• Dining Around (3)

    Posted on March 10, 2012 by in News

    W.Douglas Verkaaik

    Its time to meet once again at The Gathering.

    The doors have re-opened at The Gathering Restaurant and finally life is back to normal in beautiful Mission Hills! Almost to the day one year ago a disastrous fire that started in the kitchen and spread to the attic and severely damaged the restaurant that had loyally served the community for over 20 years. It has taken a year to completely redo the place, in effect turning into a brand new restaurant with a new state-of -the -art kitchen, all new furnishings and a brand new bar.

    “Everything that was outdated is now updated” said owner Dan Thomas recently. Many of his employees (who were paid during the entire year) have returned and Dan has a talented new chef in John Boccuzzi, a 30-year culinary veteran who has a dose of Italian heritage in his background.

    The Gathering serves breakfast, lunch and finner seven days a week, has a friendly neighborhood feel to it, and has a nice bar area. One of the fun promotions here is that when a firetruck drives by with its sirens on, all drinks are half price. The fact that the place is close to a fire station makes it a frequent promotion. Another unique thing about the restaurant is that Dan performs magic tricks at the table, and that tradition will continue on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday nights.

    The menu here is brand new and features many signature dishes, but plenty of new, enticing creations. For breakfast one of the top sellers is the Eggs Sardu (poached eggs with creamed spinage atop an English muffin and dilled Hollandaise sauce), but also vying for equal billing are Eggs Benedict, Country Sausage Frittata, Carne Asada Huevos, the Greek Omelet and the Goldfinch Omelet (with Canadian bacon, mushrooms and onions). At lunch the best picks are the Goldfinch Burger, the smoked turkey sandwich, a classic Monte Cristo ( bread dipped in egg, grilled with Swiss cheese, ham and turkey and sprinkled with powdered sugar), a Cajun chicken wrap or popular club sandwich. Listed on the rest of the menu page are entrees headed by the famous house specialty Carne Asada Plate. It is filled with thin slices of marinated and tender charbroiled beef with salsa, guacamole and black beans. Another winner here is the Country Style Meatloaf,a savory, satisfying version topped with rich mushroom gravy. Chef John excels with some Italian specialties, namely the Penne Arrabiata pasta with a bite ( made with roasted chicken, spicy marinara and penne), chicken Parmesan, fantastic Grilled Salmon Piccata or Italian Napoli steak. Also listed are Jamaican Pork Tenderloin, a Mixed Grill, fish and chips and filet mignon. Welcome an old friend back by visiting soon at 902 Washington (at Goldfinch). Call (619) 260-0400.

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