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What does everyone think of the San Diego Reddit's "Best of San Diego"

I'll just copy and paste it here, omitting the things not related to food.

Best Sushi : Sushi Ota.
Best BBQ : Coop's.
Best Hamburgers : Rocky's Pub in Crown Point with Hodads as a close second.
Best Pho : Pho Hoa.
Best Pizza : Luigis, if you like thin crust this place is amazing.
Best Fish Taco : Mariscos German.
Best Brewery : Green Flash is my favorite and they have a different food truck every day.
Best Beer Pub : Blind Lady Ale House.
Best Thai Food : Tie between Amarin (Hillcrest) and Sab E Lee.
Best Indian Food : Punjabi tandoor.
Best Taco Shop : El gordo (Chula Vista).
Best Breakfast/Brunch : Snooze - Hillcrest.
Best Coffee : Cafe Calabria.
Best Sandwiches : Rubicon deli.
Best Ice Cream/Gelato : Miraposa's.
Best Chinese Food : Spicy City on Convoy.
Best place to get a drink with a nice view : Wonderland.
Best Philly Cheesesteak : Gaglione Bros.
Best Vegan/Vegetarian : Plumeria Thai in University Heights.
Best cheap eats : K's sandwiches is great for bahn mi's around $3 for a big sandwich.
Best Chicken Wings : Dirty Birds - PB.
Best Happy Hour : Casa Guadalajara has FREE food in the bar with good $5 drinks.
Best Seafood : Pt Loma Seafoods.
Best Middle Eastern Food : Sufi mediterranean in balboa
Best Donuts : Not really San Diego, but Peterson's Donut Corner in Escondido.
Best Cupcakes : Baby Cakes.
Best fine dining : Addison.
Best late night food : Vallartas-- carne asade fries.
Best Ramen : Yakitori-Yakyudori on Convoy.
Best Dive Bar : Cherry Bomb.
Best Beer Store/ Growler fill locations : Bottlecraft.
Best Ceviche : Tie between Mariscos German and Oscar's.
Best place to get a good steak : Cowboy Star.
Best Bagels : Golden Bagel.
Best Bakeries : Bread & CIE. Arleys Bakery in Clairemont, Con Pane Rustic Breads, Hans & Harry's in Bonita.
Best Italian Food : Arrivederci - Hillcrest.
Best Fish and Chips : Harbor Fish & Chips in Oceanside.

I mostly agree with these, some I take issue with:
Best Hamburgers: I'm not really a big fine of Rocky's or Hodad's, I guess I like Burger Lounge more but I'm honestly not too picky when it comes to burgers, my favorite are usually the ones we make at home.
Best Thai: I definitely prefer Sab E Lee to Amarin
Best Chinese Food: I much prefer Dumpling Inn to Spicy City, in my opinion Spicy City is 5 or 6 on my SD County Chinese Food places (not that San Diego has great Chinese food to begin with)

So what does everyone else think about the list? Agree/disagree?

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  1. It's so nice to not see Phil's listed as "best BBQ" that I'm willing to forgive them for the small stuff. LOL

    1. There are a bunch of excellent places on this list, I must say, although naturally there are several where my personal preference differs.

      I agree with you about Sab-E-Lee and Dumpling Inn, for example, and my current favorite burger is the one at Luce.

      Best list of its kind that I've seen, though. A person wouldn't be wholly disappointed by choosing to dine, drink, or snack at any of these places.

      1. I'd pick Mitch's over PL Seafood in a flash, but that's my only criticism.

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        1. re: Fake Name

          Aloha Fakey!
          What do usually get at Mitch's?

          The only way I like to go to PL, is when they first open..

          I see Mitch's has grouper tacos...love me some grouper..

          Did you hit Merrimans last night?

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Might get there for lunch tomorrow after zip lining.

          2. It's one of the better list I've seen.

            Gotta check out Cherry Bomb in Bankers Hill..who doesn't love a great dive bar.

            Wonderland in OB for best view for a drink...need to check this out.

            Rocky's..been going here before electricity and tho' I'll eat my annual burger, either here or In and Out, they still are the surly bunch that makes me bristle why I put up with the same bs all these years..it must be in the employee handbook..how to be a prick to your customers through the years.

            1. Pizza, burgers and coffee are all spectacularly wrong. Beer pub and beer store are also up for debate, though those two are among the best.

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              1. re: Josh

                Aaaahhh. I knew ole Josh would chime in especially on burgers and pizza. No GF burger at BL Josh!!! I must agree Rocky's wasn't my first choice but, the term 'best' is very personal and subjective. Good to hear from you. Oh well, back to SFO till next month! BTW - Can you recommend a good burger place in SF, I might be there soon.

