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Oct 2, 2013 03:16 PM

One Sunday Around San Diego - Looking For Wonderful & Exotic

This LA area Chowhound is going to be in San Diego for one night this Sunday to celebrate a birthday, and is looking for something wonderful and exotic. Doesn't need to be romantic (it's just my brother and I), but unusual cuisine and interesting atmosphere is a plus. Ideally it would be a cuisine or experience that I can't find around LA - heaven knows what that is, but we're open to suggestions. Can be a wide radius from town if a little traveling will yield a great experience.

Thanks, FoodObsessive

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  1. One from my to-do list:

    Eat a sheep's head at Aqui es Texcoco!

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      1. re: The Office Goat

        We actually have a place specializing in barbacoa near us, but my brother and I haven't eaten lamb's head together in over twenty years, and that time it was Greek style. This could be a winner...

        1. re: FoodObsessive

          Call ahead so they will put one aside for you. I think you could make a reservation also. (I've been there twice this far).

          1. re: Cathy

            How many people does a lamb head serve?

            1. re: FoodObsessive

              It would easily serve two. It's the head, cheek, tongue and brain meat all mixed together and served with tortillas and the usual (cilantro/onion, salsa and limes) $17. You can also order guacamole-cactus, cactus salad and/or beans on the side as well as some lamb broth. The quesadadilas are each really good, not very large... huitlacoche is great, as are all of the others. The beverages (jamaica, horchata and tamarindo) are made here, not from a mix. Lots of beer selection.

              This is the whole menu:
              It's served from 8 a.m. until closing.

              1. re: Cathy

                And now we have to go there. I was teetering about the idea of lamb head for dinner, but lamb head for breakfast is irresistible.

                1. re: FoodObsessive

                  If you get there before 9:30, it should be OK. Saturday at 10 a.m, the line was out the door. I would think Sunday will be crowded with the after Church crowd around the same time.

                2. re: Cathy

                  I've been many times. Before I got a little braver, I'd ask Paco for just the shoulder and rib meat. Paco also allowed me to order a half kilo instead of a full kilo. Great barbacoa and very accommodating to us gringo's.

        2. Carnitas Snack Shack

          Lion's Share

          2 Replies
          1. re: ipsedixit

            Lion's Share has good reviews - unfortunately the menu on their website is down right now. What are particularly good items?

            1. re: FoodObsessive

              Game dishes (e.g. Kangaroo steak and tartar) and seasonal sausages (e.g. rabbit, elk), as well as things like antelope burgers, and boar ribs.

          2. Report: We headed for Lion's Share despite the fact that the phone just gave us a recording telling us to book via Open Table, which doesn't work with my smartphone. It turned out that they were closed - it might have been nice to put that information on the recording, which would have saved me a taxi fare.

            We were using taxis and decided no to go all the way to the Turkish place and my brother rejected the idea of lamb's head. We considered an Afghan place but ended up at Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen,where we had very good albacore crudo, fried brussels sprouts, and an exceptional braised short rib dish. It's not what we started out looking for, but I haven't seen other mentions of the place on this board, so decided to post this.