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"Top Chef” toque Frank "The Bull" Terzoli has selected San Diego for his latest project. Set in a historical 100-year-old house on University Avenue, The Big Easy will feature Creole French food, and Terzoli’s interpretation of the best of the South. We can smell the beignets already! Lunch means crawfish and gator po' boys, chicken potpies and smoked beef brisket. Dinner---think steak Diane and gumbo. Terzoli loves rustic comfort food so expect big plates and homey spicy dishes. The Big Easy, 127 University Ave., Hillcrest, CA 92103, 619-294-3279.
The Counter has come to Carlsbad so North County folk can go create their favorite burger and experiment with the incredible abundance of accoutrements, as they claim to offer 312,120 different burger combinations, "making every burger as unique as each customer." Beyond the myriad cheeses and veggies choices, more unusual options include apricot sauce, dried cranberries, fried egg, and grilled pineapple. Lovely sweet potato fries and a tasty key lime pie for dessert. Good music and fun scene. The Counter, 1923 Calle Barcelona, San Diego, CA 92009, 760 652 5480.

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News Bytes

Aphrodisiacs Highlight the Menu at Mille Fleurs
In addition to their special three-course Valentine's Day dinner, Mille Fleurs will offer a a special aphrodisiac menu during the entire month of February. Chef Martin Woesle has created dishes with ingredients to inspire love, including hot and cold asparagus in blood orange Hollandaise; blonde oysters on ice with red ogo and champagne mignonette; shaved fennel salad with almonds and lavender honey; and mousse au chocolate with sautéed bananas and Meyers rum sauce. Mille Fleurs
Alchemy Presents the “Farm to Office” Lunch Catering
South Park's Alchemy Restaurant has started catering lunch offering a "Farm to Office" menu for orders with a $50 minimum. The best seasonal ingredients from local and regional farms are transformed in the Alchemy kitchen and delivered straight to the office. Their mixed grain salad features couscous, red quinoa, bulgur wheat, lemon vinaigrette, feta, grape tomatoes and crispy carrots, while the "Elvis Presley" sandwich is a fun haute play on PBJ with peanut butter, sweet plantain, Berkshire bacon and toasted brioche. Orders must be placed by 5:00 pm for delivery the following day. Alchemy Restaurant, 1503 30th St., San Diego, CA 92102, 619-255-0616.

Chef Shuffle

Michael McDonald has landed in San Diego as the new the executive chef at Top of the Market, the upscale restaurant above the popular downtown Fish Market. Previously, he helmed Dakota and 25 Degrees at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Enjoy fresh catch, spectacular views and an exciting new menu by McDonald with dishes like a lovely loup de mer with baby artichokes, white beans, pancetta and white asparagus relfecting his creativity and culinary touch. Top of the Market, 750 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-232-3474.


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