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The Haven – Kensington

The Haven – Kensington

Happy New Year! 2017 already? How many times will I write 2016 until 2017 will feel right? Anyways, I hope 2017 brings you better food, better drink, and more of each of them. 🙂

The Haven has been in Kensington since 2013. I went with one of my friends a few years ago, but have not had a chance to come back since. When that much time has passed it’s almost like trying a new place.

The holiday decorations were in full swing and it’s a smaller, but not cramped restaurant.…

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Barrel Republic – Carlsbad

Barrel Republic – Carlsbad

In another life I was rather techie. I remember the first time I went to Stacked in Fashion Valley and thought it was the coolest thing to order our custom burgers on an iPad. Psst, I still think it is cool. Of course I’m still a nerd for all computerized gadgets, but I can’t seem to keep up like I once did before. Damn you Gen Z! These days new technology married with food is a popular combination. Barrel Republic is a chain that allows you to try tons of different beverages, without having to speak to a human being.…

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Cinnaholic – Pacific Beach

Cinnaholic – Pacific Beach

Cinnaholic is starting to spread its wings throughout San Diego. We previously visited the kiosk location at the Mission Valley Mall with the kids. They sure did enjoy themselves. This time, Michael and I would fill the void of uninhibited excitement the kids would normally bring at the new Pacific Beach location. Besides these two locations, they just opened one in Escondido at the North County Mall and are set to open another in the gaslamp as well. They have grown up and expanded quite a bit since their Shark Tank days.…

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Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint – Coronado

Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint – Coronado

I heard of Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint, but never visited before. There are three locations in San Diego, however, two of them are operated independently of the other. The location we visited is on Coronado. I always welcome an opportunity to visit the island.

If sports watching is what you seek, they have you more than covered here with tv’s galore scattered throughout the restaurant bar.

Buffalo Wings: Natural Farm Raised Wings Served with Ranch and Bleu Cheese Dressing

Wings! Always a must for me. We ordered two varieties, medium and spicy barbecue.…

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Banzai Bar – Loma Portal

Banzai Bar – Loma Portal

Banzai Bar is a little hidden amongst the other businesses off of Midway Drive near Valley View Casino Center, aka, Sport’s Arena. Their bright colorful neon sign might pull you in though. They opened in September and it’s part of the same family of restaurants including Werewolf and The Waterfront Bar & Grill, San Diego’s oldest tavern. They serve Hawaiian influenced fare.

I missed the narrow alleyway that leads to the parking lot in the back. Michael flagged me down and helped guide me in.

Once inside you will find a dimly lit restaurant bar with numerous tv’s and an exuberant bartender.…

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Brian’s 24 – Downtown

Brian’s 24 – Downtown

I used to go to the old Brian’s in Hillcrest before it closed and the space was taken over by The Great Maple. A lot has changed since then. A new family purchased Brian’s 24 in downtown. They have done quite a bit of remodeling and it looks amazing inside.

Side salad

This will be the first and last trace of a somewhat healthy dish for this entire post. I thank Michael that we got an ounce or two of vegetables on this evening.

Carne Asada Tots: a full pound of crispy tater tots topped with melted cheddar-jack cheese, diced steak, and sour cream.

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Sloan’s – Downtown

Sloan’s – Downtown

A new Sloan’s ice cream shop opened in May at the newly renovated Horton Plaza Park right next to, you guessed it, Horton Plaza. They have another location in the UTC mall.

The plaza is very nice and open. I’m sure they have events there and it would be cool to hang out if I worked in downtown. The only other food/beverage vendor there is Starbucks. 

There’s also some semi-covered seating in front which is great for those hot sunny days when you do not want your ice cream to instantly melt.…

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Oscar’s Mexican Seafood – Hillcrest

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood – Hillcrest

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood has been on my list forever. I blame TJ Oyster Bar for being too damn good to pull me away for even one visit. One weekend I somehow convinced Anh to come with me and give Oscar’s a shot.

We tried our best to mimic what we normally get at TJ Oyster Bar. I tend to favor the fish ceviche.

One of the many reasons why I love TJ so much is their unabashed approach to what I call “lime drenching.” Yes their ceviche is super sour and I can’t get enough of it.…

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