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San Diego: three hits and a miss

Suebob | May 26, 200306:33 PM

Spent 2 days in this gorgeous town, and had some great chow.

Miguel's Cocina on Shelter Island for lunch was fine. In addition to the de rigeur basket of chips and salsa, they also bring picked jalapeno carrots and a tasty jalapeno-cheese sauce for dipping.

I had a vegetable enchilada platter - the vegetables were fresh multicolored bell peppers, still kinda crunchy, and onions. Good rice and beans.

Sweetie had a chicken chimichanga he pronounced the best he had ever had, nice fresh chicken, and a margarita he said was too sweet.

For dinner, we were disappointed in Bistro de Asia (shoulda known by the stupid name) on Coronado Island - the pan-asian food was really tasteless and poorly spiced. The good news is the server took the tasteless spring rolls off the bill for us.

The winner of the trip was Khyber Pass, an Afghan restaurant in on 5th in the Hillcrest area. We ate samosas, another fried appetizer filled with leeks and potatoes which was out of this world, and split a vegetarian platter with 4 kinds of rice and 4 vegetable samples, and a piece of naan.

It was like the best of Indian food, spicy and delicious, but not nearly as rich and weighty. The decor is simple but modern, and the service was excellent. Entrees were from $8 to $13.

We ate dinner downstairs at The Fish Market in the Seaport Village (there is a more upscale restaurant upstairs). Sweetie loved his fish, orange roughy, and the people next to us had great looking huge pans of cioppino. I don't eat fish, so this was a tough venue for me, but they turned out a fine plate of angelhair pasta with roma tomatoes, garlic, and basil, and some crunchy steamed veg.

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