East Village Stories

Meet the sake master

“Drink out of the corner or you might get some...spill.” Too late.

Am I seeing things? Like, I notice a gal at the entrance of a crowded eatery, speaking Japanese, and giving elaborate bowing farewells to two customers. We’re near 13th and Market. A sign says “BeShock ...

Quartyard concept

Urban venue loses its space but finds its way

Good news: you get a 30,000-square-foot lot of prime downtown real estate to hold events. Bad news: the East Village property is so in demand that plans are afoot to plop a highrise on the ...

Time standing still in the East Village

MTS continues to troubleshoot clock at key transfer point

What time is it anyway? For commuters whose travels include a stop or a transfer at 12th Street and Imperial Avenue, time either stood still or twelve hours went by awfully fast. The clock tower ...

More beds for the homeless

"Our city has a vacancy rate of nearly zero," says Father Joe's president

Local homeless services provider Father Joe’s Villages is pushing to expand its capacity of permanent housing for homeless individuals to a total of 947 beds, the group announced on Monday (September 12). "A growing part ...

East Village's latest brewery isn't about IPAs

A Mainer brings English, Belgian styles to Knotty

The growing East Village beer scene gains another micro with the official opening of Knotty Brewing Co. on September 15. Knotty's small tasting room and five-barrel brewhouse are part of an overall expansion of the ...

East Village sign to hover over Tenth Avenue

"This is hard-scrabbling grassroots."

Downtown’s East Village will soon join the Gaslamp Quarter by having their own landmark community sign on Market Street, midblock between 10th and 11th. On July 27, East Village Association members met at Tod Firotto’s ...

San Diego's homeless murders and the $1.5 million All-Star subsidy

Perfect storm for city hall politicos spending tax money on Major League Baseball

The best laid plans of lobbyists and politicos may come to naught as next week's Major League Baseball All-Star game arrives, with an alleged serial homeless killer on the loose, and San Diego cops scrambling ...

A shrimp taco at the Market Hall

Greed is good

This was where I learned to appreciate the humble carrot. It started simply enough. I was heading along Market past that cool newish condo tower Strata, when I came across this sign: “Café Now Open.” ...

A sushi bar without the bar

Super fish and not much else at Tokyo Deli

Sushi fanatics on a tight budget in SD have been lining up at one of three Sushi Deli restaurants for years, expecting to dig in to some reasonably good fish at reasonably good prices. So ...

Who's ready to hit the urban trail?

“I think we’re going to be the envy of San Diego.”

On May 12, the final public workshop was held before plans are finalized to transform 11 blocks in downtown’s East Village into a linear park for pedestrians and cyclists. The streetscape revamp originated with Civic ...

Mission Brewery on the 50-yard line?

After expansion, "Suddenly they want to put a stadium on top of us."

On April 25th Mission Brewery debuted a new tasting-room extension, adding 5400 square feet to the 20-thousand-plus it occupies in East Village's historic Wonder Bread building. Only two days prior, the San Diego Chargers officially ...

Location is not the problem

Too much flavor at Garlic Shack

There used to be a place called Urban Chicken here that focused on naturally raised rotisserie hens served with a couple of nice sauces. Pretty good, but it didn’t last long. After it closed something ...

Big Beer invades East Village

Macro-swill-making wolf in sheep’s clothing

The San Diego Brewers Guild and its members triggered a hearing of the Downtown Community Planning Council in February in order to voice opposition to a brewpub proposed for East Village. Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing ...

Doing the unthinkable

Kakuni, karaage, and fukujinzuke at Tajima

I’ve eaten Tajima ramen. I’ve eaten a lot of Tajima ramen. When the small restaurant group out of Kearny Mesa opened a ramen bar in Hillcrest in 2014, the opportunity to slurp its perfectly made ...

Sandwiches for our Thyme

East Village shop goes in a different direction

A sandwich shop doesn’t often make for an interesting Feast entry. I can answer questions such as, “Does it carry Boar’s Head or Dietz & Watson deli meats?” And if a shop cares enough about ...

Brooklyn Bagels our best local bet

Almost urban enough to feel like New York

When I'm in New York, I eat a lot. I eat everything I can get my hands on. I don't leave without seeking out great pastrami, some kind of smoked fish, and a bagel. You ...

McDonald's commercial fooled me

I am not lovin' it.

The last time I went to McD's was in 2010 at LAX, one of the worst airports at which to eat. That day, I strayed from the burgers and got nuggets and a McFlurry. I ...

Man’s brekky here

Late breakfast and happy hour at Caffe Primo

Good to have nice, big eggs with floods of bright yellow yolk.

PhD in coffee and tea. Plus couscous.

The new Copa Vida keeps coffee complicated, food simple

My knowledge of coffee? It ranges from joe with milk to joe “au naturel.” So when I happened upon this new (couple of months, max) Place-With-No-Name (at least as far as outside signage) at J ...

What the heck is “linner”?

You can do it at Stella Public House

“Linner” (a relaxed, late-afternoon feast that covers both lunch and dinner) is one of my favorite meals. Since David and I both work from home, our days have little structure. Sometimes we’ll wake early and ...

Better sipping through technology

Copa Vida focuses on precision in its East Village

In mid-October, a year after announcing expansion to San Diego, Pasadena coffee roaster Copa Vida opened the doors of its East Village (905 J Street) storefront, and will open a smaller location in Carlsbad in ...

Palate and wallet favor cod over lobster

Taste of three dollars in a tale of two gastrotrucks

“This truck’s been open in this spot for three weeks, and already they’re popular.”

Best restaurants in the Gaslamp and East Village

Feast! Downtown

The ultracompetitive restaurant landscape around the DOWNTOWN neighborhoods of Marina, Gaslamp, and East Village leaves little room for error in what's already a risky enterprise. The mere fact these restaurants survive recommends them. That they ...

Earth movement broadcasts at Fault Line Park

Listen to shifting tectonic plates in the shadow of 46-story structures

On Friday, August 28, Fault Line Park officially opened on Island Avenue in East Village. The park spreads over 1.3 acres between 14th and 15th streets. It is the first public park to be established ...

Weak at the knees — That's What Cheese Said!

Cheesy dream of a gastrotruck docks at Mission Brewery

Fact is, I’m in a bit of a hurry. Bus to catch in 20 minutes. Just time to down a couple of those $2 quickie beer tasters they have here at Mission Brewery on 13th. ...

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