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Dec 10, 2013 08:58 PM

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

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Dagney

      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.

    2. Look forward to trying it over the holidays. .

      1. 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.

        1. Going tonight with friends. What dishes are not to be missed?

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          1. re: Dagney

            * The brussels sprouts appetizer (but skip the cauliflower app, it's not bad, just a little flat)

            * The flatbread pizzas are pretty good, especially to share.

            We've had pretty good luck with the apps

            * If the pork shank is still on the menu, it's good.
            * Hamburger has all kinds of crazy stuff on it. It's big and messy. I actually prefer the burger across the street at Johnny B's, easier for me to eat.
            * The fried chicken was good
            * Skip the vegetarian casserole entree, a muddled mess

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Glad this thread popped back up. We met some out-of-town friends that stay with the wife's mother nearby so we suggested BB for dinner. Not to "yuck your yum", but my husbands's fried chicken was some of the worst I have ever had. A couple of tiny, boneless chicken thighs for $20 something bucks? And they were overcooked and dried out to nothingness. Really? How do you do that to chicken thighs? Mussels, quesadillas for kids - all meh. Won't be back.

                1. re: y6y6y6

                  Thanx! I glanced at the menu and they caught my eye.

                  1. re: y6y6y6

                    Duck fries are ALWAYS awesome. If we are talking about sliced potatoes fried in duck fat. ALWAYS.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      This version is actually more like a poutine. Our dining companion actually ordered a second one for dessert.

                      1. re: y6y6y6

                        You choose your dining companions well. Very well indeed.

                2. Thank you all! We had the Brussels Sprouts, the Pork Belly flatbread, and the BBQ chicken flatbread. All delicious. The service was attentive, efficient, and friendly. We were a difficult trio to wait on, as we were deeply engaged in conversation and ordered food in a random manner, but he got it right. I'll go back with my husband.