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Jayne's Gastropub and Cantina Mayahuel - San Diego


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Jayne's Gastropub and Cantina Mayahuel - San Diego

Alice Q | Feb 17, 2007 01:45 PM

Had dinner last night in the Normal Heights/North Park neighborhood - first drinks at Cantina Mayahuel, and then dinner at Jayne's Gastropub.

Unfortunately Cantina Mayahuel does NOT have a full bar, and thus no margaritas - I wonder if they will get a liquor license? It would be better if their chips were fresh, as some have mentioned but their kitchen is tiny and is right behind the bar, and they don't have a deep fryer. I think their daily special would be the way to go there. They do a mole, chile colorado, cochinito pibil, and a seafood special. I should have committed the days to memory, but alas I did not. I do remember that Friday was a mole day, and I think the seafood was on Sat. Some of them repeat. I asked for a sample of the Chile Colorado, which was the special that night - and it was delicious. They had it simmering on the stove in a four quart saucepan. They also do tacos and tortas (we were sitting at the bar so I was watching them put the food together) and they looked good, but most of the regulars seemed to be ordering the Chile. One comment - watch your step coming out of the bathroom - I almost took a tumble off the step just outside the door!

Jaynes was terrific - everything was delicious and the owners are lovely and gracious hosts. I had the short ribs, which were served with some phenomenal mashed potatoes and nice crisp vegetables, with a port wine sauce. My husband had the free range chicken, which was reminiscent of Zuni chicken with side of couscous with arugula and currants. Our friend Tracy had the caesar salad which is served in whole spears (very lemony and garlicky - just like I like it) and she ordered a side of frites - which were amazing. They made them a bit thinner than they were at lunch, and they were crisp and well salted. Even better than Cafe Chloe's. We started with the calamari appetizer which was really good - tender and crisp, with housemade spicy cocktail sauce and tartar sauce. For dessert we had the butterscotch creme brulee and the brownie with vanilla gelato, both very good. They also serve good coffee, with real whipping cream. It looks like they have added their burger and the fish and chips back to the menu since then - otherwise everything else is the same as opening night.

They have a simple short wine list - we had a bottle of Albarino and I had a glass of the Innocent Bystander Pinot with my meal.

We really liked it, and I think they will do well!

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