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Wine, beer and tapas in a luxury housing complex

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

Scottish transplant John Fuller says his little wine bar nestled within the gorgeous grounds of The Promenade apartment complex in Mission Valley is no longer a secret.

But it used to be while under previous ownership, when only a year ago it was called Tristler’s. Unless you lived in the development, which features a lush, grassy courtyard marked by a tower clock and a large Parisian-like water fountain, only the residents were privy to it.

Endangered species

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review

Given its fossilized environment — red booths, heavy carpeting and drab, wood paneling — Bully’s offers a welcoming atmosphere staffed with young energy. Though loaded with sports memorabilia and flat screens, it’s one of the last classic steakhouses in San Diego stamped with the same level of nostalgia as The Red Fox Room in North Park, The Butcher Shop in Kearny Mesa, and not long ago, Albie’s Beef Inn in Hotel Circle before it vanished.

A couple of old menus are showcased just past the heavy-wood entrance doors, which feature a horse jockey carved into them. The insignia reflects the restaurant’s roots when it first debuted 50 years ago in La Jolla by a racing agent and a thoroughbred trainer.

Fermentations in Ocean Beach

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

Rare grapes and exceptional wines define Gianni Buonomo Vintners Frank Sabatini Jr. Not long ago, Newport Avenue was the last place on earth where oenophiles flocked to assess the bouquets and flavors of wine varietals and their blends. Other than scoring a cheap glass of oxidized merlot at some bar slinging Coronas and Fireball, the […]

Swell deals, dizzying choices

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink With lengthy food and drink choices that include 130 varieties of draft beer falling into numerous style categories, Yard House seems intent on sending customers into a head spin. But nobody’s complaining; especially during happy hour when you can potentially wash down a tower of onion rings with a half-yard of craft […]

Dining Out in San Diego – May 12, 2017

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Dining Out, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Dining Out in San Diego If you’ve never eaten skinless ground beef sausages from Bucharest, known as mititei, or Transylvanian chimney cakes called kurtos, the new International Deli and Café in Linda Vista offers them in abundance. The deli, located in The Presidio plaza, specializes in a host of Hungarian […]

Monday mugs

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Nearly a year after the quasi-Irish pub O’Hungry’s came under new ownership and switched to Hungry’s Kitchen & Tap, the original sign still hangs over the entrance as if nothing has changed. No website exists either, which further conceals the fact that the menu has been revised and the interior was remodeled. […]