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Catering/to-go for 12 ppl

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Dear CHers,

I'd like to pick up dinner to go for 12 people on a Friday evening. I live in Mission Hills so close would be nice. I'm open to different cuisines. Variety is also always nice as is a cheap to moderate price tag. I've thought about platters from Northgate, but that's about it. Any other ideas? TIA!

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  1. Super Cocina, 3627 University Ave, in City Heights is arguably the best homestyle Mexican food in San Diego. The cooks are "ladies of a certain age" from various regions of Mexico. Ideal take-away food. Really good and really cheap.

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    1. re: sandiegomike

      I had Super Cocina cater a party for me once and it was wonderful - everyone loved it. I'd go for that over platters from Northgate. They deliver, not sure for that size group they would but you could certainly check.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I like the market at Mona Lisa a lot but we tried the restaurant once and I would say that even Olive Garden would have been an improvement

        1. re: honkman

          You? You've eaten at Olive Garden?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I try to eat at least once at some crappy restaurants people are talking about so I can see if they are indeed this bad or not, like Olive Garden, PF Chang, CF

            1. re: honkman

              Really?

              That's pretty interesting. So you sort of, for lack of a better phrase, allow culinary peer-pressure to dictate your dining choices once in a blue moon?

              I guess in many ways this is sort of genius. It's like fasting. Go without food for 24 hours, and anything you eat after that will be like a feast for the gods.

              A dinner at Olive Garden and even day-old cheese biscuits from Urban Solace will probably taste good, right?

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I see it more as before I talk in a negative (or positive) way about a restaurant (in particular chain ones) in a discussion I think I should try it at least once.
                (And aren't we all on CH allow culinary peer-pressure to dictate our dining choices since getting information on restaurants and where to eat is the main purpose of this board.)

                1. re: honkman

                  (And aren't we all on CH allow culinary peer-pressure to dictate our dining choices since getting information on restaurants and where to eat is the main purpose of this board.)
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                  No doubt there's peer pressure, but I don't think I've ever wanted to try, much less actually tried, a restaurant just for purposes of discussion.

                  It's usually the consequence of trying a restaurant, not the impetus for it.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I tried an awful lot of awful Chile Rellenos!

          2. re: honkman

            I frequent the market at ML often but, avoid the restaurant.

          1. The El Salvadoran, 2800 Imperial Avenue.

            1. Waters Fine Foods Catering on Morena. They offer several daily options.

              http://waterscatering.com/?page_id=39

              Years old hat tip to Fake Name.