I have a friend coming from China where I made some art last year and she actually has been staying in Seattle for the past year and has not had hot pot and misses it. It's where a real spicy-hot oil boils on a fire in the middle of the table and you put your own meats and vegetables you've chosen from a selection and cook it yourself. Is there such a place in San Diego? Blessings for your help, and if not, where is the best Sichuan restaurant at. I've read about Spicy's and Ba Ren.
By the way, my new art of China/Tibet is now on my site.