Tirade about restaurants

Last week my husband and I had a very disappointing food week. First of all, I’ve stopped baking (at least during the week) in an attempt to lose weight, have been living off whatever is in the freezer, and had a horrible restaurant week.

When my mother-in-law was in town we decided to take her to Balboa Park on the free museum day (Tuesday). Whenever we visit that area of San Diego we like to hit up either the Garden Grill or Extraordinary Desserts. Since we’re on a tight budget we thought the Garden Grill would be ideal. When we pulled up our favorite meditteranean place was replaced by a NY Giant Pizza place (that looked like a chain) that was under construction. The husband and I were truly heartbroken. There aren’t any reliable and super affordable Lebanese-type restaurants up in our neck of the woods (or beach?).

So we hung our heads low and retreated home for whatever I could scrounge up. Then this past Saturday we were tired after running errands all day and decided to go to Big Jim’s Barbeque. I never posted about my first trip there but I loved their sides, sweet tea, and spicy shrimp. I could take or leave the barbeque but the sides were true quality comfort food for Southerners. Even though the atmosphere was like eating on picnic tables in a run-down building, I didn’t mind. My husband was thrilled to finally find some good sweet tea. We were excited to see if our first impression would hold true for the second visit.

Since we were craving some down-home food at a great price, we drove down the PCH towards Big Jim’s. When we got to Encinitas we looked at each other and wondered how we missed the restaurant. On the drive back we realized that Big Jim’s has been replaced with another restaurant.

We ended up going to Leucadia Pizza since we were starved but it wasn’t very good that night (a lot of restaurants have an off night every now and then). Actually, it was pretty bad. So we’re truly considering staying in for a long time just in case we’re cursed.

Does anyone know of any good and authentic Lebanese/Meditteranean restaurants in San Diego?

We’re actually looking into moving to Silicon Valley/the bay area this fall and I’m starting to get excited because we’ve just had a hard time finding restaurants here (with the exception of our favorite..Ba Ren) that taste great and are priced well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are lots of great restaurants in San Deigo but up in Oceanside there aren’t as many options as I would like. We mostly choose between pizza, Thai, pizza, sushi, pizza.

If anyone’s reading this from North County (or should I say North Northwest County) and has some good restaurant options, please let me know.

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