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Food & Drink

Wharf food on Adams Avenue

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Take away the nearby palm trees and toss in a view of Casco Bay, and Beerfish would resemble any number of seafood eateries dotting the banks of Portland, Maine.

Or maybe not once you experience the California spins on clam toast accented with salsa verde or a lobster roll dressed in brown butter sauce instead of mayo and assembled with thick, buttery slices of toasted bread rather than the usual hot dog roll.

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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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