RAGE Magazine March -- Gossip Grill Feature March 31, 2010 - 10:33am
SAN DIEGO RAGE MAGAZINE – Gregory Swim
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The latest successful venture in the ever-expanding empire of club owner/restaurateur Chris Shaw and business partners Stefan Chilcote and Matt Ramon (Urban Mo’s; Baja Betty’s, etc.), Gossip Grill recently opened in the former home of Café Eleven at University and Normal. Shaw’s timing and sensibilities hit yet another bull’s-eye with this new bar and eatery, targeting specifically omen but equally welcoming to men, a refreshing change from the deep rooted historical segregation within our community.
Whoops and hollers from a celebratory crowd on the patio spill into the parking lot as you approach. Just as Urban Mo’s, a full service outdoor bar to the right as you enter signals that this is first a place to hang out and have fun. Groups large and small enjoy lively conversations while quaffing beverages from a premium selection of beers, wines and spirits without the premium prices. At daily happy hour prices you can have the likes of Guinness Stout or a glass of Chardonnay for as little as two and a half bucks!
But just because the food seems incidental to liquid refreshment doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Chef Maryjo Testa, veteran of the Urban Kitchen group as well as Salad Style downtown, offers a well considered menu that leans more toward snacking—perfect in a bar setting—than to a formal dinner, and with an eye to comfort food. You can certainly enjoy a multi-course meal here, though, and have plenty of great choices. The relatively small menu is so well composed that omnivores don’t notice that half of the menu is non-meat.Source: Rage Monthly March Issue