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Oct 30, 2013 03:52 PM

Foodie friends from LA visit SD

Looking for some recomendations for my friends and I to try this weekend,. We tend to like funky and or ethnic and are up for almost anyhting (offal, raw stuff etc...). I a new to the area as well so still gettng my bearings.


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  1. Your post is simply too vague to respond to.

    Where are you staying? What will you be doing? What are your ages? What kind of price range? Etc. etc. etc.

    1. Do you have a car? And where are you staying? Our fair city is more spread out than most...:)

      1. We are in our 30's and 40's, have car and $ is not an issue. No real preference on location but we will be based out of North Park.

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        1. re: stvjennings

          North Park is probably not a bad place to be home based these days since the 30th St. corridor now offers quite a few options.

          Starting up at 30th and Adams...

          1/2 block West on Adams is Mayahuel home of one of the best selections of mezcal in San Diego, good mole and interesting artwork

          Blind Lady Ale House also on Adams offers up interesting craft beer and pretty decent pizza, among other things

          Jayne's Gastropub on 30th, nice room, generally good food

          Tiger! Tiger! on El Cajon Blvd close to 30th. Same owner as BLAH, more craft beer and usually very good, interesting food.

          Heading further south on 30th your option will include:

          Ritual Tavern
          Caffe Calabria (their pizza is good, and I like their coffee)
          Heaven Scent for the sweet tooth
          El Comal (over on Illinois, just a block or so east of 30th) for pretty decent Mexican
          Urban Solace
          Smoking Goat
          Sea Rocket Bistro
          And a whole bunch of other restaurants that I don't remember. Most of the above have been discussed (often at length) on this board for several years.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Great list, DD. One small asterisk: Mole at Cantina Mayahuel (my favorite thing there) is only available on Tuesdays and Fridays. Definitely recommend the OPs go for "M&M" there!

            1. re: DiningDiva

              re: Ritual Tavern
              Has anyone been recently? I heard Kyle Bergman left, so I'm wondering how the kitchen is holding up these days.

          2. Lion's Share


            Noble Experiment

            Carnitas Snack Shack


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            1. re: ipsedixit

              An asterisk here, too. Romesco's is a pretty good drive to the east from North Park, but worth it if OP would like one of the best ceaser's salads and/or the best chile en nogada in the area, north of the border.

              1. re: DoctorChow

                It's about 12 miles from North Park.

                You don't drive 120 miles south from LA to SD and let a mere 12 more miles deter you from a great tapas-centric meal (and all half-off on Tuesdays).

                There are days when I will run 12 miles in the morning before breakfast. It's just not that great of a distance, especially by automobile.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Hmmm. Guess you're right. Looked at the map. I'm in the Bay Park area, and it takes about 1/2 hr. For me, that's a pretty good drive to go to a restaurant. From NP, probably more like 20 min. depending on traffic. Not so bad.

                  Half off on Tuesdays? I'll keep that in mind.

            2. Since you wrote money is not an issue, does that also mean it is "no object" ?

              If "no object," then you may also want to consider TBL3 at George's, in La Jolla. I have not personally dined there but it receives excellent reviews here.

              Addison at the Grand Del Mar Hotel would be an excellent choice too. I have dined there twice, both dinners were superb.


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              1. re: Dagney

                And in the "money no object " catagory, I'd also consider The Med at La Valencia in La Jolla.

                1. re: Dagney

                  TBL3, as well as George's, is great. No doubt.

                  But OP wanted "funky and or ethnic". If TBL3 is anything, it is not funky or ethnic, at least not in my book.

                  But again, YMMV as well as the OP's, I suppose.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Agreed, and The Med is also more "fine dining" that funky eclectic.

                    But views that are not quite as available in LA.

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      There are actually quite a few spots in LA for view, but certainly none with the view of Georges AND the food of George's.