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Uptown News Food Briefs – Aug. 11, 2017

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs

Lasting just shy of a year, Bull & Grain in Hillcrest has closed. In a brief phone conversation with owner Simon Wolujewicz, the New Jersey transplant told San Diego Uptown News, “I’m too upset to give a comment,” neither denying or confirming rumors that the restaurant and bar shuttered because of a rent increase, internal problems or lack of an executive chef.

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Mouths aflame

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Incorporate the name of a chili pepper into the name of a restaurant, and I’m there.

Countywide, we have places like Habaneros Mexican Food, Tacos El Poblano, Jalapeno Grill & Cantina, and Thai Pepper Cuisine. Their menus promise tongue-burning dishes while invariably interspersed by choices tailored for touchy palates.   

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In gin we trust

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

Various media outlets recently reported that Queen Elizabeth throws down four alcoholic drinks a day. Good for her. I would, too, if I lived within walking distance of Trust Restaurant or had the budget for daily car or carriage service.

Like the queen, I’m a fan of gin. She supposedly prefers hers straight up. I dig mine in a classic Bee’s Knees, a Prohibition-era elixir containing fresh lemon juice and a touch of honey — exactly how Trust makes them. It’s one of a dozen cocktails on the happy hour list that are reasonably priced at $7 each.

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Uptown restaurants reveal their off-menu dishes

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Forget the “secret menu” at In-N-Out Burger. It was fun and exclusive until the company posted descriptions of “animal style” burgers and other code-word items on its website a few years back. In a number of local restaurants, however, clandestine meal options exist for those in the know. Some are dishes that customers routinely request after they appeared as a special or vanished from the menu because revisions were made.

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Where ketchup and pineapple are sacrilege

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

I’m not from Chicago, but in repeat visits to the Windy City I’ve packed my gut plenty of times with its iconic deep-dish pizza, mustard-y Vienna Beef hot dogs and juicy Italian beef sandwiches. They’re the “big three” dishes (plus others) that Chi-town transplants Brendan and Lauren Hodson have been slinging with precision at Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria for the past 13 years.

Locally, nothing else really compares.

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Mulitas and margaritas

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Named after the owner, who is not related to the former president, Jimmy Carter’s has been around since 1991 and offers some of the best green salsa and carnitas dishes in town. It also has a daily happy hour, which features those consumables plus more along with cocktails, wines and craft beers priced slightly below their regular prices. The salsa and chips are free.

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Destroying stereotypes

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

There is much to absorb at Kindred, a bustling plant-based restaurant and cocktail bar that pays exceptional detail to food, mixology and design.

Whatever your dietary preference, if you haven’t dropped in for at least a shrewdly crafted intoxicant to wash down a bowl of popcorn seasoned brilliantly with dill, chives and garlic-chili “cologne,” you’re about three years late — just as I was.

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Hard lemonade dilemma

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink For those who eschew chain restaurants, Wood Ranch Grill offers a little more style and plenty of breathing space, at least when dropping in for happy hour held on weekdays in the roomy bar lounge. In addition, the drink and food deals cover all bases, starting with a decent craft beer list. All of them — either drafts or by the bottle — are $2 off their regular prices.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – July 14, 2017

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs Restaurateur Frankie Terzoli, a former contestant of Bravo’s “Top Chef” (season two) who once ran the long-shuttered Big Easy in Hillcrest, will open a seafood-centric restaurant within 57 Degrees wine and craft-beer bar in Middletown by mid-fall. Tentatively named Fish Mongers Market, the venture will occupy a front section and back patio of the sprawling structure and serve lunch and dinner. Terzoli also plans on utilizing […]

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