Another institution that has been in San Diego for years, but I never made it to since I don’t have the right group of people to go with. However, when a group of friends whom I met during my previous job at the client wanted to go get lunch. The opportunity came up and I suggested Dede’s Teajuice City!
The restaurant is small, but still a decent size yet it is in one of the many super small strip mall all over Kearny Mesa. At this point, I think I’m just used to it that I don’t even complain about it anymore. Anyway, I was there specifically for some delicious food and I was not going to be denied of it!
Dede’s Special Cooked Baby Ribs were good, but I wish there was more meat! I’m not one to eat off the bone and when I do, I expect there to be meat! Lots and lots of meat!
The Cumin Lamb that my friends told me was delicious. It smelled great! If it really tastes as good as it smelled, then I wish I did eat lamb….*sigh*
The Spicy Sichuan Eggplant a dish that I’m just so familiar with and it does makes me think of home. I can’t ever reject eggplant, mmmm….purple….spicy purple!
The dish that I really wanted to have that day was the Boiled Fish Hot Pot. Basically fried fish fillets with tons of peppers and potatoes. I have an obsession for spicy foods and there is no end to it and this little pot is like gold for me. Spicy, but still flavorful and the fish with its crispy outer layer and moist, tender flesh interior….mmm, perfection!
We had several other dishes to go along side with our main stars, but as they were coming out with one dish after another, we kept eating. The full meal included:
Dan Dan Noodles, which were enjoyed by the whole table. It’s spicy here too and I have no complaints about that! Dan Dan Noodles was one of those dishes that I learned to fall in love with as I grew older, whereas it was a favorite of my Dad’s.
We also had an order of pan fried dumplings (it was pork filled) and scallion pancakes because hey! Why the freak not?! We were all grown adults with adult appetites! LET US FEAST!
…..and somewhere in the middle of feasting, I had to take an aerial shot of our table:
I am quite proud of our ability to consume and I think we could do better next time by ordering more food. I love Dede’s since it’s the food that I’m most familiar with and feel at home with. Definitely returning to Dede’s for more meals!
Dede’s Teajuice City
4647 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111