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sf415 Oct 22, 2013 06:55 PM

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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    sandiegomike Oct 22, 2013 09:33 PM

    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
      Shannon Oct 23, 2013 12:04 PM

      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.

    2. ipsedixit Oct 22, 2013 09:56 PM

      Mona Lisa
      http://www.monalisalittleitaly.com/re...

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        honkman Oct 22, 2013 10:06 PM

        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

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          ipsedixit Oct 23, 2013 07:58 PM

          You? You've eaten at Olive Garden?

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            honkman Oct 24, 2013 12:18 AM

            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

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              ipsedixit Oct 24, 2013 07:15 AM

              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
                honkman Oct 24, 2013 10:16 AM

                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.)

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                  ipsedixit Oct 24, 2013 07:12 PM

                  (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
                    Fake Name Oct 24, 2013 09:31 PM

                    I tried an awful lot of awful Chile Rellenos!

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            cstr Oct 24, 2013 08:08 AM

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

        2. SaltyRaisins Oct 22, 2013 10:51 PM

          Kasi Indian.

          1. Dagney Oct 22, 2013 10:56 PM

            The El Salvadoran, 2800 Imperial Avenue.

            1. foodiechick Oct 23, 2013 01:26 AM

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

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

              Years old hat tip to Fake Name.

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