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    Wahoo's Fish Taco: Healthy chain restaurant

    by Dabs Updated May 4, 2008

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    Wahoo's is just a couple of doors down from El Pescador and I wasn't very hungry after eating my sandwich but I really wanted to try one of their fish tacos so I stopped by and ordered just one fish taco.

    Wahoo's is a multi state chain and the adjective most frequently used to describe it is "healthy". It was started by three surfing Chinese brothers who grew up in Brazil, so the food is inspired by Mexican, Brazilian and Asian influences. The interior is very casual with surfing decals on the walls and a handful of tables to eat at.

    Favorite Dish: I wish I had been able to try a couple more items from the menu, the fish taco ($2.25) really didn't wow me but locals seem to love this franchise. The fish in the tacos is either wahoo or mahi-mahi and is served grilled, not fried, inside two corn tortillas with lettuce and tomato. I thought it was a bit dry, I think it could have used some salsa or something to liven up the taste, perhaps I just needed to know to ask for it.

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    Yummy Sushi!: Ivy Covered Walls!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Saw this place and thought it looked interesting. The ivy covered walls, neat awnings and boarder of flowers attracted me. It is located just next to Yummy Sake, which is next to Osteria Romanitca and shouldn't be hard to spot.

    Haven't eaten there yet but will in the future, it looked so inviting that I've put this tip for your consideration.

    They serve Teryaki it says on the awning, but mainly it's an innovative sushi bar and the flavors are a mixture of Japanese, American and other Asian treats created by the Korean owners.

    Next door is Yummy Sake which is owned by the same people and can be enjoyed equally.

    Favorite Dish: This sidewalk cafe offers a center view of the main section of Avenida de la Playa and if for no other reason than to watch the activity of this part of La Jolla, stop here for a lite lunch or just relax, have a drink and enjoy the view.

    However, I've heard that the flavors here measure up to the best of sushi bars in quality, lower in price and will not be a disappointment.

    Street Side Dining
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    Ristorante Piatti!: Doesn't Feel Like A Chain!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    There are Piatti restaurants in twelve cities located in four states, but Ristoranti Piatti in La Jolla does not seem like a chain at all. In fact they actually consider themselves as a "collection." That's a pretty interesting idea.

    In La Jolla, their windows opening out onto the street is the attention getter for this simple looking Italian restaurant. Through the windows cloth covered tables could be seen and a few minutes later when it opened, people sat at the tables to order lunch.

    Favorite Dish: It's unusual, but there was little difference in choice or price between the Lunch and Dinner menu. Lunch offered Panini-sandwiches and at dinner there were Contorni- -side dishes.

    Frito Misto was $8.95 and a grilled chicken breast sandwich with salad $9.95. There were about ten pasta items and the "Secondi" (seafood, veal /beef and chicken) offered, ranged in price from $14.25 to $24.95. By the time you read this the prices will surely have gone up, so check out their website if you want to know ahead of time.

    Windows Opening Out Onto The Street
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    Was Elarios! Now, The Grill at Hotel La Jolla: Jazz, A View, Great Food!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Elario's has been around more than twenty-five years and just hearing the name elicits images of the luxurious dinner clubs of the past.

    The menu is full of well known dishes delicious in preparation and presented with style.

    Choose Elario's for a casual dinner and turn it into a special occasion.

    Update:
    The name of this restaurant has changed to The Grill at La Jolla Hotel.

    I haven't eaten here since this change, but have heard that they still have live Jazz and Big Band sounds on Friday and Sunday evenings. So, if that is a draw for you, check it out.

    Favorite Dish: %The Grill offers Happy Hour between four and seven. They have specials on drinks and appetizers, so it would be an idea to test it out during Happy Hour to get an idea of the quality of their food.

    Make Room For Dessert!
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    Karl Strauss Brewing Company!: A Local Brewing Company

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    In August of 1996, the company opened the third Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant in San Diego, at La Jolla.

    With beers named, Horton’s Hootch, Balboa’s Vintage Barleywine, Jef & Jer’s (Popular DJs on San Diego radio) Hootch, Black’s Beach Extra Dark, Padre Porter, Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen and Red Trolley Ale it is easy to believe that this is a San Diego company.

    Karl Strauss came from Germany, worked his way up in breweries all his life and after he retired he opened this brewery with his cousin. Karl has since died but they are keeping his tradtions and now have a total of six Breweries in San Diego county.

