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An opening morsel to whet the appetite for next week's Cafe review of Andalus:
At American fairs held in the early 20th century, cigars would often be awarded to contestants who could ring a bell by hitting the base of a pole with a sledgehammer. It is believed the phrase "Close, but no cigar" came about as consolatory words for those who just missed the mark. Andalus, in Pacific Time's former Design District space, has been trying its best to resonate with diners since opening nearly three months ago. It is operated by the team behind Little Havana's El Rincón Asturiano, and its aim -- an authentic Andalusian-style restaurant -- is true. Nonetheless, a pair of dining experiences here didn't quite clang our chimes.