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Restaurant Reviews

Opa!

Posted: March 2nd, 2018 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

Nary a photograph of Athens or Santorini island hang inside Meze Greek Fusion. The typical aesthetics seen in most Greek restaurants, such as blue and white walls, are completely missing while the menu succumbs slightly to the culinary influences of Mexico, Italy and California.

The mighty Cubano

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review Like chicken emitting its aroma from a rotisserie, there’s something wildly intoxicating about the smell of pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, when layered between two elongated slices of fluffy baguette bread and put into a hot grill press.

A road to Rome

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

While a steady stream of people followed their noses into Napizza in Little Italy, the eatery’s largest location in Hillcrest had gone dark just days prior.

In comparison to Napizza’s additional outposts in 4S Commons Town Center and Encinitas, “Hillcrest wasn’t making much money,” said co-owner Christopher Antinucci, a Roman transplant who exposes us to crispy-bottom pizzas distinguished by low-glutinous dough that rises for 72 hours before it’s stretched onto cookie sheets.

Poolside brunch

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The scent of suntan lotions wafted through the air under a midmorning sun as lean-bodied twenty-somethings lazed on chaise lounges scattered around the pool deck. Some of the patrons sipped on boozy coffee drinks and micheladas. Others noshed on eggs and guacamole after playing a few quiet rounds of cornhole in an area flaunting canvas cabanas.

“This isn’t your typical brunch setting,” I explained to my aunt, who was visiting from Buffalo, New York, as we settled into sturdy wicker stools at a high-top table.

Lunching like it’s 1886

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

You don’t have to stretch your imagination to envision horse and buggies unloading passengers clad in Victorian couture when standing in front of Salt & Whiskey, the re-branded restaurant inside the historic Horton Grand Hotel.

Opened in 1886, the hotel was modeled after Vienna’s Innsbruck Inn, and its architectural splendor — inside and out — ranks among San Diego’s most precious Victorian gems.