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    PETE TITTL: There's a lot more to love about La Costa

    By Pete Tittl
    Saturday, Sep 27 2014 09:59 PM

    Walking into the new La Costa Mariscos, you feel like a proud parent. This is a child who's grown up, struck out on his own and is on the cusp of a bright future.

    The family-owned restaurant, a staple of downtown for two-plus decades before recently closing its 21st Street location, has always had a home-cooking charm. Good food, humble atmosphere, kind staff. There was a lot to recommend.

    But the new digs (which for years housed a Sizzler) in the historic Ice House building just north of the Garces Circle is, I think, a bit more suited to the quality of the food. It's a stunning multi-level space that they've really made their own, with colorful wall decorations and wicker light baskets; they've retained the old plantation fans that I...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Elusive ribs worth seeking out

    Reader Jon Crawford dropped us an email to recommend barbecue from the Rising Star Baptist Church on Wilson Road, across the street from Kmart. "It's semi-regular (impossible to predict) Saturday barbecue -- I drive by each Saturday to...

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    DINING OUT: The Mark continues to excel at fine dining

    A couple of friends told me they thought food was slipping to the ordinary at The Mark. Considering the extraordinary standard the restaurant set upon its debut back in 2012, I thought a return was in order. I was going to get to the...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: Popular NW barbecue place expands in SW

    Salty's BBQ & Catering has expanded to a second location on White Lane in what had been the Grill Hut. Seth Martinez, a trainer for the Rosedale highway location, said the menu is similar with family-style barbecue meals "but more...

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    PETE TITTL: Krush uncorks nice experience

    I went to Krush Wine Bar expecting it to be the Imbibe of Rosedale: couches, beer and wine, live music, laid-back operation. Where do I begin to list the incorrect assumptions and the toll they took on me? First off, before stopping by I...

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    PETE TITTL: Tasting Frugatti's hidden gems

    We took our neighbors Lawrence and Penny to Frugatti's, and Lawrence gave me his philosophy on ordering food in restaurants: Ask the waiter or waitress what they'd recommend. "Sometimes they'll recommend food and I ask them if they've...

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    PETE TITTL: Latest identity looks great on downtown cafe

    Mill Creek Deli, which a few years ago conquered and took over the iconic Silver Fox bar, has had a difficult time making up its mind what it wants to be. First it was a lunchtime-only sandwich shop and just as it was catching on, the...

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    The Dish: Kale meets kiwi in latest blends

    One of the most significant trends this summer was smoothies created by blending fruits and vegetables together, according to an article in Nation's Restaurant News. Examples include Tropical Smoothie Cafe's totally green smoothie, made...

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    PETE TITTL: Remodeling doesn't apply to the menu

    Ming's Cafe went through what looks to be an expensive renovation recently, but it stayed old school in all other ways, particularly on the menu. This is the sort of Chinese restaurant that has a section of "American" foods because there...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: La Costa readies for Icehouse move

    La Costa Mariscos closed its downtown location Friday in preparation for its move to the new Icehouse location this week. When the new location was announced earlier this year, the owners had considered keeping both restaurants open, but...

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    PETE TITTL: Red Brick touts fresh pizzas, fast

    Sometimes it helps to be ahead of a trend. As Boss Pizza downtown serves quick pizzas and a national chain, Pizza Rev, prepares to open in the southwest, Red Brick Pizza has been popping them out for seven years and is still going strong....

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: What kind of wine drinker are you?

    The United States has now taken over as the largest wine market in the world, but research by Constellation Brands, a wine and beer producer and marketer, has found there are six different types of wine drinkers in the U.S. Price-driven...

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    PETE TITTL: Cafe's brunch worth getting up early for

    It's a great thing to see that after an impressive debut earlier this year, Wall Street Cafe is not sitting back and coasting. Just one look at the lunch and dinner menu currently being offered finds it riddled with red "New" labels --...

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