…to the Great Convoy Recon, in which I and a varying number of co-conspirators finally come to grips with the very pith and substance of Asian food in San Diego. As of January 16, 2015, we have visited EVERY Asian restaurant on Convoy, but I’ll be posting about new ones as they crop up. Much like the painting of the Golden Gate bridge, the Convoy Recon is never truly done.
In the meantime, I’ve made up an admittedly subjective list of our favorites. Speak, O lamp of sweet memory!
Best Korean Pancake – Nolbu Mini Gastropub
I’d never had one of these greasy little delicacies before setting out on the Recon, and what an oversight! Eggy, savory, mushy on the inside, crisp on the out: there’s lots of good jeon to be had at the various Korean diners on Convoy, but Nolbu takes it by a nose. (runners-up: Friends’ House Korean, Chon Ju Jip)
Best Korean BBQ – Jeong Won Korean BBQ Buffet
There are plenty of these All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ places on Convoy where you cook your own, because the American gut can never seem to get enough meat. Jeong is one of the tastiest, and also the only one that spoke not only to my gut, but to my soul as well. (runner-up: Roadem BBQ)
Best Sea Snails – Min Sok Chon
Best Korean Dinner – Josun Korean BBQ
Every dish just seemed a little bit more flavorful at Josun than at the many other Korean diners on Convoy. Maybe that’s because every dish had little bits of pork, beef, or dried shrimp? Vegetarians interested in Korean grub should probably head to runner-up Convoy Tofu House instead.
Best Vietnamese – Phuong Trang
A giant menu with everything under the sun. The pho may not be the best in town, but there’s plenty of delish to be had.
Best Sushi – Sushi Dokoro Shirahama
The fish, the whole fish, and nothing but the fish. (runner-up – and completely different: Kula Revolving Sushi)
Best Ramen – Yakitori Yakyudori and Ramen
Straightforward, great-tasting ramen. (runner-up: RakiRaki)
Best Japanese Dinner – Wa Dining Okan
Wa Okan is a gift to San Diego – a real sanctuary of little perfectly assembled dishes. I’m also going to call it the best date-night on Convoy. (runner-up: Yokohama Yakitori Koubo)
Best Dim Sum – Jasmine Seafood
My first love on Convoy and still serving up the best yummy brunch bedlam after all these years. (runner-up: Dumpling Inn)
Best Soup Dumplings – Red Moon Noodle House
Xiaolongbao – sometimes these little bursting bombs of warm comfort are all you need to get by. (runner-up: Dumpling Inn)
Best Chinese Dinner – FuAn Garden
The most hotly contested race on Convoy, at least in my mind. It’s a pleasure to know there are so many good Chinese places. FuAn is fast, the food hot, the spices perfect, the pretension low. But invite me to any of the runner-ups and I’ll be there in a heartbeat, chopsticks at the ready. (runners-up: Szechuan Chef, Spicy House, Spicy City, Chef Chin, Jasmine Seafood)