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Beach Chick Jun 13, 2013 10:34 AM

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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    P Macias Feb 12, 2014 05:33 PM

    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.

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      Curiosity Killed the Cat Jun 27, 2013 07:40 PM

      Corn pudding with dungeness crab at George's Calf Modern

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        The Office Goat Jun 24, 2013 04:49 PM

        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."

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          Rhino1515 Jun 24, 2013 02:38 AM

          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!)

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            bonoeuf Jun 16, 2013 07:24 AM

            Italian sausage sandwich at Pete's Meats on India.

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              wrldtrvl Jun 15, 2013 11:36 PM

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

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                Beach Chick Jun 16, 2013 06:22 AM

                Sounds fantastic.

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                  Josh Jun 16, 2013 11:53 AM

                  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.

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                    wrldtrvl Jun 16, 2013 12:43 PM

                    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. Gypsy Jan Jun 15, 2013 01:51 PM

                  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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                    ipsedixit Jun 15, 2013 08:06 PM

                    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.

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                      DoctorChow Jun 15, 2013 10:17 PM

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

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                      DavidLamm Jun 15, 2013 11:35 AM

                      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. Dagney Jun 14, 2013 03:03 AM

                        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.

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                          nessy Jun 14, 2013 02:21 AM

                          Creme brûlée doughnut at Donut Bar

                          1. Josh Jun 13, 2013 09:57 PM

                            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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                              DoctorChow Jun 13, 2013 10:05 PM

                              OK, but pick ONE.

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                                Josh Jun 13, 2013 10:08 PM

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


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                                  DoctorChow Jun 13, 2013 10:09 PM


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                                    SteveRB Jun 13, 2013 10:43 PM

                                    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......."

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                                      DoctorChow Jun 13, 2013 10:49 PM


                              2. re: Josh
                                Beach Chick Jun 14, 2013 01:54 AM

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

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                                  Josh Jun 14, 2013 07:23 AM

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

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                                DoctorChow Jun 13, 2013 09:49 PM

                                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: DoctorChow
                                  Beach Chick Jun 14, 2013 01:55 AM

                                  LOL..did you see my 40+ list?

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                                    DoctorChow Jun 14, 2013 10:30 AM

                                    I did indeed. I guess I get confused easily.

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                                  DoctorChow Jun 13, 2013 09:42 PM

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

                                  1. ipsedixit Jun 13, 2013 09:22 PM

                                    Tater tots @ Currant?

                                    Go ahead. Brand me a simpleton.

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                                      knifesavers Jun 13, 2013 09:16 PM

                                      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. DiningDiva Jun 13, 2013 08:57 PM

                                        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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                                          DiningDiva Jun 15, 2013 02:13 PM

                                          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. phee Jun 13, 2013 07:58 PM

                                          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. scottca075 Jun 13, 2013 05:30 PM

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

                                            1. Beach Chick Jun 13, 2013 05:21 PM

                                              Loving all your replies!

                                              1. honkman Jun 13, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                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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                                                  P Macias Jun 28, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                  karaethon Jun 13, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                  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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                                                    Beach Chick Jun 15, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                    OMG..Chanterelle stew...sounds sublime

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                                                      eatemup Jun 16, 2013 09:08 PM

                                                      Porchetta sandwich where please.....

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

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                                                        MrKrispy Jun 24, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                        ugh...I really miss Blanca

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                                                        cstr Jun 13, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                        A donut! After a PM at Studio.

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                                                          Beach Chick Jun 15, 2013 06:31 AM

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

                                                        2. foodiechick Jun 13, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                          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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                                                            DiningDiva Jun 13, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                            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 :-)

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                                                              Fake Name Jun 13, 2013 12:13 PM


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                                                                Beach Chick Jun 14, 2013 02:07 AM

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

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                                                                  ScottinSanDiego Feb 12, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    DiningDiva Feb 12, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                    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

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                                                                  mcgrath Jun 13, 2013 11:39 AM

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

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                                                                    Beach Chick Jun 13, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                    Smart ass..

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                                                                    wanker Jun 13, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                    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. Fake Name Jun 13, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                      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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                                                                        cstr Jun 17, 2013 08:00 AM

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

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                                                                          Fake Name Jun 19, 2013 04:41 AM


                                                                          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.

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