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What is the best damn thing you've eaten in SD?

Couple of Gobernator tacos from the Mariscos German Food Truck
Patty Melt at Studio Diner
Mussel Bisque en croute at Dobson's
Steamers, chowder and a cold Anchor at the Oyster Bar at the Fish Market Downtown
Chile Relleno at Fidel's Del Mar
Cobb sandwich at Con Pane
Scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods
Anything at Cafe Chloe

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  1. Carne Asada Burrito, Super Sergios.

    A turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich from some grocery store, brought to me by my mother-in-law about an hour after the arrival of our son to the world. I was damn hungry, had to endure listening to all that labor- complaining and pushing and carrying on. Yeesh. I was tired.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      I recently saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said "I'm on the Carne Asada Burrito Diet". Could that have been you?

      1. re: cstr


        I don't wear shirts that say things. Ok, I have one shirt I wear under moto gear that has a logo I designed.

        No color, no patterns.

    2. All right, I'll play.

      Lamb Burger -- Mille Fleurs
      Fish Taco with day-glo house margarita -- The Brigantine
      Pork Burrito -- Los Cuatros Milpas
      Crab Sandwich -- Point Loma Seafoods
      Truffle popcorn with My Father's pizza -- Blue Ribbon Pizza
      The King Crab Legs with loaded baked potato -- Red Tracton's

      As an aside, can someone please explain to me the appeal of a Gobernador Taco. Shrimp, onions and bell peppers, all smoothed in cheese?!. It's a culinary food crime on so many levels. And yes, I have eaten a Gobernador taco at Mariscos German. There. I'm done ranting.

      1. Just about anything while riding the water taxi from Gaslamp to Coronado. (Sorry, feeling mischievous):)

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        1. Does Tijuana count? Mision 19's Risotto with Huitlacoche, wild mushrooms and heirloom beans.

          Gone but not forgotten from Paul McCabe:
          English pea agnolotti with stinging nettles, lobster, orange essence and baby heirloom tomatoes.
          Seared halibut in smoked pork broth with crispy chicharones.

          Smoked pork ribs (no mop, no sauce) from a little pop-up joint near Mission Hills/Hillcrest.

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          1. re: foodiechick

            If you did the Mision 19 pop-up at El Take it EZ then you had the risotto dish in SD. And I'd agree, it is without a doubt sublime :-)

              1. re: foodiechick

                You so rock it chica...tag you the Mayor of CH!

                1. re: foodiechick

                  LOVED MISION 19 IN TJ!
                  Went there for a 5-course tasting menu from my birthday in January. Chef came out to say hello when they brought a gratis first course. Best pulpo ever. A couple of us said that it was the best meal of our lives (thus far). Compare $100.00 p.p to what that would cost from French Laundry!!! And yeah -- they're comparable.

                  1. re: ScottinSanDiego

                    If you liked Mision 19 then you should also try Erizo in TJ. They have an octopus carpaccio on the menu that is truly out of this world.

                    And if you think M19 is a value for what you get, Erizo is an even better one

                2. A donut! After a PM at Studio.

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                  1. re: cstr

                    Gotta give Studio Diner props for serving really good diner.
                    Had a Rachel sandwich last month...outstanding!

                  2. I'll bite

                    Overall Best:
                    - Pork Dumpling with black truffle at Blanca

                    Other good stuff:
                    - Still Life of Local Waters at Blanca
                    - Lamb Duo at Blanca
                    - Cod with sea urchin sauce at Blanca
                    - All the charcuterie at Blanca, but especially the Ciccoli
                    - Smoked Beef Tongue with brandade cream at TBL3@Georges
                    - Chanterelle Stew at George's
                    - GCT at TBL3@George's
                    - Onion with layered black truffles and white mushrooms from TBL3@George's
                    - Porchetta Sandwich
                    - Foie Gras Donut at Flavor Del Mar
                    - London's Burning at Whisknladle
                    - Watermelon, prosciutto, love, and break dancing by Jeff Bonilla from Evolve Explore your senses event
                    - Pea Soup (served in syringes) by Daniel Barron at Blue Point
                    - Mutsu Sushi from Kaito Sushi

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                    1. re: karaethon

                      OMG..Chanterelle stew...sounds sublime

                      1. re: karaethon

                        Porchetta sandwich where please.....

