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You thought Halloween was ghoulish?

Check out this Day of the Dead menu at the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s restaurant (in Old Town plaza, 2660 Calhoun Street, Old Town, 619-297-1874).


Day of the Dead runs tonight and tomorrow night. It has become a big deal in Old Town. Last year hundreds, maybe thousands, turned up for Ghouls' Night Out...


The bad news? Cosmopolitan's not actually serving any of this. The good news? Their pretty good-looking happy hour (haven't tried it yet) from 3:00 pm – 6:00 p.m., will carry on through both days, in this patio.


Christian Benavides, the guy who normally runs the bar here, shows me the Day of the Dead altar.

"It's dedicated to Maria Ysidora, the daughter of Don Juan Bandini," he says.

Don Juan built this house in 1827-9 and they say it straight-way became the social center of San Diego.

"They will have a procession that visits these shrines," Christian goes on. "Every business here has an altar. Even the Cold Stone Creamery."


Cosmopolitan will be offering free apple cider today and tomorrow in their patio...


...And actually pretty-much every place around the Plaza is offering something.

The procession starts at six o'clock tomorrow (Friday) evening, starting at the Casa de Machado y Silvas in front of the State Parks HQ and ending up at the Campo Santo, the old Mexican-era cemetery. Lots of singing, candles, and, for sure, people who kinda like the idea of a day to remember all their loved ones who have, as they say, passed over.

But first, gotta try that Cosmo happy hour. Some nice-sounding deals, like steamed mussels and clams for $5.95, shrimp taco for $3.95, "A Steer and a Beer" – an angus burger and any draft beer for $9.95, and “The Drunken Pescador,” a fish taco and house margarita, $6.95.

Though personally, I’d be more interested in the grilled gallbladder, maybe with a side of skin and fingernail salad.


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