Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?
I'm trying to discover the best of (insert cuisine) within a30-40 minute drive of downtown San Diego. Here's a list of the places that are my current go-tos. I'm sure that some of my current list can be beaten - does anyone have better recommendations? I care about the quality and authenticity of the food more much more than atmosphere or anything else like that.
Greek: Cafe Athena
Moroccan: Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro
Persian: Darband Fifth Avenue Grill (Is there a Persian place with more stews/rice dishes rather than kabobs?)
Ethiopian: Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
Mexican: Super Cocina (I also like Mariscos German)
Japanese (Ramen): Tajima (Santouka as well)
Japanese (Sushi): Sushi Ota
Italian (Pizza): Caffe Calabria
Italian (Other): ????? (Italy totally spoiled me, seriously is there good/authentic non-Neapolitan Italian food somewhere in SD?)
Chinese: ????? (Any good recommendations?)
Peruvian - Latin Chef
Barbacoa - Aqui Es Texcoco
Italian Pizza - Luigi's
Italian Food - Fugettaboutit!
I've only been in San Diego for about 2 years and none of the places that are touted as the best are any more than mediocre, compared to, say, L.A.'s San Gabriel Valley. I'll make the drive to Irvine before I head to Convoy (granted, I'm in Carlsbad, which is closer to the OC than someone who actually lives in SD).
Dumpling Inn is meh. Red Moon was close to horrific. Haven't yet been to Spicy City, but I'll head on over shortly and report back. A lot of the other places that are rated highly are Viet/Chinese, which is weird to me.
Any suggestions that you'd like to make that would change my mind? :-)
The original owner (Xiao Zhou) of Spicy City now has a place in Poway called Beijing City that the wife and I really like. We even like it much better than Spicy City. Plus a big bonus there is plenty of parking and you don't have to venture in to the Battle Royale parking lot of Spicy City.
Italian (Pizza) - Pizzeria Bruno (its about four blocks from me, as opposed to Caffe Calabria, which is about 15 blocks).
Italian (Other) - I like Arrivederci in Hillcrest and Cucina Urbana
Chinese: China Max and maybe, Spicy City
Lebanese: Mama's Bakery