Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

Sexy And Manly Bracero

Carrot Aguachile (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Featuring the new cuisine of Mexico, with both small and large plates, the menu at Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy changes quite frequently depending on the seasons and what is available in the fields and farms. 

San Diego Food Finds Bracero
VERDE ES VIDA SALAD (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

For casual or romantic dining experiences, Bracero offers lively street-level dining with an open kitchen so that guests can view the artful preparation of their meal.
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The Corner Drafthouse Debuts In Bankers Hill

The Corner Drafthouse

The Corner Drafthouse is Bankers Hill’s newest go-to destination for foodies, craft beer- and cocktail enthusiasts. Order from their wide selection of scratch-made favorites such as Fresh Ahi Poke, Buffalo Chicken Lollipops, Short Rib Grinder Sandwich, Jumbo Crab BLT and their signature Fish ‘N Chips. Not to mention, you’ll want to pair your meal with one of their 70 local taps that showcase some of Southern California’s best brews. Craft cocktail enthusiastic? Their drink menu focused on seasonal ingredients is just as impressive.

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Cusp Chef Delivers Supercharged Menu

Crispy Pork Belly with Spicy Apple Glaze, Apple Celery Puree, and Almonds

Executive chef Ingrid Shelton has found her niche at Cusp Dining and Drinks, offering diners supercharged flavors in her seasonally changing menu where entree-sized portions are called to be shared.

Red Snapper Ceviche

Confident and intuitive while helming the kitchen, Shelton is contented with the restaurant’s beautiful décor, that’s not overly designed. “This enables our guests to relax in an environment that is both upscale and comfortable,” she says. “The 11th floor view of the ocean is unforgettable, especially at sunset.”

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Pappalecco Café Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Pappalecco Café’s Little Italy location is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on April, 27th!

Pappalecco in Little Italy was the first location to open in April of 2007, shortly after Italian immigrant brother-owner duo Francesco and Lorenzo Bucci came to America. The Bucci brother’s came to San Diego’s Little Italy from Pisa, Italy to make their “American Dream” a reality  and now Pappalecco has five locations across San Diego County including Little Italy, Hillcrest, Kensington, Cardiff and Del Mar. 

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Searsucker In The Neighborhood

Tuna Poke & Shaved Taro Root Radish Jar with Sriracha and Cilantro

Welcoming and unpretentious, with yet a sophisticated dimension, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker Del Mar has found its niche in the trendy Carmel Valley neighborhood.

Tomato & Burrata Jar with Basil, Olive Oil and Balsamic

Born and raised in San Diego, new executive chef Cesar Oceguera helms the Del Mar outpost, raising eyebrows with well-received New American cuisine that boasts traditional, yet seasonal takes on classic dishes infused with the boisterous flavors for which the restaurant has long been known for.

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Decoy Dockside Offers New American Cuisine

Cast Iron Cornbread with bacon jam, jalapeño jelly and honey butter.

Located inside the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, Decoy Dockside Dining is a luxe lodge inspired restaurant designed to maximize views of Lake San Marcos.  

Buttermilk Fried Quail with ruffle honey, greens and Carolina gold BBQ.

Corporate Executive David Warner offers New American Cuisine inspired by the great outdoors. The menu is built around the restaurant’s wood burning oven and highlights wild game and fresh water seafood. 

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