Alexander's in North Park, San Diego
Just got back from eating at Alexander's. It's right across the street from the Linkery and has been open a couple weeks.
I'm no expert, but this was the general consensus at the table.
The mussels were very good. The sauce they were in was even better! We ended up sopping it up with the generous hunks of garlic bread they give you. A friend described the mussels as almost thai, what with the generous basil and sourish flavor, but it had rich, buttery finish.
We got the stuffed mushrooms as well. They were pretty good, but to me rather ordinary. Mushrooms covered in cheese and stuffed with crab and, i believe, lobster.
I didn't have the bruschetta, but the girl who did said it was really tasty.
The walnut gorganzola pasta was ok. A little under salted to me and it didn't have that pow to the gut that tells you you're eating something divine. Not very gorganzola-y either.
The pizza was delicious. Someone at the table should eat the pizza when you go so you can snag a bite. They ordered the tomato basil. I had a bite and it was a damn good pizza.
The vodka bolognese was tasty. Round and meaty flavor. I just had a bite, but I liked it.
I also tried a bite of the seafood linguine. I forget the name. The person who ordered it said it was too peppery. But I could see what she meant, but I liked the spicy, seafood dish.
The house salad was good, with a nice pineapple vinaigeitte.
And the red sangria was definitely better than the white. The white was a little bitter, whereas the red had a cinnamon-y flavor. Everyone ended up ordering at least a glass of the red sangria.
That's about it. Another at the table had the baked spaghetti and enjoyed it.
It's definitely worth a visit.
We just tried Alexander's last night. As soon as I walked in I fell in love with the all-white decor- it felt sleek and modern, but still intimate and neighborhood-y. We were given water and warm, crusty (although not very flavorful) bread immediately after sitting down, but then had to wait about 15 minutes to order drinks. They had an interesting wine by glass list which we each made a selection from, but then waited another 10 minutes to get the wine. Our first course came out quickly - we had the 30th Street Salad with candied walnuts, golden raisins, pineapple, tomatoes, cucumber and feta. Very tasty and too much for two of us to finish. I ordered the Le Tigre shrimp appetizer for an entree. The shrimp were sauteed in white wine with artichoke hearts and tomatoes. The menu indicated that the dish included capers, but I didn't see any. Instead, there were several whole cloves of garlic which were delicious spread onto the crusty bread. The portion size was perfect- 5 large shrimp. My husband had the Rigatoni bolognese which was full of spicy Italian sausage and rigatoni that was cooked perfectly al dente. We wanted to have another glass of wine with our entrees, but by then the restaurant had filled up and we never saw our server again. Before we hunted her down for the check, we took a peek at the outdoor patio. It looked very comfortable, and was infinitely cooler than it was inside last night. The restaurant has no air conditioning or ceiling fans, and yet the space is small and includes a large pizza oven. I had been looking forward to trying the Old Venice chocolate chip cookie with vanilla gelato for dessert (which is the only dessert selection), but we were just too warm and had to leave. They are really going to have to do something about the inside temperature with summer coming. I am not as worried about the service glitches- those will probably fix themselves with time.
All in all- a great new addition to the North Park scene, although I would recommend waiting to visit until this week's heat wave has passed!