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L.A. hounds coming to Del Mar, help

xoxohh May 24, 2013 04:46 PM

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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    Cathy May 26, 2013 03:07 PM

    Be aware that the San Diego County Fair (largest in California; fourth largest in the nation in terms of attendance), held at the Del Mar Racetrack, is from June 7-July 4. Give yourself plenty of drive time for your reservations.

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      nosh May 26, 2013 02:47 PM

      In Del Mar on the north side of Via de Valle just west of the 5 towards the ocean is Red Tracton's. A great old-school steakhouse that is a hotspot during racing season. Specializing in prime rib but also great steaks. Bar is hopping, good happy hour. I like to go there when visiting from L.A.

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        DoctorChow May 24, 2013 10:30 PM


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          ipsedixit May 26, 2013 10:38 AM

          Not trying to stir up a shit fight.

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

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            DoctorChow May 26, 2013 11:14 AM

            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.

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              ipsedixit May 26, 2013 01:43 PM

              Thanks Doc.

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                xoxohh May 26, 2013 02:35 PM

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

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                  ipsedixit May 26, 2013 06:41 PM

                  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.

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                    honkman May 26, 2013 09:32 PM

                    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

          2. ipsedixit May 24, 2013 09:38 PM

            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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              xoxohh May 24, 2013 09:48 PM

              Cool, thanks

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                honkman May 24, 2013 10:16 PM

                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.

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                  DougOLis May 25, 2013 07:59 AM

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

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                    ipsedixit May 25, 2013 11:07 AM

                    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.

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                  wrldtrvl May 24, 2013 10:36 PM

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

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                    DoctorChow May 24, 2013 10:47 PM

                    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
                    xoxohh May 25, 2013 09:44 AM

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

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                      ipsedixit May 25, 2013 11:10 AM

                      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.

                  3. chris2269 May 24, 2013 06:02 PM

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

                    1. honkman May 24, 2013 05:33 PM

                      Georges (TBL3)

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                        xoxohh May 24, 2013 05:54 PM

                        Sorry...but "TBL3"?

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                          Cathy May 25, 2013 11:03 AM


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                        4wino May 24, 2013 05:30 PM


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                          Dagney May 25, 2013 01:18 PM


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