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Out of towner looking for great dinner spot downtown area or North county

I'm visiting family from the east coast and was wondering if there was a great new must try dinner restaurant. I'm looking for something small with character. I've been to Farmhouse, Q' ero, Solterra and a few others around town. Any suggestions?

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  1. Georges Modern in LJ, Smoking Goat in North Park, Cafe Chloe in downtown

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    1. re: honkman

      Thanks. I've been to Georges before too. The Smoking Goat looks good....

      1. re: McBuckel

        second that, i really liked smoking goat... i tried it for the first time a couple months ago... remember it being small and warm, with some deliciously hearty dishes...

    2. When are you coming?

      If it's the first week of March, you might check out Juniper & Ivy.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        But how will we know until it's open if this fits the "great dinner spot" request by the OP?

        1. re: DoctorChow

          Sometimes the new kid on the block has to be the canary.

      2. New must-try dinner restaurant downtown?

        Fogo de Chao would be my entry.

        Might not be as small as you'd prefer, but the food is outstanding -- you won't be disappointed.

        1. Eddie V next to Georges Modern with a better view and the best most kowledgeable wait staff!

          Hexagon 6th & Laurel
          A Good meal does not have to cost a fortune!

          1. Morada at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn..
            Pony Room for lunch or Veladora for dinner at the lovely Rancho Valencia resort.
            Oscar's Mex Seafood
            Fathom for sausages and beer on Shelter Island pier
            Blind Burro
            Tender Greens