Bars & Happy Hours

For the love of carbs

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 […]

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Monday mugs

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | 1 Comment

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 […]

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Bar redux

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | 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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Sake and sushi on the cheap

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | 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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French all the way

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Several months after the abrupt closing of Croce’s Park West last year, restaurateur Garo Minassian moved in to open Parc Bistro-Brasserie in its place. The Montreal native, who previously operated Harry’s Bar and American Grill in La Jolla, transformed the space into a Parisian-style lounge in the front, and a white-linen dining room in the back. The redesign carries an airy feel with unmistakable European charm.

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Drinking against the tide

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink It was a mellow afternoon at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, the international chain that rooted itself in San Diego’s beer culture more than a decade ago with German-style “biers” adhering to that country’s ancient purity laws. There’s only one location in San Diego among nearly 30 others spread throughout the country, plus a few in Taiwan. I’ve been here often for full meals, combining them usually with the company’s smooth, malty Marzen, […]

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