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REBECCA’S COFFEE HOUSE In the vibrant neighborhood of South Park

is the famous Rebecca’s Coffee House. Known for their baked goods and famous scones, available in dozens of flavors and baked fresh throughout the day. Rebecca’s also offers homemade soups, sandwiches and live en- tertainment—oh and great coffee! Located at 3015 Juniper Street. For more information call 619.284.3663 or go to rebeccascoffeehouse. com.

PREMIER GOURMET If you’re missing the “old country,” the newly opened Premier Gourmet Deli and import food shop, features European delicacies, that you don’t want to overlook. They have fantas- tic meat pies and luscious baked goods start- ing around $2.50. And their deli case features a bountiful selection of salads, cured meats and smoked fish, with a full service restaurant slated to open in late August. Located at 6062 Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa. For more information call 619.465.0086 or check them out on facebook.


by mike spradley

GROWING UP in San Diego, there was a common belief we would forever be a one-horse town with surfers to the west, farmers to the east and dairy farms in the valley.

Even with the current recession, San Diego’s skyline

is dotted with construction cranes, as new buildings change the cityscape. San Diego is quickly becoming a metropolis with new places being created from the ground up and more interesting places being re-created out of old classics. Just north of the old Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park,

is one of the historic gems of the Uptown/Bankers Hill Communities, once called the Park Manor Hotel. Now in keeping with it’s re-imagination it has become Inn at the Park—sometimes even the historic has to be refreshed because the old grandeur is just a little too worn and one can only do so many face lifts. It’s nice to see the old girl get a little love with some new creative juices flowing in her veins. General Manager Blaine Redfern said, “The goal of

Shell Vacations Hospitality is not only to become the most sought after timeshare in San Diego but to be- come the preferred hotel for those seeking modern accommodations with an old-world charm.” San Di- ego and the Inn at the Park will soon rival some of the better boutique hotels in the Bay Area, the remodel is due to be completed by end of summer 2012. 525 Inn at the Park is also part of the remodel and

has had a few menu changes made under the watch- ful eye of Executive Chef Tony Wilhelm. I am biased when it comes to Chef Wilhelm who is always in the spirit of food creation. A very inexpensive lunch menu is available, some

of my choices include the Pork Belly Monte Cristo Sandwich at $15, Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad for $9, and of course the $13 Fish & Chips. For din- ner we were started with the Burrata Caprese with creamy burrata cheese, heirloom tomatoes in halves with a balsamic reduction made from 24-year old bal-

samic vinegar $11, the taste of this plate is excellent. The dinner plates all around were very good

to excellent, my companion Vanessa and I truly enjoyed the Crab Mac’n’Cheese” made with blue crab, orecchietta pasta and lobster cream sauce for $15. The Grilled Lamb T-Bones with a Spring pea puree, pistachio mint gremolata at $23, was cooked to perfection—I suggest a side of mashed potatoes and a small green house salad for balance. New on the menu is the Tableside Seafood Du Jour Market Price, which is prepared before your eyes. For those who enjoy pork, the Smothered Pork Chop with polenta and chili hollandaise is just wonderful at $21. Dessert was a genuine treat, we sampled the Warm

Cinnamon Sugar Beignets with espresso cream, warm chocolate and salted caramel sauce. Crème Brulèe is in general, difficult to make correctly, but at 525 they have the recipe down and so is the price at $7. The Inn’s Tiramisu is my personal favorite and made the traditional Italian way for $7. Inn at The Park also offers a Sunday Rooftop Sum-

mertime Tea Dance from 1p.m. to 8 p.m. with a live DJ to take your favorite music requests. A somewhat limited but very affordable BBQ menu complete with delicious ribs, gourmet hot dogs and hamburgers starting at just $5, with drink specials starting at $3. The Friday Rooftop Happy Hour is a San Diego

Tradition, offering the best view of Balboa Park and the city skyline. I can think of no better place to spend a blissful end of your week, with the best view in town for sunsets as well as stunning views of Imperial Beach, Coronado, the entirety of San Diego Bay and incidentally all the way to Tijuana! Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information or to make reservations call 619.291.0999 or go to

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