavor Del Mar (although we haven't been since they've got a new chef).

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          1. re: wanker

            Thanks guys..

            Flavor I've been to a bunch, but not in the past 4-5 months... I'm fine driving anywhere really. Coming from Pacific Beach. Been to Q'ero and was less than impressed esp. considering prices.

            I've heard some iffy things about Trulucks...but never been. Smoking Goat sounds interesting..

            1. re: yanks26dmb

              You could also try Delicias (not sure on price though). Paul McCabe (formerly of Kitchen 1540) is there now.

          2. Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
            Trulucks happy hour
            Bali Hai
            Piatti's
            Hacienda de Vega
            Jsix at Hotel Solamar
            Fish Market Downtown Oyster bar/sushi bar
            Acqi de Texcoco
            Tapenade sunset menu
            Prado drinks and app's
            Basic
            Sessions
            Tender Greens

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Gee, Beach Chick, I would love to do a foodie four with you;, everything your recommend sounds so good and delicious ---but, you would have to drive. ;)

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Loove Basic pizza.

                Been meaning to go to Bice for a while too...anyone have any experience there?

                In any event, I think you guys have given me quite a few new places to try in the coming months...many thanks.

                Decided to try the Smoking Goat tonight...I'll let you know how it goes.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Hey Beach Chick, Was at Bali Hai last night with girlfriends hellbent on eating there. DREADED it, and you know what? It was fun. We sat outside, watched freighters go by. Drank fruity drinks. And had some pretty damn good appetizers (poly-asian-fusion). It's not a place I'd frequent, but for any SDer, it's sometimes good to see what the tourists see-- and love about our city. Inside the noise was for large families or drunk dates who didn't want to talk to each other anyway. Book a table outside, or go early.

                  1. re: pickypicky

                    Well, ended up going to the Smoking Goat. Girlfriend and I either had, or ended up spliting the beet salad, escargot, sweetbreads which were a special, stuffed quali, and the halibut which came atop a rissotto with crawfish and andouille.

                    Overall, very nice restaurant. Liked the vibe and service. Food was very good, highlights included the beet salad, sweetbreads, and halibut. Would definitely recommend and would like to come back again.

                    1. re: yanks26dmb

                      yummmmmmmmmmmmm. sweetbreads. thanks for your report.

                      1. re: yanks26dmb

                        Did they already expanded the space ?

                        1. re: honkman

                          Not sure since I had never been there before this weekend, but if they did, it's still not a very large space. Without knowing for sure, I would say no, they didn't expand yet.

                          1. re: yanks26dmb

                            They had about 7-9 tables inside all close to the open kitchen a long the wall. We really like the place but it is so small and they don't take reservations so the wait is often very long. They recently announced that they will expand into the vacant spot (former fish restaurant) next to them and we were hoping it was already completed.

                            1. re: honkman

                              Nope, not expanded yet. I went on a Friday night last week...no wait whatsoever...Must have gone around 730 or so.