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Good date restaurants in Normal Heights area

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SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 27, 2013 06:25 PM

Hi,

This is my first post so please be kind.

Would any of you be so kind as to provide a good "date" restaurant in the Normal Heights area? Flexible as to food (almost any will work), and generally flexible as price (as long as it's not super duper pricey).

Thank you.

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    melee RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 27, 2013 06:40 PM

    Welcome!

    Not sure if this is a first date or a special occasion, but I'm always happy with the craft beer and pizza selection at Blind Lady Ale House. It's almost always crowded and parking can be tricky, but it's a lively atmosphere with good food. Great as long as you're not looking for quiet, intimate dining. Check out their website to see if it works for you.

    http://www.blindladyalehouse.com/

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      jmtreg RE: melee Jan 27, 2013 09:21 PM

      I love BLAH as much as the next person (and I'm a huge beer and pizza lover), but BLAH is not a good date restaurant. The benches and tables, and the noise (all of which are great in other situations), do not make for a good date restaurant.

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      bradly RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 27, 2013 06:42 PM

      Jyoti Bihanga our favorite place in Normal Heights. They have a great vegan "meat"-loaf that was surprising good. Not sure if it is a "date night" place necessarily, but it sure is tasty!

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        SanDiegoChow1888 RE: bradly Jan 28, 2013 06:05 PM

        Would non-vegetarians enjoy Jyoti?

        Thank you!

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          bradly RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 11:01 PM

          I think so. I went with a group of 5. We had one vegan among us and the rest of us card-carrying meat eaters and everyone really enjoyed it. If you would be okay eating vegi dishes at an Indian or Thai restaurant you will be fine here, and if not, just get the "neat"-loaf and mashed potatoes :). Probably the best meat loaf I've had at a restaurant, vegan or not.

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            bocasdeltorro RE: bradly Jan 29, 2013 08:57 AM

            They don't serve alcohol, or allow byob. A date without alcohol is like a day without sunshine.

      2. notjustastomach RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 27, 2013 08:06 PM

        Cafe 21 is a good choice.

        Blind Lady would be an *awful* date restaurant if you want to connect with your companion emotionally or intellectually. It's always loud, full of commotion, and somewhat uncomfortable.

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          melee RE: notjustastomach Jan 27, 2013 09:25 PM

          I respectfully disagree. Sometimes a little noise/activity brings some welcome energy to a date. I guess it just depends on where you are in the relationship and the atmosphere you're seeking. My first date with my husband 18 years ago was at Father's Office in LA. It's pretty loud & full of commotion there too. In those days they didn't have their own menu: you ordered from the pizza place next door. It was funky and had a bunch of beers we'd never heard of, so we looked at it as an adventure and just had fun with it. As I said, BLAH wouldn't be destination for a romantic date. If they are looking to keep things light, or they are just getting to know one another it might be just the ticket. The food is great & reasonable, beer choices outstanding and the people watching can help provide some good conversation.

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            SanDiegoChow1888 RE: notjustastomach Jan 28, 2013 06:07 PM

            Thank you!

            I think you are right we want to avoid a loud place.

          2. DiningDiva RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 27, 2013 08:16 PM

            How about Jayne's Gastropub? Not sure if it's in Normal Heights but if it isn't is pretty darn close. On 30th about a block from Adams.

            Farmhouse Cafe is closer to University Heights rather than Normal Heights, but that might be a possibilty as well.

            Good luck on the date :-)

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              SanDiegoChow1888 RE: DiningDiva Jan 28, 2013 06:06 PM

              What is the noise level like at either Jayne's or Farmhouse? Would either be too loud to carry on a normal conversation?

              Thank you!

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                Fake Name RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 06:20 PM

                Farmhouse, yes,

                not been to Jaynes in a while, but as I remember, yes,

                Urban Solace, yes.

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                  aloha925 RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 06:32 PM

                  Second Jayne's. I don't think it's loud at all, and I think the back patio (if it's a nice evening) would be particularly nice for a date.

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                    foodiechick RE: aloha925 Jan 29, 2013 02:00 AM

                    Plus one, especially on the back patio.

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                      foodiechick RE: aloha925 Jan 29, 2013 02:03 AM

                      What he said. Sound level is ok if you go early (5ish) or late (9ish), but that is unacceptable for many people.

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                        foodiechick RE: aloha925 Jan 29, 2013 02:05 AM

                        +2 BB, even though it is way out of our hood.

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                          melee RE: aloha925 Jan 29, 2013 11:13 AM

                          The back patio is lovely. We were there on a December night & I don't remember feeling cold.

                          Have fun on your date!

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                          DiningDiva RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 11:29 PM

                          Farmhouse gets a bit noisy, but I don't think Jayne's does. You don't have to yell at your date to be heard and the waiters aren't lip-reading pros.

                      2. ipsedixit RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 27, 2013 08:25 PM

                        Not in Normal Heights but if you would consider going a bit south to Banker's Hill I would highly recommend Cucina Urbana, especially a table in their upstairs atrium where it's a bit more secluded, quiet and (yes!) romantic.

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                          SanDiegoChow1888 RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2013 06:06 PM

                          I've always heard that Cucina Urbana is quite loud. Is that true?

                          Thank you!

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                            Fake Name RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 06:17 PM

                            YES, IT'S TRUE!

                            Sorry, my ears have not recovered since our last visit. Good place, I've enjoyed the food, but I'm simply too old.

                        2. chris2269 RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 07:38 PM

                          Cucina Urbana is good...I don't get the loud restaurant thing (I understand it's louder than others) I had a meal with an old friend their so of course all we did was talk..we did not have to shout. Across the street is Hexagon, which is quiet and a little older customer base but if you get a table looking into Balboa Park very romantic.

                          Also just saying a stroll through the Museums at Balboa Park at night is pretty romantic

                          1. Beach Chick RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 28, 2013 08:07 PM

                            Bully's East..booth
                            Bleu Boheme
                            Etna Pizza
                            Red Fox Steakhouse..add Bearnaise sauce for a $1 is a must!

                            You can high five me later

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                              TeeBeeinSD RE: Beach Chick Jan 28, 2013 09:53 PM

                              +1 Bleu Boheme

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                                Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Jan 29, 2013 05:23 AM

                                Oh, stop it.

                                Nobody puts Bearnaise sauce on tofu, tofurky, or Morningstar Crumbles.

                                I've not been, but what about the new, improved Smoking Goat?

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                                  Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Jan 29, 2013 07:12 AM

                                  Fakey bearnaise..

                                  Everything is mo better with bearnaise..even the coveted Morningstar crumbles!

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                                  jbol RE: Beach Chick Jan 30, 2013 08:05 AM

                                  Oh yeah, I'm down with a date at the Red Fox

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                                    Dagney RE: Beach Chick Jan 30, 2013 10:34 AM

                                    Bully's East, lol you are soooo 80's BC. Love it! Second Bleu Boheme, Farmhouse, and Jayne's. I vote no for Urban Solace, only because the service has annoyed me during my last two visits.

                                  2. DiningDiva RE: SanDiegoChow1888 Jan 29, 2013 11:56 AM

                                    SDC1888, please let us know where you end up on your date and if it worked out or not.

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