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Boston Hounds visiting in September

trufflehound Jul 24, 2012 11:34 AM

We'll be spending a couple of nights in SD staying at the Solamar Hotel (6th Ave) in September 7,8 and are looking for good options. We eat most evrything and prefer casual to formal, pubs and fine dining, and ethnic. Mexican is difficult here so good suggestions are welcome.
Perhaps a gentlemans club.
Easy access to Coronado?
Any Festivals?
Would it be my good fortune that Stone operates a pub? Or has a favorite pub with many of their beers? I'll trade Doyle's in Jamaica Plain as being a test market for Sam Adams.

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    JRSD RE: trufflehound Jul 24, 2012 07:19 PM

    Definitely do a couple of searches. You ask questions that are repeated on the board constantly. Also important to know if you will have a car. Stone World Bistro and Gardens is in Escondido and company store is in South Park for drinks, growler fills and merch.

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      DiningDiva RE: JRSD Jul 25, 2012 02:16 PM

      Stone was supposed to open in Liberty Station earlier this year. Drove by about 10 days ago and it didn't even look close, any word on when this location is going to open? Most likely not in time for the OPs visit...

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        phee RE: DiningDiva Jul 25, 2012 08:50 PM

        Website says late 2012.

    2. Dagney RE: trufflehound Jul 24, 2012 10:52 PM

      If you like beer you should visit the Alpine Brewery.

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        zmirzlina RE: Dagney Jul 25, 2012 12:55 PM

        +1 on Alpine Brewey. We often make the 30 minute drive from San Diego proper for growler fills and the Stone South Park store is a five minute walk from us...

        Downtown for beers you'll want to try Downtown Johnny Browns (excellent taps, pretty meh bar food) or The Neighborhood (nice selection of taps and much better food), Avoid the Yardhouse at all costs.

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        cstr RE: trufflehound Jul 25, 2012 07:41 AM

        For some good craft breweries/pubs try:

        Lost Abbey
        Iron Fist
        Green Flash
        Balast Point

        Super Cocina - slow cooked home cooking braised style Mex entree's
        Tacos El Gordo - carne asada tacos and more
        Marisco's Food Truck - baja fish tacos and more
        Marisco's Godoy - Mex seafood, something you'll never get in BOS

        Linkery - good house made links, good beer selection as well.

        Stay away from Chinese, Italian and Pizza, no where near what you get in BOS.

        As for gents clubs, your on your own.

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          honkman RE: cstr Jul 25, 2012 10:45 AM

          Not sure if I agree with the pizza assessment - there is hardly any food which has so many different regional variations than pizza. The few times I have eaten pizza in Boston (without any searches online before, juts by going to random shops). the products weren't good. If you like Napolitanean style pizza Blue Ribbon, Bruno and Calabria have all three very good choices which can compete with most pizzerias outside of SD.

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            cstr RE: honkman Jul 25, 2012 11:14 AM

            Agree on the regional variation which can apply to many cuisines but, give a search on the CH BOS board for za and you'll understand. SD just isn't in that league, not even close. Don't forget the H2O taxi to Coronado.

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          pegasus505 RE: trufflehound Jul 25, 2012 01:32 PM

          I recommend Bice. In my humble opinion, it is one of the only really superb restaurants in San Diego. I'm from Northern California and have been very disappointed with San Diego restaurants. Not Bice.

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            escondido123 RE: trufflehound Jul 25, 2012 10:18 PM

            Being from Providence, I had to chuckle at your post trufflehound. In San Diego, everything is casual so really no need to bring a suit. As to a gentlemans club, you were kidding right?

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              trufflehound RE: escondido123 Aug 2, 2012 10:16 AM

              I'm going to a wedding so I figure I am bringing a suit, and no I'm not kidding about clubs. Foxy Lady west?

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