Mission Beach Cafe
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.