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Apr 16, 2013 03:26 PM

Help need a unique anniversary dinner

I'm looking for a unique restaurant to visit for my anniversary. I told my wife I would take her somewhere unusual and have no idea where to go. Any ideas? ?? No specific type of food in mind. Just want to try a place that has obscure offferings.

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  1. Based only on your description, and without any personal experience there, The Lion's Share might be perfect.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      thanks for the recommendation...looked the place up and it looks pretty cool. def in the running for the date

    2. Not sure what qualifies as unusual for you, but most unusual places are holes in the wall, which is not suitable for an Anniversary.

      The only place I can think of that can probably be a special atmosphere while still serving "unique food" is Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

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      1. re: karaethon

        hole in the wall places are fine with me. we watch a lot of shows like bizarre foods and the like. normally we eat the usual fair but would like to try places that offer different meats (elk, boar, ect) or something like that.

        1. re: drunknpunkn

          Que Huong. Excellent Vietnamese including wild boar, snails, elk and extremely excellent fish sauce chicken wings.

          4134 University Avenue San DIego 92105 (behind the Burger King)

          1. re: Cathy

            another one I will have to try. thank you for the suggestion

      2. Well, maybe not exactly what you had in mind, but you said "somewhere unusual" then how about a picnic at the park in Balboa?

        Pick up some banh mi sandwiches at K Sandwiches, some Japanese snack at either Mitsuwa or Nijiya, some pastries or dessert (egg tarts!) at Ranch 99 or Pangea, then some libations at Bine and Vine or whatever else you need at Olive Tree

          1. re: Katherine H

            You know, I love that place, but I just hesitate in recommending it because the atmo is so casual, almost a bit divey.

            1. re: Katherine H

              never had Russian food so that is def different and right down the street from me so I will have to take a trip here too.

            2. You told your wife you'd take her somewhere unusual with no back up plan..ha ha ha..typical guy.

              We are here to save your ass..

              First of all, have you been married a lot of years or we talking less than 10?
              Obscure offerings...that can mean a myriad of things.

              My thoughts..thinking for your wife's sake.

              Aqui es Texcoco in Chula Vista..obscure but excellent
              Mistral at Loew's and do that gondola cruise
              Water taxi over from Gaslamp to Coronado and have dinner at Candelas or Il Fornaio
              Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel and then Tavern Bowl in East Village..stay at US Grant
              Hacienda de Vega..minutes from downtown... ; ) for RB
              Picnic with Water's Fine Foods and head out to LJ Scripps Park.
              Glider Port for tandem hangliding and then AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines
              Lions Share
              Ballon ride in RSF and then dinner and drinks at the Pony Room at the Rancho Valencia Resort..

              Have fun and treasure your wife.

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                "You told your wife you'd take her somewhere unusual with no back up plan..ha ha ha..typical guy."


                  1. re: drunknpunkn

                    As an honorary lipstick, my girlies would say to go all out..
                    Starlite..Lions Share..30th street crawl.

                    Have fun and keep us posted!

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      booked reservations for the lions share and going to book the gondola cruise at sunset. Thank you so much for the great suggestions. anniversary isn't until next month but things are looking good for it so far.

                      1. re: drunknpunkn

                        You can bring your own champagne/beer/wine..
                        Report back and you and your wife have a wonderful 1st anniversary!
                        Look forward to help planning your 2nd..

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Everything went great...the gondolier even serenaded us. Thank you for the awesome suggestions.

                          1. re: drunknpunkn

                            I'm so happy that it all worked out!

                            Next project for us Chowhounds, your wife's birthday..
                            ; )

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              yes i'm sure i will need some guidance haha. luckily its not til oct.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Holy shit that was a lot of directions. Its only the first anniversary so my thought is don't over do it cuz I'm going to have to 1up it every year