••• Don’t be fooled by the name: Validation Ale is more than just a beer hall, with a robust menu of food. With those big windows and doors open, it makes a delightful place for lunch—and on the weekday I went, it was nice and quiet. The more people in your party, the easier you’ll find it to justify the totchos (above).
••• Fresco Cafe pushed its opening back to this Thursday, September 29.
••• Mony’s now offers three breakfast burritos (the chorizo one was always available as an off-menu item, but the other two are new). But you have to wait till the restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m.
••• Let’s see more of this: Dart Coffee Co. no longer charges extra for non-dairy milks.
••• The Independent profiled the Tamar Middle Eastern pop-up at Third Window. Chef Logan “Jones hopes to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, which would serve both lunch and dinner.” Maybe he could just take over Zaytoon….
••• “New Isla Vista restaurant Checo’s plans to hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1.” It’s a taqueria. —Noozhawk (Update 9/27: It opened early, reports Restaurant Guy: “‘This is a Central Mexican restaurant,’ says chef and partner Sergio ‘Checo’ Ortega. ‘We’re from Central West. I’m from Michoacán which defines the influence. Everything is made from scratch. We make our own tortillas. Every salsa is from scratch. Rice, every meat, this is what Mexican food is to me.'”)
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