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I'm curious about.....

Beaumont's in LJ. The executive chef from the soon-to-be-defunct Sea Rocket Bistro is heading there.

The menu seems to have some standard fare that is drawing me in. Anyone been?

What places are you all curious about these days?


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  1. Since you still have time, perhaps you could edit your title to include San Diego.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Nah. This way readers are forced to come into the SD board!

    2. Maybe it is just a result of my being in that general area for all of my San Diego existence, but I've never considered Bird Rock to be La Jolla (much like I don't consider La Jolla Village Square to be La Jolla - even with a La Jolla post office there :).

      But back to the point, I did find that interesting and wonder what we'll see in a few months.

      1. ... that little restaurant stand at the outer edge of the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

        1. Owned by the same people as Brockton Villa, IMO, nothing special.

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          1. re: cstr

            "Nothing special" because it's owned by the BV people?
            That seems kind of....unfair. Still, I'll check it out and get back to y'all.

              1. re: honkman

                To dismiss a place based on the ownership. What if the chef at one place, assuming s/he has creative control, is pretty talented versus a place like BV that is mediocre.

                1. re: globocity

                  I don't think anyone would complete dismiss a place just because of ownership but at the same time every owner builds up a certain reputation and so I think it is fair to at least have an expectation that other places from the same owner will have the same "philosophy", e.g. Malarkey has a certain reputation that his restaurants are more about show than quality food and so if one of his new restaurants opens my expectation might be to have pretty average food. But that doesn't prevent me from visiting his restaurants (and finding out that some of the are not that bad) - same with the owners of Brockton Villa (which has very mediocre food and survives because of the views).

          2. I guess it is a step in the right direction, but I also said that when they hired Chef Morris. Unfortunately, IMHO, it has yet to pan out. He made quite a few menu changes that sounded promising but the delivery has been pretty MEH.

            Despite the loooong thread about the "underwhelming" Pizzeria Mozza, I am still curious and looking forward to trying it.

            Highly anticipating the opening of Cafe La Rue at La Valencia. Chef Daniel Barron is killing it in the Mediterranean Room (despite the stuffy surroundings), so I can't wait to see what he and Kyle Bergman (formerly of Ritual Tavern) come up with for the new, more casual concept.

            1. They execute a couple of items well (jidori chicken, scallops, and they have a great burger) and it happens to be a pretty good place to catch live music and drinks with a local crowd--mainly 35 and up.

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              1. re: El Chevere

                It was the live music part that also caught my attention. I certainly fit that age demographic! Thanks for the input.

                1. re: globocity

                  not a bad place and I've had a number of good times there--by myself and with a group of friends...there are a few cliques including some territorial Bird Rock surfers but not a bad spot and I've had many a pleasurable night there when I am in the mood for food and music. FYI, Beaumonts is one of the main places La Jolla/Bird Rock/Windansea locals starting flocking over to in greater numbers after Jack's closed down. I'm in my 50's (not out of place there) and like it because it is a more 'adult-oriented' (though you do get a couple of younger ladies stepping in the place as well), yet casual place. Good mix and range of people.

                  When I am in that area, I usually alternate--music wise--between Beaumont's and Cafe Europa on Turquoise in North PB (about a 5 minute drive away). The Beaumonts bartender, Gavin, is a character and often drinks as much, or more, than the guests but he's a pretty cool guy and will occasionally buy back a drink (if you are sitting at the bar, he also has quick hands--keep an eye on your change). They remodeled the place within the past year and I like eating at the bar. Other than that, go for it....if you decide you like the place for just the music, I suppose you could, again, venture to Turquoise in North PB and eat at Table 926 and then move on over to Beaumonts--or across the street to Cafe Europa--for an after dinner drink and music.

                  1. re: El Chevere

                    "territorial Bird Rock surfers" is redundant! Man those guys are tough.

                    Used to go to Turquoise when living in North PB, I'm glad to see it's still there.

                    Thanks for the recommendation to sit up at the bar. I did that a lot in NOLA and met some way cool bartenders who made the experience that much more enjoyable.