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
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!)
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
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......."
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. :)
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.