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4 Days in San Diego--Thanks, Hounds!

Fine | Feb 18, 200207:04 PM

Thanks to posts here, we ate at Emerald, 3709 Convoy: not up to SF standards, but perhaps too busy because of Chinese New Year--several things a tad overcooked and not as fresh-flavored as expected, like squab and live prawns, but good mustard greens, squid with black beans, and very good steamed tofu with greens. Lamb claypot a bit too bland but helped by accompanying sauce/chiles. This is a large, Hong Kong-style, high-end place. Staff was quite welcoming.

Ended up twice at the Fishery, on Cass in Pacific Beach area, after checking menus at such tourist/frat boy-seeming spots as Quigg's (sp?), World Famous, and Joe's Crab something or other, where "fresh" didn't seem to be in the kitchen's vocabulary.

Had superb Calif. lobster (cooked live) with accompanying burrito makings; very good crab cakes and horseradish sauce; excellent fish and chips; and wonderful steamed clams and mussels.Only disappointment was the odd decision of someone to put cilantro in coleslaw! Is nothing sacred?

Spectacular meal at Seoul BBQ, 4344 Convoy: house-cooked galbi was the least good and still pretty damn good. Both Kimchee and Tofu Jiges were very good, as was the nicely bland contrast of Mul Naengmyun (cold buckwheat noodles). Best of all were the Nakjee Bogum (stir-fried baby octopus and vegetables in a hot sauce) and Emyunsoo Gui (what the menu called "broiled atka salted" but which resembled more a deep-fried flat fish). The ban chan--complimetary small side dishes--were all good and refilled on request. With 2 large Korean beers, $5 corkage for a bottle of Champagne, the bill for 4 was about $95.

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