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Good mid-day sushi on Saturday

Hey 'hounds,

Our babysitter fell through for Saturday night and we are now looking for alternative options to go out in afternoon instead. Both Ota and Kaito don't open until dinnertime so my normal "go-to" options are out.

Any suggestions? 4 adults and a one-and-a-half year old. The other couple lived in SD for several years for their studies and are now visiting from Germany. So, I'd like to do something a little more upscale quality-wise to remind them of what their missing - i.e. I live in PB, but don't really want to entertain the option of PB sushi bars (Ota excluded, obviously).

Thanks!

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    1. Another good option is Sushi Tadokoro. Yes, it's in Old Town (or near it, depending on where "Old Town" ends), but don't let the location dissuade you.

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      1. re: DoctorChow

        Tadokoro's website says hours are 5-10pm... Too bad, it's a pretty easy drive from south PB.

        1. re: CampySD

          Good catch.

          I've been there in late afternoon a couple of times, but it must have been after 5.

          1. re: CampySD

            Had a wonderful meal at Sushi Tadokoro tonight, served up by owner-chef Takeaki Tadokoro. Numerous delicious sashimi items, including his outstanding sea urchin, and also several of his other excellent creations. We were lucky to be seated right in front of him at the bar, so had an opportunity to chat.

            Posting here about this because in the course of chatting he mentioned that they were going to be open for lunch as well as dinner starting in November. I think I understood that this was just going to be during the winter months, though.

        2. Maybe this is the place to bring up RakiRaki in the context of their sushi rolls.

          I haven't had these there myself (yet), but their other offerings (ramen, tsukemen) are very good, so maybe by extrapolation...?

          The sushi rolls that are carried by always look delicious.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              This looks promising. I avoid Downtown like the plague, but I'm sure my friends wouldn't mind getting down there. Anyone been? How's the crowd situation on a Saturday afternoon?

              1. re: CampySD

                I went a while back, not for lunch (or on a weekend). I felt the sushi/sashimi was at best average to above-average.

                Given the paucity of choices, this might be your best option.

            2. Blue Ocean in Carlsbad just added lunch service a month ago. I know North County..but the fish is fresh and the chef is from A.R Valantine (SP)

              here is their facebook
              https://www.facebook.com/BlueOceanSD