This place has a great selection of frames in stock for you to try on much more than any other shop in the vicinity. It makes it easy to find your next, styling pair of spectacles. They carry top designer brands of eyeglasses and sunglasses. The salespeople are also eyewear fashionistas that can provide good advice and recommendations on styles. You can expect great service but high prices.
PROS: Extensive selection of designer frames.
CONS: Expensive. No lab on site means you wait weeks to get your new glasses.
Cheap, crowded, and popular are words that come to mind when I think of this buffet. It can be a great place to stuff yourself. They do offer lots of tasty hot Chinese food options which are generally hard to mess up. But watch out if you are expecting a Todai-like sushi experience because the sushi here is not of very good quality neither seeming very flavorful nor fresh. ut overall for the price its hard to beat what they offer.
PROS: Extensive selection of food.
CONS: Steer clear of the sushi unless you don't mind bad quality.
The elevated view over La Jolla Cove and the Pacific Ocean is stunning and only visible from Azul or one of its neighboring restaurants. Be sure to step outside onto the terrace/stairway for an even better perspective. Prices here are very expensive (read: impress your date by taking them here), making it a nice treat for a special occasion but impractical for an everyday meal. Best kept secret: until 7pm everyday it's happy hour and items on their extensive tapas menu can be had for half-price at the bar or on the outdoor patio. The tapas are not really Spanish tapas in the traditional sense, rather appetizers and even some small-meal sized portions a collection of which could certainly make for a hearty meal.
PROS: The view, the food, the ambience.
CONS: Very expensive (except the happy hour!)
Not the most appealing location (inside a mini-mall next to a movie theater and video arcade) - in other words you aren't going to impress your date by bringing them here. Pretty good prices and decent food, although you wont crave for it after you leave. Satisfying but not all that special in food or experience. It is clean and the service is good.
PROS: Good prices, clean, good service.
CONS: Nothing special, ho-hum type of place.
Young professionals and locals alike pack Epazotes on weekdays after work where its almost always standing room only around the bar unless youve made dinner reservations. The happy hour specials are quite good and the bar is quite large (plenty of standing around room). The food is Southwestern but is tasty and very modern with decent servings. Epazotes is located on top of a quaint shopping complex and offers a great view of the Pacific Ocean to the west.
PROS: The place to be after work.
CONS: Not good if you don't like crowds.
This 99 Ranch is like most others: it offers an expansive selection of cheap meats, produce, and Asian groceries. Standard prices are almost always lower than your local grocer (e.g., Ralphs or Vons) and sale prices can be downright absurd. Be sure to check their website before you go for the latest weekly specials. This particular location also has a small food court where you can buy *really cheap* Chinese food and some other goodies such as shaved ice, milk tea, and deli items. Quality is on par with other scoop Chinese food places. The seating area is small and dingy, so for those that mind the ambience you might want to take your food to go.
PROS: Wide selection of Asian groceries, food court with really cheap chow.
CONS: The food court is not the cleanest nor prettiest place to dine.
At this high-ceiling, warehouse sized restaurant the tasty and authentic dim sum (served daily 10am-3pm) is carted around in traditional style. Prices are very reasonable and the selection is quite broad. Jasmine is hands-down my first choice when treating out-of-town guests to dim sum. Avoid the weekend dim sum crowd by showing up before 11:30am. Also, avoid the crowded parking lot and park on the street if possible.
Jasmine is also a great place for dinner (and nowhere near as crowded). The dinner menu features lots of seafood and plenty of traditional Chinese entrees. Dinner prices are a tad higher than other restaurants in the area but you get high quality fare in good quantities.
PROS: The top dim sum restaurant in San Diego. Great dinner place too.
CONS: Can get very crowded on weekends after 11:30am.
On Broadway is a cavernous 2-floor club laid out in an old bank (as evidence by the walk-through vault in the basement). The real gem is the restaurant on the ground floor - Zen Cafe. They serve a sushi and Japanese fusion menu with unique roll interpretations that you won't find in most sushi joints. When to go: from 6-7:30pm on Fridays they feature a happy hour with off on all sushi and rolls, appetizers, Japanese beers, Sake and specialty drinks. Get your hand stamped and come back later the same night for free admission to the club.
PROS: Friday happy hour - the best dinner/clubbing combo in town.
CONS: Happy hour is only on Fridays!
This Precision Tune Auto Care shop often publishes coupons in the mail for the cheapest (~$10) oil changes in the area. Although they are a full-fledged repair shop, if you go just for the oil change thats what youll get they wont tell you that you need a new transmissionetc.. Go on a weekday or call-ahead to avoid a long wait for an oil change. Once they get to your car, the process is very fast. Looks to be an honest family-run place.
PROS: Cheap oil changes.
CONS: Call ahead to avoid long waits.
Tucked away in the Vons strip mall, Kiku Ya might not impress at first glance. The aging dcor and lack of ambience might turn some diners off, but its not indicative of the quality of the food. The sushi is fresh and well prepared. The sushi bar serves testament to this here as it is generally more popular with customers than the tables. Non-sushi offerings are standard Japanese fare and are decent but unremarkable.
Kiku Ya is certainly not a dining destination, but rather a popular joint for the locals with reasonable prices.
PROS: Fresh, well-prepared sushi.
CONS: Decor, ambience.