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After hearing all the hype surrounding Oceanaire, I decided to give it a try for restaurant week to see what all the fuss is about. I don't know if it was because of the high volume or the fact that it was restaurant week (which is really no excuse for that caliber of a restaurant), but the food was terrible. Improperly cooked, bad taste/texture combinations and overpriced seafood all set in a faux-upper scale bistro that comes off looking more like a converted office space with a bar. To be fair, I did not eat the coveted scallops or any of the oyster bar, but I doubt I will go back to find out.

I couldn't even imagine going to this establishment at full price, I would have had to speak to a manager - and I still maintain that if you are looking for a good eating experience, downtown is one of the worst places to go.


jeff-a rated the restaurant The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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Just cruising around the North Park area led my co-worker to smell delicious burgers from the road, and in to Western Burger we go. Truth be told, I brought my lunch that day, but the unique burger combinations with the kebab-style spit made me forgo my lunch (at least part of it) and get a gyro, while sharing the Western Burger.
The actual place is kind of a converted fast-food operation with a little more class, the servers just call you up deli style to pick up your order. I won't lie, it was the best gyro that I have had in San Diego, but that's not really saying much (maybe I have gone to the wrong places). My co-worker hit up the Western Burger, which I had some of. It was a greasy, huge ball of delicious. He did get the fries too, and from what I saw, the sides did look like they were just standard Safeway frozen fare.
Solid place if you like gyro meat, oh yeah, and bring cash, it is one of my big pet peeves that people don't take credit/debit card, and this is one of those places.


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jeff-a rated the restaurant Amarin: Thai & Vegetarian

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jeff-a filled out a comment card for Dino's Pizzeria

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Great little lunch joint that has descent italian food, Dino's Pizzeria has a very "office" kind of feel that I really didn't get into. The decor is half-cubicle/half-bar with a half-hearted attempt at a Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin (hence, Dino's) motif going. That is all eclipsed with the great personal service you get there, with good attention to detail to make sure that your meal is enjoyable. I had the steak and cheese with sausage, and the sausage/pepper/onion on two separate times and they were both good.


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jeff-a filled out a comment card for Starlite

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Do you know those really trendy-looking places with a great bar setup, a good selection of mixed drinks, and that menu that you always want to try but never get around to it? That has been my basic statement for Starlite for over a year now, always coming too late or right after dinner, checking out the menu and wishing I had just eaten there instead of just coming for drinks.
The atmosphere is top notch, with a recessed bar, and a kind of 70's kitsch with a modern Dwell-like flair to the decor and the place encourages interaction. The menu items never really jump out at me either.
So, finally the order was placed for an appetizer and a dessert, and my hopes were crushed. The food wasn't terrible, but very generic and bland, with all of this stress on local ingredients and a menu that is trying to be higher-scale, the execution just wasn't there. I may go back for an entree, but it's going to take some time.
I guess the illusion of a fine dining experience has left for me, and I am left to take Starlite for what I originally thought it was: A great looking local bar with a solid cocktail list that is fun to hang out in.