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Jul 18, 2012 07:15 PM

Visiting for 3 days in August...

After reading some posts there seem to be no good food in SD? Is that true?

Pls let me know where are the must / good eats .... up to $50 per person! Lunch or dinners!

But not sure where I'm staying yet. Still planning away. Will have car!


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  1. No, it's not true there is no good food in SD, we just bitch and whine about it. If you're a hard core foodie you will be disappointed. If you're normal, you will find things you like and things you don't.

    SD is a very large county covering several hundred square miles. It's pretty hard to make any kind of recomendation when you don't know you'll be based

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Am yes, am hard core foodie!

      Ok I come back when I know where I'm gonna be based in. I am sure I will do touristy sites.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        disagree. Ulterior Epicure seemed to enjoy his stay.

        What constitutes foodie, just someone looking for high end places?
        TBL3 at Georges
        Omakase at OTA or Kaito will rival anything in LA short of Urasawa
        Flavor Del Mar has Chef Redzikowski who has a very impressive background, they just don't seem to make much mention of it.
        Delicias with McCabe and Molina is likely to please
        I haven't heard as much about 1540 now that McCabe has left, but I know that Bautista is still Sous and responsible for many of the dishes, and Bonilla's desserts I would put up there with anyone's.

        to the OP, you won't be dining extravagantly at any of the aforementioned (if at all) for $50 a head.

        but there are plenty of places that do fit into your budget that you will be very pleased with. Just let us know the area., or better yet. Search the board for recommendations and then come back when you're ready to narrow down your choices.

        1. re: Rodzilla

          Yes, and Jeffery Steingarten brings his own steak and produce because nothing in San Diego (including La Jolla) meets his standards... ;-)

          1. re: DiningDiva

            touche' and good points by Honk on size vs number of places. There is no shortage of good food, but it's not the hub for haute-cuisine that it could be. Still, that doesn't sound like what the OP is looking for.

          2. re: Rodzilla

            DD summerized the dining scene in SD very well - there are good places to eat in SD but the number is very low for the size of the city and the locally available ingredients. And I don't see why UE should set the standard for any city - he could be taken more serious if he would take himself much less serious.