                1. re: cstr

                  Lots of good burgers here, depends on where you'll be and what style you want (e.g. casual, pricey, quick, cheap, grass-fed, etc).

                  1. re: Josh

                    I'd like your recs. Doesn't matter where, Mission, Haight, Ferry Building etc but, it's gota be real tasty.

                    1. re: cstr

                      A burger I will go out of my way for is at the Saturday Ferry Building market, in back. It's from 4505 Meats, and it's made from dry-aged grass fed beef. It's on a really delicious onion roll. Especially good with the egg on top. This one's probably my favorite in the city. If you can't make it there on Saturday, they have a location in the Mission which is a butcher shop-style place, but you can eat there, and they have a BBQ spot on Divisadero in Western Addition. Burger is available at both places.

                      Another one I've heard good things about is Kronerburger in the Mission, but I rarely go to the Mission so I have not yet tried this one.

                      A burger I have had in the Mission and liked is the grass-fed burger at Zeitgeist, but I need to make clear that it's not gourmet, high-end, or fancy at all. It's cooked outside over open flame, served on a generic roll, and is accompanied solely by industrial ketchup, mustard, and pickles. That said it's kind of the perfect thing when you're sitting in the beer garden.

                      There's a steakhouse on Market St. that serves really high-quality locally raised meat called Bluestem Brasserie and their burger is supposed to be epic, but I only ever get steak there.

                      1. re: Josh

                        You guys ok after that 6.0 earthquake near Napa?

                  2. re: cstr

                    The coffee one is particularly egregious. Calabria makes burned coffee. The third wave places in SD I've been to on trips like Bird Rock crush Calabria.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Bird Rock makes better roasted coffee beans than Calabria but the baristas at Calabria are much better and their final product, e.g. cappuccino is much better than at Bird Rock even with worse beans - but overall Zumbar is one of the best places in the moment to buy beans and for prepared espresso or cappuccino

                2. I would strike Arrivederci in Hillcrest. Meh.

                  1. Well, all educated people know the best Beer Pub is the Alpine Pub, so naturally I disagree with BLAH.

                    Donuts? Hmm...I'm a Mary's gal, but I have not been to Peterson's.

                    For best Cheesesteak, I'd say Eddie's on 30th.

                    For sushi, I have to say Shirahama. However, Sushi Ota is better for a dining with friends.

                    Overall, a decent list.

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                    1. re: Dagney

                      Alpine may not count if they focused on the city, but I find the categories a bit limiting. I think that by pub they meant places that carried outside beer, which would sort of put Alpine in the brewery category. I like BLAH, but I'm a Toronado fan.

                      Most of the beer geeks that I know have gotten sort of tired of Green Flash.

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        True, Alpine has guest beers, but for the most part they carry their own brews. I am completely biased because husband and I adore the place. They are down the street from our house, the entire staff knows us, the food is good, the mood is relaxed, and the beer rocks. We train together in Eskrima (Filipino stick fighting), and we have spent many a Sunday afternoon, post work week, post training session, soaking up the sun on their back patio and talking about training and life.

                    2. Best Italian I would pick Baci;
                      Best coffee I would pick Papalecco
                      Best bagel I would pick Brooklyn Bagel
                      Best hamburger I would pick Neighborhood, Beaumonts or JRDN at T23.

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                      1. re: El Chevere

                        Glad to read that about Baci because husband is taking me there for my birthday next week. We have never dined there, but are excited to experience their style of service.

                        1. re: Dagney

                          Just ate there. Food was excellent. You will love the service. You'll think you died and went to....well....not San Diego.

                          1. re: Dagney

                            I agree with El Chevere and nessy about Baci. It's my personal favorite for Italian, and the service is unmatched. Yes, you'll love it.

                        2. Best Fish Tacos - Oscar's and TJ Oyster Bar (I have not yet tried Mariscos)
                          Best Chicken Mole – Cantina Mayahuel (also has fantastic collection of Tequila and Mezcal)
                          Best Thai – Depends on dish. Sab E Lee for grilled pork neck, napa cabbage soup, bamboo shoot salad, green curry and panang curry. Supannee House of Thai for papaya salad, masaman curry and seefood.
                          Best Japanese - Wa Dining OKAN
                          Best Ethiopian – Muzita Bistro
                          Best Lebanese - Alforon
                          Best Pub for Beer – Blind Lady and Waypoint Public

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                          1. re: travelprof

                            Might add that the red mole at Cantina Mayahuel is made from scratch (including in-house chile roasting). This is my favorite place for mole, too.

