Porto Vista Hotel Glass Door 4LMag May 11, 2015 Food & Drink 1835 Columbia St., San Diego | Neighborhood: Little Italy (619) 544-0164 | PortoVistaSD.com Glass Door By Steve Kang Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp District? Are you tired of being surrounded by mostly tourists? Take a slight detour and cruise into Little Italy. This area has great restaurants and bars without all the hubbub. But what’s even better is that it also has it’s very own beloved hotel, the Porto Vista. Go up a few levels to their restaurant, Glass Door, and you will be able to relax with a sweet happy hour. HAPPY HOUR Daily: 3-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 10 p.m.-close (Drinks Only) WHAT WE ATE 01 Merguez Sausage Flatbread (Caramelized onions and peppers, ricotta cheese, sunny side up eggs, roasted garlic) The creamy rich ricotta cheese blends well with the merguez sausage that reminds me of his brother chorizo. The nice crisp crust and the caramelized onions really finish this flatbread up nice. 02 Beef Pinchito (The Tunisian hot chili pepper paste harissa, white balsamic vinegar, charred tomato, truffled lentils) The tender morsel of beef has a great flavor and it feels as if it fills you up because it’s a dense piece of protein. The truffled lentils make you feel special because they’re super high end. 03 Scallop Pinchitos (Citrus vanilla bean vinaigrette, white peaches, arugula, sweet corn salad) This is absolutely delicious. They cooked it perfectly so that it feels as if it just dissolves in your mouth. The bitterness of the arugula, the sweetness of the corn and the spiciness of the sauce tantalizes all of your eating senses. 04 Duck Fries (Confit/parmesan with poached egg and sliced truffle) The duck is super savory and almost reminds me of carnitas, which I love. Rip open the poached egg and just let the yolk drip all over the fries. WHAT WE DRANK 01 Pacific Beach Punch (Svedka Vodka, grenadine, triple sec, lime, lemon, with citrus soda) It’s just like hanging out in PB. At first it’s sweet then all of a sudden somebody sucker punches you in the face. This thing will kick your can. 02 Blood Orange Martini (Svedka Vodka, blood orange puree) The taste lives up to its name. I have a buddy who loves anything with blood orange and I would have to concur. This thing is bloody good! 03 Bayview Cadillac Margarita (Cazadores Tequila, fresh lime, sweet and sour, Grand Marnier) I love it because it’s not too tart. Even 4L publisher Chris Lapham can drink it and he gets heartburn just thinking about Margies. 04 Pineapple-Mango Mule (Svedka Vodka, mango puree, pineapple juice, squeezed lime, ginger beer) A nice refreshing upgrade to the already super popular mule in a copper cup. The mango and pineapple give it a great tart taste that makes your mouth water. THE JOINT As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by a picturesque panoramic view of the bay. Couple that with attentive and friendly servers and tenders and you have found yourself a little piece of San Diego heaven. Come and stay for the night or just come by for few hours to enjoy happy hour while watching the sunset. Either way, you win!