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what's new and exciting?

erinvp May 10, 2012 07:42 PM

thanks to you all...I fell in love with Cucina Urbana last year. it's time again--and not a moment too soon!!--for me to leave the desert for my annual ocean fix! (each year I scheme and plan and finagle my way into as much time as possible in SD : )

We are staying in the Shelter Island area, anywhere downtown or not too far up past La Jolla is fine.

So tell me, what are you excited about??

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  1. globocity RE: erinvp May 10, 2012 09:04 PM

    Welcome! I am not too excited about much of the food here. That written, I have enjoyed "Underbelly". It is in Little Italy, known for their "no spoon" ramen. The idea is pretentious (the owner has restaurants that ban ketchup for burgers and vodka in the bar). But, it's good ramen. There is an open window seating area so when the weather is nice (May and June can be spotty), it's a good spot to sit down and eat. Stop by "Influx" for good cafe and pastries (if they haven't sold out).


    1. Beach Chick RE: erinvp May 11, 2012 06:21 AM

      Since you're staying in Shelter Island, I would go to Bali Hai for mai tai's which are fab..lunch or dinner.
      Point Loma Seafood for lunch
      Tender Greens in Liberty Station
      Sessions Public
      Brigantine Shelter Island for everyday happy hour..fish tacos are great
      Azucar in OB,,,great guava pastries
      South Beach in OB for fish tacos
      Jimmy's Famous Point Loma
      Pearsons Deli Shelter Island...ode to foodiechica
      Humphrey's for outdoor concert
      Happy hour at Island Prime Harbor Island
      Bencotto in Little Italy
      Brooklyn Girl Mission Hills
      Red Sails for dive bar Gorton's Fisherman sightings..

      Water taxi it over to Gaslamp/Coronado from Shelter Island..good way to party.

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        foodiechick RE: Beach Chick May 11, 2012 10:28 AM

        Gorton's Fisherman sighting at Red Sails - LOL. I think they stuffed him into that old diving suit and mummified him.

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          Beach Chick RE: foodiechick May 11, 2012 10:54 AM

          We always grab the old divers crotch for good luck...you need it when you enter that place!
          ; )

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        Fort Point RE: erinvp May 11, 2012 06:52 AM

        Recently visited SD and stayed on Shelter Island. Wrote a visit report but was not able to created a link to it but if go to April 23 and open Visit Report you will see a run down of where we ate. Generally had a very good eating experience in SD.

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          notjustastomach RE: Fort Point May 11, 2012 07:50 AM

          Starlite is always special, like wearing a favorite sweater after you take off the button-down uniform. It's not "new and exciting" but it's always a joy.

          Last night's soft shell crabs were remarkably flavorful. Whole pea pods in butter and herbs: simple yet perfectly executed.

          We were going to try the new Mission Hills foodie hop -- Starlite for starters; Brooklyn Girl for the entree -- but alas BG was overflowing, with nary a seat at the bar.

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            Beach Chick RE: notjustastomach May 11, 2012 08:21 AM

            Starlite is awesome...and you had the coveted soft shell crabs..sublime

            Remember, when Starlite was a girlie bar...friends used to own it and they always had the best parties and I was tagged as the 'lipstick' straight one.. hee hee

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