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Thursday, November 6, 2014


Delicious from North Park's Carnitas Snack Shack

WHAT ZAGAT LIKES—Recently, the blog associated with the national Zagat Guide picked ten dishes they like from San Diego area restaurants.

The delicious winners are expected, but they do offer a few surprises.  And, for a Thanksgiving visit plan ahead.

The Zagat 2014 survey honors San Diego restaurants with both local and national connections, all scoring high marks ranging from 27 to 29 out of 30 possible points. Here's what to order from the reigning top spots:

CARNITA’S SNACK SHACK—No dish at this North Park eatery gets more attention than the triple threat pork sandwich, piled high with pork loin schnitzel, pulled pork and bacon.  Big time. 2632 University Ave., San Diego, 619-294-7675,

PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE—While in South Solana Beach try the mixed grill (Colorado lamb chop, filet of beef and pork tenderloin).  514 Via De La Valle, 858-792-9090,

DONOVAN’S—You must try the hefty bone-in New York steak at both locations.  Downtown site is at 570 K St., San Diego, 619-237-9700,

SUSHI OTA—Anything on the menu at this perennial winner in Pacific Beach.  4529 Mission Bay Dr., 858-270-5670,

MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR—Short ribs braised in Cabernet or paired with skirt steak are a winner at this Del Mar establishment.  3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858-523-0007,

TAPENADE—At this French restaurant order coq au vin de Bourgogne, a classic item featuring slowly cooked chicken served with mashed potatoes. 7612 Fay Ave., 858-551-7500,

VINCENT’S—Deliciouis French cuisine in Escondido, CA includes beef Wellington at 10oz served with duck pate and sautéed mushrooms, baked in a puffy pastry.  113 West Grand Ave., 760-745-3835,

SNOOZE, A.M. EATERY—Denver based chain of breakfast fare served in San Diego Hillcrest neighborhood is locally famous for its Pancake Flight. 3940 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619-500-3344,

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Rib-eye steak.  Amen. 11582 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, 858-755-1454,


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