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Barbarella in La Jolla is an area that’s popular with tourists, but it has the feel of a neighborhood place. That’s not an easy atmosphere to cultivate.

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It’s warm, cozy, and a little quirky. In the bar area, you can see a beautiful pizza oven and a good bit of the kitchen, a sight I always enjoy.

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There’s a bright, pretty patio in front; it looks date-night romantic after sunset. The dining room is white-tablecloth dressed up, but not stuffy.

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I’m there with John for breakfast, and I can’t resist ordering a Bloody Mary ($8.00). It’s strong and spicy, with a good shot of horseradish and just enough pickley, sour garnish.

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My Croque Madame ($12.95) was delicious. Each element was nicely done, lightly browned prosciutto layered with Swiss cheese and sturdy, buttered white bread, grilled golden brown. A softly poached egg, just the right amount of savory Mornay sauce, and a finish of fresh chopped chives. Heaven. The grilled bread soaked up the sauce and eggy yolk, but still kept its crunch integrity.

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The frites were pretty stellar too, screaming hot, salty and crispy.

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John’s Strapazette ($10.95) was a fluffy scramble filled with mild Italian sausage, Parmigiano-Reggiano and julienned basil. It tasted light and fresh.

On the side were well-roasted house potatoes, with just a touch of rosemary, and crusty whole grain toast.

Barbarella Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are pet friendly and have an exclusive “doggie menu”.

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Barbarella

2171 Avenida De La Playa

La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 454-7373

Hours:

Monday – Thursday – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday – 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday – 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

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