Hello San Diegans!
We are very recently (5 days!) transplanted from the Windy City. We've been pretty spoiled by all the great food in Chicago, and are looking for high-quality spots here. Yelp doesn't seem like a very good resource for SD - reports seem conflicting and reviewers don't seem to focus on the FOOD much! Help get us started :)
We've already been to the Linkery and enjoyed that very much, particularly the large availability of cask-conditioned brews. Will be checking out Kaito Sushi tomorrow night (will probably try to go early so we can talk to the itamae and avoid the Friday rush - are reservations necessary?).
Also, we've hit most of the Asian markets (99 Ranch, Zion, Nijiya, Marukai, Mitsuwa, some Vietnamese place whose name I forget) as well as Bristol Farms and other stores to figure out what's available grocery-wise. Still need to check out Catalina Offshore Produce and Girard Gourmet.
Places on our to-eat list are (in no particular order): Izakaya Sakura, Okan, Robataya Oton, Jayne's Gastropub, Urban Solace, Prepkitchen, Winesellar Brasserie, Bite, Toronado, Small Bar, El Pescador Fish Market, Cocteleria La Playita, Super Cocina, Tapenade, George's California Modern and Blanca. We'd love to hear some input - comments, additions, removals... :)
We're loving it here so far, and hope to meet some of you Chowhounders somewhere, sometime! (perhaps over a great meal at some point)