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Sep 10, 2013 06:12 PM

What are the best eats in your hood?

As an extension to globocity's revival of the old thread

I want to know what are the best places to eat in your neighborhood? Nobody knows their neighborhood like those that live there. I'm looking for good food and/or good vistas, and/or good ambiance.

What neighborhood do you live in? What are your favorite places? Any standouts near the border?

Here is my take on my hood:

Solana Beach:

Good places:
1)Claire's on Cedros - food is well prepared. Dishes are well thought out. Quality ingredients. Pleasant and fun atmosphere. Cool inside with nice outdoor patio. Pretty much anything you get is tasty. I would travel to go here.
2)Pizza Port - Fun place. good onsite brews and decent pizza. simply a fun experience. wouldn't come here specifically for the pizza. Wouldn't come specifically for the beer. but I would come for the whole package.
3) Rudy's taco shop. good local taco shop. good street tacos. I'm not sure if I would seek this place out from afar, but it has been nice to have nearby.
4) Station Sushi - My local sushi eatery. Wouldn't travel to go here but it was my go to place while in the area (just just moved). I might not otherwise include it, however, since the point of this post is to tell about the area > I'm including it.

Lot's of decent only places. Lockwood table cafe, Parioli, Bangkok Bay Thai, Quick corner off the 101 > Italian Sub, Robertos, Zinc cafe, Bongiorno's New York Pizzeria (the only place in the area that delivers). I think The Fish Market is technically in Solana beach. IMHO the whole Del Mar strip on Via de la Valle is all pretty good but quite overpriced. Market = good.

The little mexican corridor in Solana beach IMHO is over-rated. Fidels, Tony's Jacal, Don Chuy. They all use an inbred uber tomato salsa similar to one another. I know some that enjoy Fidels. I go there, however, for the fun ambience.

Standouts nearby:
Del mar:
L'Auberge - waterfall terrance - great ambience and good food for brunch
Poseidon (standout for beachfront dining only. food OK. Jakes good too,
however, I prefer the non-window open air
)Il Fornaio (standout for happy hour views. drinks and apps with good
sunset view. Not the premier view but good for the area to switch it up.
occasional live music)
The beach house - food not too good but great outdoor vistas on the
lower level with rocks and beach (and seagulls). upper level is good for
happy hour. Esp in the winter. There is glass that tempers the wind
making it comfortable weather for outdoor happy hour in the winter.
Live music for happy hour.
Pacific coast grill - food better than beach house. patios good but the
place is busier and outdoor seating is less making it more difficult to
get a spot outside.
Chart house - food better but people are always having window fights.
Some want them open, some want them closed. Some want shades
drawn and some do not. I guess I'm a sucker for the outdoor air.
Pipes cafe - local breakfast joint with Big portions.
Bull Taco - Great outdoor place by the water. Food is just OK but cheap
eats by the water in a good way. I'm not burrito man myself, however,
when I go here I find my best bet is the carne asada burrito at this self
proclaimed inauthentic mexcian joint

So..... What's good in your hood?

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  1. Brooklyn Cocktail at Brooklyn Girl. Oysters are good, too, as well as their kale salad.

    Rolled tacos with cheese and guac from MXN.

    Breakfast at Snooz- the pot pie, or Huevos Rancheros with chorizo.

    1. Vinny's Pizza.
      Alpine Brew Pub

      When we are in the mood the non-sushi "sushi" rolls (Tiger rolls and whatnot) we head to Ahi sushi.

      1. San Carlos - nothing good at all. The Trails makes a decent breakfast but nothing to write home about.

        Nearby- West Coast BBQ has great soups and good burgers with BBQ that can be good but is inconsistent. They have an amazing beer selection and pour in 5, 10, 16 and 60 oz servings which makes it easy to find a favorite.

        Tratorria Antica is a board favorite but our last two meals there did not live up to expectations (one was take out)

        Vine Cottage makes nice flatbreads and other bistro type dishes.

        Village House Kalina has good Georgian food similar to Pomegranite.

        Shizuoka has inexpensive bento boxes and is good with the fryer although the Sushi is not great.

        3 Replies
        1. re: JRSD

          San Carlos...Allied Gardens...Del Cerro...NOT A DAMN THING!

          JRSD summed it up about right.

          Windmill Farms makes a good sandwich and Keil's has a really good salad bar. The Fish Bucket just plain sucks.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            @DD have you ever eaten lunch at K&B next door to Windmill Farms? Had lunch there a month ago and was pleasantly surprised.

            1. re: MrKrispy

              I have, but it has been awhile.

              I tend to get ignored in there quite a bit and always end up leaving because of the lack of service.

        2. North County (sorry Carlsbad north only true NC)


          Petite Madeline Bakery – Oceanside
          Chef trained at Chez Panisse. Everything made from scratch. All breads baked in house, Croissantes ...4 days to make. They have great teas great coffees (local as well), and a great staff.

          That Boy Good or TBG BBQ - Oceanside
          Executive chef with a resume as long as your arm, born in Cali, using family recipes from Mississippi. All meats smoked and 90% of the sides as well. My favs Wings smoked then deep fried and tossed in homemade sauce, chicken thigh set match over.

          Panca Peruvian Rotisserie - Oceanside
          The Chicken and sandwiches rock ...but it is all about Chef Iole's more traditional dishes. I know people gush about Q'Eroi but for 1/4 the price and IMO all the flavor you should go here. They have great local beer and wine as well.

          The Privateer - Oceanside
          Though they specialize in wood fired pizza...I would go for the specials. If you think tattoos or that the noise level at Cucina Urbana is off putting please skip andl leave it to locals.


          Red Rooster …Dive Bar with a great Med rare every time $6.95

          Thai …Thai Table. Mom and Dad run the kitchen with sons and daughters running the front. The 10 will make you sweat

          1. Chelan, WA is a tourist destination with tourist prices and almost no good restaurants. There are expensive restaurants, just no restaurants with good food. Vin du Lac is pretty good, but overpriced. La Brisa is adequate for Mexican. That's it! Other than that, you have a choice of Denny's-style variations with different names. Even the iconic main hotel is horrible with horribly high prices and worse wait staff. Won't someone come here and open a decent restaurant? Please?