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Mar 25, 2013 10:10 AM

Chula Vista to North Park

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!

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  1. 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

      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.

    2. I really like Pomegranate Russian-Georgian in NP.

      Posted about it earlier.

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      1. re: ipsedixit


        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

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

          1. re: RB Hound

            Never, ever utter "tixidespi".



      2. 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. 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. 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!