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An outing in November 2017 to the Pasadena Convention Center to see retired Los Angeles Dodger announcer Vin Scully speak resulted in our stumbling (and I hadn’t even had a cocktail yet) onto a new restaurant recently opened (October 2017) in the Paseo Colorado Mall, Great Maple.

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I ate my way through the revamped UTC mall. Here’s what I found.

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Best place to be bad: Great Maple. Oversize portions of over-the-top comfort food and glorious desserts are what Great Maple is known for, headlined by the maple bacon doughnuts.

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Best Thing I Ate This Week: For a taste of chorizo toast, ask for a Bloody Mary

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Last week, I updated my list of favorite Bloody Marys. Two days later, I discovered the Bloody Mary at Great Maple in Newport Beach.

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#33: Red joy at Great Maple

SAN DIEGO CITY BEAT

A few weeks back San Diego Magazine released its annual restaurant “Best Of” list, in which there was a “Best Bloody Mary” category. The critics’ pick for Best Bloody Mary went to Great Maple

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10 Bonkers Bloody Marys in San Diego

EATER SAN DIEGO

Mid-century designer diner Great Maple boasts a sizeable and unique bloody mary presence on its menu – here you’ll find everything from the Pickle Mary to Johnny’s Hangover Bloody finished with a chorizo and melted cheese topped crostini.

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Great Maple Featured in OpenTable’s Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America

SAN DIEGO ENTERTAINER

This top brunch spot packs flavor into all its dishes to satisfy any discerning diner. From fresh scones, maple bacon donuts and beignets, the bakery pumps out delicious treats that are great to share with the table.

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Confluence of Pasadena Restaurant Week and Masters of Taste Continues

PASADENA WEEKLY

The chance to try Great Maple’s maple glazed salmon and maple bacon doughnut (choices on their $40 three-course dinner) is tempting, but I’m probably going to resist in favor of sampling the fried chicken and doughnuts ($16) on their regular brunch menu.

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Eater San Diego: The 38 Restaurants You Must Try

NBC SAN DIEGO

Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including a look inside Westfield UTC’s newest eatery.

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Great Maple Puts Down Roots at Westfield UTC

EATER SAN DIEGO

Fans of Great Maple will undoubtedly flock to its newly-minted location at Westfield UTC, where its photogenic 5,000-square-foot space with 1,500-square-foot patio sits on the perimeter of the mall along Genesee Avenue.

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