I posted this below, but my orig message is old enough, I figured it'd get lost and I want to thank all who replied and all who posted in months before for leading us to great chow (and more to come!)
Hi, San Diegans!
We're feeling very relaxed now that ComicCon is over and we've had some beach time and some EXCELLENT food! Thanks SO MUCH for all the great suggestions that we've added to our repertoire!
Ba Ren (the double-sauteed sliced fish was definitely our favorite and a fight nearly broke out between 3 of us over the last piece). Would like some suggestions for other dishes. As soon as we sat town, waitress warned us food was spicy, which was kind of quaint to us. (We love spicy food and never get warned in NYC!)
Emerald: was just as good as Jasmine, but not noticeably "better," though more choices and good service (inexplicably, however, partner thinks the space is claustrophobic)
Sakura: Just ate there tonight. Top notch sushi and agedashi dofu, albacore tataki, but difficult to decipher the menu. As soon as we sat down we were warned they have no California roll (I won't even it for free, anyway). I'm noticing that San Diegans seem to need to be "warned" (?)
Convoy Tofu House: Comforting spicy soups pleased all of us, even the annoying 2 guests who don't eat meat. We were asked to choose spice level (this, we are used to)
Re-visits from other years:
Golden Seafood: the "live" shrimp steamed and then topped with garlic and cilantro (order by the lb) were still magnificent and sauteed snowpea leaves were fantastic, congee good.
Phuong Trang: good, all around. Great pho, noodles with coconut milk, wierd drinks, etc. Then a little Karaoke next door!!
FishMarket (OK, we were desperate after the show on Wed nite at 9:30) and had oysters and fried calamari. Good setting but I had a bad oyster and still suffering...
Hey! Does anybody know of a good raw bar?????
I think that's it for now, but we're here till Friday. Want to try La Playita, maybe some Thai. Again, thanks so much for all your help! (If you're ever in NYC, I'd love to reciprocate)
Ciao from Mira Mesa-
PS The "crepes" (chicken w/avocado, tomato, cheese) at the tiny farmers market downtown (3rd St?) across from the convention center on Sunday AM were really good, though I don't think anyone from Paris would be transported home. More like a cross between a burrito and a crepe. Or something. Very nice alternative to convention food and Ralph's. And a nice minuscule farmer's market, to boot.