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Aug 21, 2014 01:52 PM

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 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 must be in the employee 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