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CUISINE & BEVERAGES: Free-range internation cuisine emphasizing local farm products and sustainable proteins, with many tapas, few entrées. Long wine list, often steep but lots by the glass. Numerous craft beers, cocktails made from scratch.

PICK HITS: Elote (grilled corn with huitlacoche and cotija cheese); jerk chicken; stuffed squash blossoms; piquillos rellenos. Possible good bets: Lyonnaise salad, smoked tomato bisque, grass-fed rib-eye or burger with parmesan fries.

NEED TO KNOW: Vegetarian dinners Wednesdays ($25), plus many vegetarian/vegan choices daily. Suckling pig group dinner for 8–10 (order two days ahead), $38 per person. Dinner with Six Strangers (for one or two) at communal table, once a month (next is October 20; call for details), $48 per person including everything. Hip music (country, blues, etc.), but room gets loud when full, usually around 8:00 p.m.

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InOmbra Oct. 11, 2011 @ 3:34 p.m.

Totally agree with your take on the food. I spent a lot of money there once; never again. I'd also like to know what award was conferred. And by whom and where. In the San Diego Oceans Foundation 2010 benefit profile of the participating chefs, Heredia's profile said nary a word about any award. Odd.

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icyBear Nov. 30, 2011 @ 2:01 p.m.

I live one block away from Alchemy. I would love to dine there more frequently but the food and service are lacking. Too bad. I feel it is important to support my local businesses. But I would rather venture out into other neighborhoods if I want a great dinning experience. what happened Alchemy? When you first opened I recommended this place to many people. My first two experiences were great. The restaurant's yelp reviews seem to echo what this article has highlighted. I suggest folks read a few prior to go there.

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