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By Dr. Ink Comics of Disney’s Darkwing Duck and Asian superheroes frame a giant chalkboard at Whistling Duck Tavern, the newest addition to the HUB shopping center in Hillcrest. The board lists about 25 tap beers, assorted wines and eight types of sake in a playful atmosphere where East meets West.Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs A contiguous trio of establishments by Cohn Restaurant Group has opened in Hillcrest. Among them is Bo-beau kitchen + Cache, an offshoot to Bo-beau kitchens in Ocean Beach and La Mesa that will follow suit with French bistro cuisine.Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Just when I put the kibosh on waiting in long lines to score a solid breakfast on weekend mornings, Ortega’s Bistro in Hillcrest came to the rescue.
Famous for its Puerto Nuevo cuisine, especially grilled spiny lobsters, I recently spotted through profuse bougainvillea a banner out front stating breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It has actually been happening for years and I regrettably never noticed.Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs The much-anticipated reopening of Olympic Café at its new North Park location will become a reality by mid-May, said Donna Kotselas, who founded the Greek restaurant with her husband, John, more than 30 years ago. The couple closed the business last year at its original location, at 2340 University Ave., due to landlord issues. In deciding to relocate, they acquired the lease to a structure one door […]Read More
By Dr. Ink Devine Pastabilities makes no apologies for the high levels of carbohydrates it slings in the form of “torpasta” sandwiches, which are hollowed-out submarine rolls filled with various pastas and sauces — and meat if you’re hankering for a dose of protein. “Tappy hour,” as they call it here, is no exception when taking into account the varying measures of carbs you ingest when drinking craft beer and noshing on the free “bread […]Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Other than ducking into Fiori’s Pizza & Deli for an occasional Lotto ticket and a fast slice of pizza, I never focused much on the menu board hanging over the food counter until recently.
To my surprise, the nearly 40-year-old liquor store conceals a grill and deep-fryer in a room behind the pizza ovens, which means items such as burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, Buffalo chicken wings, fried shrimp and veal-lamb gyros are sold here.Read More
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. Tourists to Old Town may never know the difference, although to this local on the recent prowl for a beer […]Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr. The long-vacant, two-story building at the corner of Ninth and University avenues in Hillcrest that was rumored to become a Japanese restaurant has been fully leased instead to Better Buzz Coffee Roasters. The Vista-based company is currently working with designers and architects to transform the house-like structure into a full-production roasting facility and café that will feature a “ring of seating” for customers to view the roasting process, said Daniel Greig, […]Read More
By Ken Williams | Editor
Fire up those taste buds for the 16th annual Taste of Hillcrest.
The popular walkabout for foodies and their friends will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at various locations throughout Hillcrest. Sponsor is the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA).Read More