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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Friday, February 01, 2008

I Really Have No Business Asking

Oh gentle readers, you give and you give and you give and I ain't giving nothing in return these days. Sorry about that. Really.

Now can anyone tell me where to get a good meal in San Diego? Sam says I can't, and I'm inclined to believe her, but I figured I'd try anyway. It can't be any fucking worse than the food in Tahiti. The Restaurant Whore household is headed there in about a month, and while I can try to figure it out on my own by reading the shit that is out there, I'd rather hear from those of you that aren't paid for your dining opinions.

If I wasn't about to slip into a coma from sleep deprivation, I'd tell you how much I want to make out with Spork, Serpentine and Fish and Farm. Someday, loves, someday.

xoxo
Joy

P.S. Christopher Elbow is now sporting an "Opening February 2008" sign. Coincidence?

"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld

14 Comments:

Blogger Gina said...

The best burger I've ever had is at Rocky's, a dive bar in Pacific Beach off Grand. Cafe 976, also in PB, has good sandwiches.

2/02/2008 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joy,
My sis lives in San Diego but doesn't share your reined tastes. She recommended George's (La Jolla) and Top of the Cove for fine dining, and El Callejon for fine margaritas...
Josh

2/02/2008 11:55 AM  
Anonymous kudzu said...

Joy -- I have a friend who has lived there for about eight years and still rants about the terrible food. She does know some holes-in-the-walls for casual stuff (Chinese, tacos) and like the South Coast Grill at Ocean Beach for oysters and/or fish tacos (go early for lunch before it gets mobbed). She still loves The Prado in Balboa Park, too. Let me know if you want more specifics.

2/03/2008 8:27 PM  
Anonymous kudzu said...

PS My friend advises sitting in the bar section at Tge Prado --
cozier (and, of course, closer to the bar)

2/03/2008 8:37 PM  
OpenID mjohnson said...

Just go to lunch at Point Loma Seafoods. Simple, fresh, and worth a stop every time I go through SD. Sit outside, enjoy the weather and the fresh seafood. Georges is good for ambience and view. Food is okay.

2/03/2008 9:02 PM  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

Wha??? Sam went to ALL the wrong places when she was here. I've told her that. I really need to get her back down here so I can set her straight. :-) It takes some picking and choosing, but there's plenty of good stuff to be had. For starters, I have a list of places I like on my side bar, and of course you can email me and I'll tell you anything you want to know. I'd also love to get together while you're here if you have time!

p.s. - Top of the Cove is closed, George's is mediocre, imo, and El Callejon is in Encinitas - which is kinda off the beaten path. Where are you staying?

2/03/2008 10:45 PM  
Blogger Amy Sherman said...

Alice Q. Foodie has quite a list on her blog with links and she really does know food...

http://www.aliceqfoodie.blogspot.com/

2/04/2008 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

No food recs, but just wanted to say hang in there. Sleep deprivation is one of the underestimated issues with new parents, but luckily (hopefully!) won't last too much longer.

2/04/2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

I used to live in San Diego and I know great mexican food places.

Ponces, in Kensington (an exit away from SDSU)

Mama Testas (on park ave, near hillcrest)

For Great Thai Food:
Celedon in Hillcrest

I hope this helps. If this is not the kind of food you are into, I apologize in advance :-)

You should be able to find all of these on Google Maps.

2/04/2008 4:41 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

i thought i left a comment. Well I suck!

2/05/2008 6:31 PM  
Blogger Charlie Fu said...

If you're looking for the finer things in life.

Tapenade
Market
Nine-ten

All delicious

2/05/2008 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Fatemeh said...

There really is good food to be had in San Diego. You just need to know where to find it.

1 - For the best damn fish tacos anywhere hit South Beach Grille in Ocean Beach. I am partial to the calamari tacos, but you can't go wrong with any of them.

2 - Wine Sellar & Brasserie is a 20 minute drive from downtown, but it's delightful french food. We celebrated my dad's 60th birthday there.

3 - Saffron Noodles and Sate is fun and delicious - I love their curries. Very kid-friendly place. Also, I used to live 3 blocks away. :-)

4 - I totally second the reco for Pt. Loma Seafoods. However, it's a bit of a madhouse, and cash-only. Consider yourself warned.

5 - for the kind of bread and pastries that we are often lacking, make a stop at Bread & Cie in Hillcrest. Buy more than you should . Seriously.

2/06/2008 2:44 PM  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

Fatemeh knows what she's talking about - and thanks Amy for the plug! I will email you back with some more specific info - sorry it's taking me a while, but it's been a crazy week. Definitely have some ideas for you though.

2/09/2008 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rama, downtown, has a fun vibe, good service, and makes good Thai food. http://www.ramarestaurant.com/home.htm

4/01/2008 1:16 AM  

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