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T+L Reports: Bright Young Food Scene

The renaissance of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is shining a whole new light on the once staid downtown area. The stylish ristorante Buon Appetito (1609 India St.; 619/238-9880; dinner for two $65) is known for its grilled quail over lentils. · Rustic European dishes such as broiled Bahia Falsa oysters and rabbit ravioli are among the offerings at Café Cerise (1125 Sixth Ave.; 619/ 595-0153; dinner for two $80), located in what is rumored to have been a brothel. · Bachelor star Andrew Firestone has created a buzz with his sexy-chic Confidential (901 Fourth Ave.; 619/696-8888; dinner for two $60), serving inventive tapas such as Indian lamb sliders and Coca-Cola–glazed ribs. · Steak frites and sole marinière are the prime plats at Café Chloe (721 Ninth Ave.; 619/232-3242; dinner for two $40). · An Art Deco fish house with a rollicking oyster bar, the Oceanaire Seafood Room (400 J St.; 619/858-2277; dinner for two $100) is straight out of a Dick Tracy story. · Jsix (616 J St.; 619/531-8744; dinner for two $70) serves up a farm-fresh menu with an ethnic flourish. Try the Moroccan lamb skewers in green-olive sauce or the seafood cocktail spiced with chilies and lime. · Diners fill communal tables for sweet-and-spicy grilled lobster and Krispy Kreme bread pudding at Soleil@K (660 K St.; 619/ 446-6088; dinner for two $65), just a pop fly from Petco Park.—IRENE LECHOWITZKY

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