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The dessert list, which apparently changes often, held several temptations, not least of which was a bittersweet chocolate bread pudding. But we wanted something lighter and chose the bourbon-mascarpone tart on a nut crust. It arrived in a ramekin, its thick texture buoyed by gelatin, with not much bourbon flavor. It looked so much like panna cotta that I realized that panna cotta, though not on the menu, was really what I wanted. This was plenty heavier. The espresso machine was broken, but our good server Paris delivered my Caffe Calabria coffee as requested, right along with dessert.

Our food-only costs were just $78 for three people overeating (and doggie-bagging several nights’ worth of grazes) — can’t complain about that. West Coast also offers just about everything “to go” until midnight, ready to take with you when you just want to head home, change from that white polyester suit into flannel PJs, and refuel in comfort after your hot night at the disco. ■

West Coast Tavern

★★½ (Good to Very Good)

2895 University Avenue (front of North Park Theatre), North Park, 619-295-1688; westcoasttavern.com

HOURS: Monday–Friday 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.; Saturday noon–2:00 a.m.; Sunday brunch 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; Sunday dinner 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. Takeout until midnight.
PRICES: $6–$14 for everything; desserts, $7.
CUISINE AND BEVERAGES: Gastropub grazing, playful and fun. Well-edited affordable international wine list, everything available by the glass, bottles under $30. Full bar with classic and slightly creative cocktails, many bourbons, craft beers.
PICK HITS: Five-spice chicken wings; bacon-wrapped nut-stuffed dates; chicken ’n’ waffle; lamb sliders. Good bets: interesting dessert list.
NEED TO KNOW: Pricey parking garage behind theater, street parking painful but possible (better on weeknights). Interior very noisy (loud music) with live DJs. Sports-bar atmosphere (including TVs), but front patio (about six tables) sheltered, heated, two tables with fire pits. Handicapped cut-out at curb in front. Plenty for lacto-vegetarians, somewhat less for vegans. Happy hour 4:00–7:00 p.m. daily.

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opassons Oct. 4, 2010 @ 10:33 a.m.

The parking garage is $5 all night. How on earth could you call that "pricey"? You know how hard it is to get people to use that garage? Couldn't you just put the cost and let people decide for themselves if it's too much? Also, did you leave before the music started? They have a live performance worked out by SD Dialed In (of Casbah fame) most Thursday nights.

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Founder Oct. 4, 2010 @ 11:05 a.m.

Adding to Reply #1

Naomi WI$E is infamous for her own patronizing snide style and to suggest that she submit other-WI$E is asking way too much!

NW's quote "Pricey parking garage behind theater, street parking painful but possible (better on weeknights)." gives no credit for WCT's parking validation program and her suggesting that patrons should enjoy taking up neighborhood parking instead of using the parking garage next door; is just a cheap shot to the Residents of NP living nearby (like "stiffing" your server), when you are also OK with "food-only costs were just $78 for three people overeating (and doggie-bagging several nights’ worth of grazes)"...

I suggest you enjoy your "white polyester suit" somewhere else where the matrons/patrons dress just like you do, the RB Inn perhaps!

Bon Appetite in your "doggie-bagging"...

BTW: Kudos to the Tin Fork, at least his reviews are factual & fair-minded...

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ncboy Oct. 5, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m.

jeez, give her a break - it's only a comment about parking. anyone have a comment about the restaurant?

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Founder Oct. 5, 2010 @ 5:10 p.m.

Reply #3

RE: "it's only a comment about parking",

get a grip; the good folks in North Park are getting slammed by folks like NW that encourage other folks to use the Residential Streets instead of parking in the Parking Garage right next door to WCT (which validates)!

That attitude is just plain cheap and NW deserves to be called on the red carpet for it...

How would you like folks to take up ALL the parking where you live most nights of the week?

BTW: THE SLIDERS & FRIES ARE KILLER, not just OK...

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Naomi Wise Oct. 8, 2010 @ 9:13 p.m.

