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ipsedixit Nov 7, 2013 07:45 PM

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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    DoctorChow Nov 7, 2013 07:59 PM

    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
      cstr Nov 8, 2013 05:02 AM

      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
        Fake Name Nov 8, 2013 06:40 AM

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

        1. re: Fake Name
          ipsedixit Nov 8, 2013 07:51 AM

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

          1. re: ipsedixit
            cstr Nov 8, 2013 11:29 AM

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

    2. jmtreg Nov 8, 2013 12:21 PM

      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.

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        MrKrispy Nov 8, 2013 01:07 PM

        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
          DoctorChow Nov 8, 2013 01:28 PM

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

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          RB Hound Nov 8, 2013 08:45 PM

          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
            Ponder99 Nov 10, 2013 08:50 AM

            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
              Fake Name Nov 10, 2013 09:22 AM

              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
                RB Hound Nov 10, 2013 09:55 AM

                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.


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                  Fake Name Nov 10, 2013 11:28 AM

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

                2. re: Fake Name
                  cstr Nov 10, 2013 09:56 AM

                  Well spoken.

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                    wrldtrvl Nov 10, 2013 02:46 PM

                    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.

                3. re: RB Hound
                  ipsedixit Nov 10, 2013 06:27 PM

                  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
                    Fake Name Nov 10, 2013 06:38 PM

                    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: Fake Name
                      ipsedixit Nov 10, 2013 07:10 PM

                      Juries suck.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        cstr Nov 11, 2013 05:23 AM

                        Don't knock the audience you play act to!

                    2. re: ipsedixit
                      RB Hound Nov 10, 2013 10:05 PM

                      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
                        honkman Nov 10, 2013 10:27 PM

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

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                          RB Hound Nov 10, 2013 10:30 PM

                          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.

                          1. re: honkman
                            Fake Name Nov 11, 2013 04:58 AM

                            It certainly is.

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                      melee Nov 10, 2013 08:03 PM

                      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
                        ipsedixit Nov 10, 2013 08:09 PM

                        ... 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
                          melee Nov 10, 2013 08:24 PM

                          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.

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