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Facing East Noodle and Bar – Kearny Mesa

Facing East Noodle and Bar – Kearny Mesa

This post will cover two separate visits to Facing East Noodle and Bar in Kearny Mesa off of you guessed it, Convoy Street. 

Their menu might seem a little overkill at first glance, but it’s not as daunting as it looks if you know your target. If not, you could be staring at soup noodles, dumplings, fried rice, tea’s, smoothies, and freakshakes (yes that’s a thing) for hours. 

But they have pretty pictures to look at to wrangle you into focus.

The restaurant opened in October of last year and I have mixed feelings going to new places.…

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Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla

Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla

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Who doesn’t love grilled cheese?  Ooey, gooey, and cheezy goodness always puts a big smile on our face.

Recently Darren and I had the opportunity to check out Grater Grilled Cheese in  La Jolla.

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This quaint grilled cheese shop is decorated brightly to remind you of cheese!

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You order up front at the counter and receive a number.

There was no one there when we got there, but it the queue grew quickly once we sat down.

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Tomato Basil Bisque

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The “Basic 5” with butter fried lobster, snow crab and our signature Sierra Nevada pale ale chipotle aioli.

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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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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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Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery –  Tierrasanta

Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery – Tierrasanta

My post of Cucina Urbana was not all rainbows and butterflies. That’s just not real life now is it. Another long time favorite of mine is Homestyle Hawaiian. It’s a steady source of comfort and I love to frequent the location near Mesa College. When I noticed Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery in Tierrasanta opened earlier this year I had to go check it out. Actually, we used to hit up the owner’s (Mo) other restaurant called Da Kitchen/Mo’s Island Grinds way back in the day until he closed it. What a sad day that was when we found out we couldn’t get his Korean chicken or kalua pig anymore.…

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DoorDash Alcohol Delivery

DoorDash Alcohol Delivery

DoorDash is a delivery service that has expanded to San Diego over the last year. You can read about our first experience here. If you don’t want to go back and read it the truncated version is we liked their food delivery service because it was on time and easy to use. The food was still warm and is comparable to when you pick up food yourself and bring it home right away. Since the time we reviewed their food delivery service they have expanded into delivering alcohol in Southern California and they offered for us to try it out.…

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Cucina Urbana – Banker’s Hill

Cucina Urbana – Banker’s Hill

This is one of those posts that I have sat on for a while, not sure if I wanted to write. But here I am, six months later with the memory of this meal still clear as day. Cucina Urbana has always been one of those reliable restaurants with good food and maybe an even better vibe. Entertaining out of towners for the weekend? Execute easy decision making process, code name Cucina Urbana. Everyone needs go-to restaurants so as to not feel the constant pressure of finding new gems all the time.…

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Guiltea Cravings – Clairemont

Guiltea Cravings – Clairemont

It’s been sunny and hot lately and an ice cold dessert sounds like a great idea. Guiltea Cravings opened about four months ago in the same strip mall as Sipz and Di Chan, west of the 805 on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. They specialize in macaron’s, tea’s, and snacks. 

Up front as you walk in their macaron’s for the day are on full display.

Coco matcha sounded interesting. They mentioned that one of the shells was much softer than the regular macaron shell, and it was. It gave way right as you bit into it and I really enjoyed the flavor of the coconut and hint of matcha.…

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