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38 Essential Restaurants in SD

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  1. Agree? Or not?



    1. Totes agree. Except for a few glaring mistakes.

      1. Not entirely. It's concerning that the list stays west of the 15, and only occasionally ventures south of the 94. There are some good eats beyond the obvious, I think.

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        1. re: NorthEncantoGirl

          Good point.

          Would you be willing to share some of your favorites east of the 15 and south of the 94?

            1. re: DiningDiva

              You know, I'll do that--bearing in mind that I am by no means a connoisseur, just a gal who loves to eat!

              It's funny, when I moved to east county from Kensington/Normal Heights more than a decade ago, I, for the most part stayed 'wedded' to that area for my social/foodie life. That is still true more or less--most of my friends are in NH/Kensington and N/S Park.

              I've promised myself this year will be different! I'll let all of y'all know what I find!

          1. My brother(lives in new york) hasn't tried that YAKYUDORI YAKITORI & RAMEN but as far as his very very very high standards for ramen and japanese fare goes, he considers santouka ramen in mitsuwa market as the best in san diego(not on list)

            1. I think it looks like 38 restaurants paid to be mentioned on an advertising website.

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              1. re: Cathy

                The one restaurant on the list I have thorough knowledge of, didn't pay for the mention. I suspect the same is true of the other 37 but of course I don't know for sure.

                I do think there's enough pay-to-play going on in mainstream local media that it's easy to understand why readers would start to think that a lot of lists and articles like these are paid mentions (since some of them are, directly or indirectly).

                1. re: Cathy

                  If you knew Candice you'd understand how absurd your comment sounds.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Out of curiosity, are you the Cathy, on Kirk K's blog, mmm-yoso?


                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      I'm the White (Polish-German-Russian) girl who lives in East County who writes posts on the blog when Kirk or ed (from Yuma) or Vicky or several others who help out aren't writing on the blog. Kirk's wife is from China and has written one post.

                      As far as my comment of what the article sounds like, the introduction of the '38 Essential Restaurants' article states that it is 'a specially selected group' of restaurants covering the city, 'aiming to satisfy your restaurant needs'. The intro also states that every few months 'worthy' restaurants will be added. I stated MY impression of the list, based on that introduction.

                      1. re: Cathy

                        An "impression" of the list is as others have written, an agreement or disagreement of those restaurants included or whether the list leans towards a specific type of restaurant or geographic area. Stating "I think it looks like 38 restaurants paid to be mentioned on an advertising website", is an insult to the writer and the restaurants and seems to be more in line with yelp than chowhound.

                        Having said that, it seems like a pretty good start and of course not everyone is going to agree on every entry, but most of the restaurants listed are frequently mentioned here and I don't think anyone here is getting paid to mention them.

                  2. I think it's a pretty good list. There are some places I'd have probably included/excluded, but overall I think it's hard to argue with this.

                    1. I would nix Urban Solace, only because they have annoyed me on my last two visits.

                      I would add Pho Hoa, located at Euclid Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard, to the list. I think San Diego does Vietnamese food well; we should be proud and show off our assets. Pho Hoa is far from fancy, but they use a family recipe that has been handed down, and their Pho is excellent. (I have asked for the recipe at least ten times, no dice).

                      1. Looks like someone is reading the CH SD board.

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                        1. re: cstr

                          :-D...that was my thought too. I thought it sounded a lot like this board.

                          1. re: cstr

                            Candice Woo did hang out on this board for a while, didn't she?

                          2. Overall, I think it's pretty solid.

                            1. Overall I think it's a fairly solid list; many of her choices get thumbs up on this board. I miss reading Woo in The City Beat. She's the only reason I'd ever open that joke of a magazine that graces our city's name.

                              My foodie resolution this year : Hit up Yakitori!

                              1. I thought it was a fair list, and didn't suspect any foul play/ back end advertisement. Those are just places that have been consistently recommended over the past few years.