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Bistro West Restaurant Review: While Bistro West is the more casual cousin of West Steak and Seafood, diners will find a compelling range of experiences, from upscale comfort foods like house-made chicken potpies to special dinners featuring multi-courses, Wagyu beef and wine pairings. Chef Jeff Campagna has taken the helm in the kitchen. Offerings have included bison or Kobe-style beef burgers (all served with homemade sun-dried tomatoes), but the blue cheese version with caramelized onions contends for one of the best in North County; complement it with sweet potato fries and a local IPA. We like the stone hearth pizzas, particularly the Montanara with old Naples-style crust (deep-fried, covered in cheese and baked, so it's flaky and crisp) with Parmesan, basil and a kick of heat from chili flakes. Fish fans can try the grilled swordfish accompanied by rainbow chard and a sweet potato gratin, a nicely composed plate that allows each flavor to shine. For dessert, we recommend the buttermilk panna cotta with balsamic roasted strawberries, heightened with a 2001 Fonseca LBV port.