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Acqua – Mission Bay Hilton Resort

Acqua – Mission Bay Hilton Resort

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Darren and I were recently invited to check out Acqua California Bistro in the Mission Bay Hilton.  We didn’t know quite what to expect, other than we heard Chef Schäfer has European roots and it is reflected in his cuisine.

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The dining area inside was quite nice, but we were offered perfect seating al fresco overlooking Mission Bay.  The property is beautiful and the resort guests looked thoroughly satisfied with their surroundings.

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Although it cooled down significantly once the sun had set, the heat lamps and fire pits kept us nice and toasty throughout dinner service.  …

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Daddy’s Hot Dogs Revisit (Hillcrest)

Daddy’s Hot Dogs Revisit (Hillcrest)

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Daddy’s Hot Dogs has been serving some of the best hot dogs San Diego has ever seen since the end of 2011. The place isn’t huge, nor does it have a lot of decor. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. William is a serious chef and stands by his dogs. In fact, he almost has as much pride in his dogs as he does his kids! We visited him early on when he first opened and try to come back as often as we can to see how he’s doing, and of course to see what he’s been cooking.…

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Wang’s North Park

Wang’s North Park

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Wang’s North Park has been around since 2011 and serves up Asian fusion fare. The only time I sampled their food was during a Taste of North Park event a few years back. That was only one item but on this night we had a wide range of dishes to fill our tummies.Wangs Collage

Immediately as you enter the doors you kind of forget where you are. They have a huge space and converted it into a restaurant from an old JC Penny department store. There is a bar, couches, tables, and booth seating throughout.…

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Acqua Al 2 – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp

Acqua Al 2 – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp

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I was 27 the first time I had the privilege of visiting Florence, Italy.  What a wonder place full of rich Renaissance history, beautiful works of art, and a love for life!  It’s no wonder that restaurateur, Martin Gonzales, fell in love with Florence.  In fact, he took the additional step to move there and immerse himself in their culture.  After successfully completing culinary school there and working under Master Chef Innocenti, he took the initiative to bring Acqua Al 2’s first sister restaurant stateside. Luckily for us, he decided to land in San Diego first!…

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Kettner Exchange – Little Italy, San Diego

Kettner Exchange – Little Italy, San Diego

If you haven’t heard about Kettner Exchange yet, you will soon.  Brought to you by seasoned restauranteur Matt Spencer (of Analog, Vin De Syrah, and Firehouse), Kettner Exchange is an exciting and delicious destination to experience, and be seen.  Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski is serving up exceptional Progressive American Cuisine.  Bar Manager Steven Tuttle oversees classic, but friendly drinks to satisfy the most discerning patron.  Darren and I were fortunate to attend their grand opening party back in mid-October.  Here’s what we saw.

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The 8000 sqft property boasts a stunning nautical theme and pays homage to the late William Kettner.  …

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