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    Rockin' Baja Lobster!: Buckets of Lobster!

    by lmkluque Updated Feb 7, 2014

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    There are six Rockin' Baja Lobster restaurants in the chain. The Old Bonita Store, in Chula Vista was the first and the others followed. The style of food served at this restaurant is loosely based on the famed Puerto Nuevo style Lobster served in a small village south of Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

    I've been to Puerto Nuevo, had their style of lobster so I can say that going to Rockin' Baja Lobster is not just like being in Puerto Nuevo, there are too many differences for me.

    However, Rockin' Baja Lobster is a fun restaurant and the food is worth a visit. So, if you happen to be in Old Town San Diego and would like a different dining experience have a meal at this place and experience eating from a bucket!

    disclaimer:

    I've listed the price range as $11.00 to $20.00 and for most of the menu that is still true. However, the price of the Buckets had gone up. They are priced between $16.00 to $37.00 depending on what is included in the bucket.

    Favorite Dish: The Lobster Bucket is one of my favorites, along with a Margarita. If you're wondering, they do serve Langosta de Puerto Nuevo, but the price is not Puerto Nuevo range.

    "Puerto Nuevo Style Lobster Feast," includes two whole lobsters. Served with a Caeser salad and "All You Can Eat" Ranchero beans. Mexican rice, flour tortillas and honey chili butter. It is now, about $40.00.

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    Harney Street Sushi: Sushi intro

    by DawnDesert Written Nov 10, 2012

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    11 piece sushi platter
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    We went for lunch and it was very roomy and not crowded, casual attire was fine. There was a patio area to eat in outside, but we chose a booth inside. For $30- 2 miso soup, 2 salad, 2 entrees, 2 lemonaid, dessert. It was enough to feed four people, in my opinion. Husband can't stop thinking about it, loved it!

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my first tastes of sushi from spouses' platter but not sure which plate he got.
    Katsu-don is what I got, it was a surprise- thought it would just be rice with vegetables and an egg but it was so much more than I expected and a lot more to eat than expected!

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    Cafe Coyote: Another Chance to See a Tortilla Lady

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    One of Old Town

    Yes, another Mexican Restaurant. Cafe Coyote is located on a corner of San Diego Avenue, the tortilla lady is easy to see as you drive by. However, it is more fun to walk-up and watch as she displays her talent in patting the dough to just the right size and thinness. There is no tortilla tastier than one freshly made.

    Favorite Dish: Without a doubt chicken fajitas or chili rellenos would be my order and of course a large Margarita, not the fanciful, fruity, slushy type, but the original--made with lime--version, on the rocks, --or with no ice at all as served in Mexico.

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    The Living Room Cafe!: Take a Coffee Break!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    Entrance to the Livingroom Cafe

    My first visit to the Living Room Coffeehouse Bistro and European Pastries on El Cajon Boulevard won me over. Located near San Diego State University, the place was full of people reading text books, holding study groups and in general, seeming to be in pursuit of answers to great questions, as well as just having a meal or a gourmet coffee.

    In Old Town, they opened this newest Cafe. I liked it immediately and it was the location where our Book Club decided to meet every month. This and the El Cajon Blvd. locations have always been my favorite and recently I learned why.

    Ralph--the Americanized version of his name--is a kind and handsome young man who I have seen over the years, first at the El Cajon store and most recently at the Old Town store where he came out of the kitchen the other day, to answer a question I had. During our conversation I found out that my two favorite Living Rooms are owned and operated by Ralph and his partner who are the original owners, keeping the quality of each item to their high standards.

    There is outside seating, computers for web surfing, various styles of dining room tables and chairs and of course an array of living room furniture to sit comfortably in while conversing with friends, reading or studying. If you detect a European feel to the Living Room, it may be because the European owners have intended you should.

    This is not a touristy place, so if you want to mix with the locals, you can do it here. Of course being in Old Town it may be full of tourists too.

    Favorite Dish: It seems that every dish is tasty so order what looks good to you. My favorites are the Baked Brie with fruit plate, the Lemon Chiffon salad dressing--my favorite and their homemade soups are flavorful and delicious. A good selection of beautiful, rich and succulent pastries, and an espresso or cafe mocha will complete your meal.

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    O'Hungry's: Belly-Up-To-The-Bar-Matey!!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    O'Hungry's

    The decor is nautical-tacky with pier posts, ship's steering wheel and even lady figureheads. Just the place for relaxing after a rough voyage and swabbing decks.

    O'Hungry's is not my type of place and it might not be yours, but it is worth mentioning because of it's funky and festive atmosphere and it offers something besides Mexican food. Also, it's inexpensive.

    Beer drinkers will love this place with it's yard long glasses of beer and hearty food to go with it.

    Favorite Dish: Soup, salad and a Capitan Bristo sandwich for lunch. A girlled sirloin steak for dinner. Of course, one of those yard long beers to wash it all down!

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    El Agave Tequileria: Number One Tequileria!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    El Agave Tequileria!

