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Food & Drink

Decisions, decisions

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The name is a misnomer.

La Mesa Bistro & Bakery more closely resembles an all-American diner rather than some quaint bistro serving rustic French fare. The menu and chalkboard listings bombard you with hearty food choices for breakfast and lunch, and despite its small façade, the interior greets with two sizable dining rooms perfect for family dining.

‘Hands of love’

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | 3 Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Oscar Acosta recalls telling his wife, Dulce, before they got married, “One day we’re going to have a restaurant.” The couple first met at a farmers market in their native Mexico City. They eventually moved to Spring Valley, where they run one of the best and most underrated Mexican restaurants in […]

A ‘Taste of’ foodie event under one roof

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, News | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Why walk from one end of La Mesa to another when you can experience all its culinary delights in one place?

On Monday, June 12, the La Mesa Community Center will be transformed into a royal food court with more than 450 attendants. The ninth annual Taste of La Mesa “Eat Your Heart Out!” brings together 23 restaurants to offer patrons a sample of what the city has to offer.

Culinary pioneers

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Before trendy cuisine and craft beer descended on La Mesa, a local couple was preparing to fill the void by remodeling an old 7-Eleven destined to become Craft Kitchen. It took Dena and Randy Shamoo almost three years to convert the store into a place where things like sprightly salads, tuna […]

New neighborhood coffee shop picks up steam

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, News | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. A long overdue niche has been filled in La Mesa with the arrival of 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 […]