Paradise Cove in San Diego, CA with Reviews -

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By: downtownreporter
El Vitral
Walking past El Vitral along the open stadium of Petco Park, shelves of premium tequila glisten in the restaurant window. Walking into the establishment, it becomes evident that tequila is definitely a theme. And why not? It is a quality product from Mexico, which falls in line with Chef/Owner Pablo Becker’s whole vision. His vision is to introduce all things good from fine Mexican cuisine and changing the way San Diego views Mexican food. If that isn’t the best first impression, wait until you walk into the main attraction, the open kitchen. Floor to ceiling stainless steel wrapped in glass pane, the kitchen is the ultimate centerpiece. Chef Becker compares the development of a restaurant is like fitting together pieces of the puzzle. He knows because he speaks from experience. When he first started in the restaurant business his mentor asked him to start like any other employee with no prior experience; by washing dishes. From there, he went through every step of the business from the bottom up. Today, as a restaurateur, he knows a restaurant inside and out and top to bottom. In fact from the hostess to the bartender, all are trained to answer any questions a patron might have about the décor, the various brands of tequila and most importantly, the food. Also on his team is Chef de Cuisine Norma Martinez. She heads the concept menu and blends items in like grandma’s mole recipe. With Chef Becker’s depth of culinary skills, extensive restaurant experience, and love for the restaurant industry, El Vitral is a definite home run.
By: yourmagazineusa
Mama Testa
Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss.What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico. In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.
By: axelandoutlaw
CUCINA urbana
Order the Squash Blossoms...Order the Squash Blossoms...did you hear me? Order the Squash Blossoms!My friend and I ate here before going to the theater and the biggest problem was I ate way too much and was uncomfortable during the entire musical. Nothing like watching Wicked while turning green yourself! Seriously, the squash blossoms are so delectable and light, full of flavor, and simply one of the best appetizers I've ever had. We also shared the polenta board, which is polenta severed table side with the ragu of the day. The polenta was creamy and delightful, and the ragu is always different ours was filled with summer veggies and full bodied flavors.For our main courses I ordered the spring lamb bolognese rigatoni and my friend ordered the short rib pappardelle. I really wish I had stopped eating half way through my pasta, however it was so delicious I couldn't control myself. Cucina Urbana is totally worth putting on your list of places to mangia!
By: itsfitting
Urban Solace
This is THE thing I miss about living in San Diego... We used to live down the street from this amazing little eatery and have been there probably 50 times in the past 4 years. We have NEVER been disappointed. From the incredible wine and beer selection to the AMAZING mac and cheese, I don't think I've ever had a meal there that I haven't loved! I love their commitment to sustainable food, as well as fresh, local produce. With a seasonally changing menu, I always look for something new to try, but I have to say if you are into it, GET THE MEATLOAF. It is the one thing (besides the mac and cheese) that I look for EVERY time we go. It's moist, and delicious and the lamb pairs incredibly well with the sweetness of the figs... it's not your Momma's Meatloaf, but it sure is DAMN good. Top off that meatloaf with the salted caramel pot de creme and you will need to be rolled out the door, pleasantly stuffed!
By: Teegan M.
Garlic Shack
I love the Garlic Shack! I had read many reviews before visiting and so was expecting some giant size meals, but OH MY GOSH. My burger was the biggest that I have ever laid my eyes on. And those fries, I cannot even describe how amazing they were. $6 for a large is always good enough for me, but you could make a meal of the fries themselves, there were just so many! Garlicky, salty, perfect; I am in love with those fries. The food was definitely amazing. My friend's Korean Beefholic was huge enough for me to steal a few unnoticed bites and was nearly as good as my awesome burger. Besides the food though, the service was just top-notch incredible! Every single person on the staff is so nice, it's hard to describe.
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By: Cynthia G.
Club Sevilla
I absolutely love this place and have become somewhat of a regular here. Whenever I get a chance I head over to club Sevilla for the fun dancing and this place never let's me down. There's always a great vibe and a fun atmosphere which is definitely influenced by Sevilla's exceptional bartenders! Rudy and Alex not only have been extremely welcoming since I first began going to the club, but also are amazing at their craft; my drinks are always perfect and these two gentlemen are always eager to customize drinks to give me exactly what I want. Rudy and Alex always have a fun-loving energy that keeps you coming back. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone and don't forget to ask for Rudy and Alex.
By: visualedge
Bamboo and Tikis
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By: Mike L.
Sear Sucker
This place has great food and good drinks, I've been there three times. I saw my waitress twice the entire night. I couldn't believe it, the entire night luckily Eric, the server who did not have my table made sure me and my wife were taken care of, this place sucked. I had great drinks and food but wtf come talk to me it's not hard. My wife's drink was also soda and syrup. I was missing silverware for 25 minutes. Eric was the only one that noticed we were pissed. Dont go if ur tryn to impress. Foods good but service is hit or way way miss.
By: betty.antibus
The Broken Yolk
We are a ladies lunch group meeting each Wednesday. This week The Broken Yolk at Carmel Mountain got the nod. Brian was our server who explained the menu and accepted our coupon with his friendly smile. He brought refills of soft drinks regularly. Everyone's choices hit the mark. 3 ladies ordered eggs benedict. Another lady enjoyed a club sandwich. I ordered the crispy chicken sandwich with ranch dressing, a lunch special. We enjoyed our lunch so much we are returning next week to try a different menu selection!
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By: Vanessa P.
T-Pop Desserts & More
It's a perfect Tuesday for me. This place is a must to try those honey toast and curries. Ramen curry is the best ! This is 100x more better than Up2you because of food variety and service crew for excellent service and make the customer happy for the quality of the food. I would definitely recommend to visit this place and hey, grab the Groupon for a super great deal. Its cheap, clean, and super big serving of the food so go and invite friends because $20 for $40 in groupon is perfect for group of friends !!! Enjoy!

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