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If I had Magical Restaurant Powers, I'd :

Move RakiRaki to the HarleyGray space, and put HG somewhere north of the 52.

What would you do?

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  1. Put one decent Chinese take-out restaurant in North Park/Hillcrest/University Heights area.

    1. Move Supernatural Sandwiches from Miramar to the Bay Park area.

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      1. re: DoctorChow

        [sticking tongue out at DrChow, doing a raspberry]

          1. re: DoctorChow

            I've gotten through four of their sandwiches so far, but every time I try to get ahead they come out with some special release (like this week's Banh Mi). Damn them!

            And then when I'm done I can have a nice craft fetish beer at Alesmith.

      2. Move Misión 19, and/or Erizo, to La Mesa...

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Heck, I'd settle for moving Misión 19 north of the border pretty much anywhere. Just so it's within 20 - 30 minutes of the Bay Park area and not too close to Bonita.

          And yes, a couple of Erizo type places, if not Erizo itself. Actually, a lot of them, scattered around the city.

        2. Move Chef Quenioux to San Diego and let him open a successful restaurant.

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          1. re: honkman

            I'm not at all familiar with this chef. Could you please elaborate a bit? I'm sure that if its your "magical powers" choice to have him/her here, he/she must be outstanding in what he (or she) does.

            1. re: DoctorChow

              Laurent has worked for many years now in LA and we really got him to know when he had for ~1.5 years Bistro LQ on Beverly Blvd. He is a culinary genius who is able to combine influences from all over the world (but we are not talking about fusion cuisine) in such a playful, yet serious, dedicated way that his dishes rival those you get at Michelin star places like French Laundry, Providence etc. He told us that even though we were living in SD that we were by far his most regular customers at Bistro LQ where we always got every few weeks his Chef's Tasting Menu (regularly 9 course but which ended up to be often 12-15 courses). We had in those 18 months at Bistro LQ perhaps more than 200 different dishes and there was not a single one which disappointed using every part of every animal, escamoles etc. etc. Really an unbelievable restaurant which was even for LA too progressive (and the kitchen too understaffed so that tasting menu took too long for many people). Today he is doing a lot of pop ups which are also great (just read about them on the LA board) but it seems that he hopefully will soon open an own place again. You can also find more under www.bistrolq.com

            2. re: honkman

              I think that would be a pipe dream...you'd really need magical powers for that :-D

            3. Go ahead and admit that the Terraces have won.

              1. Move Super Sergio's to North County and a Piret's in every community in SD.

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  You're not worried about the entire county developing Piret's Syndrome?

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    Tripeler comes through again. Ugh...

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      No, but if you mention 'fabric boy' again, I'll go all Tourette's Syndrome on you!

                    2. re: Beach Chick

                      SS in Orange County? For you?

                      Talk about pearls before....oh. That might not sound right.

                    3. Move Katz's deli to just north of the 52 so I wouldn't have to share it with FN. Love that 8 mile sphere of comfort!

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                      1. re: cstr

                        We all know that FN pokes through that sphere from time to time. No place is safe.

                      2. Re-open Red Velvet with Chef Luke Johnson.

                        1. open up my own restaurant chain and make it ever the best....

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                          1. re: haroldmiles

                            What kind of food would you offer and what would your restaurants look like?

                            Why a chain and not just one really good place?

                            1. re: DoctorChow

                              I am a french chef and would love to deliver tastes of France to the lovely people staying away and even to new who want to discover new tastes so i would offer french food I want to open chain of restaurants as i want to earn more money

                              1. re: haroldmiles

                                It's fun to dream...which is what this thread is about.

                                Would it be down-to-earth like Farm House (closed, but planning to re-open somewhere). Or maybe more "modern" like Café Chloe? Or perhaps classic like our dear departed Thee Bungalow?

                            2. Bring back foie gras.

                              1. I'd move Tacos El Yaqui across the border to San Diego. Doesn't matter where in San Diego, just as long as the border isn't an issue.

                                I'd also resurrect Tobies Hoagies in Mission Beach.

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                                1. re: deckape

                                  "I'd also resurrect Tobies Hoagies in Mission Beach."


                                  But I'll bet that old guy (was it Al?) is long gone...at what a wonderful ambience that was!

                                  1. re: Fake Name

                                    Tobies Hoagies..was that next to Tug's, Spice Rack, Mulvaney's, Stage Door and The Old Ox (box)?

                                      1. re: foodiechick

                                        I really, really enjoyed hungover weekend breakfasts at Spice Rack. :(

                                      2. re: Beach Chick

                                        Toby's was to the left of Little Sam's Market on the 3700 block of Mission Boulevard.

                                        1. re: nileg

                                          Across the alley from the best bikini place, Pilar's?

                                          I know Sam's..we'd bike cruiser in for beers..

                                          1. re: nileg


                                            Across the street from Hub Liquor, where the transformer gang hung out.

                                            1. re: Fake Name

                                              Did the transformer gang include the infamous "Shorty"...?

                                              1. re: nileg


                                                I was too young to be a member, yet old enough to stay away.

                                                1. re: nileg

                                                  Shorty couldn't qualify for casual membership. Too slimy.

                                      3. Bring back Ba Ren. And move Joe's Shanghai to SD. Need good XLB.

                                        1. Bring a legit Sonoran, Mex restaurant to SD County. Yeah I'd even go to POWAY for that.

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                                          1. re: globocity

                                            Why not just go all the way to Sonora? I mean, if you're gonna drive that far...

                                            1. re: Fake Name

                                              Hey now. .

                                              North Park to lovely Poway is about 26 minutes..15 if I'm driving.
                                              ; )

                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                Pow- way or pow- why?


                                                Poe-way or Poe-why?

                                                      1. re: deckape

                                                        I sent something to him and he read it on air. Must have been 1969.

                                                        Great reference.

                                                        1. re: deckape

                                                          Bob Dale...OMG...I guess it is Throw Back Thursday :-)

                                                    1. re: Fake Name

                                                      I go every Christmas. I want one HERE, damnit! I mean if I'm granted a local culinary wish and all.