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Mission Beach Cafe

Absonot Jul 25, 2007 11:21 AM

Located on the corner of Guerrero and 14th, this little spot was quite a lovely surprise. It's extremely meticulously designed, so I expected it to be all style and no substance, full of attitude and overpriced food. But it's really a charming place that has a very interesting, reasonably-priced menu.

The wine list is all California, with a LOT of interesting by the glass choices like Albarino and Tocai Friulano. And the menu itself is really varied -- rabbit pot pie, risotto with asparagus and peas, filet mignon and flax-encrusted tilapia (which I am definitely going to order next time). Entrée prices ranged from $12-20.

I had the roasted Poussin, which arrived nice and dark, perfectly cooked with crispy bits of skin that had a pleasingly aggressive pepper flavor. It came with cherries, dried figs and roasted endive. I would have liked a starch with it, but maybe that's just me. I'm a potato-lover, especially with roasted bird. But it was a healthy portion and I (somehow) managed to devour it.

I have never seen a dessert list so long -- it had at least ten items to choose from. We tried the banana butterscotch pie and the pecan chocolate pie. I would not usually order either of these, but my dining companion has a huge sweet tooth, so I relented. But neither of these pies were sugar bombs. The pecan chocolate pie in particular was a lovely, nutty, sophisticated balance that paired perfectly with my Blue Bottle Americano.

This also seems like a great place for a solo dinner -- they have a counter along one window for diners.

  1. Windy Jul 25, 2007 11:23 AM

    It's especially lovely during the day time--peaceful and airy. The cookies and tarts are wonderful. I've liked them more than the real food (burgers, brunch) that I've tried so far.

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      Philip Jul 25, 2007 03:30 PM

      I've only been there for pastries, but they were quite good.

      1. bernalgirl Jul 26, 2007 12:00 AM

        So glad you posted! I've driven by frequently and noticed the lovely space, but assumed it was truly a cafe. Nice to learn otherwise.

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