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I think this place is bad from hearing so many of the very few number of customers that do go in there and end up having a bad experience or as they say with a happy ending, with the un professional inexperienced female psycho working day time manageing ", its pathetic, ladies if u ever feel like working with a manger that is unapprochable gets high and hangs out on her off days drunk as a scunk at the clubs who not only can not answer your questions or build a special bond with all the girls working this is the place. Forget all work related questions , they won't be answered , she will stomp to the owner and act as if she is tattle tailing, this is a joke, then if u want to feel degrated and told ur nothing or f*** you for showing customer Service and devotion good work ethic go out the window , this is the den of dillusion that feels dumb to have no way back . If the owners whinning women feels threaten by ur beauty or genuine style she will make it impossible for you and if that doesn't work she will pout and cry and force you to feel sick to work along side with such a creep and throw u under the bus. This place uses the girls and customers see it . Ladies this is the last place to work at that is negative and leaves ur stomach in knotts . The only nice thing is unrated and unappretiated unfortunately and that is the cool male managers and waitresses that u see temp. And the true well composed few strippers there. Check out all the other clubs first as a heads up and customers make sure there's air conditioning and a girl on stage before you get taken for a few bucks and pay to walk into dissappointment .
Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss. What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico. In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.
Walking past El Vitral along the open stadium of Petco Park, shelves of premium tequila glisten in the restaurant window. Walking into the establishment, it becomes evident that tequila is definitely a theme. And why not? It is a quality product from Mexico, which falls in line with Chef/Owner Pablo Becker’s whole vision. His vision is to introduce all things good from fine Mexican cuisine and changing the way San Diego views Mexican food. If that isn’t the best first impression, wait until you walk into the main attraction, the open kitchen. Floor to ceiling stainless steel wrapped in glass pane, the kitchen is the ultimate centerpiece. Chef Becker compares the development of a restaurant is like fitting together pieces of the puzzle. He knows because he speaks from experience. When he first started in the restaurant business his mentor asked him to start like any other employee with no prior experience; by washing dishes. From there, he went through every step of the business from the bottom up. Today, as a restaurateur, he knows a restaurant inside and out and top to bottom. In fact from the hostess to the bartender, all are trained to answer any questions a patron might have about the décor, the various brands of tequila and most importantly, the food. Also on his team is Chef de Cuisine Norma Martinez. She heads the concept menu and blends items in like grandma’s mole recipe. With Chef Becker’s depth of culinary skills, extensive restaurant experience, and love for the restaurant industry, El Vitral is a definite home run.
My friend lives in the area and suggested Mimi's Cafe as a good place to grab a quick bite following a 5K that we'd participated in earlier that Sunday morning. It was a bit before noon and because we couldn't decide between breakfast or lunch, we chose this place because we could have either option. The hosting staff at the front door was busy but quite friendly. The place was bustling, which was to be expected at brunch-time on a Sunday. We did have to wait for about 10-15 minutes for a table, but once we were seated, service was fast and friendly. After some deliberation, we both ended up ordering patty melts. Mine was good but there seemed to be something missing in terms of seasoning. I'm not a heavy salt user, but while edible, I found the overall composition to be rather bland, as were the fries. Even the grilled onions had an odd taste and consistency - the word watery comes to mind - and they tasted like they'd been sitting uncovered in a fridge and took on some of the aroma of other items. Not sure if that makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe it. Even with all that said, the sandwich wasn't completely bad. It could just use a bit more flavor. I must say that our server was very, very nice, and made our dining experience quite pleasant overall. If I were to be in the area again and want a decent meal for a good price, I'd visit here again.
