Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Old Town Cosmopolitan
You've probably walked right by it, but after last year's renovations, I suggest you walk up the steps and check out the inside of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town. Everything has been restored to its lush, 1800s style old Western opulence, which, compared to what was going on back east and in Europe at that time, is relatively sparse, but with an attention to craftsmanship that diminished in the following century. For San Diegans, I imagine this would be a fun staycation spot, as so few of us locals take advantage of our city's attractions.
Let's start with the rooms (just for fun, because they look cool, scroll down for a sampling of the food). The hotel is the "oldest surviving building in San Diego." But don't worry, the plumbing is modern. Each of the ten rooms has its own name and personality. Here are a few pics.
This tub is gorgeous -- all of the bathrooms are different, some have showers, but they are all styled according to the era.
One room contains this little writing alcove. I wanted to sit in there and contemplate life.
For a full gallery of the hotel, and more of the rooms, Click Here. But now, on to the food.
Because it's been a while (this meal was enjoyed a few months ago), I don't feel comfortable describing each dish individually. I think the photos give a good idea of what you get. What I can say is that I enjoyed all of my tastes, particularly the fish tacos -- cheddar cheese is added to give some good ol' American flavor. I found the food to be as advertised, "Mexican favorites, American grill, and seafood," sometimes all on the same plate. Chef Joseph Melluso prepared these plates, and it is clear he takes pride in each portion. Melluso is best known for his Tin Fish restaurants, located all around the country. Now on to some food porn:
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