My bad! Really! I used to bank at a bank branch on 30th St, but its parking lot was subsumed by the new parking garage -- and at that time, the parking fees were outrageous! (Can't remember if it was $8 or $12, but the price rivalled the goniffs (ladrones) of the Gaslamp. Stopped using that bank branch forevermore. Well, apparently they've lowered the parking price considerably (although still too high for one minute at the ATM) -- but the main thing is, I should have checked the current fee, and didn't, and also the validation data. I do have some excuses (would you accept 13,000 words due RIGHT THEN in a 3-week period because of the Restaurant Issue?) -- but still, I SHOULD have called to check, and to check validation policy.) Maxima mea culpa, and I'm sorry for people trying to park in your driveway.

On the other hand, I find the lamb sliders just very good (not "killer") and the pork slider so-so, and I don't care much about fries unless they're really extraordinary. As for my ironic reference to white polyester disco suits, you may be taking life too seriously -- and evidently, John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive" came out before you were born. (Personally, I stick to natural fibers, haven't worn anything poly since the death of disco.) And since I'm old enough to remember those movies, I'm also old enough to have eaten considerably more "killer" lamburgers and fries over the course of life. Oops, guess I'm getting snide again. As the scorpion said to the frog as they crossed the river, "it's my nature.")

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Sheryl Oct. 12, 2010 @ 10:30 p.m.

This is a "restaurant review" for god sake. If you have a problem with parking -- tell it to your councilman!

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Founder Oct. 13, 2010 @ 9:40 a.m.

Reply #5 (+ sorry for the delayed post) Thanks, I've never read a "My bad" from you!

As for the sliders, I challenge you to a blind Slider taste test (lets both hope the FF's are worthy) and may the Best Slide-ee win...

As for your "Ironic Iconic" and and your ability to intuit someones age using "And since I'm old enough to remember those movies, I'm also old enough to have eaten considerably more "killer" lamburgers and fries over the course of life." I'd suggest you stick to your day job...

RE: "Oops, guess I'm getting snide again.", be careful or it maybe you that's (as Shakespeare {in Hamlet} used the now proverbial phrase "hoist with his own petard".

Bon Appetit

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Founder Oct. 13, 2010 @ 9:58 a.m.

Reply #6 I was tempted to say, "That is the funniest reply, I've ever read" but I feel that since you perhaps overlooked the slider comments about the quality of the FOOD that WCT (restaurant) serves, I'd let your comment "slide" and I'm not talking about burgers!

Now, to continue my reply to your comments about NP Parking and my Councilman, believe me he knows exactly how my neighbors and I feel, but that does not help get folks to respect others when parking!

Consider this as "Food For Thought":

The City of San Diego needs to totally rethink it's City Parking "Plan", as it is now outdated and poorly administered, most often without any respect for Residents.

  1. Since the folks that work as "Meter Officers" generate much more income than it costs to pay them why does meter enforcement end at 6 PM? This does nothing to enforce late night parking problems.

  2. Why should a Residential Parking District take years to implement, unless the City really does not want them? What is wrong with that picture?

  3. Why should residents have to pay huge sums for low cost decals to the City in a parking district just to get some relief from Business Patron parking in their own neighborhoods? Instead, why not have the Business's that are causing the parking problems pay all sticker costs. Fair is Fair, Homeowners should not have to "pick up the tab" for Business Owners Parking!

  4. Why should homeowners have to move their vehicles every 72 hours, just to park in the same spot in front of their own home? This also causes "stupid" pollution which SANDAG must correct in SB 375.

  5. If business's want "grow" why should they get to, without paying to mitigate the effects on nearby Residents BEFORE THEY OPEN THEIR DOORS?

  6. If you think parking is poor now, wait until the City adopts "in lieu" fees that allow businesses without enough parking to pay a fee instead of providing parking! Then the City will be able to spend the money somewhere sometime BUT it does nothing to reduce the Parking Blight for the Residents that live nearby...

  7. 100% of all the Revenue from all Parking tickets should NOT be put into the General Fund but rather used to fund bonds and build new parking structures; that way we will build solutions to our Parking Blight instead of making it much worse... while telling all "non rich" folks to use mass transit...

  8. All future parking structures should be designed so that the top floor can be used as an Urban Park when the space is available or not needed for vehicle parking.

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