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Seeking your input on my SD picks!

farmerjen Sep 5, 2013 08:51 AM

Hello folks -
My fella and I will be visiting SD in a week's time, and I was hoping you could take a moment to provide some feedback on our dining options:

1 - first evening...we are staying in Pt Loma (with a car) so are looking for something relatively close by and casual. The Brigantine, Stone Brewing, or maybe 3rd Corner in OB? Or other suggestions?

2 - a morning of sailing. I'd like to prolong that ocean feel with a lunch outside with a view of the bay - does The Fish Market fit the bill?

3 - we've secured an anniversary dinner at TBL3. Do you recommend adding their beverage pairing? (pretty excited about this dinner!!)

4 - the Restaurant Week conundrum. Our last 3 nights coincide with RW, and although this is not ideal, we will probably partake. I've done some research on menus, and some that look appealing are JSix (offer the whole menu), 1500 Ocean (not really somewhere I'd normally pick, but I think the fella would be impressed), Whiskenladle (also the whole menu, I believe), and Currant (I don't think they've posted their menu offerings yet). Any thoughts on these?

5 - my other options include, depending on where our adventures take us: for breaky/lunch, The Mission, Farmhouse Cafe, Pt Loma Seafoods, South Beach B&G, Carnita's SS, Azucar. For dinner: The Fishery (went on our last visit and loved the freshness of it, and it seemed very decently priced), maybe Cucina Urbana (we've enjoyed it during previous visits, but may give it a skip this time as there are so many other good choices!) Any misses on this list?

Thanks so much for your time and input!

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  1. honkman RE: farmerjen Sep 5, 2013 09:02 AM

    Just a note about 1500 Ocean - their executive chef just left the position to move to LA, so it might be a good idea to skip it in the moment.

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    1. re: honkman
      farmerjen RE: honkman Sep 5, 2013 01:10 PM

      thanks for the info :)

    2. menuinprogress RE: farmerjen Sep 5, 2013 09:08 AM

      Fathom Bistro on Shelter Island.

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        wanker RE: farmerjen Sep 5, 2013 11:08 AM

        Bali Hai on Harbor Island is fun, even if you just stop by for drinks and the view.

        I'd skip Currant if you're heading downtown, and try some place in the Gaslamp instead such as Seersucker, Cowboy Star or Café Chloe.

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        1. re: wanker
          wanker RE: wanker Sep 5, 2013 01:39 PM

          Make that Bali Hai on Shelter Island.

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          nopico RE: farmerjen Sep 5, 2013 04:50 PM

          I can't offer a whole lot of input but I really liked the Wild Boar Ribs at Stone Brewery in Escondido, my girlfriend got Yakisoba and thought it was a miss. I loved the aesthetic of the place, a few nice fountains and nice shrubbery. I'm 18 so I missed out on the main draw, the beer (my father has been drinking Stone almost exclusively for 15 years though), but I would gladly return for some more ribs.

          1. ipsedixit RE: farmerjen Sep 5, 2013 09:28 PM

            Carnitas SS is great.

            Enjoy both Currant and Jsix but not generally a fan of RW.

            1. Beach Chick RE: farmerjen Sep 6, 2013 06:17 AM

              Bali Hai
              Fathom pier
              Tender Greens
              Public Sessions
              Point Loma Seafoods
              Brigantine happy hour
              Pearson's fuel dock deli
              The Pearl

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              1. re: Beach Chick
                cstr RE: Beach Chick Sep 6, 2013 06:20 AM

                Think you mean Sessions Public..... I know..... it's early chica!

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                  Beach Chick RE: cstr Sep 6, 2013 06:23 AM

                  Little dsylexic..some of us have flaws..hard to believe.

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                  foodiechick RE: Beach Chick Sep 6, 2013 11:49 AM

                  My husband's grandson was named afer that fuel dock deli! ;)

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                    Beach Chick RE: foodiechick Sep 7, 2013 04:06 AM

                    Love the name Pearson..
                    They make a great deli sandwich too.

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                  DoctorChow RE: farmerjen Sep 6, 2013 01:37 PM

                  Some brief thoughts about a few of the places you mentioned, using your numbers: (1) I've had some really good meals at Brigantine. Their happy hour is a great deal. (2) Instead of the Fish Market, I'd suggest their upstairs restaurant, Top of the Market. (4) JSix is reliably good. (5) Point Loma Seafoods would be fun. Definitely worth going. If you hadn't already been, Cucina Urbana would be a great choice. But more fun to try new places!

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