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Sipz Restaurant Review

Sipz is a vegetarian restaurant with a twist. The menu has many meat type dishes listed, but they are all “mock” meats. Yes, everything is tofu! The menu lists Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. entrees. Some are Sweet and Sour Pork, Chicken with Basil, and Crunchy Chowmein.

Even though all the meats are “mock”, the entrees are delicious and you won’t notice that you are eating vegetarian. Their San Diego locations are in Clairemont and Poway.

A full review is posted here: Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion

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Nine-Ten restaurant in La Jolla San Diego

It seems apropos that Nine-Ten is tucked away on the corner of the Grande Colonial Hotel with no view of the Ocean, though it is within earshot of it. For here, you come for the Epicurean experience. Not sunset, not décor (simple but elegant), not beautifully appointed people (though there are no lack of them here), and certainly not to pick-up a date.

All of these things might distract you from the really good and imaginatively cooked food. The "Espresso and Chocolate Braised Boneless Short Rib" is one such example. It's tender, subtle, intriguing and – most importantly – delicious. The wine list has received commendations from no less an authority than the Wine Spectator. The three-course lunch special for $24 is a steal, especially if pick for your entree scallops with risotto and chocolate molten cake for dessert. The two of alone adds up to $24. Incidentally, at least for dinners, don't expect to zip in and out of Nine-Ten. Though the cuisine is American, the kitchen psyche is very French. Expect long lapses between courses.

Nine-Ten
910 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-964-5400

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Moondoggies for beer, margaritas and sports

This popular sports bar in Pacific Beach is where the post-college-twenty-something types show up every weekend to relive the spirit of Spring Break.
Think loud music, think TV screens, think taut bodies and copious quantities of beer and margaritas. The food is surprisingly good and somewhat urbane for a meat market establishment like this. The burgers come with blue cheese and, in truly Californian fashion, the menu, which changes regularly, has been known to feature seared ahi with wasabi aioli, Fajitas and even risotto. The line gets long late in the evening. The heated patio is the ideal place to see and be seen.

Moondoggies
832 Garnet Ave
San Diego 92109
858-483-6550

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Dizzy’s in San Diego for live jazz

Chuck Perrin, owner of Dizzy's in the Gaslamp, envisioned a temple for unadulterated enjoyment of live jazz when he opened Dizzy's. He succeeded. You come here to listen to music, most of it performed with passion and energy, and nothing else. Perrin has kept the space – in a former warehouse right by the gleaming new Petco Park, open and sparse. The seats are foldout chairs lined up neatly before a small stage. And he sells only tea and coffee as an afterthought. But nobody seems to mind and the calendar is packed. Thus far, the venue has seen Grammy nominated Chris Walden Big Band to Orquesta Binacional de Mambo (Latin Big BandMusic) to local jazz musicians like Peter Sprague.

On their website you'll find a calendar, photo gallery and more info.

Dizzy's – Where the music matter most
858.270.7467
344 Seventh Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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San Diego Masala – Indian food in Gaslamp

While hanging out at the gaslamp with a friend a couple weeks ago, I came across an Indian restaurant that I never noticed before, Masala. We walked in and the place looked really nice. So for my birthday yesterday I was treated to dinner there by six of my friends. It turned out to be a great way to place to spend my birthday because the food was excellent.

Marsala, located on 5th and K St., has only been open for a month and even their website is still under construction. The restaurant has a nice entry with a some type of elephant altar in the front. There are two levels and we were seated upstairs. The menu looked mouth watering. Being an Indian restaurant, there were many choices for vegetarians as well as us carnivores. Every appetizer looked delicious and we ordered naan bread stuffed with sundried tomatoes. We also ordered a mango soup that sounded strange at first turned out to be delicious. For dinner everyone except myself ordered one of the vegetarian curries. I had lamb shanks with basmati rice on the side and it was delicious. We passed around the curry dishes and everyone loved each one.

A couple of cautions: The drinks were lackluster. One person ordered a mango mojito and she wasn't too thrilled by it. I ordered a Snake Charmer (hypnotiq, passion fruit, vodka) and it tasted like pineapple juice. The other caution is that if the menu says the food will be hot, then expect it to be very spicy. On the spicy dish my mouth was on fire (but I'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to spicy food).

Overall, this restaurant is a great place to treat yourself to a night of Indian food in the Gaslamp. It is now my favorite Indian restaurant in San Diego.The entrees run from $20-$30 and are well worth it.

Masala

314 Fifth Ave, 92101

619-232-INDIA

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