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Nov 7, 2013 07:45 PM

How many of these dishes have you tried?

According to the UT these are the 53 must-try dishes in/around San Diego.

I must admit, the lamb shank tacos look quite intriguing but that scallop burrito looks like an ice cream bar had a bad "milk day".

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  1. The lamb shank tacos at Luce are indeed excellent. I think you'd like them.

    They actually did name some pretty good places, like Tiger! Tiger!, Cantina Mayahuel, Urban Solace, Fish Public, Carnitas Snack Shack, Donovan's Prime Seafood, etc...

    But--haven't had the specific things they reviewed at most of the ones I've been to.

    Hmmm...flipping through the print version... guess I've had the fries at Blind Lady. They were OK, but I don't think I'd write home about them.

    Alas, that's the only other specific thing in their list of 53 that I can comment on.

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    1. re: DoctorChow

      Another great place for lamb is Aqui es Texcoco, they have excellent lamb barbacoa with all the fix in's to make great lamb tacos. For grilled pupulo, I'm all over Marisco's Godoy.

      PS - No Carne Asada Buritto representation for Fakey, what a travesty!

      1. re: cstr

        Super Sergio sent the UT ad sales rep away without even a 1/4 page.

        1. re: Fake Name

          Super Sergio is saving up for a big spread in San Diego Magazine.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Full 2 page spread? Also comes in handy for public toilet seat protection use.

    2. I've had the curry fries at Tiger!Tiger! (fantastic), the pork belly app at Carnitas Snack Shack (good, but not the best thing there), the sirloin tacos at Cantina Mayahuel (okay), and the mac & cheese at Urban Solace (fantastic, of course). Overall, its not a bad list.

      1. Really been enjoying our weekend lunches at Luce, don't all of you start going there taking my table.

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        1. re: MrKrispy

          I go there during the week, so no table competition from me. Yeah, great spot for lunch.

        2. Maybe it's just me, but I simply don't get Carnitas Snack Shack. Been there 3 times, *liked* everything I got, but hardly found it to be wow, much less yum.

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          1. re: RB Hound

            I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way about Carnitas Snack Shack. It's tasty but I haven't been blown away. The Pork Belly App is good and the portion is generous, but I don't get that melt-in-your-mouth, best-thing-I-ever-ate experience that a lot of people claim.

            1. re: Ponder99

              I like the place.

              Yes, my first visit (the first week they opened) was unspectacular, but have since been a few times and enjoyed it more each time.

              But there's more to the story. The Cavin/Stroud team is the antithesis of the Malarkey ethos. These are two great people that worked very hard for other industry leaders in town, and took an ill-advised leap to convert a former taco shop/bahn mi stand into something much, much better. In that process, they brought more people to a neighborhood that can use the traffic and the income.

              They make some damn good food at a place where people can spend their money without feeling like they just supported the political agenda of a billionaire titan of business, or even a champion of mediocre run-of-the-mill establishments.

              Yes, some here would say it's all about the food, but comments here would indicate otherwise. A recent comment like," The food at UVW is supposed to be good, but I won't spend any money to support XYZ".

              I believe that, in the hospitality business, the host(s) matter. In the case of Carnitas Snack Shack, better hosts would be difficult to find.

              I do wish the lines were shorter. I've never mastered delayed gratification.

              1. re: Fake Name

                Wondering if I would entirely change your opinions if I told you they were in bed with some of the central figures in San Diego's KraftBeerFetish.


                1. re: RB Hound

                  Nah. There's some great folks there, too.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    I have really enjoyed Carnitas Snack Shack. I actually live within (almost) walking distance. I find the food a bit heavy for warm days, but this time of year, I only wish I could go more often. However, the lines are often daunting and I just won't do lines like that. So, I am left to going there on the all-to-rare occasion when my meal time is during one of CSS's "slow" times.

                2. re: RB Hound

                  Here's the thing.

                  Not everyone has to like every place mentioned or discussed on this board.

                  It's what makes this board great, and so informative (if not entertaining).

                  No one, you included, should have to rationalize or make excuses for not like Carnitas Snack Shack or any other place.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Well now hold on- maybe we could create some sort of jury system where participants in the discussion argue their points, proffer evidence to support their case, and the jury will render the Final Verdict.

                    That'd be much better.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Don't knock the audience you play act to!

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      You all may be misinterpreting my remark.

                      I don't think Carnitas Snack Shack is overrated; I think bacon and pork belly are overrated. I suspect if I stick with the taco/burrito dishes there, I'll be happy.

                      Now ducking big time...

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        Pork belly overrated ? There is no way pork belly could ever be overrated.

                        1. re: honkman

                          We all have our areas where we deviate from the norm.

                          Don't get me wrong - I like it OK. Just not as much as the markup dictates.

                    2. I've had the mac n cheese at Urban Solace because someone else at the table ordered it and insisted I try it. It was good, but not mac n cheese just isn't something I "must try" at any restaurant.

                      I do love the squash blossoms at Cucina Urbana and the Brussels sprouts at BoBeau.

                      Lamb shank tacos at Luce were pretty good too.

                      I don't get why people go crazy for pork belly - I've never found one with a texture that's appealing - but I do think the carnitas torta at Carnitas Snack Shack is delicious. I've waited in the pouring rain for one of those suckers and it was well worth it.

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                      1. re: melee

                        ... but I do think the carnitas torta at Carnitas Snack Shack is delicious. I've waited in the pouring rain for one of those suckers and it was well worth it.


                        There is never any "pouring rain" in San Diego.

                        Heavy sprinkles maybe. Maybe.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Seriously. It was POURING. And I ran back to my car and wolfed that thing down like I hadn't eaten in days. Sure, I was a little ashamed of myself, but I'd probably do it again.