Food & Wine

EAST COUNTY EATER - ARRIBA!  SAVOR OLD TOWN'S BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT--IN LA MESA

CASA DE PICO
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619)463-3267

November 1, 2008 (La Mesa) - The longtime standard for the finest in Mexican food and ambiente is now in East County’s Grossmont Center. 


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EAST COUNTY EATER - MEDITERRANEO BISTRO BAR & GRILL: A DELIGHTFUL FIND IN ALPINE

Mediterraneo Bistro Bar & Grill
1347 Tavern Road, Alpine 91901
(619)445-9902.

October 1, 2008 (ALPINE) - Dining at the Mediterraneo
Bistro Bar & Grill,
one can almost imagine oneself savoring a meal near the Mediterranean Sea.  Perched
on a hilltop with distant ocean views visible through a screen of trees in  rural
Alpine, this eatery has the feel of a sophisticated, upscale European restaurant.
Contemporary and modern décor, colorful artwork, cozy seating and a
well-stocked bar add flair to this backwater watering hole, which also features
cozy seating and large, heated outdoor dining area.


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RECIPES OF THE MONTH

Lavender Raspberry Oat Muffins and Lavender Avocados

October 1, 2008 (Valley Center) – Lovely lavender blooms are good for more than sachets!  Try these tempting
recipes, compliments of The Lavender Fields in Valley Center.     


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TAP INTO THE MAIN TAP TAVERN

Story and photos by Jolene Crowley

 

Courtesy of Main Tap Tavern.
Main Tap Tavern in El Cajon boasts 24 hand-blown glass tap handles created
by local artist Dan McStocker.

The
rehabilitation and beautification of Main Street in El Cajon continues with
the July opening of Main Tap Tavern.  Currently owned and operated by
the East County father and son team, T. L. and Zack Summers, this prime location
had been a dive bar since the ‘60s.


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Vines and Steins - Gio Wine Bar

Editor's note:  Gio's has gone out of business, however a new restaurant has opened in its place. 

By Richard Noel

If you’re out and about in East County and in the mood for a great glass of wine in an elegant atmosphere, relax with the knowledge that this urge will not require you to drive into the urban core of San Diego and spend an exorbitant amount of time or money just to park your car.  That’s because GIO Restaurant in downtown La Mesa has opened the doors to its much-awaited wine bar. 


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East County Eater - Superb Sushi in Santee

OISHII JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE  10251 Mast Blvd., Santee

619-596-4852

www.oishiisantee.com



September 1, 2008 (Santee) -- Santee Sushi?

 If you thought East County only has cowboy and biker bars, you must not have ventured east of I-15 lately, where you will find a rich assortment of sushi bars sprouting up at prices far less than you’d pay at chi-chi sushi shops (down by the sea shore) in La Jolla or Del Mar.


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