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Dec 20, 2012 01:16 PM

San Diego Magazine names their Top Ten San Diego Restaurants of 2012.

Here they are:

1. Sushi Shirahama
2. Prepkitchen
3. Table 926
4. TJ Oyster Bar
5. Brooklyn Girl
6. Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
7. Que Huong
8. Vivace @ Park Hyatt
9. Haggo’s Organic Taco
10. Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Can't believe I've never made it to Haggo's.

What were your top restaurant experiences of 2012? Mine best meal experiences this year were (in no particular order):

Jair Tellez meal at "El Take It Easy"
Starlite Lounge
Collaboration Kitchen (I know not really a resto)
Wine Vault
AR Valentien
Pacifica Del Mar
Flavor Del Mar
Cafe Chloe
Prep Kitchen
Barrel Room
Smoking Goat
Sushi Ota (at the sushi bar)

Burlap was one of my most disappointing meals of 2012 and Cowboy Star I thought was good but overpriced.

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  1. My best meals in 2012 were (alas) south of the Border

    Erizo in TJ
    A luncheon in August at Mision 19
    Drew Deckman's summer vinyard pop-up at Mogor/Baden

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      How about SD since we're on an SD board!

      1. re: cstr

        Most of my serious eating was done SOB this year

      2. re: DiningDiva

        Have you had a chance to check out La Caza Club?...hearing a lot of good things about that place.

        1. re: El Chevere

          It's on my list. I, too, am hearing good things and a chef acquaintance cooked there for the recent Baja Culinary Fest and had positive things to say about it.

          Have you?

          Also planning to check out El Lugar de Nos in Tecate

      3. Forgot to add Paon in Carlsbad to my list. Superp food and service.

        1. I'll report back tomorrow, I'm going to Sky Room :)

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          1. re: Rodzilla

            Can't wait to hear about Luke Johnson's final offerings. We are going to try Paul McCabe's first big dinner at La V on Christmas Eve. Also, kind of a last supper for us as we will be enjoying Chef McCabe's pre-fix menu in The Whaling Bar before it closes forever on January 12th.

            1. re: foodiechick

              So many wonderful years on Christmas Eve at the Whaling Bar and Manny at the helm.
              It was tradition for us locals to at least have one drink and see everyone at the bar and then hold court in one of the booths, eating and drinking till late and then singing Xmas songs all the way home in the village.
              Great memories..will you have a toast for me since I can't be there.
              Thanks Chica!

            2. re: Rodzilla

              Looking forward to your report, R. We have reservations for the 29th. Tried it 2 months ago, and it was good enough to deserve a last encore!

            3. Can't wait to try Haggo's Tacos..sounds like my kind of place!

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                1. re: cstr

                  Tofu taco...yuk!
                  The crumbles that I make taste just like ground beef but better and I do a slightly crunchy taco with extra sharp cheese, avocado, sour cream, jalapenos and a hot hot pico de gallo crap.

                  Here is the menu for Haggo's..pricey and no 'Crumbles'..what's up with that?


              1. My top experiences were anywhere that didn't imprison live trees or have 8 ft portraits of Barbara Streisand. Anywhere the young male waitstaff did not call me or my friends, "hon." Anywhere a Seasoned Chef DID the cooking, called the shots, and managed the kitchen like a pro. Anyplace that didn't have a crab cake or beet salad on the menu.

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                1. re: pickypicky

                  Okay, so you had NO top/good experiences in SD?

                  1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                    Au contraire. Read carefully. (Although the crabcake/beet salad narrows it down alot.)

                    1. re: pickypicky

                      You finally made it to Super Sergio's?