It looks like another weekend of heavy rain in Boston.
What is it, the 7th or 8th consecutive weekend with rain? I
I love Boston, but it's ridiculous.
With the rain, my waking dreams of San Diego, California, seem
continue to appear more and more (call it California
dream). The other night I was listening to a great rock
Encinitas radio station on the Internet. It made me think
about Encinitas, where my cousins lived before living
went up the coast to La Costa.
One of my favorite restaurants in Encinitas is the 101 Diner.
Located about 4 blocks from my favorite beach in the world
(Moonlight Beach), the 101 Diner has it all, from the big
lunches and lunches between the outdoor seats and the convivial meals,
nice kind all around a landlord. Almost as well, and just
down the street, Kim's Restaurant, which was awesome
Vietnamese food. Better yet, none of these restaurants are
well known (if you looked at the website that I founded,
The hidden restaurants of Boston, you would know that I have a
thing for the great restaurants that have not been discovered).
Heading south to San Diego, another memorable but
little known, the restaurant can be found in the beautiful
Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Pipes Cafe is a breakfast place that is
mainly frequented by surfers and residents of Cardiff
arrive late at work (the word is, Trevor Hoffman, the big
San Diego Padres, is also a regular here).
Pipes has fantastic breakfast plates, and the dining room
outside on the patio is a must.
Continuing along the coast, you arrive at artsy Solana
Beach, home to Fidel's, which is pretty well known, and for
good reason; Fidel is perhaps the best Mexican restaurant
north of San Diego (although I have my favorite,
which I will mention in a minute). Fidel is hard to find because
it is hidden in a distant neighborhood of the ocean but
worth looking for.
Just before reaching San Diego, you hit La Jolla, a
community that seems to have more places to invest
only restaurants. I love La Jolla, with its spectacular
downtown park above the cliffs of the ocean, and its narrow,
twisted alleys. Just south of the center of La Jolla lies a little
restaurant called Bahia Don Bravo. The owners of this
Authentic Mexican restaurant have some branches in San
Diego, but this one is special, since you can order the food
go and walk a few blocks down a street to one of the
most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean that you want
never see. And there is even a bench where the view is, so
you can eat in relative comfort. Bahia Don Bravo has the type
Mexican cuisine that you can not find in Boston. I always go
when traveling to San Diego, and always miss it when
I'm back in Boston.
Finally, you reach the beautiful city of San Diego. Or
to go for food? Well, there are too many good places to
mention here. Some highlights are Point Loma
Seafood, with its memorable views of the city through the
Coyote harbor and cafe in the old town. But my favorite is
a small burger joint at Ocean Beach called Hodad's,
which is where I had the best cheeseburger that I've had
anywhere in the country (and I had a lot of
cheeseburgers!). Juicy, thick, hearty and smothered in
Cheese, the burgers here are incredibly good. Hodad's is
Well, I guess my dream awake to eat my way through San
Diego is almost done. I look out the window and see the
Boston skyline, I realize that I live in a big city. I come
wish it does not rain so much.
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