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Addison, Market or 1540

kriot Jul 12, 2013 11:38 AM

Hi All,

Given those three choices which would you pick for a nice Birthday dinner for your spouse?

Or is there another spot I'm missing?

We've been to addison and market but never 1540 and since mccabe is no longer there i'm wondering if its even worth considering.


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    Beach Chick Jul 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    AR Valentien at the Lodge Torrey Pines
    Veladora at the Rancho Valencia resort
    Stay at the Inn RSF have brunch at Mille Fleurs.

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    1. re: Beach Chick
      beantowntitletown Jul 12, 2013 03:40 PM

      Big +1 on George’s CA Modern. Our 4 course dinner from the a la carte menu a month ago was spectacular in all aspects --- ingredients, preparation, creativity, service. The 8 course chef’s tasting and/or TBL3 are next for us.

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      MrKrispy Jul 12, 2013 02:15 PM

      Haven't heard much about Market on here lately...is that good or bad?

      1. Dagney Jul 12, 2013 03:24 PM

        Addison! Though we have not been to 1540. No to Market.

        1. foodiechick Jul 12, 2013 05:44 PM

          George's Modern or Veladora.

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            DoctorChow Jul 12, 2013 10:56 PM


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              nutrition Jul 13, 2013 12:58 AM

              If you are more interested in excellent food at reasonable prices, then I would highly recommend Bernardo's!
              My top San Diego favorite!

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                kriot Jul 15, 2013 10:10 AM

                I'm leaning towards George's Modern. I've been to George's but only the terrace. Is there a different menu for the CA Modern space?

                Veladora sounds really interesting as well but i dont want to think of the drive back downtown from out there after having some wine.

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                1. re: kriot
                  RB Hound Jul 15, 2013 10:15 AM

                  "I'm leaning towards George's Modern. I've been to George's but only the terrace. Is there a different menu for the CA Modern space?"

                  Absolutely. The Terrace is essentially a bar menu.

                  1. re: RB Hound
                    kriot Jul 17, 2013 11:29 AM

                    Cool, I'm gonna go with GModern. The menu at 1500 Ocean looks decent but nothing on the menu really stands out.

                  2. re: kriot
                    honkman Jul 15, 2013 11:08 AM

                    The Georges Modern menu has hardly any overlap with terrace menu (which is in my opinion only OK). The terrace menu is there to bring in the money with rather simple dished which allows them to become really interesting and creative at Modern where they have many different options from a la carte to 4- and 8-course tasting menus.

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                    1. foodiechick Jul 15, 2013 11:54 AM

                      Well since you are downtown, you may also want to consider 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del. And as Beach Chick always points out: take the ferry over (although I guess you would have to catch a cab from the ferry landing to the Del).

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                        karaethon Jul 17, 2013 01:51 PM

                        Georges or Sea and Smoke

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                        1. re: karaethon
                          Fake Name Jul 17, 2013 02:29 PM

                          Wouldn't willingly throw anyone into the traffic hell known as Racetrack Season, even for Sea and Smoke.

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