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    El Pescador: Fresh seafood

    by Dabs Updated May 4, 2008

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    I found this place recommended on Chowhound and Yelp so I stopped by here to grab a sandwich before continuing my exploration of La Jolla. Like Point Loma Seafoods it's primarily a fresh seafood market for people to take home to cook but they do have a dine in/take out menu.

    This is an extremely casual place, there are only a couple of tables inside. Order at the counter and they will call your name when it is ready. Their parking lot in front of the building only has a couple of spaces and parking on Pearl Street is tough but you can find parking within a block or so on one of the side streets.

    Favorite Dish: The menu here is all fish, you can get your selection of fresh seafood or char grilled fish as a salad, sandwich or plate with a side salad and steamed rice, they also have chowder, fish tacos and seafood cocktail, there is nothing fried here. I ordered a Medium combo sandwich ($7.75) with dungeness crab and bay shrimp which comes on sourdough bread with lettuce, tomato and onion. It was very good and very fresh tasting.

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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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    Fresh!: A New Look For Tamarindo

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    Sami Ladeki of "Sammy's Woodfired Pizza" restaurants has five high-end restaurants such as Roppongi, Prime 10 and Tamarindo. It seems that Tamarindo wasn't doing as well as the others so Sami gutted the place, redesigned it, redecorated it and renamed the new version, "Fresh."

    An unusual name to be sure, but it's catchy and it seems to be successful. It's located a block from Prospect and Girard, on Wall Street, next door to Karl Strauss Brewing Company where we were planning to have lunch.

    Instead we decided to give Fresh a try. The employees were friendly and accommodating and we sat at a table in the patio near the street. The subtle decor had a calming effect, allowing us to feel relaxed and grateful to have such a wonderful day to enjoy.

    They have a full service bar and in the evenings they offer entertainment.

    Favorite Dish: First off we ordered Bloody Marys and though the price was a bit high, the glass was large and the spicy flavor just right.

    The menu offered creative, chef-designed dishes but I chose the Fish & Chips, one of the few "breaded" fish dishes I like. The other order was a "Hanger Steak Salad." It looked delicious and tasted very good. I have to admit that the flavor of the fish was noticeably better than I've had at other places.

    It was interesting to note that the couple at the table next to us, who seemed to be well known by the employees and who kept talking about a movie they were involved in, happen to order the same two dishes we had. Great Minds...?

    A Fresh Bloody Mary! Yummm! Patio dining Dining room The Bar The Meal
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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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    Cafe Japengo: Cafe Japengo

    by acemj Updated Jul 9, 2003

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    Last time I was in San Diego, my best friend took me to Cafe Japengo on a drug dinner. 'What's that?' you say. Well my buddy is a doctor, so the pharmaceutical salespeople always take the doctors to nice restaurants in an attempt to sell their products. I was just tagging along for the good food. Now I know why prescription drugs cost so much!

    Favorite Dish: Sushi

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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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    Arrive hungry, because you...

    by lauriejeanne Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Arrive hungry, because you sure won't leave that way. The Spot is a funky bar on Prospect Street that has a most amazing menu. We had the clam chowder (the best I have ever had) and a Monte Cristo sandwich for lunch. Fantastic! The portions were huge, though, so consider it two -- two -- two lunches in one!

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La Jolla is full of restaurants for all budgets with many cuisines to choose from. Generally speaking, the wait staff in even the best restaurants are welcoming and attentive. As La Jolla is a...

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