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catclaw Jun 5, 2013 07:46 AM

Hey all,

I'm looking to take the boyfriend out to someplace fancy for his birthday this month. We normally eat Japanese or Korean when I pick the places but I'd like to take him to someplace different. I'm currently 1000/1000 (or so he says) on places to eat and I'd really hate to disappoint on his birthday so I'm asking for some help on picking a out a great new american style place to eat.

  1. Beach Chick Jun 5, 2013 05:38 PM

    AR Valentien at the Lodge Torrey Pines
    Grant Grill for drinks only
    Pony Room/Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort

    Bali Hai for non American style place

    1. ipsedixit Jun 5, 2013 04:32 PM

      Jayne's maybe? Or the Grant Grill perhaps?

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        honkman Jun 5, 2013 05:15 PM

        Grant Grill is great for cocktails but based on the things we get there from the appetizer and dessert list it is not a geat place for special dinner

      2. honkman Jun 5, 2013 02:10 PM

        Could you define what is "new American" for you ? Many people have very different definition and so you could go yo George's, Starlite, Cafe Chloe or Urban Solace and all of them have different characteristics which overlap with some definition of "new American".

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        1. re: honkman
          catclaw Jun 5, 2013 03:58 PM

          I would say Starlite (from the menu) and urban solace. Cafe chloe is already our once a month Sunday brunch spot!

          1. re: catclaw
            honkman Jun 5, 2013 05:12 PM

            You should try it for dinner. It's still one of the best restaurants we have in SD and the food is constantly evolving over the years. It's the restaurant we visit most often over the years for dinner (~100) and there are very few dishes which disappointed and the menu changes quite often (one of the things which is sometimes a "problem" with other restaurants we visit quite often in SD, e.g. Urban Solace, Jayne's, Farmhouse

            1. re: honkman
              catclaw Jun 6, 2013 07:11 AM

              Dinner at Cafe Chloe? We do dinner there whenever we see a show at the Casbah (we always get a special and their mac and cheese). We just love brunch there because their latte is perfect in the late morning/early afternoon!

        2. notjustastomach Jun 5, 2013 08:34 AM

          You almost never can go wrong with Starlite. Make a ressie and request a corner table.

          Grant Grill's snazzy too.

          Who needs food anyway? I'm meeting a friend at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar next week, and looking forward to trying it!

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          1. re: notjustastomach
            catclaw Jun 5, 2013 01:11 PM

            And here I was thinking Starlite was just a bar! Their menu looks quite good. Please let me know about 7 grand. Whiskey is my boyfriend's drink of choice

            1. re: catclaw
              jmtreg Jun 5, 2013 04:24 PM

              Been to Seven Grand once, so I can't speak for the crowd there, but the bar itself is excellent. Good to great selection of whiskeys of all types, and the mixed drinks are basically the mint julep, the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, and the Sazerac. The decor is masculine - dark wood, animal heads on walls, etc.

              1. re: jmtreg
                catclaw Jun 6, 2013 07:09 AM

                Oh that sounds excellent. I am definitely going to have to take him there since he loves a good Old Fashioned

              2. re: catclaw
                4wino Jun 5, 2013 05:38 PM

                I basically have a standing reservation for Starlite every Saturday. The food is great, the specials are interesting, and the Kentucky Colonels are perfect. My wife loves their Americanos.

                Definitely, this place gets a strong recommendation from me.

                And one more thing, all their people are so nice and friendly!!! Yeah, I love that place.

                1. re: 4wino
                  catclaw Jun 6, 2013 07:11 AM

                  I think I'm going to have to take him to Starlite!

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