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Xmas Eve Dinner, French?

POY Oct 8, 2013 05:49 PM

We are visiting our son in SD this Xmas and would like to take him to dinner on Xmas Eve. Traditionally, we have gone to a French restaurant or prepared a French meal at home. Although we would prefer that kind of meal we would be open to other restaurants who put on a quality meal for Xmas Eve.
Any suggestions welcome.

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    POY Nov 12, 2013 02:00 PM

    I made reservations at the Farmhouse Cafe for Xmas Eve but will also hit the Cafe Chloe during our stay; very excited!
    Our son is flying to Atlanta to spend Thanksgiving with the family and wants to bring something from California. Walnuts come to mind but what else could he bring from the SD area that will fit in a suitcase and where would he buy it? Thanks in advance

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    1. re: POY
      MrKrispy Nov 12, 2013 06:07 PM

      Avocados, craft beer, a carne asada burrito, and some fish tacos would really complete the collection.

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        DoctorChow Nov 12, 2013 08:23 PM

        Avocados might not make it without bruising in a suitcase (they probably sell our avocados in Atlanta anyway), and of course you're just kidding about the burrito and tacos. But taking a bottle of our localbrau back isn't a bad idea. I often bring back bottles of liqueur, liquor, wine, or beer from other countries when I travel, as souvenirs.

    2. Beach Chick Oct 10, 2013 06:04 AM

      Mille Fleurs in RSF
      Bo Beau in OB.
      Bertrands at Mr A's

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        keena Oct 9, 2013 08:14 PM

        Not sure if they do Christmas Eve but Tapenade in La Jolla is always a lovely French restaurant.

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        1. re: keena
          foodiechick Oct 10, 2013 01:17 AM

          Yes, I would also call ahead about Christmas Eve at Cafe Chloe and especially Farmhouse Cafe. Chef/owner Olivier Bioteau does shut down the restaurant at times to spend holidays with family.

          1. re: keena
            MrKrispy Nov 12, 2013 06:06 PM

            I've had a couple of fantastic dinners at Tapenade for Thanksgiving and Xmas Eve....it has been a few years though.

          2. SaltyRaisins Oct 8, 2013 10:53 PM

            Café Chloe has in the past thrown a beautiful Christmas supper at Oliver and Rose, their event space across the street from the restaurant. I'd definitely ask them what's been organized for this year. They take reservations early - the sooner the better because they fill up quick.

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            1. re: SaltyRaisins
              DoctorChow Oct 8, 2013 10:58 PM

              As early as October? Really?

              I'm glad I never took down my Christmas tree from last year...

              I guess I don't know how early you have to reserve for restaurants because I always cook on Xmas. But I don't even order the Xmas meat (which I always get from Siesel's) until after Thanksgiving.

              Still, it seems to me that early October is awfully early to be thinking about such things.

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                POY Oct 9, 2013 12:59 PM

                New to the SD restaurant scene but noticed Hotel Del has posted its holiday schedule. Didn't want to miss out which happened to us in NYC and London. I will relax and enjoy the SD posts. We have two weeks in the area and the food sounds diverse and amazing. The Farmhouse and Cafe Chloe look good.

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              DoctorChow Oct 8, 2013 08:35 PM

              Poy, without criticism and with all due respect, could you please postpone and ask this again after T-Day? This is still early October!

              Ay yi yi...

              1. Dagney Oct 8, 2013 06:57 PM

                +1 on Farmhouse and Cafe Chloe. And I will add Winesellar and Brasserie.

                1. Fake Name Oct 8, 2013 05:55 PM

                  Easy- Farm House Cafe.

                  Maybe Cafe Chole.

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