                        Cheesy garlic bread at Fish Market, Bison Burger at Cowboy Star.

                        1. Nearly everything Chef Kennedy has made for us at Better Half Bistro (especially some of his tasting menus)

                          Beef tongue, foie gras pot pie as part of a tasting menu end of last year at Delicias with Chef McCabe

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                          1. re: honkman

                            Man, do I ever agree with you about Better Half! I really miss that place, best food I've had in San Diego. I remember being served my dessert of choice, after a fantastic meal...A Fabulous Cuban Corona.

                            Sadly never got to try the foie gras pot pie at Delicias but did have some lovely seared fg at Mille Fleurs.

                            1. A Slater's 50/50 burger with blue cheese, anchovies, fried dill pickles and a fried egg.

                              1. The crab-stuffed mushrooms they used to have at Antica Trattoria. The sauce was so good, I would have licked the place clean if 1) they hadn't served bread and/or 2) there were no other diners and no staff looking my way. ;)

                                1. I've thought about this all day and I'm not sure there is only 1 or 2 best bites in SD. Sometimes our perception of how good something is, or isn't, is dependent upon who your with and/or the enviroment. Some or my best meals, or bites, have been:

                                  The cherry lattice pie from Elizabethan Desserts

                                  Con Panne's cinnamon roll

                                  Eggs Benedict at Arterra when Bradley Ogden had it

                                  Sopes con papas & chorizo at El Charco

                                  Mashed potato tacos at Mama Testa (made better by the addition of the uncooked salsa verde from the salsa bar)

                                  Swordfish steak at Oceanaire about 9, maybe 10 years ago. Probably one of the top 5 pieces of fish I've ever eaten

                                  Halibut entree at Terra (Uptown Center location) about 5 years ago. Could not have been fresher or more perfectly cooked.

                                  Torta Ahogada from the truck in the Toys R Us parking lot


                                  Almost anything at Erizo, but especially the ceviche verde, pulpo carpaccio, shrimp & calamari ceviche w/coconut & dried mango or the aguachile de camaron.

                                  And the espuma de atole con dulce de frijole at Asao

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                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                    Edited to add...the chicken paremesan sausages that I buy at Windmill Farms that they say are locally made but they won't tell me who makes them. At any rate they're ridiculously good along, with peppers or in things

                                  2. Does it count if not from a restaurant?

                                    Got a fresh bison ribeye at Whole Foods in La Jolla for Memorial day. It was about 1 1/4 lbs and was $22 a pound.

                                    I really like bison burgers so I was willing to roll the dice.

                                    Recipe was meat, salt, pepper, heat, and rest. Flavor and tenderness was off the chart.

                                    It was the best steak I can remember having and half the cost of a fancy steakhouse ribeye.

                                    Shared a very few pieces with others and all were amazed.

                                    No more steakhouses for me. :)


                                    1. Tater tots @ Currant?

                                      Go ahead. Brand me a simpleton.

                                      1. Rack of lamb at Mr. A's -- no longer to be had, alas.

                                        1. BC, did you mean singular or plural in your original post? You listed multiple places and dishes (fine by me), but it sounded as though you were looking for responses from others with just one place and just one thing.

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                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              I did indeed. I guess I get confused easily.

                                          1. In no particular order, from any particular year:

                                            Oasis vanilla ice cream, softened

                                            VG's blueberry buttermilk bars

                                            The Lodge's cranberry beans with pork served at the porchetta dinner

                                            Piret's pesto beef salad

                                            Super Cocina's puerco enchilado

                                            Kaito's fresh salmon roe

                                            The Linkery's country ham, and lardo ice cream sandwich

                                            Ç'est Cheese's country paté sandwich with brie and cornichons on baguette

                                            Big Jim's Old South BBQ's pork ribs with mustard sauce before they went into decline

                                            Roma Beach Caffe's house-made pasta rustica with artichoke and tomato

                                            Marine Room's cherry wood-smoked venison chop

                                            Cafe Cerise's lunchtime charcuterie plate

                                            Manhattan's inauthentic-yet-delicious Steak Fiorentina.

