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mborger | Feb 23, 2006 05:30 PM

I have had some good meals in San Diego in the past couple of weeks.
First, Luna Lounge. It just opened this past month, and the food was quite fresh. The ahi sashimi and sushi was some of the freshest I have ever had. The goat cheese salad has the perfect mix of raspberries, mixed greens, and cheese-no one flavor was too overpowering. The croutons was delicious, and I rarely like croutons. The wait staff was attentive. Nothing too tempting on the drink menu. I found the plasma televisions on the walls distracting, but overall, a good place to eat and talk.
Second, Confidential. The place was hard to find, but worth the search. Six of us were seated on sofas around a coffee table. It was surprisingly comfortable and easy to eat at. My mojito was great. The restaurant also allows for diners to bring in their own wine with a nominal corkage fee. Great news for those of us who love wine with dinner but don't want to pay restaurant prices. The food is all tapas, and it was wonderful. We had tuna tartare, short ribs, tostadas, just to name a few. French fries were amazing. The desserts were also good- I was impressed with the banana/ peaunut butter bread, something I would never order, but glad I did, This is a good place to go with good friends you would want to share your food with.
Third, The Stingaree. Attention- fixed price meal for Fri. and Sat. Many people were walking out when they heard this. Shrimp were incredible fresh, crab cakes- to die for, creme brulee, chocolate hazelnut torte- heaven. Chef was amiable and receptive. Extensive drink menu. Good place for special night out, expensive but worth it.
Finally, my last restaurant, Jsix, was a huge disappointment. I have eaten there at least 5 times, and it keeps getting worse. The shrimp taste old, on numerous occasions. The sangria is weak and bitter, chocolate cake is bland. The consistancy is lousy and the wait staff, pushy. I have tried to give this restaurant chances to redeem itself, and it is going downhill.
Happy dining.

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