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Birthday Dinner Suggestions

djohns12 Jan 3, 2014 11:08 AM

Yes, this is a mundane topic, but I really need ideas! And it's my birthday! Thoughts from your Chowhounders are appreciated. My favorite kind of restaurants/restaurant food: French, New American (meaning not steak and potatoes), fish, Italian, Provencal, Spanish.

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  1. honkman RE: djohns12 Jan 3, 2014 11:29 AM

    Urban Solace, Smoking Goat, Cafe Chloe, Farmhouse Cafe, Cucina Urbana, Georges

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      cstr RE: honkman Jan 3, 2014 01:06 PM

      Almost totally agree with the honk, only exception is Farmhouse, other than breakfast, and that's iffy at times, I just don't see it as anything but ordinary.

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        djohns12 RE: cstr Jan 3, 2014 02:54 PM

        Okay, cstr. Thanks for the response.

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          Fake Name RE: cstr Jan 4, 2014 11:27 AM

          Funny. Farmhouse would be first on that list for me- but all are very good.

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          djohns12 RE: honkman Jan 3, 2014 02:53 PM

          Yeah, good ones. I love Urban Solace, Cucina Urbana and Cafe Chloe. Will ck out the others. Thanks for the reply

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            honkman RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 11:52 AM

            Then I would highly recommend to try Smoking Goat. We had some strong dishes there recently

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              aliceqfoodie RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 03:35 PM

              If you like those places, you should also try Farm House - they have a small menu but really good seafood specials that change daily, and a good wine list. The chicken liver mousse is fantastic. Jaynes Gastropub, Great Maple, Craft & Commerce and Waypoint Public might also be to your liking.

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                djohns12 RE: aliceqfoodie Jan 4, 2014 03:49 PM

                Really liked Great Maple. Craft and Commerce was okay. You're one of several who've endorsed Farm House, so that's on the list. Thanks a lot!

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                  aliceqfoodie RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 05:48 PM

                  I really like Craft & Commerce for lunch - super affordable and no crowds. Prep Kitchen in Little Italy is another good lunch spot. Dinner is a little pricey and uneven, but can be good. In the same nabe, Isola Pizza bar is good too.

          2. Beach Chick RE: djohns12 Jan 3, 2014 02:24 PM

            Veladora at the Rancho Valencia Resort in RSF
            Morada at the RSF Inn
            Bali Hai in Shelter Island
            George's in LJ
            Eddie V's in LJ
            Drinks at the Marine Room at sunset
            Manhattan's in LJ
            AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines
            Go stay at one of the local casinos (Barona, Valley View or Harrahs) and dine at one of the steakhouse and party and gamble..maybe catch a show/concert

            I like staying at one of the 4-5* resorts in town and make a stay cay out of it..US Grant, Loew's, Park Hyatt..
            You can also head up to Ritz Laguna Niguel or Hotel Bel Air..

            Happy Birthday!

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              djohns12 RE: Beach Chick Jan 3, 2014 02:52 PM

              Great ideas! Thanks, Beach Chick.

            2. ipsedixit RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 11:00 AM

              Lots of good suggestions already, incl. those by honkman and BC, but it might help us help you to know where you've already been to.

              I mean if you like Italian, you might look at Buono Forchetta

              1. Dagney RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 07:57 PM

                Left field suggestion: Chopahn at 6th and F, downtown.

                Cafe Chloe

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                  DoctorChow RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 08:01 PM

                  Since you've been to Cafe Chole, arguably one of our best restaurants, I think you should head straight to Eddie V's or George's.

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                    RB Hound RE: DoctorChow Jan 4, 2014 09:33 PM

                    Cafe Chole? Did they open an Indian themed place as well?

                    [sorry - had to do it]

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                      honkman RE: RB Hound Jan 4, 2014 09:37 PM

                      No, that's Cafe Habib

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                        DoctorChow RE: RB Hound Jan 4, 2014 11:00 PM

                        Yeah, well....

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                      alegramarcel RE: djohns12 Jan 4, 2014 08:13 PM

                      Any particular part of town?

                      Tons of good to great restaurants all over North Park... Most of the dining in NP is good, but often not as good as the hype. However Ritual Tavern has particularly awesome desserts.

                      Beach Chick - Bali Hai? Really? A fun place, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't go for the food... Def not on par with the others on your list IMO.

                      There is a place across from the airport...can't remember the name. But the tagline is "Metro Steaks and Seafood." (I always make fun of this... like cows from NYC or something???) Anyway, good food, good happy hour prices, but mostly I go for the view!!!! Best place for sunset happy hour... and good drinks.

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                        Beach Chick RE: alegramarcel Jan 5, 2014 05:56 AM

                        Bali Hai has really stepped up its game in the last couple of years after the remodel.
                        Plus, the mai tai alone is worth it all.


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                        DoctorChow RE: djohns12 Jan 5, 2014 11:05 AM

                        Another place you might want to consider for your birthday dinner is Top of the Market. Very good food and a wonderful view.

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