San Diego other notes

Chowhound:  For example, see threads on Mexican and "authentic" Italian food. (More on Mexican...also check out this Latin food post and best damn thing post, ethnic restaurants post)

Other Notes

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Rama (SD Magazine, 327-4th between J & K, E Village, good drunken noodles, a bit upscale...)

####Lotus Thai (SD Magazine, 906 Market between 10&9, E Village, 619-595-0115, panang, drunken noodles, tom kha soup...)

Sunday 5-7 Happy hour

## Thai Island (relatively good ratings on yelp, cheap, but DON'T get sushi, Downtown 1134-7th Ave between B & C St., closed Sunday)

Taste of Thai (SD Magazine, Hillcrest)

Highly rated on yelp:

- Pinto Thai (Normal Heights, NE of zoo)

- Swaddee Thai (coronado)

- Amarin Thai (Hillcrest)

- Thai Pepper (Serra Mesa, cheap)

- Thai Taste (La Mesa on the way to El and very highly rated)


Miramesa: Rocky Farsan ~7 pm

Royal India (SD Magazine, downtown Gaslamp/E Village)...also Express in Horton Plaza

Bombay (SD Magazine, Hillcrest, not great reviews on yelp...)

Monsoon (SD Magazine, Gaslamp, not great reviews on yelp)...also Express in Mission Valley Shopping Center

Highest rated on yelp: Punjap (Midway, between Loma Heights & Mission Hils) [also Hare Krishna on UCSD campus]


Roppongi (SD Magazine)

Roy's (SD Magazine)

Red Pearl Kitchen (SD Magazine)

Places in PB:

- Thai Village

- Pata Negra (Spanish/Basque)

- Zanzibar's Cafe

- Marino's Italian (old school)

- other italian: Enoteca Adriano

Pasta Espresso:

Cafe Bella Italia:

- The Pita Pit

- Bare Back Grill

- Sandwich place just south of PB (Mission Beach):

...and also nearby: well as:

- (In-N-Out)


- Harney Sushi (Old Town)

-- Sushi Ota --> Mission Bay Drive near PB

4529 Mission Bay @ Bunker Hill (just N of Grand)


-- Mister Sushi: --> actually in PB...almost walking distance from Uncle Bill's?

- also in PB: Teppan Haiku

- not quite as good reviews, also in PB:

- Santouka Ramen:

- hole in wall "flavorful" cheap sushi in Clairemont:

- also good ratings: Hane Sushi

- [Hogetsu Bakery in Chula Vista: mochi, etc.]

- also rec'd sushi: Taka (Gaslamp) and Itto (Hillcrest)

[Umenoya, authentic place in Miramar, is closed!]

- Places in Kearny Mesa: Wa Dining OKAN, Tsuruhashi Japanese BBQ, Robata-ya Oton, Mitsuwa Marketplace (grocery store)...also Tajima (good ramen, katsu)

- Yakitori Yakydori: Hillcrest yakitori place, good beef tongue, chicken heart, etc. "street food" but very little space/parking

...says Yu Me Ya Sake House is "authentic"


- The Mission (1250 J Street between 12&13, in East Village), 619-232-7662

- To the Point Cafe (4161 Voltaire, between San Clemente & Catalina), Ocean Beach/Point Loma near Nimitz Blvd, 619-226-6222, cheap, good sandwiches, waffles with berries, chicken salad sandwich

- Tom Ham's Lighthouse --> end of harbor island (2150 Harbor Island Dr, 619-291-9110), moderate, good crab legs/lobster bisque

- Perry's Cafe (4610 Pacific Hwy, between Taylor & Rosecrans, Loma Portal) 619-291-7121, cheap, good hash browns)

- Katy's Cafe (Imperial Beach)

- Island Style Cafe (Hawaiian, NE)

- Lucky's Breakfast (North Park)

- Mad Dogs Cafe (PB)

- Olive Cafe (PB)

- Bread & Cie (Hillcrest)

best place to buy fish: Catalina Offshore Products

- The Fish Market

- Burger Lounge: Kensignton, Coronado, and Little Italy


- Cafe Coyote

- Casa de Pico

- Fidel's

Fish Tacos:

- Blue Water Grill (very fresh, counter, 3667 India St, near airport)

- El Zarape (99 cents!  near the park)

- Mariscos German (Ocean View Blvd, not far from downtown, exotic alternatives to mahi-mahi)

- Bay Park Fish Co, - off Mission Bay

- Mariscos Mazatlan in Chula Vista--most authentic, 1287-3rd Ave @ Palomar

- Fidel's on Solana Beach (north of Del Mar)

- "The Brig" (Brigantine) in Del Mar (also Coronado, La Mesa, Point Loma...) "Best swordfish in the world"

[ Longboarder Grill or Taco Surf in PB?]

