All Reviews by jhoolko

  • Mama D's Italy Kitchen 3012 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 675-6262

    4 stars Posted on 01/16/2008 04:00pm

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    We walked in here on a whim one night and were treated to such a great surprise! We were seated by the friendliest man, who I can only assume is one of the owners. Drinks came out fast, along with the most delicious bread ever. It had all these little garlic-herby crumbles all over it and they had to keep bringing it out over and over again as we scarfed it down. Then they brought out a huge ravioli for us to try (on the house!) It was great! We also got a wonderful cup of minestrone, the first minestrone I have ever actually enjoyed. The only bad part is that we didn't have enough room for dinner (pasta) which was otherwise equally excellent and huge! I'd recommend ordering one plate for every two people. Plus, everyone in there was so nice and awesome, I'd go back just for the service. They also have a fireplace seating area with couches and tables so you can eat in extra comfort!
  • Chronic Tacos 4533 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 642-2458

    4 stars Posted on 01/16/2008 04:00pm

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    I typically don't like chain-type mexican places, but Chronic Tacos has won my heart. I love that they make it right in front of you and add whatever you want to the taco/burrito at no extra cost. I love how sweet their Horchata is, and I love their burritos. The chicken tacos I had the other day were pretty good, but watch out for the creamy looking sauce they put on their battered fish tacos! SO SPICY!! I was dying, but if I had any spiciness stamina at all I would have been in heaven. The only downside is, you have to take these tacos to go or eat them on a bench outside cause they only have about two seats. But the beach is right there, so it always works out.
  • Milk 7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 939-6455

    4 stars Posted on 01/10/2008 04:00pm

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    I went into Milk to buy a gift card for my roommate, and I ended up having a great experience! I guess they just started issuing gift cards, so they were having a bit of trouble. They kept apologizing for taking so long, but I was keeping myself busy looknig at the cases of ice cream and cookies. Then, they gave me a free cookie! And then they gave me free ice cream! I wasn't really in the mood for sweets, but they were both delicious! The double chocolate cookie was amazing and tasted like pure chocolate, not like any of that waxy gross stuff I'm used to. The ice cream, however, was the true star of the night. The cashier told me that the hazlenut was good, but it wasn't good. It was GREAT! It was incredibly smooth and creamy, and I think it had huge toffee chunks in it, which I normally don't even like. Perfect! The friendly service alone will bring me back to Milk, even if I can't find a place to park within a mile. I think it'd be a great place to go for lunch or an afternoon sweet fix.
  • House Of Nanking 919 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 421-1429

    4 stars Posted on 01/02/2008 04:00pm

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    We stumbled into House of Nanking by chance after spotting the Citysearch and Zagat stickers on the window and the dining room that was filled to the brim at 5:00. We decided to take a chance, and boy were we glad we did! Yes the dining room is cramped, the tables wobbly, the service no-frills (easily mistaken for rudeness), but the food was great! The mu-shu beef was full of vegetables and not overly sweet like some that I have had in the past. The chow mein was super thick and studded with delicious green beans. Our final dish, the house special sesame chicken was also amazing, though a little on the sweet side. I loved the sweet potato slices that were cooked with the chicken but was too full to finish them. My only regret is that we didn't get to try more: I got to see the calamari, mushrooms, and several beef and chicken dishes get passed over our table to our neighbors, who seemed to enjoy them tremendously. They all looked great! It's not super cheap, but it is tremendously filling. I recommend getting there early and going in a larger group so you can order more dishes!
  • Froglander's Frozen Yogurt 915 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 459-3764

    5 stars Posted on 12/25/2007 04:00pm

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    I've been going to Froglander's since before I can remember, and I've been ordering St. Moritz Chocolate the whole time. It is the smoothest, chocolatiest, most delicious yogurt on the face of the earth. Besides this chocolate, the place rotates about 6 or 7 other flavors that usually include classics like vanilla, peanut butter, boysenberry, and the occasional snickerdoodle or angel food cake. They also have cases and cases of excellent toppings and will ALWAYS give you a bigger size if you get a topping, so order one size smaller than you think you want! The counter is always manned by local high school kids and there's a real down home vibe. A La Jolla classic!
  • Su Casa Mexican Restaurant & Seafood Specialities 6738 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 454-0369

    5 stars Posted on 12/25/2007 04:00pm

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    Su Casa is a very friendly casual restaurant perfect for family outings or for happy hour. We always bring friends from out of town here for the friendly service and dependable Mexican food. La Jolla Suenos is delicious, Dean's Prawns are absolutely indulgent and a must for any fettucine alfredo fan (just don't eat the whole thing! It's HUGE and rich!!), but my favorite is probably the beef tamale that comes in one of the combos (called Yucatan I think). There are no words for the amazingness of this tamale, but suffice it to say that the cornmeal is sprinkled with fresh pieces of corn, and the top of the tamale is bust open, with beef and a delicious ranchero-esque sauce spilled over the top. Heaven. The flan de galletas is also a must-try, and usually results in someone at the table licking the plate. They also have a convenient parking lot outside.
  • Mandarin House 6765 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 454-2555

    4 stars Posted on 12/25/2007 04:00pm

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    Mandarin House is never full, never lively, and never bright enough, but it's been my family's go-to Chinese restaurant for years. Besides Salt Pepper Chicken, Cashew Chicken, Mu Gu Gai Pan, and the Classic Pu Pu Platter, everything is pretty good. Our favorite by far is the Crispy Beef, which has never even been challenged by the fares of another establishment. I could probably live off their Shrimp Toast appetizer, and as a kid, the burning Pu Pu platter that let you roast your own food was the greatest thing in the world. Plus the family that operates the place is super nice!
  • Point Loma Seafoods 2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 223-1109

    5 stars Posted on 12/25/2007 04:00pm

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    I eat, A LOT, and I've had a lot of food in my day. But for some reason, nothing compares to the shrimp sandwich at Pt. Loma Seafoods. It is honestly my favorite food on earth. Anytime I am even remotely in the area I have to stop in and grab one. I can't really speak for the rest of the menu, though I've frequently tasted the fries and lemonade (which is my accompanying beverage of choice with the sandwich), but the sandwich has been a staple for about 20 years. It's fried jumbo shrimp (no tail), tartar sauce, and the softest, warmest, best sourdough bread slices you've ever had. Sounds basic, but no one makes it like Point Loma. \r The tables ARE covered in pigeons and there is always a line going into the lot, but parking is free, and if you wait patiently, you never have to wait for more than five minutes, which is totally worth it! A great place to take anyone visiting San Diego who likes seafood or boats!
  • Circle Bar 2926 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 450-0508

    3 stars Posted on 12/19/2007 04:00pm

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    ""Dark hub for hooking up"" seems to be a dead on review. The layout of this place makes it really awkward to do anything but squish up against kinda older creepy people you don't want to be touching in the first place. There aren't even cheap drinks to make up for it. And when my friends and I finally scored a table where we could actually do something besides squish ourselves up against the wall near the bar to let people walk by, it ended up being conveniently located next to the women's bathroom and the line was sticking out right in the middle of our party. I guess if you're looking to hook up with some recent college grad who spends his or her time hanging out on Main, then you're probably in luck, but if you're looking for a good time with some friends or a more conversational bar experience, stay away.