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Brooklyn Girl vs. Ave. 5 vs Saltbox for pre-Opera dinner

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widerthantall Mar 30, 2013 08:34 AM

Opinions?

Parameters: (1) We don't eat red meat or pork. (2) Cocktails are as important as food.

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  1. Beach Chick RE: widerthantall Mar 30, 2013 08:56 AM

    Avenue 5, Saltbox and I would add Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel to the mix..

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      Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Mar 30, 2013 05:24 PM

      I've not eaten at Saltbox.
      I have eaten at Grant Grill and Brooklyn Girl and Ave 5.

      I vote Ave 5.

    2. honkman RE: widerthantall Mar 30, 2013 11:03 AM

      Agree with BC that you should add Grant Grill - We have been to Ave 5 and Grant Grill (mainly to the Lounge for cocktails and some small plate and dessert). Ave 5 has better and more creative food than Ave 5 (and is one of the more underrated restaurants in SD) with good (but not great) cocktails. Grant has decent food but some of the best cocktails we had in SD.

      1. globocity RE: widerthantall Mar 31, 2013 04:30 PM

        Ave 5 for sure. We've been enjoying their food and drinks for about four years now.

        Haven't tried Saltbox. I find BG to be wholly inconsistent. The menu offerings just don't seem to live up to the hype nor price. It isn't bad, mind you. It gets crowded early and they do not take reservations, so that isn't ideal.

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          honkman RE: globocity Mar 31, 2013 09:05 PM

          Brooklyn Girl is taking reservations. They are also on OpenTable

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            Fake Name RE: honkman Apr 1, 2013 07:50 AM

            Funny- it's the only way I'd recommend Brooklyn Girl.

            With great reservation.

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          mjill RE: widerthantall Mar 31, 2013 09:37 PM

          If you are looking to go to Ave 5, you'd better go quick... they're shutting their doors soon. They were just meh anyways, even with them cooking out of the Alinea cookbook, so you're not missing much.

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            Beach Chick RE: mjill Mar 31, 2013 10:11 PM

            What?!
            Where did you hear this?

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              honkman RE: Beach Chick Mar 31, 2013 10:22 PM

              There is talk for about the last 7-8 months that they are trying to sell Ave5

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                Beach Chick RE: honkman Mar 31, 2013 10:31 PM

                Sad.

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                  mjill RE: honkman Apr 1, 2013 07:01 PM

                  No, this is different from that. They're closing soon without selling the restaurant. Them selling was also more than talk, they've had the restaurant up with CRE brokers for 6 or so months. Rent is too high.

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                    polldeldiablo RE: mjill Apr 1, 2013 07:35 PM

                    Ah the famous high rent of ground floor leasing of San Diego.

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              zmirzlina RE: widerthantall Apr 1, 2013 11:38 AM

              Grant Grill would be my pick - they're well equipped to get people out in time for the 7 PM curtain and have excellent cocktails. Murder in the Cathedral is excellent. Enjoy.

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