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We'll admit it. As much as we'd like to think we're culinary adventurers constantly in hot pursuit of the next, undiscovered eatery, we tend to hang about the same ten or twelve joints. But given this week's Cafe column is about a far-flung eatery not worth the drive, perhaps we're not missing much.
Food Critic Michele Laudig on D'Vine Bistro and Wine Bar:
D'Vine has garnered a Wine Spectator Award as well as numerous accolades from local media, although the hype seems only partly justified. Though I enjoyed the ambiance and the wines, the food here struck me as "good for east Mesa" -- which, given the dearth of happening wine bars or any other upscale dining in the vicinity, isn't saying much. It's definitely unique for this sleepy area, but in the scheme of things, I'd call it acceptable at best. Service, too, was cursory and slow...full story