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May 24, 2013 04:46 PM

L.A. hounds coming to Del Mar, help

A couple of foodies arriving in June. We have a car, so don't mind driving. So far 2 nights are booked. Market and Veladora. Where else wonderful would you recommend? No restrictions, Thanks!

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      1. Sorry.... Addison is over priced. TBL3 is your best bet

        1. Well, if you're willing drive further south to San Diego City, try any one of the following:

          Pomegranate Russian-Georgian
          Carnitas Snack Shack
          Cucina Urbina
          Pizzeria Bruno

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            1. re: xoxohh

              If you are staying already in Del Mar you could drive to Encinitas to Blue Ribbon Pizzeria for great pizza (and much better selection of appetizers) than Bruno. I also wouldn't drive to Pomegranate but Urban Solace and Smoking Goat are two other options.

              1. re: honkman

                Isn't there a new Urban Solace up in Encinitas now?

                1. re: honkman

                  I know Urban Solace is a board favorite, and I've tried it now 3 times (brunch and 2 dinners) and all 3 times came away nonplussed, even disappointed.

                  Cheese bread was dry and the only thing that saved them were the condiments and jams. Where's a Sizzlers and their cheese toast when you need one.

                  Things like the duck was stringy, salmon was flavorless, and the FGT were oily.

                  No go.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                I always enjoyed Pomegranate. I do prefer The Village Kalina in La Mesa now, though.

                1. re: wrldtrvl

                  I think Pomegranate is a jewel. It's very unique and in an interesting area of town. Excellent food and great ethnic ambience. But it's a good drive from Del Mar.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I looked at the website and some reviews of Cucina Urbina. Sounds pretty darn good to me!

                  1. re: xoxohh

                    I really like Cucina Urbana. Reservations are a bit hard to come by, but walk-ins usually get in without a problem if you sit at the bar or upstairs.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    Not trying to stir up a shit fight.

                    But can I ask what you like at Sbicca aside from the view?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Hi ipsedixit. Not to worry, no offense taken if you think it's awful. When I was there I had a very interesting, fresh, and well prepared and presented (at least I thought so) salmon dish, and also some crab soup. Yes, I liked the location & view, and the prices seemed reasonable. I left with a good impression and thought I'd return sometime (which I haven't, but not because I didn't like it). Not exactly five stars, but it's in Del Mar, so it's close to where these people will be staying.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          So after "digesting" all the suggestions, I made a reservation at Cucina Urbana. Thanks for all your input....

                          1. re: xoxohh

                            let us know what you think.

                            try some of their mason jar goodies, gimmicky, I know, but somehow food just tastes sort of better from a jar. must be that peanut butter jar effect.

                            1. re: xoxohh

                              CU is nice to create your own "tasting menu" puck 1-2 items from each section if the menu which gives you a 6-course menu and they are pretty good at pacing it nicely, only avoid any pizza