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Restaurant Reviews

Tostadas with a view

Posted: March 9th, 2018 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

It took a second visit to Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant before I learned who the establishment is named after. Thanks to a meek and informed hostess, she revealed the restaurant pays homage to Mexican Revolution war hero, Emiliano Zapata. Prior to that, nobody seemed to know.

New neighborhood coffee shop picks up steam

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

A long overdue niche has been filled in the Lake Murray area with Brew Coffee Spot. The urban-rustic coffeehouse affords caffeine enthusiasts a spacious place to sip, eat and relax, if not spread out with school or work projects on roomy tables made of wood and metal pipes.

Anchored within the Big Lots shopping center at 6101 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa, the business model was conceived in just over the time it takes to swig down a couple of frothy lattes.

Vegetarian fare with Vietnamese flair

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Just inside the entrance, a tiny wooden footbridge takes you over a pond of bubbling water and into the elegantly peaceful dining room of The Purple Mint Vegetarian Bistro. It’s a place where plant-based meals rule the day — and won’t scare off carnivores — and where you’ll actually encounter purple mint, […]

A decade of good eats with a side of celebrity

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The last time I ate at The Trails Eatery was in 2011, when owner Stacey Poon-Kinney was riding a high wave of publicity from the Food Network show, “Restaurant Impossible.”

The San Carlos eatery had been selected for a $10,000 makeover, which meant the show’s domineering host, Robert Irvine, would rescue the business from despair — his way.