                                            El Cuervo's carnitas plate

                                            La Posta's special carne asada quesadilla

                                            Nico's chicken rolled tacos

                                            El Pescador's lemon-garlic grilled fish sandwich

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                                              1. re: DoctorChow

                                                OP picked 40 I think (everything on the menu at Cafe Chloe? side of bread?)


                                                  1. re: DoctorChow

                                                    One evening at Sadaf (gaslamp), my girlfriend and I had adas polo (basmati rice, lentils, dates, raisins, saffron). By the time we got on the road back to Scripps Ranch we were both on a crazy euphoric high that lasted for hours, we were laughing and singing "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan.

                                                    We didn't drink alcohol so we're convinced it had to be the saffron. I'm just glad we didn't get pulled over by the police. It would be tough to explain, "you see officer, we ordered some rice and......."

                                              2. re: Josh

                                                The beloved Piret's..anything like that up in SF?

                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                  In a way, sure. Lots of bistro cuisine up here.

                                              3. Creme brûlée doughnut at Donut Bar

                                                1. Anything from Region (R.I.P.)

                                                  Fish Tacos at South Beach Bar and Grill

                                                  The lentil soup called "Mercimek" at Sultan Baklava in El Cajon

                                                  Addison. need I say more?

                                                  The truffle ravioli at Tapenade

                                                  Can we do drinks? The best martini I have EVER had was at Winesellar and Brasserie.

                                                  1. Pork Sandwich at Carnita's Snack Shack
                                                    Buta Kakuni at Sakura
                                                    Calzones at Buono Forchetta
                                                    Brown Butter Gelato with Butter Braised Radishes at Swoon Dessert Bar
                                                    Any sushi at Shirahama

                                                    1. The mixed chirashi sushi bowl on the lunch menu at Izakya Sakura.

                                                      Every time we go there, I sat to myself, "I have to try something else on the menu." and then I still always order it.

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                                                      1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                                        Every time we go there, I sat to myself, "I have to try something else on the menu." and then I still always order it.

                                                        That's the sign of true devotion. Or true genius. Or both.

                                                        1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                                          I've put this on my "must try" list!

                                                        2. A long time ago, candied chestnut ice cream at Extraordinary Desserts

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                                                            1. re: wrldtrvl

                                                              That was my favorite gelato flavor in Italy. I had no idea they'd made it once. Really wish I could find it in the states.

                                                              1. re: Josh

                                                                Let's all lobby Karen to bring it back. Probably she would only do so in the winter as that is the traditional time to eat candied chestnuts. I have tried (at great expense) to make mine own version. No go!

                                                            2. Italian sausage sandwich at Pete's Meats on India.

                                                              1. Special Quesadilla - La Posta De Acapulco's (Hillcrest)
                                                                Deluxe Nabeyaki Udon - Chopstix (Kearny Mesa)
                                                                Pork Sandwich - Carnitas' Snack Shack (North Park)
                                                                Not Your Mama's Meatloaf - Urban Solace (North Park)

                                                                (Seeing some of the other 'bests' listed here has made me hungry and eager to try out some new places!)

                                                                1. Alforon's chicken tawook -- if you get it to go, they roll the flatbread up and it becomes (in my 8yo son's words):
                                                                  "Best Chicken Sandwich Ever."

                                                                  1. Corn pudding with dungeness crab at George's Calf Modern

                                                                    1. Lately and unintentionally.....
                                                                      Fabulous salad/sandwich combos at Rubicon Deli. Ultra fresh, dress it yourself greens and interesting extras. Good porc sammie and excellent pastrami. Designer breads, I don't know who makes them but no complaints. Go after lunch hour for ez parking and no wait outside tables on lively India Street. Stroll down to the corner for gelato and espresso if you have any space left.