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San Diego dining next week.

by Doug A » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:28 pm

Have a week of training in San Diego from 07/09 to 07/16 and looking for suggestions. We've done a day trip many years ago, but need some help for the longer stay this time around.

We're staying in the Del Mar\Solana Beach area and will have a car so are willing to travel for a good dinner. Seviche, Varanese, Proof on Main, Wild Ginger, and Blue Lagoon among other locals are our favorites and we're hoping to find local equivalents while in San Diego.

Appreciate any suggestions.

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by Robin Garr » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:35 am

Doug, if the San Diego County Fair is still running, they apparently have the wackiest fair food ever!

http://www.ruethedayblog.com/2011/06/fu ... iego-fair/
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by Doug A » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:06 am

Robin Garr wrote:Doug, if the San Diego County Fair is still running, they apparently have the wackiest fair food ever!

http://www.ruethedayblog.com/2011/06/fu ... iego-fair/


That would have been worth the trip alone. Unfortunately, looks like they shut the fair down 07/04 so have to remember that for the next time.

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by Robin Garr » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:28 am

Well, I'm sure others will chime in as the work week gets back into swing. I'm sorry I can't help more, but my last time in SD was in the early 90s, and about all I remember is that there was good Mexican food in Old Town. I gather you know more about the town than I do.
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by Troy McIntyre » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:43 pm

www.dine1500ocean.com - Outstanding seafood, but a little pricey.

http://www.alchemysandiego.com/ - Love this place. Interesting small plate options.

www.sambucabistro.com - This was my go to place. Love the food.
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Re: San Diego dining next week.

by Doug A » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:54 pm

Troy McIntyre wrote:http://www.dine1500ocean.com - Outstanding seafood, but a little pricey.

http://www.alchemysandiego.com/ - Love this place. Interesting small plate options.

http://www.sambucabistro.com - This was my go to place. Love the food.


Just got back from San Diego and wanted to thank you Troy for your suggestions. We made it to Alchemy and Sambuca and thoroughly enjoyed both places.

For future reference of those searching we found a few places we liked:

http://www.vigiluccis.com/RestaurantOverview.aspx?rid=3 was recommended by our trainer who lives in Encinitas and said it was one of his favorite places. This place was a hoot in addition to serving very good food. Largely Italian staff with a manager serenading the room early in the evening in Italian. Reminded me of an old school Italian restaurant from a movie set. Had a great Antipasto Misto, Caprese Salad that should have had better tomatoes given our location, Gnocchi with truffled cream sauce, Raviolis, and Lasagna. Expected a kiss on both cheeks on departure, but got a vigorous hand shake. Got very busy later in the evening and a bit loud, but one of the more intriguing atmospheres for dining.

http://thebeachhouse.com/cardiff-by-the-sea-restaurant.php was undoubtedly one of the most stunning settings in which I've ever eaten a meal. If you can get on the patio, we got there early, it's a memorable scene. Very high tide the evening we were there, lots of surfers, and waves were breaking about 15-20 feet off the patio. Food was good, but the view was absolutely first rate.

http://www.dineblanca.com/serving/up/flash/ Turn your volume down before clicking the link. Blanca is a wine bar close to our hotel that we hit about 9:00 PM PST after visiting the zoo and we were beat. Extensive wine list as expected with a really unique menu.

Had a very good cheese and charcuterie board as everybody was starving when we arrived. Beet, strawberry, and lamb prosciutto for a salad selection surrounded by what my daughter most accurately described as "lamb clouds". Kind of a like a lamb flavored somewhat compressed cotton candy. Odd, but delicious. I had the Grilled Neville Ranch Berkshire Pork, a Day On The Farm which included a grilled loin, sausage, belly, and other forms, served with baby vegetables from seed to flower. That is the only thing I see on the current menu that apparently changes very frequently since we just returned a few days ago.

It was an intense week of training, but the weather was beautiful and we tried some really fun places that we'll remember for a long time.

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