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May 10, 2012 07:42 PM

what's new and exciting?

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. 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).


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      1. 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 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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        1. re: Beach Chick

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

          1. re: foodiechick

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Fort Point

            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.

            1. re: notjustastomach

              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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