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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

                    2. 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.

                      1. 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.