    This La Jolla location has a nice outside dining area and the employees have a friendly. casual attitude that I like very much.

    Favorite Dish: I am not really a fan of beer, but around here Karl Strauss beer is well thought of. I only came for the food.

    Happy Hours are 4:00pm-6:30pm Monday through Friday. Beers, Wells, Wines and Flights are only $4.00 and Appetizers are about $5.00. Which makes this a great time to test the quality.

    One important point I'll make is that they offer "Free Validated Parking!"

    This alone is worth the price of a meal! Parking in this area of La Jolla is dear and if you park in garage of Hotel Parisi, all you have to do is give your parking ticket to the foodserver. It allows two free hours of parking with your purchase.

    Corner of Wall and Herschel Patio dining at Karl Strauss
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    Panini Cafe: Italian & mediterranean

    by anagrettel Written Jul 29, 2006

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    It's in a nice location steps from Museum od contemporary art, it have a nice relaxing environment. I like that have Indoor and Outdoor sitting area. The food is good, but the size was too big for me, the panini was more like a BigMac than the italian size I remember and I hate fighting with food too big for my mouth. But the taste was really good and the salad was even better.

    Favorite Dish: Favorite Dish: Chicken panini (grilled chiken breast, tomatoes,fresh basil, & brie chesse.
    Mediterranean salad (Mixed greens, Onions, Tomatoes,Cucumber,Kalamata Olives, and Feta cheese with balsamic Vinagrette.

    Panini Cafe Chicken Panini
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    Sammy's Woodfired Pizza: A Local Favorite

    by jhoolko Written May 15, 2007

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    This is the kind of place where you see everyone you know if you live in La Jolla. A southern California institution, it's a great place to go for pretty good food at a pretty good price (think a nicer, better California Pizza Kitchen). Sit outside if you can, around the big bonfire. They have a good selection of pizza, pastas, and other dishes, as well as an impressive list of "tapas" (aka appetizers attempting to be something more exotic). Their salads are huge and always a favorite.

    Favorite Dish: Start with the mini duck tacos. They are excellent, and even suitable for a light meal on their own. Duck tomatoes, feta, sour cream, cabbage, and a delicious spicy mayonaisse sauce make for an irresistable combo when tucked inside six tiny hard taco shells.

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    Zenbu: Best Sushi EVER!

    by sheldonoz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From the rolls to the cooked fish, and the lobster to the soups, this place is the best Sushi place in SD. The service is excellent and attractive, but be warned: they do not take reservations!

    tip: All Day HAPPY HOUR Monday and Tuesdays could save you a bundle!

    Favorite Dish: Any of the house rolls, the eel roll, the baked mussels, salmon cakes, fish dishes, even the steak and chicken entrees are excelent. Any of the happy hour dishes would be more than satisfactory.

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    Jeff's Burgers: At La Jolla Shores

    by lmkluque Written Jun 3, 2013

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    This is a "beach-bum-burger-joint. The perfect place to stop after spending time at the beach. It's popular with the regulars at La Jolla Shores as well as with tourists. It's a small place which isn't really a problem, because many of us take our order out to the beach or the grassy park next to the beach and enjoy eating in the sun.

    Favorite Dish: Jeff's offers more than burgers, but s burger with all the fillings I choose, French fries and a milk shake is what I like to get.

    Here you can order, Mexican, Greek, Vegetarian or seafood items, if any of these appeal to you.

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    Pasquale on Prospect: Great Italian in La Jolla

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 29, 2008

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    During a recent business trip to La Jolla, we had the opportunity to take a couple clients out to one of the better restaurants I have been to in California. We chose the Italian restaurant that was offering valet parking, as it would be easiest to get in and out of a busy street scene this way.

    Pasquale was busy on a Tuesday night, which is normally a pretty good indication for the type of restaurant it was going to be. The hostess was very polite and told us it would be about 20 minutes, but she would be able to find our party a seat. She then walked us to the bar, and introduced us to the bartender, who would recommend some great wine and an appetizer while we waited. We started with the calamari, which was lightly breaded, and flash fried to lock in taste, but not feel like we were drinking grease. The calamari was very fresh, and finished nicely with a squirt of lemon juice.

    We then were seated in a nice spacious corner booth that sat four comfortably. My colleague went with the Osso Bucco, his personal favorite, and way of judging a good restaurant. It passed with flying colors, and I was able to have a bite of it to concur with his assessment. I went with the lamb shanks, which were just great, the best lamb I have tasted since my time in Australia. They were served with a nice wine au jus, and I added a couple funghi for taste. The other two people both went for something different... the cordon bleu. It was finished nicely with a mushroom sauce, unusual to look at, but delicious to taste.

