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First timers to San Diego - food report

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First timers to San Diego - food report

aloha!girl | Aug 18, 2003 01:14 PM

Just got back from a week-long stay in San Diego - we soaked up the sights, the sun, and most importantly the awesome food and drink! Thanks for all your help and as promised here's a quick rundown...

Lunch at Peohe's (Coronado) - The good points were the location, nice atmosphere inside and out, the views of downtown San Diego across the water, and the mai-tais were excellent! The bad was the service - left A LOT to be desired. We sat at our table for nearly 10 minutes without anyone approaching us. Our lunch was good but nothing to right home about.

Breakfast at Brockton Villa (La Jolla) - YUM YUM YUM! Lovely setting, service was great, and oh how we loved the Coast Toast! thumbs up for the BV

Lunch at Hodad's (Ocean Beach) - Great burgers in a great little place. Loud, high energy and lots of fun.

Drinks and appetizers at George's on the Cove (La Jolla) - crowded bar area, but enjoyed the views and sunset, dirty martini was a disappointment (very poor chill job), ceviche made up for it though - deelish! Had dinner resies but decided to bolt, it got a little "stuffy" there for our tastes...some of the wait staff were just plain snotty and rude. b-bye
Headed over to 808...

Dinner at 808 - still working out the kinks but still a very memorable dining experience. Our server forgot to put in our appetizer (and I was totally jazzed for that ahi sampler, oh well) but she was very apologetic and offered a complimentary chocolate souffle instead. I had the ono, the risotto was bursting with flavor and chunks of lobster but the ono itself was just so-so, my husband had the ahi which was good, but the winner that evening was our friend who ordered the butterfish with an edamane puree - it was in a word, wonderful. The souffle came out...but the chef/ownder was concerned it may not have turned out exactly as it should so they put another one in the oven for us - we devoured them both! Although our appetizer was forgotten, we really enjoyed ourselves there, the staff was extrememly helpful and friendly...they haven't really started advertising, and there weren't many diners there that night...I think it has great potential and I truly hope this place makes it!

Breakfast at Cody's Cafe (La Jolla) - I think that was the name of it...we sat outside which was nice. The service was a bit pretencious (couldn't be bothered) but I guess that's La Jolla for ya. Eggs Benedict rocked the house but my husband's Blueberry Pancakes stole the show. They were as the menu states "stylishly" thin...basically melting in your mouth and and making way for the fresh blueberries.

Lunch at Rubios - original fish tacos were great but the grilled mahi mahi ones we had later in the week I thought were better. Can't beat this place for good, cheap eats.

Dinner at Casa di Bandini (Old Town) - what a place! It's got such great character and old Mexican feel. My only complaint was that it was ridiculously crowded and big...we kept getting lost trying to find the bar, which there really was none, at least not in the sense of the word "bar" we are accustomed to. The hostess directed us to 2 areas in which she called the bar...we went in circles, making our way through the crowds, until we realized they are just areas where you sit down and someone brings you a drink. Ok, fine. My margarita was fantastic but it took forever and our table was ready by the time we got a drink (45 min from the time we put our name in) We weren't told that there were 2 hostess stands and that you had your choice of indoor or outdoor dining...I later heard our same hostess ask a couple if they wanted to be in or out. We weren't give the choice, and it would have been nice to sit in the courtyard that was aglow from little lights and lanterns...but. Inside was nice as well...and the food was incredible! I had cilantro-lime shrimp and cheese enchilada, hubby had the most wonderful garlic-lime shrimp. This was a ton of food, especially after snacking on chips, salsa, and yummy guac. Great place and will be much better next time now that we are in the know...

Dinner at the Prado (Balboa Park) - probably one of the best restaurants all-around. Lovely outdoor patio, delicious food and our waiter was incredible! Let's see...highlights were the mango-tini, ahi "margarita" appetizer..portion was so generous we thought it was a bottomless margarita glass and the kobe beef special that night. For dessert we really couldn't stomach another chocolate souffle so we decided on a variation of a tres leches cake...nothing spectactular, IMO. Seemed to have too much going on...a good, basic tres leches would have been better. All in all...a great night!

Breakfast at Rudy's Cafe (La Jolla Shores) - This is a busy place...got breakfast bagel sandwich to go and ate on the beach. very good!

Lunch at The Cheese Shop (La Jolla Shores) - Not that impressed. Very busy place and clearly popular but I thought the sandwich was dry and ridiculously big. Great selection of cheeses and sodas though.

Dinner at Top of the Market - went with intentions of eating at the Fish Market downstairs but the line to put your name in was out the door...hubby went upstairs to check out the Top and came back to tell me we had a table before I even got a foot in downstairs. We were hungry so we took it. Sat "outside" which was glassed in and extremely hot. Our poor waiter was sweating profusely and we saw people turn tables down left and right. We stuck it out and boy what a difference when the sun went down..it was lovely out there. I really wanted to try the cioppino (sp?) it smelled and looked amazing but wasn't fully committed, so I chose the grilled ahi and was very pleased. I can't remember which fish my husband had but I remember that he enjoyed it.

Goodies ? (La Jolla) ducked in for ice cream, hubby had pineapple coconut which was yummy but my spumoni gelato won the prize.

Bakery in Bazaar de Mundo ? (Old Town) awesome churros and some kind of Mexican sweat bread. very good!

I feel like I'm forgetting something...if I remember I'll post it. Someone had mentioned here before I left that they hoped I gained enough weight to make the trip worth it - indeed I did!

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