This morning I saw the title of a post that indicated someone was looking for a place to eat near San Diego's Symphony Towers. The first thing that popped into my mind was, "Oh, La Gran Tapa is right near there." The second thing that popped into my mind was, "Hmm. When did I last eat there? About ten years ago? Could it still be any good?" The third thing was, "Is that place even still in business?"
The point is that for most of us, unless we never eat at home, the restaurant scene in San Diego County has just got too big for one person to keep up with all of it. If you're like me, you like to sample the new places and there's always a new flavor of the month. That means that some old favorites can fall into disuse, and suddenly (as I did this morning) you realize that it's been literally years since you've eaten there.
It can get kind of embarrassing when you recommend a once-favorite restaurant you last visited in the 90s and find that it was sold five years ago to the Russian mafia who have since sacked the kitchen staff and hired dropouts from the Culinary Institute of Chernobyl. On the flip side of that coin, I've seen some venomous posts here aimed at excellent eateries, with comments that make it obvious the poster has never eaten there under the place's current management and/or chef.
So with that in mind, here are some of the San Diego area places I used to like, but that I haven't visited in so long I can no longer confidently either recommend are warn anyone about them. Some I really want to reconnect with; others not so much:
La Gran Tapa
Thee Bungalow (since Ed Moore sold it)
Rainwater's on Kettner
Cafe Pacifica (I don't consider it part of Old Town)
Old Town (the whole damn place)
Tutto Mare (is it still there?)
Wine Sellar and Brasserie
The Gathering (haven't been since it's been rebuilt)
George's (haven't been since the remodel)
Whew! That list is shamefully long. How about you? Do you have a list of old lovers that were once objects of your passion but from whom you just sort of "grew apart"?
. . . jim strain in san diego.
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