                            1. re: travelprof

                              Hey there Travelprof...I agree with you about Sab and Supannee. What about "Mrs. Travelprof"? What does she like?

                              1. re: dabo40777

                                I just asked her, but nothing in particular came to mind. She's vegetarian and is happy if there are a couple of good veggie options. We often go to Asian restaurants (in San Diego, mainly Thai and Japanese; I have not yet found a good Chinese restaurant) because these tend to have better vegetarian options.

                              2. re: travelprof

                                one more thing...where do you recommend in Escondido?

                                1. re: dabo40777

                                  I live in Europe and visit SD twice a year but do not frequently go to Escondido. I have only been to the Stone Bistro. The beer selection is great, but the food I have had varied from very tasty to not so good. The garden is a great place to drink some beers, but it can get very crowded on weekends. I am afraid, you'll have to ask someone else for recommendations in Escondido.

                                2. re: travelprof

                                  Supannee does have very good papaya salad, one of my favorite Thai dishes. Yes!

                                  In addition to the other dishes you compared, my opinion is that SEL wins out overall in the soup department, not with just the cabbage soup but also with their "Toms" -- yum and ka.

                                  1. re: DoctorChow

                                    For some reason I have not tried the soups in Supannee. Even though SEL apparently does better with soups, I'll try some soup at Supannee during my next visit, just for the sake of comparison.

                                3. Hey, Hey, Hey, the UT had their readers poll in today's paper. Look at that bad boy and you will stop bitching about Reddit's list almost instantly.

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                                  1. re: littlestevie

                                    Yeah, I was just about to peruse that.

                                    1. re: littlestevie

                                      Significance of the Ut poll: "He who has the most voting friends wins the award for 'best'."

                                      I looked at it. Laughed a lot. Ignored it.

                                      1. re: DoctorChow

                                        Fillipi's has the best pizza *and* the best Italian food!

                                      2. If Pt. Loma Seafood is the best then San Diego has nothing to offer in the seafood category. I have now been there 3x and would never recommend it to ANYONE.

                                        Since moving to San Diego from Sacramento and San Francisco, I have been so disappointed with the seafood scene.

                                        Not impressed with Cowboy Star. Love Bread & Cie. Friends of mine swear by Rocky's and I will go there soon.

                                        Italian food - i recommend antica tratorria. Love Sab E Lee.

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                                        1. re: pegasus505

                                          Have you been to Catalina Offshore yet? Not a restaurant but probably the best fresh fish and seafood in SD.

                                          1. re: DiningDiva

                                            No. I have not been to Catalina Offshore yet - it is high on my list. I go to their website frequently and I believe they are the best source to go to.

                                            My significant other knows seafood so much better than I do. Catalina Offshore is the place I want to take him. Thanks!!

                                          2. re: pegasus505

                                            Yes, it is surprising that we don't have more of a "seafood scene" here, considering that SD is a city by the ocean. But we don't. Still, there are some pretty good places scattered around town and you may not have been to all of them yet.

                                            I'll mention Eddie V's (either location), Top of the Market, Spike Africa, Blue Water Seafood, Tidal, and Jake's as personal favorites. (In addition to Point Loma Seafood, that is, which I also like.)

                                            1. re: DoctorChow

                                              Apparently, El Pescador in La Jolla has finally moved to the bigger space across the street (in the old Marrakesh spot). Of course, they have CRAFT BEER TAPS now too.

                                                  1. re: Fake Name

                                                    If you are going to huh me, at least do it for a good reason.

                                                    With that said, I had not seen the updated link that BC posted. 10 AM on the retail? Sorry, I need 8:30 at the latest - need to do better than that!

                                                    1. re: RB Hound

                                                      Huh? = "I am intrigued and excited at the prospect of yet another craft beer purchasing opportunity."

                                                      1. re: Fake Name

                                                        Excellent. Thanks for the clarification.

                                                        1. re: Fake Name

                                                          Now how would Josh survive without sustainable grass fed fishies and crafty brews. It's what we do 'best'.

                                                          1. re: Fake Name

                                                            @FN: If they're smart, they'll keep a few bottles of PBR in the cooler.

                                                              1. re: Fake Name

                                                                They pair well with the clam chowder.

                                                                1. re: Fake Name

                                                                  A working class hero is something to be.

                                                                  1. re: Josh

                                                                    They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool.

                                                        2. re: RB Hound

                                                          It is SUCH an improvement. The old place was an institution, but so happy to have the new place up and running.