One thing we do badly in San Diego is preserve our history, particularly our culinary history. Lubach’s is no more and neither is Piret’s. The old-school stylings (and paintings) at Albie’s Beef Inn left Mission Valley and aren’t coming back. Region’s gone as are Laurel, Blanca and Ropongi. Café Chloe closed recently as did Café Japengo. There’s not even a broad consensus that losing these landmarks is in anyway representative of something important.
And that’s what makes the 20th Anniversary of Terra American Bistro (7091 El Cajon Blvd.) a moment worth savoring.