[Point Loma Seafood]

[Tin Fish in Imperial Beach]


- Chula Vista (555 Broadway in Chula Vista Center)

- PB (910 Grand Ave)

- North Island NEX

- Point Loma (3555 Rosecrans)

- Mission Bay (4504 E Mission Bay-->the original)

- Mission Valley (2075 Camino De La Reina)


- Bencotto (N Italian in Little Italy, 750 W Fir St at Kettner, 619-450-4786, 11:30-4 and 5-10:30, closed Mon), won San Diego Magazine's Best Italian poll, "pasta your way" with mix & match shapes/sauces, rec'd by Eater magazine reviewer says Cucina Urbana is more interesting (also won best new restaurant & best of the best moderate price)

- Cucina Urbana - 505 Laurel, Banker's Hill, 619-239-2222, S-Mon 5-9, T-Th 5-10, F-Sat 5-10:30 plus pizza until midnight, lunch T-F 11:30-2, Happy Hour 5-7, in a wine shop, some plates are "tapas-style" small ones, Eater magazine rec's and says it's "still one of the toughest tables to get in town"

    Nearby: Banker's Hill Bar & Restaurant, rec'd by Eater magazine

- Solare - Liberty Station 2820 Roosevelt Rd, old Naval Training Center (W of airport), focuses on southern italy/Sicily, fiori di zucca

    Nearby: Tender Greens - soups/salads/sandwiches, rec'd by Eater Magazine

- Trattoria Via Italia (encinitas, rec'd for italian-style pizza by chowhound)

- Pizzeria Arrivederci (Hillcrest, 3789-4th Ave...also a restaurant down the street, betwe Penn & Robinson, 619-542-0293, margherita & marinara are somewhat authentic, rated #1 Italian by 2009 & 2010 San Diego Magazine Reader's Poll)

- Opera Caffe (Gaslamp, San Diego Best Restaurants 2009 Critic's Picks Best cheap eats), 835-4th Ave (& F St. near Horton Plaza), M-Th 11-10, F-Sat 11-11, Sun 3-10, 619-234-6538

- Caffe Calabria ?

- Bronx Pizzeria ?

- Da Nino's on Morena Blvd ? (owner is from Naples)

- Luigi's?

- Buongiorno in Solana Beach ?

- Filippi's Pizza Grotto (where we used to go, old school)

- Sapori (good restaurant in Coronado)

- Charisma Cucina Italiana - Hillcrest, has a guy named Gennaro? (Marco & Gennaro Miranda are from Naples!, 142 W University Ave betw. 1st & 3rd, 619-209-3636,

- Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano (NOT the same as Pasta Pomodoro, in Point Loma)

- Buon Appetito (in Little Italy, 1609 India St betw. Cedar & Date, wine bar/market next door, 619-238-9880, also rated high by 2009 reader's poll...same owners as Arrivederci??), farfalle con pollo affumicato, ravioli...

Piatti (2009 & 2010 reader's poll)

Baci - east of Mission Bay

- Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano (4207 Park Blvd, North Park neighborhood, 619-260-1311),, closed Mon!  T-Th 5-10, F-Sat 1210, Sun 12-9

Near Naval Base:

- Napoleone Pizza House ("time warp", "old school")

- L&L Hawaiian Barbeque

- Good cheap tacos & carne asada: Tacos El Paisa: also rec'd by Eater magazine for homemade tortillas

- not as close (Logan Heights) but better reivews is La Fachada:

Farmers’ Markets

sweet corn, valencia oranges, grapefruit, peaches, apricots, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, carrots, raspberries, squash, berries, figs

Mon: Escondido (Welk Village)

Tues: Coronado, ##Escondido (Panaderia Ortiz is nearby...)

Wed: Carlsbad, ##Ocean Beach (also antiques, "funky block party"), Temecula

Thurs: Chula Vista, Horton Plaza, North Park, Oceanside

Fri: Chula Vista, La mesa, Mission Hills, Mission Valley

Sat: Carlsbad, City Heights, Clairemont, Del Mar (chowhound calls it "lame"), Old Town, ##Pacific Beach, Poway, Scripps Ranch (like a festival, with music), Temecula, UC, Vista, ##Little Italy

Sun: ##Hillcrest, La Jolla, Leucadia/Enciinitas, Point Loma, Solana Beach --> Hillcrest consistently voted on eof hte best, 9-2 on Sunday, DMV parking lot at Lincoln & Cleveland/Normal

##Pacific Beach

Saturday 8 to noon

##Little Italy on Saturday--> raves (park in school East of Mercato, across form OL of Rosary)

9 to 1:30

Chino Farms: 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe

People's Co-Op in Ocean Beach --> good produce

4765 Voltaire (between Ebers & Sunset Cliffs, 8-9 every day

I-8 W towards "Beaches" --> L on Sunset Cliffs, L on Voltaire

Henry's --> produce in PB, across from TJ's

WERE recommended, not sure now:


Maritime Museum/Little Italy

Pacific & Ocean Beach


North Park/Normal Heights/University Heights/City Heights

Chula Vista

(Note that locals pronounce it "CHOO-luh VIH-stah," not the Spanish pronunciation)

Mission Hills

Linda Vista/Clairemont (N of Mission Valley)