Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Best Burger In San Diego?

In my never ending quest for the Best Burger In San Diego, I have had a chance to experience quite a few exceptional burger joints, and I want to share what I have found so far with you here.

1. Four Seasons Aviara - For me, the Four Seasons totally gets it right. They make a high quality burger with all the right ingredients, home made bun, top grade meat, cooked to perfection, farm fresh veggies. It rocks and is my favorite burger in San Diego.

2. Rocky's Crown Pub - Many people consider this the best in San Diego, and it is arguably a solid contender for that spot. Fresh and juicy and in the heart of Pacific Beach, it must be tried.

3. Firefly Grill & Wine Bar - This little known bistro sits discreetly in a strip mall along El Camino Real in Encinitas, but it has excellent food, its very own Burger Night on Sunday's and one of San Diego's best burgers. Look for half-priced wine nights from time to time and try the Mushroom Burger!

4. Bistro West - This relative newcomer to San Diego is in an unlikely location in Carlsbad, just West of I-5 at the Cannon Road exit. It's in a hotel parking lot and doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it has an artsy atmosphere and great food. The service has always been a little slow for me, but the food makes up for it and they also have one of the best burgers that San Diego has to offer.

5. Hodads - If you like funky, then you will love the scene at Hodad's in Ocean Beach in South San Diego. Dicey location (in Ocean Beach) and colorful people (they're hippies and harmless) make this an interesting place to visit but even though it's almost an hour from my house, I still make the trek for their top notch burgers, which make number 5 on my list of the tasty burgers San Diego has on offer.

6. Jakes Del Mar - Not really well-known for its burgers, Jake's, perched right on the beach in Del Mar, actually offers a very delicious burger and one of San Diego's best.

7. In-N-Out Burger - For faster fare, In-N-Out is always a crowd favorite. Fresh, never frozen meat and crisp fresh toppings continually get this eatery top marks from me and all who visit there.

These are 7 of my best bets for best San Diego burgers. If you have your own, please share!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Red Robin Burgers

Red Robin is a source of pretty decent and fairly consistent burgers here in San Diego. I have visited several of the Red Robins here and most are pretty good and uniform in their quality. One burger they recently added though that I think is quite tasty is the Blackened Bayou Burger.

I had one just yesterday and have to say that after almost 8 days staying at an abysmal hotel with even more dismal food, it was a pleasure to be back home and able to sample good food again. 

Red Robin and the Blackened Bayou Burger did not disappoint and I was really happy to be home from my real estate investor training workshop and in my old neighborhood with a comfy home and familiar places (not to mention familiar faces!)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Marriott Downtown Orlando Review

I spent the past several days and nights at the Marriott Downtown Orlando and thought I would take a moment to post a review and let you know what I thought of the hotel.

I was hear presenting a real estate training workshop to real estate investors with some friends of mine.

Sadly, the reviews are not great. The hotel is older and the rooms are okay, no complaints there, although they did have a musty smell to them that I suppose is just a result of being located in balmy Florida.

However the food was amazingly bad and incredibly overpriced. They had a $14 hamburger and $30 rubber chicken dinner dish that quite frankly would have been overpriced at half of what they were charging. The food was abysmal, some of the worst I've had at any hotel, and we found ourselves trying desparately to get out each day and night to find something halfway decent.

The problem with that was that the hotel is not located near anything decent to eat, not within walking distance anyway. It's in the Centroplex by Amway arena and the theatre center, but you can't even walk out and go a few blocks to get a Starbucks! What's up with that.

I thought Starbucks was everywhere. Not a decent tea in sight for this place though.

Our conference room was sub-zero temp almost the entire time we spoke. People were hugging each other for warmth and I was afraid they were going to break up the tables to start a survival fire. Next time, we'll bring blankets, but there probably won't be a next time for the Marriott Downtown Orlando because we will never stay here again.