••• Bar Le Côte starts lunch service today—we can expect an abridged version of the dinner menu to start, along with a couple of sandwiches. Lunch will be available Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; pictured above is the broiled skate sandwich with tomato, arugula, pickled red onion, and lemon aioli, photographed by Carter Hiyama. And you can reserve.
••• Lighthouse Coffee‘s Turnpike Center location has opened, reports A.
••• Saint Bibiana, coming to the former Little Kitchen space at 17 W. Ortega, is having a “pre-soft opening” tonight, starting at 5:30 p.m.: “I don’t have beer or wine or employees yet but it’s time to sling a few pies and get acquainted with my kitchen. Stop by and help me choose the menu.”
••• Loca Vivant Kitchen will open at El Mercado shopping center on upper State Street. —Restaurant Guy
••• Mangione’s Italian Ice Co., at 1222 State Street (Victoria/Anapamu), has set an opening date of May 16.
••• A question from C.: “I’m craving raja tacos from Little Alex’s! I miss that restaurant so much. Any idea if they will relocate or, if not, any idea who makes them like they do?” I haven’t heard anything about Little Alex’s reopening elsewhere, and I don’t know of other worthwhile rajas tacos. Anyone care to advise? Update: Paul vouches for the ones at Mony’s, while Christine prefers El Sitio.
••• For all you Dutch Garden fans: check out artist Michael E. Long‘s diorama of the restaurant. More photos here. (And the restaurant is said to be shooting for a July reopening.)
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Raja tacos from mony’s are the real deal.
I second the vote for Mony’s. They get the crispy-around-the-edges-cheese and delicious mix of onions and peppers to perfection!
RAJAS are best served at El Sitio?
I just love the Dutch Garden diorama!
Miss little A’s big time.
Rajas at la super rica are delicious
La Superica’s Rajas.