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Crystals and CBD Cocktails: Matt Sieve Talks About His Daring New Drinks at Madison on Park

Happy Half Hour Podcast 168

By Jenna Miller

This week’s special guest is Matt Sieve, the owner of Madison on Park. Matt opened the restaurant and bar in University Heights four years ago, and their newest drink, called the “Queen of Crowns,” is going to be featured as the cocktail of the month in the November issue of San Diego Magazine. Recently, Madison generated buzz for being at the forefront of making CBD cocktails in San Diego. Matt is a third-generation restaurant owner—he is one of five brothers, and his family owns five restaurants in Minnesota, one of which is 100 years old.

For Two People, $50, Matt gave us an entire day of food for $50 starting with breakfast at Little Lion Cafe in Ocean Beach. For lunch, he recommends going up the coast to Mission Beach for the No. 9 sandwich at Gabbiano Pizza. He then goes to The Rose in South Park for some appetizers, then drops into the Turf Supper Club for a dirty martini. Matt finishes off the day with a Cali burrito from Adalbertos.

In Hot Plates, we talked about Patxi’s Pizza, a chain from the Bay Area focused on Chicago deep dish pizza, opening today in Hillcrest. Valle de Guadalupe has a new restaurant called Lunario at La Lomita Winery, with 28-year-old chef Sheyla Alvarado creating a masterful menu. The rooftop bar downtown, The Nolen, quietly went through a Paul Basile redesign. Convergence Harvest is a new food festival happening on November 2 at Temecula Olive Oil Company. The event brings together top local talent intermixed with farmers, fishermen, and producers (plus local, natural winemakers and breweries) and benefits The Ecology Center.

David’s 60 Second Beer Review this week is Sea Señor, a Mexican-style lager from South Norte Beer Co.

This week’s Hot Topic is about how millennials are fleeing cities and heading to the burbs. The Wall Street Journal reported that recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau says 27,000 millennials between the ages of 25 and 39 left big cities like New York, San Francisco, and Houston last year for the suburbs. Locally, we’re seeing cooler restaurants like these pop up in the suburbs: The Florence, One Paseo, and Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad.

Thanks for listening, and we’d love to hear from you! Call us at 619-744-0535 and leave a message. Or if you’re too shy to call, you can email [email protected]. You can give us your recommendations for Two People, $50, tell us about any news happening in San Diego’s culinary world, or let us know who you’d like to hear featured as a guest on the podcast.

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