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Driving myself crazy, need one specific dinner rec, please help!!!

szfoster | Oct 7, 201104:25 AM

Like many of you, I am crazy about food. I need help with a dinner recommendation for this coming Monday night. I need dishes made with passion and confidence. I need the best dining experience San Diego has to offer on a Monday night, budget $50-$200 for 2 not including drinks. I have read your boards, perused your admirable spreadsheets, but I am afraid that no single restaurant has called out to me, so I am asking for your help. I'm there on business (Manchester Hyatt) for a few days and will be taken to Bertrand at Mr. A's one night and De Medici another night. Monday night is my dime, and so it's personal. I thought I would go to Cafe Chloe on Monday night, and the fact that they don't accept reservations isn't what deterred me, rather that I noticed someone mentioned uncomfortable, hard wooden chairs. I know there is a bar there, but I'm looking for a table. If I am going to get my wish, I think your recommendation must be a meal that can only be had in San Diego, one that defines what San Diego is all about. I read all the yelp reviews of Oceanaire Room...I want to tell myself that it will be excellent, but having lived in Hong Kong for 10 years and traveled all over China, particularly southern China, I am not easily impressed with seafood. I had an 8 lb crab in Cebu once, now that was a crab. Oysters from Normandy eaten in Paris in the winter can hang with fresh Hong Kong seafood any day....I now live in Hawaii and we have some very respectable sushi here, meaning that while Kaito sounds good, I am not hankering for sushi. I went to London last year and a fellow food-crazed female chowhound directed me to Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Soho. I was traveling with my jaded 60 year old boss who used to regularly eat at French Laundry before the hype, and he was making all kinds of adolescent noises over the sardines at Barrafina, noises he never made before or since. The flavors in those dishes were heavenly. Is there a food heaven on a Monday night in San Diego?

Cafe Chloe
721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

Hong Kong Restaurant
3871 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

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