    The highlight of the evening however was that Pasquale himself was there, and he is a very active restaurant owner. He came to our table, made a couple wine recommendations, and also spent a nice amount of time thanking us for our business and later wishing that we would return soon. Excellent touch, with a true sense that he was very happy for our business.

    **As of Feb. 2008, this restaurant is a member of Rewards Network, which allows you to earn up to 10 miles per dollar spent. www.rewardsnetwork.com

    Favorite Dish: I loved the lamb shanks.

    Pasquale on Prospect
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    Froglanders Frozen Yogurt: The Best Frozen Yogurt Ever!

    by jhoolko Written May 15, 2007

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    This is by far the best frozen yogurt on the face of the earth? A bold statement? Yes. A true statement? YES. Stop in on a hot day and have a local kid serve you up a huge portion of whatever flavor you want. If you get a tadpole (smallest size) with toppings, they automatically upgrade you to the next size up.

    Favorite Dish: St. Moritz Chocolate is the best!

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    My Place: Ah, A charming French Bistro not to be missed!

    by wabIV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Enjoy a truly unique French dining experience in this quaint French Bistro. Wonderful atmosphere with just six tables inside a few more outside along the sidewalk. A nice selection of entrees from Rack of Lamb to Boeuf Bourguigon. Great selection of wines and amazing french desserts.

    Favorite Dish: The desserts are works of art both in presentation and flavor that will excite your taste buds as never before. You will be talking about them until your next vacation.

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    Marine Room Restaurant: Under da Sea, Under da Sea....

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    The Marine Room is a bit out of the way. In fact there is an interesting mini-village down in this part of La Jolla that most people--even San Diegans--aren't aware of. It is worth exploring.

    Well, back to the Marine Room, which was built in 1916 and was originally known as The Spindrift Inn, a four-bedroom inn and restaurant. In 1941 it was remodled and re-named the Marine Room.

    What makes this restaurant unique is that it sits at ocean level.

    Ask for a table overlooking the ocean and watch the waves crash against the window next to your seat!! (This happens only during high tide--especially in the winter months, so time your visit for the experience.) The windows are triple glass and really safe, but for the first few minutes it is a bit unnerving.

    Sorry, I've lost my photos of the Marine Room at high tide, but will add them once I've gotten more. These photos were taken at various times during low tide.

    In case you're wondering. Yes. The windows have broken.

    Terrific storm waves have broken the windows, twice in the restaurant's history. The first time was in 1942 and the last time in 1982. Both times it happened at night while the restaurant was closed. At this rate the windows should be safe until 2022. Of course, you can always plan a meal at low-tide to be on the safe side.

    Update:

    They are no longer open for lunch. Still this is really a special place to have an excellent meal.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is, Anything on the menu!

    It won't do to suggest a menu item as the very creative Chefs creats new dishes all the time!

    I'll warn you if the menu choice is totally beyond your knowledge, don't worry, the flavors are more than impressive. the prices are higher than average, so bring extra cash, it's worth it IMO.

    The service has always impressive, friendly and very helpful. I'm sure you will be pleased.

    South View From Table Lunch at Low-Tide View From The Lobby North View From Table
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    LaJolla's hidden gem

    by BLewJay Updated Aug 27, 2006

    The cuisine at The Cottage is fun, light, and grilled, with distinctive flavors from the Southern California sun and the Pacific Ocean.

    Favorite Dish: LJ ordered the special of the day which was the Grilled Shrimp & Spinach Salad (grilled shrimp, feta cheese, grapes and macadamia nuts) while I had the Crab Melt (rock crab with red/yellow peppers and mayonnaise on sourdough parmesan cheese toast with avocado, melted cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce and tomato).

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    TAPENADE: IF YOU NEED TO IMPRESS A DATE

    by enofile Written Feb 1, 2005

    Tapenade had some rave reviews, and certainly the place was packed. The customers all seemed to be on a date, and a multitude of suave lines were reverberating throughout the room. Black was the fashion color as hipness was the required affect. The room itself was extremely cold with no design sense or warmth. Honestly, the food appeared to be an after thought to the behavioral foreplay taking place. I was grossly disappointed with the cuisine.

    Favorite Dish: Not one dish stood out at all.

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