MAMMA MIA!! Dinner & Language Lesson Sunday September 21st @ 6:00 pm Immerse yourself in a night of traditional Italian life. Come enjoy a traditional seven course meal and receive an hour long lesson in Italian conversation. Dinner will be prepared by executive chef Cinzia. Italian instruction will be provided by Alessandra, university instructor. MENU BRUSCHETTA DELLA CASA Homemade toasted bread topped w/ tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and oregano PANZEROTTI Our best seller: deep fried pizza dough filled w/ tomatoes, mozzarella, and prosciutto INSALATA MISTA Mixed greens with tomatoes and homemade Italian dressing RAVIOLI INNAMORATI Jumbo ricotta ravioli in a creamy wallnut gorgonzola sauce GNOCCHI CIAO BELLA Best in California: homemade potato gnocchi in an Aurora sauce CANNELLONI ALLA CONTADINA Homemade cannelloni w/ sausage in a marinara and besciamella sauce TIRAMISU A homemade favorite BEVANDE A glass of White and a glass of Red, soft drinks and water Price 40$ per person, tips and taxes incluted Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant 1932 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92109 Reservations required: 858-272-2702 / email@example.com For more info visit www.cinziascookingclass.com
Hidden gem- never went here when it was the French branded place... Always thought it was too basic (just crepes didn't appeal to me) - when it changed names, it still didn't seem to appealing - babbo grande sounded a bit clownish. But hey, when I saw the $5 weekday breakfast and lunch and dinner options, I thought maybe I should give it a shot. Well one weekend came around and a friend said it was good, so what the heck: we were hungry and it was close. Things I love: 1. It's big! We've been twice and no wait to be seated. 2. Great outdoor patios, side patio especially quiet. 3. Bring your dog to the outdoor seating area! 4. Fast fast very friendly service 5. Delish full breakfast for $7 ! Only negative and doesn't warrant a star reduction: iced tea is not fresh brewed and has that off taste when it comes from the soda fountain - ick. Overall the best breakfast spot in Hillcrest on an overall basis. The Mission is close, but not nearly as comfortable and longer waits. Hash House is good but very long waits and service has deteriorated (see separate review). We've been twice and we'll be back frequently. Please though, better iced tea. That is all.
I was shocked to read the previous review from 2009 of the guy who says this is not a good place... I feel bad for his unfortunate experience but I was logging on to express how thankful we are for this restaurant being here in this neighborhood. We have lived on Mt Abbey Ave for 10 years and have eaten at Giovanni's to many times to count! We have NEVER had a BAD meal... maybe a few average ones, but most time the food has been excellent! Service has always been acceptable, but who hasn't ever had an off day! I only wish this guy had not responded with haste to write such a scathing review... there is zero doubt in my mind that the owner would have made it right and he would still be dining there 2 years later! The outcome would have been one of good feelings rather than a nasty attitude. I owned a restaurant 35 years ago in Michigan and clearly remember several occations that unhappy customers let me know and I made it right, ending up with long time happy customers and friends. Oh well, some will, some won't, so what? We love the place! DouglasCHoover
This is THE thing I miss about living in San Diego... We used to live down the street from this amazing little eatery and have been there probably 50 times in the past 4 years. We have NEVER been disappointed. From the incredible wine and beer selection to the AMAZING mac and cheese, I don't think I've ever had a meal there that I haven't loved! I love their commitment to sustainable food, as well as fresh, local produce. With a seasonally changing menu, I always look for something new to try, but I have to say if you are into it, GET THE MEATLOAF. It is the one thing (besides the mac and cheese) that I look for EVERY time we go. It's moist, and delicious and the lamb pairs incredibly well with the sweetness of the figs... it's not your Momma's Meatloaf, but it sure is DAMN good. Top off that meatloaf with the salted caramel pot de creme and you will need to be rolled out the door, pleasantly stuffed!
I love this Sushi Lounge, The Sushi is delicious and very affordable, I also like all the specials that they have on the board. They also have a full bar. The atmosphere is fun, you walk down into it , They have a large projection screen , showing movies or underwater scenes. There is also a juke box. A few days a week they have a DJ. The Sushi chef Tim is very knowledgeable and creative with the Sushi that he makes. They even have sushi sliders. I have had the lunch special a few times and it was very good. The Happy Hour is fantastic, although the prices are reasonable enough to go anytime... I can also bring my non Sushi friends as they have a hot menu too with some nice chicken or beef Terriaki , and they even have yummy garlic fries. I had the salad with sushi , it was really good. The miso soup and sea weed salad are very good.... I always have a good time when I go here.
Are you looking for Old World charm with candle lit tables hiding in dark, secluded grotto's? Don't look here. Are you're looking for an Italian resturant that smacks of the 1960s with checkered table cloths, an air conditioner perched over the entrance dripping water, and very good entrees? Then this is for you! One thing i look for is value for my dollar, and Sanfilippo's delivers. Their sauce is tangy with tomatos and spices. I typically order the Chicken Caccitorre (sp?) dinner, and have some left over for tomorrow. Their garden dining area is great for the smokers in your posse. You'll hear all about Filippo's Pizza Grotto in Little Italy, but don't bother. It's become a tourist trap, waiting lines are long, and it's high priced for what you get. Avoid that crap, and go to Sanfilippo's on Fifth Ave. You and your wallet will be glad you did.