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Restaurant Reviews

Scholastic lunch

Posted: February 16th, 2018 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

There’s much to be said about meals crafted by culinary students whose talents aren’t constricted by small kitchens, unreasonably tight budgets or egotistical bosses. You’ll know what I mean if you eat lunch at The Palette, a relatively obscure restaurant on the second floor of the The Art Institute of California-San Diego in Mis

Healthy mix-ups

Posted: December 8th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The meal options are wholesome, the “sauce bar” is inviting, and many of the customers appear hale and hearty.

Welcome of Elva’s Bowls & Wraps, a basic continuation of what used to be Crazy Bowls & Wraps before Marvin Fleschman and his wife, Elva Rodriguez, purchased the business nearly a year ago as “a hobby” to augment their retirement. He was in real estate and she catered banquets for hotels and country clubs in Los Angeles.

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.

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 […]

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. […]

Nighttime ‘border’ stop

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Chain restaurants aren’t my thing, but when the hankering for an evening libation strikes, I’ll test my standards at any place promoting happy hour when the stars are twinkling. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina offers happy hour seven nights a week in addition to running it during certain daylight hours.