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September 2009 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The team behind Hillcrest's Cafe Bleu have added another color to their restaurant wheel with The Red Door.  Helmed by chef Brian Johnston (formerly of Mille Fleurs, El Bizcocho), this casual neighborhood bistro showcases New American comfort food with all plates under $20. Think cornmeal-crusted Cajun catfish with sweet potato-crab hash, grilled Meyer Natural flat-iron steak with cracked black pepper sauce or turkey meatloaf (chef’s secret recipe) with mac-n-cheese. Lunch is served on weekdays, with dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The Red Door, 741 W. Washington, San Diego, CA 92103, 619-295-6000.
 
Set in a "green" Platinum LEED-certified building, Claire's on Cedros has opened for breakfast and lunch, inviting locals, visitors, families and pooches alike for delicous healthy fare, which is locally sourced and made from scratch. Chef Claire Allison, who created Milton's Multigrain bread and ran the bakery at Milton's Deli for 12 years, has opened her dream restaurant in North County with longtime friend Terrie Boley. Bistro classics, gourmet salads, hearty wholegrain breakfasts, organic coffee, pastries and seasonal dishes fill an expansive menu. And yes, she's even made healthy doggie biscuits for our canine friends. Claire's on Cedros, 246 North Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075, 858-259-8597.
 

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News Bytes

New Location for Casa de Bandini
Casa de Bandini, a local favorite for authentic Mexican food and festive ambiance, has departed Old Town and found a happy home at The Forum, where the Yellow Coyote formerly resided. The fabulous margaritas, mariachis and merry atmosphere remain intact, with an expansive menu of regional Mexican cuisine. House specialties include tequila-lime shrimp or papaya and mango mahi mahi. The menu also sports a healthy cuisine section and nice selections for the kids. Open daily for late breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casa De Bandini, The Forum, 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009, 760-643-3443.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for San Diego to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Mr. Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, R.I.P.

Sadly, all three restaurants have closed at Jack's La Jolla, a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.  Famous for its convival setting and consistently good food from Tony DiSalvo, the La Jolla landmark Jack's will be greatly missed. Jack's Grille, 7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, no phone.
 

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