Bo-Beau La Mesa
Since I seem to be spending a lot of time in La Mesa these days I thought I'd report in on Bo-Beau East. It's good and I think, or at least I hope, it will last.
It is - and always has been - an awkward space. Bo Beau makes the best out of a bad lay out, lots of wood and metal but comfortable and surprisingly warm ambiance. It is noisy, but conversation was not impossible and we didn't have to yell across the table.
Was amused by the wine by the glass menu listing the selections by "cheap", "decent", "good" and "very good". That said the wines by the glass provided pretty much something for everyone. $6-12 range per glass.
We only tried 3 dishes. The infamous crispy Brussels sprouts with pancetta, parmesan and balsamic port reduction. Two big thumbs up on this appetizer. My sister and I shared it and even ended up bringing some home. When was the last time you could say Brussels sprouts was a big part of your dinner ;-)
We also tried the flat bread with chicken, potatoes, goat cheese and a couple other things. The flat bread was a bit greasy, but the pizza itself was pretty good, I'd order it - or one of it's brother flatbread pizzas again.
We split the pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. It came with a compote of dried winter fruits in a light caramel and some spiced whipped cream. Great seasonal dessert.
We liked everything we had. The apps and flatbreads are a good size for sharing, as was the dessert.
1 glass of wine (Malbec) a cocktail (Manhattan), the Brussels sprouts, flatbread pizza and dessert came to a bit over $58 with tax but before tip, or about $30 per person.
We liked it. I'll be back
Thank you DD! Since Bo Beau is on our end of the county we will probably try it. Also, sending good thoughts for your Mom. I was in your shoes a few years ago when my Grandmother's health declined rapidly. I spent several days back and forth to Grossmont.
I can recommend the Starbucks at the mall for hilariously bad coffee, but hilariously exceptional people watching.
I know that particular Starbucks :-) and you're right! I usually stop at the one on Fletcher Parkway between Petco and Office Depot.
Yes, we definitely liked Bo-Beau and want to see some stability on that corner. If Mario's and Johnny B's can stay in business over the long haul at that end of LM Blvd, then it would seem that a restaurant in that location should be able to sustain itself too.
My wife and I tried them about 1 month ago. She liked it better than I did, but we both were dissapointed with the rushed service. Will definitely go back, but we will just order at our own pace. Cocktails, then order appetizer, when done with that, order entrees.
We actually do this just about everywhere since most places seem to run on their own schedule rather than our schedule.