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Jul 18, 2013 08:55 PM

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

We shared some happy hour apps- both bruschetta type things with Prosciutto- one with fig, another with peach, both with Arugula or some sort of other fancy-schmancy green stuff. Both VERY tasty.

We proceeded to an appetizer of grilled asparagus, herbed ricotta (I think) chees and a fantastic fried duck egg. Amazing.

She had a lemony-bright Troffi pasta dish- fresh and clean. I had the opposite- a rich short-rib ravioli with a very complex horseradish cream sauce.

We finished with a butterscotch pot de creme (they call it a pudding) that was equally spectacular.

She had a nice glass of red wine, I had a 24 oz can of anti-craft PBR.

We agree it was the (trumpet fanfair) The Best Meal Ever in Hillcrest (proper).

Walkable for us, we will return. But are unlikely to get a seat.

Service personable efficient and kind. Knowlegeable, too.

Go there.

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  1. Nice review, FN. Sounds like a Must-Go place -- at least I'm sold. Honestly hadn't ever even heard of it before now. I take it this your first time?

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    1. re: DoctorChow

      Yes, it just opened- this week, I think. Same folks as Blue Ribbon Pizza in the LA/Encinitas area, but no pizza.

      Different concept.

    2. So short ribs (at least as an ingredient) are off the "do not fly" list"?

      Sounds great, it was already on my list. Now we will walk over after the next Landmark movie date night. Do they take rezzies?

      Meaniehead revoked.

      1. A PBR??? Gutsey FN! Was it wrapped in a brown paper bag? BTW - nice food description.

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        1. re: cstr

          No bag, no glass.

          A 24oz tall boy can, sitting right on the table, without a coaster, taunting the crafty-beer types with its red,white and blue patriotic splendor. It was happy hour, and it was $3, just like a beer should cost.

          Take THAT, beer fetishists!

          1. re: Fake Name

            $3 is $2.50 more than that beer is worth haha. Thanks for the review, will check the new place out soon

            1. re: Fake Name

              If I'm ever invited to your house, I'm bringing a box of Franzia

            2. re: cstr

              I wouldn't call PBR an anti-craft beer; rather it is a beer that just doesn't acknowledge the craft beer movement, and sits back and ignores it.

              1. re: Tripeler

                I rather think of PBR as one of the 'original' craft beers!

                1. re: Tripeler

                  I don't really get the "anti-craft beer" thing, but for those who feel like they're sticking it to whomever by filling their belly with low-grade swill, here's an interesting story about the owners of PBR and their marketing efforts (the fact-averse may not want to click through):

                      1. re: Josh

                        Pfft. I'm going to take an old bleach bottle down to the "old pub" and get a "Growler" of local crafty microbrewski made by artisans- they call it ,like, Sweet Kitty Hoptimizer, bro.

                        1. re: Fake Name

                          You must be confusing me with someone standing on your lawn.

                          1. re: Josh

                            What.... you're a Lawn Jockey? Go back to SF.

                            1. re: Fake Name

                              More like 'Sweet Kitty Pee Hoptimizer'!

                    1. Could not agree more. Big fan!