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Looks like Wolfgang Puck‘s influence will now be downtown at the soon-to-open Crescent Heights Kitchen & Lounge. Executive chef David McIntyre’s experience comes from eight years at Puck’s Beverly HIlls Spago working his way to sous-chef and kitchen manager and most recently, consulting on Puck’s very upscale steak house Cut.  McIntyre’s menu features solid Puck inspired dishes…variations of which are on the menus of his LA restaurants, including Kobe beef sliders, Chino Farm veggies and more.  What Puck’s branding brings to San Diego is consistently solid food and service–something many restaurants in this town, for the most part, can’t deliver. 655 West Broadway, Ground Floor, at India St. and Broadway.  Opening late this month.

Over in North Park, Heaven Sent Desserts newly installed executive chef Tina Luu brings years of pastry making to the cafe at the corner of University and 30th.  She teaches at baking and pastry at The Art Institute of San Diego, and for the past 20 plus years has worked in top restaurants world-wide and with such chefs as Michael Mina and Bradley Ogden.

Great to see that The Better Half in Hillcrest received a Wine Spectator award for its wine list that features half bottles…that go so well with the food.

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