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Food & Drink

Get ready for Taste of Morena

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, News | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff  The date is set and tickets are on sale for one of the Morena District’s premier events. The 10th annual Taste of Morena will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. and will feature an evening of savory food samples, drink specials from microbreweries and local bars, and special sweets from several eateries, sponsored by the Morena Business Association, Max Folkers Team at RE/Max Pacific, US Bank, Mission […]

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Bar redux

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Much has changed at what used to be The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge in Mission Hills. For starters, you can actually see inside the place from the sidewalk, thanks to the installation of big, front windows. The interior is exceptionally brighter with its freshly painted white walls, light-wood table tops, and live greenery dropping from the center of a tall ceiling.

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Catapulted to France

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

There we were dining for the first time at Et Voila French Bistro just hours after friends touring Paris had taunted us on social media with magnificent pictures of the Eiffel Tower, as seen from their hotel balcony.

And earlier that day, my dining companion saw Disney’s adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” set within a fairytale French village and castle. We were in a Francophile state of mind.

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A familiar address reinvented

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Prior to closing the cherished Tractor Room last year, restaurateur Johnny Rivera assured he would hold out for a buyer committed to “enhancing the neighborhood” before selling it.

He made good on his promise with Concept Two Seven Eight, which opened in early January with a concise menu of “new American” cuisine and a cocktail program that puts things like dragon fruit and pink guavas into your glass.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – March 10, 2017

Posted: March 10th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs Missouri native Roy Elam has taken animal proteins out of Southern cooking at a restaurant he opened recently in Hillcrest called Donna Jean. It’s named after his late mother and features dishes such as black-eyed pea burgers, bourbon chili, tempeh Salisbury steak with red eye gravy, and cast-iron mac and cheese using cashew milk.

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Sake and sushi on the cheap

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Family members visiting from out of town tipped me off to Maki Maki Sushi (formerly Kimiya Sushi), which opened under new ownership about three months ago with some of the best happy hour steals I’ve seen in a while. Situated next to Rubio’s in a cookie-cutter strip plaza at Rosecrans Street and Midway Drive in Loma Portal, the interior offers a touch of style with black granite tabletops, leatherette booths, an aquarium, […]

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