Since I seem to be spending a lot of time in La Mesa these days I thought I'd report in on Bo-Beau East. It's good and I think, or at least I hope, it will last.
It is - and always has been - an awkward space. Bo Beau makes the best out of a bad lay out, lots of wood and metal but comfortable and surprisingly warm ambiance. It is noisy, but conversation was not impossible and we didn't have to yell across the table.
Was amused by the wine by the glass menu listing the selections by "cheap", "decent", "good" and "very good". That said the wines by the glass provided pretty much something for everyone. $6-12 range per glass.
We only tried 3 dishes. The infamous crispy Brussels sprouts with pancetta, parmesan and balsamic port reduction. Two big thumbs up on this appetizer. My sister and I shared it and even ended up bringing some home. When was the last time you could say Brussels sprouts was a big part of your dinner ;-)
We also tried the flat bread with chicken, potatoes, goat cheese and a couple other things. The flat bread was a bit greasy, but the pizza itself was pretty good, I'd order it - or one of it's brother flatbread pizzas again.
We split the pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. It came with a compote of dried winter fruits in a light caramel and some spiced whipped cream. Great seasonal dessert.
We liked everything we had. The apps and flatbreads are a good size for sharing, as was the dessert.
1 glass of wine (Malbec) a cocktail (Manhattan), the Brussels sprouts, flatbread pizza and dessert came to a bit over $58 with tax but before tip, or about $30 per person.
We liked it. I'll be back