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Friday, March 18, 2005 | Out and About

Former Laurel Restaurant & Bar chef Maryjo Testa now owns Salad Style (www.mjsaladstyle.com), where you can call and order for lunch delivery any of the seven salads. Among the choices: peppered skirt steak salad with red potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes and a zesty ranch dressing; a vegetarian Moroccan spiced couscous salad with asparagus, black currants, feta cheese, almonds and a lemon vinaigrette; or go Asian with vegetables, chicken and noodles in a ginger-sesame dressing. To order, call (619) 274-6003. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Testa has a booth at the Sunday Hillcrest Farmers Market (on the street in front of the DMV). On Thursday through Saturday nights she cooks at Café Cerise at 1125 6th Ave. 619-595-0153.

Laurel Restaurant will close for renovations the last couple of weeks in April. Changes include menu items and new restaurant colors. Word has it that the copper bar will go away for granite and there will be more tile on the floor rather than carpet. I wonder if owner Tracy Borkum is still planning for outside seating on Fifth Avenue – hope not -because sitting on the sidewalk with cars and buses just isn’t the same as a Parisian sidewalk café.

Siesel’s Meats off Morena Boulevard at Ashton Street (it’s where I buy my meat) will soon have a next-door neighbor. Bay Park Fish Co. is set to open in the next month or so. The restaurant and retail store will feature “catch of the day, everyday” and is owned by Marc Muller of Zenbu (terrific sushi) in La Jolla. Premium wines will also be available. Watch here for the menu … it was at the printers when I popped in during construction. Bay Park Fish Co., 4121 Aston Street, in Bay Park. 619-276-FISH.

Marcie Rothman loves good food – no matter where it’s cooked – at home, a hole in the wall or a white tablecloth restaurant. Known as The $5 Chef on radio, television and in her two cookbooks, Marcie travels far and near with an eye on what’s current in food. You can find her at www.5dollarchef.com.

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