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stvjennings Oct 30, 2013 03:52 PM

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.


  1. stvjennings Oct 31, 2013 02:55 PM

    Thanks for the great suggestions. Looking at Romescos menu that looks like the place for us! Will report back on the meal. Thanks again.

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    1. re: stvjennings
      The Office Goat Oct 31, 2013 03:58 PM

      You could make a night of it just on the bar menu ... which we have. In fact we have yet to eat in the regular restaurant part ... it's been all small plates (and some drinks) and been excellent each time.

      Some day we'll try the dinner menu...

      1. re: stvjennings
        foodiechick Oct 31, 2013 10:06 PM

        It is a little hard to find these days as the strip center where it is located is undergoing renovation and the signage is fairly poor. Just note that it is barely past the McDonalds that you will pass on your right. Worth the inconvenience.

        1. re: stvjennings
          DoctorChow Oct 31, 2013 10:35 PM

          Good choice. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I've been there twice in the past two months, and have enjoyed the food both times. My companion was there earlier in late summer with a friend and both also enjoyed it. (Disclamer: I haven't myself had the Ceaser's salad, but my companion said it was for real, including raw egg and mashed anchovies. Ask the server to describe the preparation, if you want to follow it, since the bowl will be too high to see into.)

          1. re: DoctorChow
            foodiechick Nov 1, 2013 01:36 AM

            I find that different servers prepare the Caesar salad completely differently (even when using the same, authentic ingredients). I agree about asking about the preparation, mostly because you can ask them to hold back on certain ingredients.

            Our experience at Romesco's (usually prepared by one of a 2-brother server team) is that they are very heavy handed on the Worcestershire. While I am a fan of WSauce, I prefer the lighter handed version that we tend to get at the mothership, Caesars in Tijuana. Just an FYI for the tastebuds.

        2. Dagney Oct 31, 2013 01:51 AM

          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
            Fake Name Oct 31, 2013 04:39 AM

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

            1. re: Dagney
              ipsedixit Oct 31, 2013 08:02 AM

              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
                Fake Name Oct 31, 2013 08:16 AM

                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
                  ipsedixit Oct 31, 2013 10:34 AM

                  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.

            2. ipsedixit Oct 30, 2013 08:34 PM

              Lion's Share


              Noble Experiment

              Carnitas Snack Shack


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              1. re: ipsedixit
                DoctorChow Oct 30, 2013 08:44 PM

                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
                  ipsedixit Oct 30, 2013 08:50 PM

                  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
                    DoctorChow Oct 30, 2013 08:53 PM

                    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. stvjennings Oct 30, 2013 04:36 PM

                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
                  DiningDiva Oct 30, 2013 08:15 PM

                  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
                    DoctorChow Oct 30, 2013 08:33 PM

                    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
                      hye Oct 31, 2013 11:28 AM

                      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. Dagney Oct 30, 2013 04:28 PM

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

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                      wanker Oct 30, 2013 04:03 PM

                      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.

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