Restaurants & Bars

What are the best eats in your hood?

koreansoup | Sep 10, 201306:12 PM     45

As an extension to globocity's revival of the old thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597846

I want to know what are the best places to eat in your neighborhood? Nobody knows their neighborhood like those that live there. I'm looking for good food and/or good vistas, and/or good ambiance.

What neighborhood do you live in? What are your favorite places? Any standouts near the border?

Here is my take on my hood:

Solana Beach:

Good places:
1)Claire's on Cedros - food is well prepared. Dishes are well thought out. Quality ingredients. Pleasant and fun atmosphere. Cool inside with nice outdoor patio. Pretty much anything you get is tasty. I would travel to go here.
2)Pizza Port - Fun place. good onsite brews and decent pizza. simply a fun experience. wouldn't come here specifically for the pizza. Wouldn't come specifically for the beer. but I would come for the whole package.
3) Rudy's taco shop. good local taco shop. good street tacos. I'm not sure if I would seek this place out from afar, but it has been nice to have nearby.
4) Station Sushi - My local sushi eatery. Wouldn't travel to go here but it was my go to place while in the area (just just moved). I might not otherwise include it, however, since the point of this post is to tell about the area > I'm including it.

Lot's of decent only places. Lockwood table cafe, Parioli, Bangkok Bay Thai, Quick corner off the 101 > Italian Sub, Robertos, Zinc cafe, Bongiorno's New York Pizzeria (the only place in the area that delivers). I think The Fish Market is technically in Solana beach. IMHO the whole Del Mar strip on Via de la Valle is all pretty good but quite overpriced. Market = good.

The little mexican corridor in Solana beach IMHO is over-rated. Fidels, Tony's Jacal, Don Chuy. They all use an inbred uber tomato salsa similar to one another. I know some that enjoy Fidels. I go there, however, for the fun ambience.

Standouts nearby:
Del mar:
L'Auberge - waterfall terrance - great ambience and good food for brunch
Poseidon (standout for beachfront dining only. food OK. Jakes good too,
however, I prefer the non-window open air)
Il Fornaio (standout for happy hour views. drinks and apps with good
sunset view. Not the premier view but good for the area to switch it up.
occasional live music)
The beach house - food not too good but great outdoor vistas on the
lower level with rocks and beach (and seagulls). upper level is good for
happy hour. Esp in the winter. There is glass that tempers the wind
making it comfortable weather for outdoor happy hour in the winter.
Live music for happy hour.
Pacific coast grill - food better than beach house. patios good but the
place is busier and outdoor seating is less making it more difficult to
get a spot outside.
Chart house - food better but people are always having window fights.
Some want them open, some want them closed. Some want shades
drawn and some do not. I guess I'm a sucker for the outdoor air.
Pipes cafe - local breakfast joint with Big portions.
Bull Taco - Great outdoor place by the water. Food is just OK but cheap
eats by the water in a good way. I'm not burrito man myself, however,
when I go here I find my best bet is the carne asada burrito at this self
proclaimed inauthentic mexcian joint

So..... What's good in your hood?

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