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FranklinJefferson Mar 25, 2013 10:10 AM

Hi there, SD Hounds!

Heading down from LA this weekend to see friends who live in the CV area. I spent a lot of time in the La Jolla and the South Park area from '04 - '07 but haven't been there more than once or twice since. My wife wants to visit a few of spots that were regulars for me (Vagabond and the Turf Club both in SP) as well as ElTexcoco in CV but I was wondering if there were any other CHOW friendly places that we could try for small bites between those 3.

Currently, we're looking at dinner Friday at Turf then spending the night in CV. Texcoco Saturday morning before the Zoo, and then Vagabond for dinner. Need to be on the road by 9pm to get home for Easter morning stuff.

Thanks for any suggestions!

  1. Fake Name Mar 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    Be aware the Turf Club has changed ownership since your last visit, and under unpleasant circumstances- I won't go anymore.

    I had dinner at Vagabond Friday and had a great meal.

    New? I like Buono Forcheta.

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    1. re: Fake Name
      jmtreg Mar 25, 2013 05:59 PM

      I've been to the Turf since the landlord allegedly performed his coup d'restaurant. Its still decent, but the Riveria Steakhouse in La Mesa (where the Turf owners went after being ousted) is better.

      Given the more than reasonable geographic limitations, I'd go with Counterpoint in Golden Hill, not the Turf Club. It has the tapas/small plates concept you are looking for.

      Additionally, if you're going to be in South Park, hit up the Mariscos 9 Seas Truck (formerly Mariscos German) in the supermarket parking lot on Fern.

      As far as North Park goes, the Linkery moved to a larger location (worth trying), and is replaced by Sea Rocket (which I haven't tried yet). The Smoking Goat, which is on 30th and close to Upas, gets rave reviews, but I haven't tried that either. Caffe Calabria finally installed its pizza oven, and serves good-to-great Neapolitan style pizza at night. URBN, which is owned by the people who own BASIC, is making New Haven style pies.

      Oh, and you should definitely try Carnitas Snack Shack.

      1. re: jmtreg
        honkman Mar 26, 2013 11:08 AM

        Second Smoking Goat

    2. ipsedixit Mar 25, 2013 10:31 AM

      I really like Pomegranate Russian-Georgian in NP.

      Posted about it earlier. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864741

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        FranklinJefferson Mar 25, 2013 05:15 PM


        Have been following you on the LA thread for years
        Will see what the wife has to say about Pomegranate! Sounds great!

        Anyone else?

        1. re: FranklinJefferson
          RB Hound Mar 26, 2013 09:29 AM

          Every time I see "Ipsedixit", I wonder if that phrase keeps Mr. Myxlplyx in the fifth dimension.

          1. re: RB Hound
            ipsedixit Mar 26, 2013 03:29 PM

            Never, ever utter "tixidespi".



      2. honkman Mar 25, 2013 10:58 AM

        Alchemy is always a good stop for great food (mainly small plates) and cocktails and I always like Rebecca's Coffeehouse for their scones and muffins(coffee is just OK)

        1. El Chevere Mar 25, 2013 05:54 PM

          I would try something new and Romesco's Baja Med Bistro in the Bonita section of Chula Vista is amazing (same family that owns Mision 19 in Tijuana). They offer small bites (gobernadores tacos, ahi tostada to die for) not to mention the original caesar salad recipe made tableside.

          1. b
            Beach Chick Mar 25, 2013 06:25 PM

            I would hit up the food truck Tortas Ahogadas at Toys R Us in Chula Vista for the wet torta..super popular..made top ten A.Zimm best sandwiches in US.

            Romesco's Baja Med wonderful in Bonita..same owner as Mision 19..darling of the food world.
            Aqui es Texcoco are fab..their potato flautas are sublime.

            I would bag the Turf and hit up Vagabond, Buono Forcheta, Carnitas Snack Shack..

            Las Cuatro Milpas for a breakfast under the Coronado bridge for breakfast/lunch...get some flour tortillas, carnitas and hot sauce to go for later gator.

            Have drinks at the Marine Room for sunset or George's Ocean terrace.
            Dinner at Eddie V's (where the old Chart House used to be)
            Piatti's on the patio is lovely too in LJ Shores.

            Caroline's by Scripps pier in LJ is a hidden local gem that is new and great oceanfront casual dining.

            Have fun and report back!

            1. deckape Mar 25, 2013 07:43 PM

              Best Posole in CV is at Pozoleria Dona Maria. Jalisco-style white maciza or surtido. Also, try the pig's feet tostadas - epic!

              1. z
                zare_k Mar 25, 2013 08:55 PM

                A few more suggestions for Chula Vista:
                - Spicy shrimp tacos and ceviche at Mariscos El Pescador, located in the Toys 'R' Us parking lot off of L street
                - Adobada tacos at Tacos El Gordo on H St. Lengua is usually good there too.
                - Barbacoa de chivo at El Comal on Broadway
                - Shrimp cocktail and pulpo a la diabla at the restaurant that shares space with the gas station at 3733 Main St (sorry, I can never remember what it's actually called).

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                1. re: zare_k
                  foodiechick Mar 26, 2013 01:08 AM

                  Nice to see your post. You are missed.

                  1. re: zare_k
                    foodiechick Mar 26, 2013 01:11 AM

                    Ditto. Great experiences there in the last 12 months. Point of interest...mostly HH and dinner only. They open for lunch on Saturdays at 2pm (catering to their Mexican clientele hours), and I think a bit earlier on Sundays for brunch.

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                    FranklinJefferson Apr 1, 2013 03:30 PM

                    Hi All, and thanks for the recs!

                    The Romesco's recs were certainly appreciated and until my wife pointed out that was where we had dined the last time we were there with our CV friends, would definitely been on our itinerary.
                    Turf Club was Friday night and the Flank Steak was the option. Along with a couple stiff cocktails and the South Park/Golden Hill crowd, it explained to my wife why that spot reminded me of Silverlake/Los Feliz up here.
                    Next day, Aqui es Texcoco (after a lot of coffee) gave us a chance to explore the wonders of slow cooked Lamb's Head... Our hosts were a little leery, but we had a wonderful time. And were it later in the day - or had we no more plans impending - I would've wanted to try the "Pulque" they advertised as an accompaniment. But that's a lost weekend if there ever was one.
                    Finally, headed for the Zoo and managed to view an example of almost all of the animals we consumed that night at... "The Lion's Share"!
                    Deviled Eggs Platter
                    Lamb Bolognese Fries (Best. Chili Fries... Ever!)
                    Kangaroo Tartare (Fantastically "iron"y)
                    Exotic Sausage Sampler (Big fan of the Pheasant and of the Elk)
                    Antelope Sliders (a rave from the "I'm too full for anything else" member of our party who would gladly have eaten all the rest of ours!)
                    Duck Meatballs (the only thing close to a miss on our venture. Like a vaguely fowl-tasting Matzoball)
                    Wild Boar Meatloaf w/ Togarashi (the only Main Course we ordered and definitely a hit!)
                    Finally, Goat and Moose... Rather, Goat Cheese Mousse w/ Blueberries and Coulis (I believe, may have been a Gastrique). Perfect balance for an end of Meat- Meal Dessert...
                    Thanks so much for all the suggestions. Hope to be back down there again soon!

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