Gaslamp

Nachos: Respect at last?

Ed makes a meal of a big messy plate at Costa Azul

Is this the most beautiful mess of food you ever saw or wot? And maybe the best belly-filling deal too. I've just had a kinda revelatory reminder here at Costa Azul that nachos are suddenly ...

Roast Highway

Move over Hops Highway, the caffeine tour has arrived

Coffee tourism hit San Diego in January with the Caffeine Crawl, a series of coffee-shop tours inspired by the pub-crawl concept. This is the second year beverage marketing firm the LAB has organized the tour ...

Upscale harem

Ed skips the hookah and inhales a panini

“Hookahs are definitely cheaper there,” she says. “But you get less of a head-rush from them.”

Inconsistent beauty at Rama

Attractive setting and a standout dish doesn't justify Gaslamp upcharge

I love Thai food almost as much as I love Mexican, but both cuisines suffer from the same problem: It’s really good and (often) really cheap, which makes it hard to justify shelling out more ...

Equal parts sun and shade

Liz Miela crafts Encore's Champagne Lemongrass Mojito

Mixers and historians of the dram are both debating: does the Mojito derive its name from the spiced Cuban citrus seasoning known in those parts as mojo, or from the Spanish word mojadito (“a little ...

Basted, Azeri-style

Lamb for $5? Think Gaslamp. think Azerbaijan

Sunset. Goin' with the flow like a pooh stick in a slow crick, sauntering with the crowd down Fifth Avenue. It's the height of happy hour. Conventioneers have been let out and are looking for ...

Don't sauce that burrito!

Mexican food more than a hill of beans to Antonio Friscia

“A wet burrito is not Mexican, I think, but people love them,” says Chef Antonio Friscia, who opened his latest restaurant, Don Chido, in the Gaslamp in late June. He knew going in that some ...

Overpriced underperformer

Gaslamp sushi contender Full Moon plays at being upscale, delivers mediocre quality at elevated prices

Gaslamp newcomer, Full Moon Sushi, spent extra time in the buildout phase, but that’s OK, since the restaurant ended up with a very chic look. Mid-century American cues combine with Japanese-ish touches, like the shōji-inspired ...

Bar la carte at Fleming's

Ed discovers half-pound, six-buck burgers for Happy Hour

Usually I'd walk straight past. I mean Fleming's? Steaks muy caro. Thirty bucks? At least, probably. This is expense-account land. Plus when you do walk in, into the dark, where you can just make out ...

Comic-Con after hours

Many of the Comic-Con attendees I have spoken to this year have said that their favorite aspect of the four-day event, apart from cosplaying, is hanging out at the clubs and on the streets of ...

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