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San Diego report

biskuit | Nov 28, 200506:38 PM

Spent a week based at the Hilton Torrey Pines (which was a great place to stay by the way) and had a lot of mediocre food mixed with some yummy food, but ended on a high note...

The Good...
The highlight was our last night meal at Tapenade. My parents were big fans of the chef at his Park Bistro in NYC, and this meal easily was our best of the trip. The lobster with coconut milk etc. was fabulous. The mushroom ravioli, duck confit, chocolate fondant, and the rest were all excellent. Very enjoyable meal.

George's for Thanksgiving was a bit disappointing but still good. They were pushing the turkey hard, and it was fine, but nothing special (though the accompanying mushroom stuffing was excellent). The squash soup with hazelnut cream was very nice. We chose it in part for the view, not realizing that the sun sets at 5pm in San Diego this time of year! Oh well, now we know. Pricey meal that didn't quite hit the mark.

My favorite dish of the trip was clam chowder at the place down a block from Point Loma Seafood. I wanted to hit Point Loma, but it had closed for the day, so wandered nearby to a place I didn't even catch the name of, right on the water to the left of Pt Loma Seafood. Got a chowder to go and it was incredibly good, rich and peppery. Probably the best I've ever had and I've had a lot.

Other winners from Chowhound recs were Blue Water Grill for fish sandwiches and tacos, and Mama Testa's for some very good tacos (especially the pork "pibil"). Both very nice. Roberto's was fine, I simply prefer Mission style burritos.

The Bad...
Living Room Cafe (La Jolla) - terrible food, terrible service
Roppongi - I had been there before and really liked it, this time everything was just kinda OK, and quite pricey, disappointing. We had the tuna poki, shrimp tempura, duck quesadilla, spare ribs, and a few other things. Tuna Poki was the only one approaching very good, and it was run of the mill tuna poki that any decent sushi spot can offer.
The Spot (La Jolla) - bad pizza that they claim is great
Sbriccas (Del Mar) - quite disappointing, we ending up taking our food to go since our kids couldn't handle the wait and the kid-fearing patrons nearby. Mushroom egg rolls just didn't mesh flavor-wise, they forgot to include the lobster-shrimp bisque, grilled artichokes were tough and difficult to eat. Too pricey for what it is.

The Ugly...
Um, Seaworld and Legoland. I'll say no more. The Wild Animal Park actually had decent tri-tip burritos and cheese quesadillas, so easily wins the theme park food award.

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