Mike Madriaga 3 p.m., June 22
Boy, is this a fun couple or what?
Jongo Park and his wife Brenda make their place, O’Bistro (4934 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach) more like a club.
Strangers at the counter get chatting within minutes. Also, dogs welcome.
Brenda comes around offering samples, like bits of a gorgonzola flatbread pizza that’s to die for, with roasted garlic and rosemary on a cracker-thin crust. The whole pizza’s $9.50.
So, okay, this place isn’t the cheapest. Dishes usually cost around what the lentil, chickpea, and vegetable vegan stew over basmati rice goes for: $12.95.
But delve into the menu a bit and you come up with scrumptious bargains: a bowl of clam chowder, $6.95. The executive chef John Mann is famous for his recipe, my neighbor tells me.
This same neighbor’s got a delicious-smelling plate of steamed mussels in a winey broth ($10.95).
I forget to ask about it because I’m taking on a juicy, messy cheese-steak sandwich stuffed with thin-sliced sirloin, fontina cheese, balsamic onions, and mushrooms.
It’s $10.95, but you get your choice of oven-roasted red potatoes, potato salad, green salad, or a cup of soup.
And nice heavy knives and forks and black linen napkins.
Which make you feel, well, important.
Definitely coming back for more. Must do a "Fork" column on this.
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