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September 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Leroy Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge has made its debut on Coronado. The focus is on "urban eclectic food" made with sustainable ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Leroy's also hosts a Monday through Friday "social hour" between 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight with its own low-priced menu. On the menu are dishes like maple bourbon-glazed pork chops with ginger pears, and bacon pepper prawns with hot pepper jelly and roasted corn salad. Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge, 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118, 619-437-6087.
 
Bootlegger has opened in the East Village. There are taps for liquor as well as beer, plus a menu featuring dishes like poutine french fries and chicken and waffles with caramel shallot butter, maple gastrique, and fried sage. Bootlegger, 804 Market St., San Diego, CA 92112, 619-739-2668.
 

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News Bytes

San Diego Restaurant Week Returns
The California Restaurant Association presents the twice annual San Diego Restaurant Week. Featuring prix-fixe menus from more than 180 San Diego restaurants, guests can opt to dine for lunch (new element) or dinner. Three different price choices are available for the two-course lunches and three-course dinners. Select a $10, $15 or $20 menu for lunch and $20, $30 or $40 menu for dinner. Partakers are able to choose from as many or as few of the participating restaurants for tastings throughout the week. For more information and a list of restaurants go to http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com.
 
New Happy Hour Menu at Mustangs & Burros
Set in the lovely grounds of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Mustangs & Burros has a new happy hour. Chef Timothy Ralphs has created a lively and fun menu with exciting edibles and potables. Each weekday celebrates different food and beers, from handcraft brews with fresh ceviche to mule drinks with ginger beer paired with real-deal TJ hotdogs. Thursday means street tacos with Tecate; Fridays are pitcher specials with platters of Cal-Mex eats. Most beers and nibbles run $5. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday with drinks on special from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., and food deals from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mustangs & Burros, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-550-1000.
 
Dining space at Davanti Enoteca Popular Chicago Restaurant, Davanti Enoteca, Debuts in San Diego
Scott Harris, the mastermind behind the wildly successful Chicago-based Davanti Enoteca restaurant, has brought the rustic Italian eatery to the streets of Little Italy in San Diego. Opened August 12, Davanti Enoteca features Harris’ inventive approach to shareable Italian small plates and a moderately priced wine list. Hardwood floors and exposed brick walls lead diners to a generous outdoor patio with a rustic, yet contemporary, Italian ambiance. The menu is filled with an assortment of Italian favorites such as antipasta, salad, crispy thin-crust pizza, pasta, risotto, seafood and more. Among decadent desserts is the salted caramel panna cotta. Davanti Enoteca, 1655 India St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-237-9606.
 
Café Sevilla’s New Sunday Champagne Brunch
In addition to their major renovation and relaunch this summer, Café Sevilla is also introducing a Sunday champagne brunch. The prix-fixe meal will include a glass of champagne, mimosa, sangria or draft beer along with a choice of dishes on the vast brunch menu. In addition to the traditional eats, the hot buffet will boast selections such as family-style paella, herb-marinated salmon with lemon caper sauce, and grilled chicken with cilantro sauce. Tapas will include tortilla Española, marinated artichokes, and spicy Spanish octopus. A seafood display will show oysters, seared ahi tuna bites and more. And the chocolate fountain with fresh fruit is a nice finish. Sunday brunch will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each week. The cost is $24.95 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 619-233-5979. Cafe Sevilla, 555 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-233-5979.
 

Chef Shuffle

Swiss-born chef Michael von Euw, an alum of Cordon Blue in London, now helms Cavaillon, the intimate restaurant in Santa Luz. Von Euw and his team updated the handsome setting, and his menu has shifted toward fine dining, showcasing his talents in French technique. Dishes include classics like escargot and foie gras, along with loup de mer, lamb shanks, veal wiener schnitzel and beef tenderloin. VonEuw is also the executive chocolatier of VE Group. Cavaillon, 14701 Via Bettona, Ste. 200, San Diego, CA 92127, 858-433-0483.
 


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.

The team at Blanca have closed their doors after a long run of serving high-quality, ingredient-driven cuisine. Blanca owners Debbie Hugonin and Seth Baas, a mother-son partnership, are looking to take over a property closer to downtown to be more integrated into a community and not in a strip mall. Blanca, 437 S. Hwy. 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075, 858-792-0072.
 

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