John Brandi 9 p.m., Sept. 17
Bankers Hill Hotspot
I tend to forget it's over there, on the other side of Hillcrest, so I was happy when my friend Jane recently suggested we happy hour at Bankers Hill Restaurant and Bar, the foodilicious marriage between Carl Schroeder and Terryl Gavre, who had also teamed up to work on a Del Mar fave, Market.
The kitchen doesn't open until 5 p.m., but happy hour begins at 4:30, so there's plenty of time for a pre-food cocktail and catch-up chat before a menu appears. As with most popular eateries these days, the menu at Bankers Hill focuses on comfort served up for the sophisticated. That means deviled eggs (an appetizer that has been on a hip resurgence in the last two years), and hotdogs wrapped in bacon. All the oldies repackaged to please the modern palate. I wonder if Mad Men had anything to do with it. But these aren't your mom's deviled eggs -- first of all, it is specified that they are sourced from the farmers market, and they're served with lemon potato crisps and an arugula salad topped with shaved parmesan.
David said his tri tip reminded him of Steak-umms. But the overall deal is that the food is fresh and tasty, and the "homemade Twix" dessert didn't last ten seconds on the table. I'm happy to be reminded that such a hotspot is located away from the fray of downtown, Hillcrest, and Little Italy. Instead, it's tucked over on 4th Avenue, on an otherwise quiet street, making it a sweet spot for an escape from the daily grind.
Now here are some images from our evening out (note, other people joined us, we did not eat all this food ourselves, though given enough time, I'm sure I would have).
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