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Soho (North Park)


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Soho (North Park)

Ms. Verde | May 21, 2010 09:31 PM

Just returned from our usual Friday night dinner out. We tried SoHo at El Cajon & 30th St. and were VERY pleased. It has taken over the space formerly occupied by Vesuvio Gourmet. This is our neighborhood and we had a Community Magazine 2for1 coupon, so we thought we'd give it a try. I checked the board and didn't find anything about it, so we walked in cold. We left very happy!
We started with the poquillo peppers $6.50. They were stuffed with some yummy goat cheese mixture and served with toasted baguette slices and roasted garlic. While we waited, some flatbread, seasoned with zatar and oil was delivered. It was a nice, unusual touch. The have a wood burning pizza oven which was featured in several dishes.
We followed up the appetizer with 2 Meyer beef entrees. The Morrocan spiced flatiron steak, sliced thick over israeli couscous was delicious, tender and flavorful. The spice was there but not overpowering. The other entree, one of the items recommended by our server, was the short ribs. Again very tender meat, well-flavored and served with a house-made goat cheese tomato and greens tamale. There is creativity and skill at work in this kitchen.
Even the decaf coffee was good! The only disappointment was the biegnets--too heavy. Next time we'll save room for the bread pudding and try the Carlsbad mussels and maybe a veggie pizza. The prices are fair--the beef dishes at $18.95 were their highest priced entrees. I'd like to see them make it, but they need more volume.

Vesuvio Gourmet
3025 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

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