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theresa | May 17, 2004 04:50 PM

Went to Indigo Grill, had an assortment of apps (the brie, the tamale, the spinach salad) and nothing was great. Also had the trout entree. Thought the food was a bit corporate-y, overpriced, and not interesting, just slightly weird. Although the brie was of course tasty. The tamale was the worst out of the bunch. Salad was overdressed and the strawberries didn't add a thing. I would not have chosen this place for dinner, but it wasn't my decision. And everything had big stick things sticking out of the food!

Went to Region, and it was excellent. We had a reservation for Friday night and had to wait in the bar area for a bit, but were placated by the homemade potato and yam/sweet potato chips - yum. For dinner we decided to do the chef's choice, after reading a post by someone who had wished they had done that, but after the meal we decided it would have been better to choose our own. The first course is always a shared platter of cheese, nuts, olives, sausages, onion salad, etc. It was good, if not average. For the second course we each received one of the pasta dishes (smaller than a regular order btw). Both were excellent: one was a homemade ravioli (ricotta and spinach) with marinara, the second was homemade porcini and (spinach?) fettucini with mushrooms and fresh favas. I thought I would like the fava pasta but actually enjoyed the ravioli better. Then our entrees were two of the fish dishes. The baracuda and the spear fish. The baracuda was quite tasty. We really had wanted to try the monk fish and had requested that but it was not inlcluded. For dessert we were slightly disappointed as we expected to each receive a different dessert, but we both got the panna cotta, which was good, but it would have been nice to try the others. So all in all it was wonderful food, the waiters were good, but we will choose our own items next time (if we ever make it back to San Diego!).

We went to Hash House A Go Go for Sunday brunch, and had to wait about 20 minutes at 9:30am. Got the worst seat in the house (right next to the kitchen entrance) so we weren't able to feel the dining room atmosphere, and ordered the corned beef hash and the special scramble (rock shrimp, tomatoes, mozz, artichoke hearts). Honestly, I don't know why this place is so overcrowded with people. Yes the food is huge, but not very tasty. The scramble had no flavor and the corned beef hash wasn't that good. Perhaps we should have tried one of the HUGE pancakes. They were also out of jam (at 9:30 in the morning on a Sunday?)

We also went to Sushi Ota, which had received good reviews. It was average. Nothing special or anything to rave about. But I guess for the price it was decent.

We stayed in the University Heights area and went to Tacos Zarape which was excellent and the coffee house that sells the Twiggs bakery goodies was a great start to our mornings.

Also hit:
Don Carlos tacos in La Jolla - average.
Sheerwater at the Coronado Hotel - overpriced (of course) which we expected but the food was about as good as a burger type of joint, just with fancy plates.
Newbreak Coffee Co in Ocean Beach - great coffee and delicious birchermuesli!

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