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2006 Critic's Picks

David Nelson's Favorite Restaurants


Best of the Best
(Money No Object)


Best Chinese

Pearl Chinese Kitchen


Best of the Best (Moderate)


Best Sushi Bar/Japanese



Best Cheap Eats

Dumpling Inn

Best Thai



Best New Restaurant


Best Asian Fusion



Best Chef

Gavin Kaysen
of El Bizcocho

Best Mexican

Ortega’s, a
Mexican Bistro


Best Service

Mille Fleurs

Best Greek

Athens Market

Best Dining with a View

George’s at the Cove

Best Middle Eastern



Best Late-Night Dining

House of Blues

Best German



Best Hotel Dining

Le Fontainebleau
at the Westgate

Best Vietnamese

Saigon on Fifth

Best Neighborhood Eatery



Best Barbecue

Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ

Best Dining with Kids

Petco Park

Best Steakhouse

Morton’s of Chicago

Most Romantic

Top of the Cove

Best Seafood

The Oceanaire
Seafood Room


Most Decadent Desserts

Karen Krasne’s Extraordinary Desserts

Best Breakfast


Best Pizza

Via Italia

Best Sunday Brunch

Loews Coronado
Bay Resort

Best Local Burger Joint


Best Business Lunch

Rainwater’s on Kettner


Best American

Blackhorse Grille

Best Deli

D.Z. Akin’s


Best French


Best Takeout

China Max


Best Spanish/Tapas

Café Sevilla

Best Outdoor Dining


Best Italian

Vivace at Four Seasons Resort Aviara

Best Caterer

Sheraton Harbor
Island Hotel

Best Indian


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