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San Diego Trip Report

Tom | Jan 9, 2003 01:09 PM

Four beautiful days in San Diego and La Jolla yielded a host of recommeded restaurants. Having read little about them on this board, I'm curious of a local's take. Nonetheless, this New Orleans chowhound was very satisfied.

El Agave in Old Town was the favorite. Excellent chicken mole tacos and enchiladas verdes, all washed down with tasty margaritas. The covered patio is a nice setting and the service was very pleasant.

Candelas (Gas Lamp) was a close second. Billed as high-end Mexico-city cuisine, the mushroom stuffed lobster and veal shank in mole were divine. The waiter was insightful, particularly with a Mexican red wine that I would have otherwise not considered.

Roppongi (La Jolla) was next, with inventive Asian fusion tapas. The pot stickers and scallop tapas were bursting with flavor, and the Asian Blush cocktail is now a staple at home.

Although I'm now forgetting the name of a place on the main drag in Coronado (al fresco dining near a ice cream shop) that had excellent puerto nuevo lobster and killer chiplote dip, the last (but not least) was Baleen (Paradise Point, I think). Wonderful grilled sea bass and mahi mahi. The only down side: it feels like a resort restaurant (because it is a resort restaurant that, thankfully, is open late on New Years Eve).

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