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Tammy Coxen | Dec 10, 2002 10:23 AM

Spent a few days in San Diego this past week and got in some good eating.

Thursday night - Kemo Sabe. Asian-Mexican fusion, with a female chef. We ordered two appetizers and a single entree to share. The shrimp tempura with goat cheese appetizer was astounding - my favorite dish of the entire weekend. We had duck spring roll kind of thing, but it was over garnished and I didn't feel like it went together very well. The entree was a jerk chicken stack with a chile corn cake and 5-spice pineapple. Pretty tasty. Service was a little off - they tried to bring us both appetizers at once, but we were seated at a tiny little table that could barely fit one.

Friday - lunch at Point Loma Seafoods. Good fish tacos, and the tenderest squid I've ever eaten. A favorite of my travelling companion, this was excellent food at great prices.

Friday night was more Asian-fusion, with Asian tapas at Roppongi in La Jolla. Everything was good, but nothing really stood out - maybe we ordered the wrong stuff. The unagi sushi from the specials list was probably my favorite, and the banana/ almond brittle dessert was quite lovely.

Saturday night - El Agave in Old Town. They have over 325 tequilas on their tequila list! Too bad I'm not a tequila lover. My margarita was good though. A had the cilantro soup appetizer, which was good, but not as assertive as I would have liked. For dinner I had sea bass with a chipotle-garlic sauce. Very nice, but once again a little more subdued than I was hoping.

Sunday - Cafe Pacifica in Old Town. Excellent Ahi tuna - seared on the outside, cool in the middle, served with ginger butter. Very nice, melt in your mouth tender. For an upscale restaurant, I was surprised by how close together all the tables were - they really pack them in...

Then back to cold, cold Michigan. Sigh.

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