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Jun 12, 2014 12:19 PM

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

            2. re: honkman

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

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