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[food & drink] GUIDe pieCe out the new Centennial Cake at extraordinary Desserts serves 16-20 people. UNIVeRSITy heIGhTS/ NoRMaL heIGhTS Blind Lady ale house The beer-nerd flocks to this Normal Heights favorite for Automatic Brewing Co. drafts plus pints from other S.D. craft brewers and notables from farther afield, as well as gourmet pizzas and seasonal salads featuring produce from the Adams Avenue farmers market. Check the eatery’s blog for beer releases and special events. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3416 Adams Ave., 619.255.2491, blindladyalehouse. com $ Cantina Mayahuel Named after the Aztec goddess of agave, this Adams Avenue mainstay is celebrated for its impressive selection of tequila and mezcal. Pair a margarita or cocktail with top-notch mole dishes or a superlative taco doused with one of the signature salsas. Dinner daily, lunch Tue.-Sat. 2934 Adams Ave., 619.283.6292 $$ Jayne’s Gastropub Jayne’s was one of the first British-style gastropubs in S.D., with a charming patio and a menu that intersperses ye olde classics (lamb shepherd’s pie, superlative bangers and mash, fish and chips) with downmarket, casual gourmet fare. The wine list is very well regarded. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4677 30th St., 619.563.1011, jaynesgastropub. com $$ Soda and Swine At this Normal Heights hot spot, meaty offerings include TaSTe TeST for 100 candles on top, but we’re still keen on Pastry Chef Karen Krasne’s new Centennial Cake, ($65) which just debuted at Extraordinary Desserts (extraordinarydesserts.com) in honor of Balboa Park’s 100th anniversary celebrations, kicking off this month. The chocolate layer cake is as rich in symbolism as in decadent flavor. According to Krasne, who opened her first dessert boutique 20 years ago on Fifth Avenue across from the iconic park, the cake’s dark chocolate represents Balboa Park’s Spanish influence, while whiskey in the chocolate mousse represents downtown San Diego and the gold leaf gracing the top stands for the park’s history of elegance. Make a wish! –Amy Finley Let Them eat Cake We’re not sure there’s room a customizable meatball menu with options for pork, beef, chicken and even quinoa. Finish it off with pies and an old-fashioned, jerk-pulled soda fountain. Next door, twin concept Polite Provisions has cocktails on tap. Dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. 2943 Adams Ave., 619.269.7632, sodaandswine. com $ Bo-beau The Cohn Restaurant Group brings their brand of French countryside charm to La Mesa Village. Chef Benji Moore’s menu scores with locals who like their moules frites, buttermilk fried chicken and burger royale served by the fire pits on the groovy patio. Dog Daycare • Dog Boarding • Dog Grooming • Dog Shop 634 14th St., Suite 104, San Diego, CA • 619/231-4701 doozydogclub.com extraordinary desserts photography by rebecca antuna KeNSINGToN/ eaST CoUNTy

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