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Vintana Wine + Dine (Escondido) patio "small plates"

aafflyer | May 31, 2012 09:53 PM

They don't call it small plates, but my wife and I had a light dinner on the patio at Vintana Tuesday evening.

Food was very good to excellent. Desert was very, very good. Two items + olives + two glasses of wine + one desert was about $58 plus tip. Not inexpensive, but food was more than worth the price point.

Even spent several minutes talking to Deborah who was there about the wines on the menu. It was 90 to 95% American wines with a couple of Australia wines, and one or two wines from New Zealand and Chile. Didn't see any French, Spanish, or Italian wines.

Our waitress said Deborah has been there almost every day -- its good to see that shes involved in getting the place set up the way she wants.

It's a little bit different driving into an automobile place for dinner, but its well done and goes well with the Lexus brand.

We used to be frequent regulars at the lounge side of Tango in Escondido, though we've gone a lot less as people have changed there (it used to be like Cheers where everyone knew your name). I'd say Vintana is about 50% more expensive than Tango small plates, but I'm sure the overhead there is at least 50% higher if not double.

Pictures of food items attached.

Items are:

Mussels and chorizo in wine sauce ($11)
Spice olive jar ($5)
Prawn Corn fritters ($8 -- not 100% sure this was the price)
Kelly's S'Mores ($10, expensive but very very good, and was actually perfect size to split)

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