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phee | | Jun 9, 2012 09:24 AM

This place is in a rather obscure spot, just below the Bay Ho condos on the west side of Morena Blvd. in a strip of industrial buildings. With high ceilings, inside dining can get rather loud but certainly doesn't rival a Friday night at Slater's 50/50. The outdoor dining is a mixture of picnic tables, concrete built-in tables, and bistro tables and chairs. They grow some of their own vegetables and herbs - as one who gardens, it's always a plus for me to see that.

On to the food. My partner opted for the beer braised bone-in short ribs, which came with garlic smashed potatoes. Very tender, and very flavorful. I ordered the grilled shrimp with spinach pappardelle, and especially loved the mix of baby pattypan squash, young carrots, heirloom tomatoes, and roasted garlic. It was served with a piece of lightly toasted cheese bread - very tasty. Instead of dessert, she ordered a cappuccino (which she said was perfectly made and she's a coffee aficianado) and I had vanilla tea. They make their own rolled tea "logs" to fit the large cups in which they serve their hot drinks. They're also for sale at their counter.

Check this place out. Ample street parking. Great service. Really good food. And you can dine amongst the tomatoes, kale, and rosemary.

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