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Maureen Clancy Article

Maureen Clancy Article

Nice walk through the last 30 years of the restaurant scene in San Diego by well known and respected critic, Maureen Clancy.

I remember fondly the early days of The Gatekeeper, a funky cafe on Prospect where we enjoyed strong coffee, classical music and quintessential comfort foods such as Apple Brown Betty. I remember the thrill of being led to a window table at Top of the Cove, where we feasted on lobster in avocado sauce. I can still taste the buttery, garlicky escargots at Chez Francoise. And I can still see a smiling Alfonso standing at the door of his original location (the home today of Jose's Courtroom). As guests arrived, Alfonso would dutifully write their names on the waiting list. I sneaked a peek at that list one night … most lines said "amigo."

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