    Oddly located above a neighborhood liquor store, this restaurant may not grab your attention, but that contributes to the fact that it is not such a touristy place and it is worth a try.

    This Mexican restaruant falls far from the typical place we're all used to. The flavors are true Mexican, but obviously the chef does not limit himself to garlic and chili. He explores the full range of spices and condiments and the results are delicious and interesting flavors.

    Another not so typical aspect is the Tequila offered here. Something like 150 choices and a staff ready to explore the best choice for you.

    Open for lunch and dinner, outside dining available and they have a full service bar for those who want something other than tequila. I can't imagine that, but there you are.

    Favorite Dish: Entremeses, starting out with the Assortment of Appetizers gives the first hint at what to expect. Next try the Sopa de Cilantro for a refreshing taste and then the Mole Negro over chicken.

    Of course, try one or two different tequilas for the first time!

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    Casa De Guadalajara!: The New Focal Point!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    Carnitas!

    Casa de Guadalajara may become the new focal point for SD residents and tourists to the Old Town area. It is owned by Diane Powers of Bazaar del Mundo fame and with the final court decision that will cause Bazaar del Mundo to close all of it's doors, (May 2005) including Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini restaurants, Casa de Guadalarjar will be the only old "casa grande" type Mexican restaurant left in Old Town.

    Some of the speciality shops of Bazaar del Mundo have relocated next to Casa de Guadalajara making this restaurant the logical place for Bazaar del Mundo lovers and shoppers to stop for a repast.

    They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so when ever you feel hungry, this is the palce to go.

    The patio dining area seems more like an old hacienda's courtyard than a patio, and more so while roving mariachis play all the favorites. (If you want to request a song from them, negotiate the price before you ask.) After restaurant hours on Friday and Saturday nights, the place turns into a nightclub.

    Favorite Dish: The food is standard Mexican fare. I suggest the Carnitas, which is authentic and delicious and of course, a Margarita.

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    Old Town Mexican Cafe: Tortilla Ladies In The Windows!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    Old Town Mexican Cafe

    This is my second choice in Old Town. One of the deciding factors is that it stays open later--until midnight--than most restaurants in the area. It is very popular and often times there is quite a wait. Benches are provided inside and out while you wait and for those interested, there are two huge windows on either side of the entrance which offer a view of their tortilla ladies, making and cooking flour and corn tortillas. On one side there is also a huge cooking spit where rows and rows of whole chickens rotate over an open fire until tenderly cooked.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is extensive and the food is good and there is a full service bar. Service should please you in this lively local's hang out.

    My favorite meas are Chicken Fajitas or Carnitas and a Margarita. If I'm in a specially festive mood I like 1800 tequila shooters.

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    Old Town Mexican Cafe: Great Mexican Cuisine #2

    by al_mary Updated May 16, 2010
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    We found that although its decor is
    not as "pretty" as some of the other
    cantinas in Old Town, this is Mexican
    interior cuisine at its finest. ......

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    Favorite Dish: We went a couple times and the food was great .... no complaints

    The house specialty is a melt in your mouth carnita,
    roasted pork, and you'll also find the traditional enchiladas,
    tostadas, fajitas, and burritos.

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    Hours:
    Sunday - Thursday 7AM to Midnight
    Friday and Saturday 7AM to 2AM

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  • casa guadalajara: awful service

    by cstatic Written May 4, 2007

    One person in our party of 6 never got their food (the waiter had cancelled it) One person's food was charred beyond recognition. I asked for water 4 times and never got it. We brought it to the waiter's attention and he response was, 'whatever'. I asked to speak with the manager and was told she was too busy. I waited 20 minutes to talk to her and her response to everything was to call a bus boy to get us water. The fact that the food was missing/burnt was never addressed. The manager, Christy, never came to our table to check things out. The worst part was they tried to charge us for the missing/burnt food. The food was nothing to get excited about especially after we sat at our table for two hours waiting for it. We will never go again!!

    Favorite Dish: NONE

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    Old Town Saloon: Old Town Saloon

    by al_mary Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    The long oak bar does an outstanding job
    of supporting people's elbows and beers.
    Mounted to the walls is a nice collection of
    olde time black and white photos of how
    Old Town looked, once upon a time. An area
    in the back holds four pool tables. A feature
    of this place, not in itself worth a visit or
    anything, but good for a jolt of nostalgia ......

    Favorite Dish: We just stopped in for a few cocktails ....
    This is a definate locals watering hole. It was clean, and the bartender
    was friendly toward everyone who entered.

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    Old Town Mexican Cafe: Great Mexican Cuisine #1

    by al_mary Updated Oct 15, 2005
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    We found that although its decor is
    not as "pretty" as some of the other
    cantinas in Old Town, this is Mexican
    interior cuisine at its finest. ......

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    Favorite Dish: We went a couple times and the food was great .... no compaints

    The house specialty is a melt-in-your-mouth carnita, roasted pork, and
    you'll also find the traditional enchiladas, tostadas, fajitas, and burritos.

    Hours:
    Sunday - Thursday 7AM to Midnight
    Friday and Saturday 7AM to 2AM

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