Best Steakhouse in SD + other recs
I'll be visiting San Diego for a week around Christmas, but apparently have enough AMEX points to pre-pay some restaurant dinners. I love San Diego, loved growing up there, but don't remember any restaurants other than Anthony's.
I see a number of Steakhouses, and am trying to discourage the family from voting for Ruth's Chris (that sizzling platter destroys a good steak, IMHO). I live in DC, and like the Palm here well enough. Not familiar with Rei Do Gado or Gaslamp.
Any San Diego chowhounds with opinions? Goes without saying we need a good wine list and a good bar.
Also, would take recs on other can't miss spots. Thanks in advance for your knowledge and advice!
Eddie V's in La Jolla
George's Modern or the ocean terrace for casual dining
Marine Room for drinks and apps
Flavor Del Mar
Kitchen 1540 at L' Auberge Del Mar
Crown room for brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado...gorgeous at Christmas
Jsix at Hotel Solamar
Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel
La Valencia Hotel...brunch/lunch on the back terrace overlooking the Pacific
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Mariscos German seafood truck
Aqui es Texcoco..best potato taquitos
Native SD and it has changed quite a bit....you probably remember Lubachs too.
re: Beach Chick
Thanks, that's a lot to look at. I do remember the Hotel Del - thanks, can't believe I didn't think of it!
Is there a good food truck scene in San Diego, and if so - where to check it out? There's a lot in DC, the easiest way to keep track is Food Truck Fiesta (http://foodtruckfiesta.com/). Could use something similar.
Cowboy Star is definately the best 'steak house' in San Diego today. It's been a while since I have been to either Ruth Chris or Morton but I remember thoroughly enjoying Mortons. Donovan's, however, was a huge disappointment. A friend and I found ourselves downtown craving a good steak on a Monday. Cowboy Star was closed so we headed over to Donovan's. Nothing was above mediocre and at the prices they charge, about double Cowboy Star, I was not a happy camper.
I'm with you yanks. cowboy star is a fine steakhouse, but not necessarily that special. I don't think it is head and shoulders above a place like Donovans. Coming from DC, I'm sure you have plenty of options where CS won't be a revelation. Rei do gado is a 2nd tier churascuria, skip it unless your kids need lots of visual stimulation.
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My vote is Cstar as well, but where are you staying? Urban Solace isn't far off, has a good wine list, the food is excellent and will likely have enough options to appeal to the steakhouse crowd. They're also a *can't miss for many CHers
if you can get past the overuse of double entendres, I've heard good things about Red Light District - New American, larger wine list, also downtown
as my previous post was deleted for no good reason, Kaito is the best in the county. However, you will get lots of hits for Sushi Ota in PB, b/c it is closer to you than Kaito, which is in Encinitas. However, if traveling is not an issue, as you said, it's a nice trip up north to the less heavily touristy parts of the county.