East Village Stories

Aztec salad?

Aztec in East Village does only one, but it's hot

A salad! A salad! My kingdom for another salad! Running out of time, getting closer and closer to 12th and Imp and the bus I've got to catch in, like, half an hour. Without a ...

Beer of the Week: Mission Dark Seas Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Revived San Diego brand releases first oak-aged bottled brew

Since reviving a historic brand six years ago, the folks behind the current iteration of Mission Brewery (1441 L Street, East Village) have been slow to roll out new beers. This isn’t a knock on ...

New chef makes headway at Gang Kitchen

Downtown Asian-fusion spot picks up Craig Jimenez, comes closer to reaching its full potential

It’s been a year since Gang Kitchen’s initial Reader review, and the restaurant’s kitchen has seen some shakeups. Craig Jimenez, formerly of Roseville Cozinha and Craft and Commerce, is in as the new executive chef, ...

Southpaw Social Club gets a triple

East Village eatery jams on bacon

The back patio of Southpaw Social Club, in the East Village, is the Park at the Park at Petco, so the place is probably hopping during the 81 games played there during baseball season. The ...

Spencer Epps on...everything.

Local painter keeps busy by covering material from the Big Bang to the human body

“I don’t know if you’ve ever had a chance to look at a picture of the cosmic microwave background. It’s basically the afterbirth of the Big Bang. This is sort of an interpretation of that, ...

Lotus Thai Happy Hour: where's the Thai?

Ed is underwhelmed at the HH offerings, but learns a lot about seasonings

"Uncle Jerry was from Baton Rouge," says David. He's at the next stool, sipping his ruby-red Zen of Zin ($5). "He'd make his own seasoning and for the holidays, send it out to our family ...

Bearded at Circle Circle dot dot

I’ll never forget the time I took a young niece — she was maybe seven or eight — to see Santa Claus. She’d been hearing rumors that there was no such dude, but remained defiant. ...

Shade, heat, johns missing from library café

The City of San Diego is still looking for someone to turn the currently empty café space in the courtyard outside downtown’s posh new central library into a going concern. But due to city budget ...

San Diego Library Foundation's tea by the big dome

Donor tours show off Pelican Perch, elevator's "3D portal effect"

On November 8 at noon, the Carnegie Society's annual tea was thrown by the San Diego Public Library Foundation on the ninth floor of the new downtown library building. The luncheon is an invitation-only affair ...

Armando de la Torre's "Winter Wonderland"

Barrio Logan artist comments on his residency in Oceanside and the importance of fostering communities.

Armando de la Torre’s residence at the Oceanside Museum of Art (made possible through a James Irvine Foundation grant) begins this holiday season. The grant is supposed to provide for artists to explore ideas of ...

Best of Beer Week: November 4

Even Monday’s a good day during San Diego Beer Week

Beer & Cheese Pairing: Equal opportunity artisan Peter Zien, the brewmaster at AleSmith who is also working on opening his own dairy project called CheeseSmith, will drop in to Encinitas Ale House to pair some ...

Taco Shop Poets take it to the campus and the corner

Poets to perform at Southwestern College

The Taco Shop Poets, legends in the San Diego area, will be giving a rare reading at Southwestern College on October 24. The group’s name telegraphs the nature of their work: words written not as ...

Art sought for East Village trolley stop

Business Improvement District to fund up to $25,000 for unspecified art project

East Village Association, which manages the downtown neighborhood’s Business Improvement District, has put out a request for proposals to create an art installation for the trolley station at Park Boulevard and Market Street. The association ...

East Village Chinese, open at last!

This will be your go-to take-out, Villagers

Been trawling up and down 12th, Park Boulevard, in the trolley, waiting for the moment. This time I stop and jump out, because yes! "Open," says the sign. It's the Chinese place that's been building ...

Mission Brewery fires "cannons"

Thirty-two ounces of beer in the can…thirty-two ounces of beer

Ever had two empty pint glasses in your hand and thought to yourself: If only there was a way to fill these without having to go to the trouble of opening two beers. OK, probably ...

New San Diego Central Library hosts first board meeting

Three new branch libraries in the works

A few days after its opening, the San Diego Central Library’s board of commissioners met on the ninth floor of the new building on October 2. The monthly meeting, always open to the public, was ...

The Local to go the brewery route

Crafty eatery and drinking hole entering brewing arena

Popular watering hole The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) is working on establishing its own brewery. A an early adapter to the craft beer model, The Local regularly serves a long ...

Beer of the Week: Monkey Paw Satanic Chimp

A devilish yet surprisingly righteous East Village creation

Even as a devout Christian, there’s something very intriguing about a beer that labels itself as “satanic.” Especially when said devil’s brew is served up in dark, cavernous lair juxtaposed almost ironically by stain glass ...

I Eat People: Children's Monster Art

A collection of multimedia monsters as imagined by kids.

“My nephew and I used to hang out and draw monsters,” says Sam Lopez, curator of the upcoming I EAT PEOPLE: Children's Monster Art exposition. “He was probably 5 years old. He is a great ...

Street neighbor: Down on 13th, the East Village

Todd from Texas, homeless since 17

Todd is camped out with his woman. They, along with another ten or so “campers,” are situated along the wall of the closed business, Central Graphics, on 13th Street. When that business opens, they and ...

Interview: street neighbor in the East Village

Kazakhstan national can’t get her daughter back

East Village along the top of the Market Street hill, just past the Park and Market trolley stop, is a fine place for a memorable date or simply a night out with friends: wine-and-cheese bistros, ...

The flip side of vinyl

Mark Alan Hamilton bought a downtown record store in 2007 (Fiesta Records) and his timing couldn’t have been worse. Now he says vinyl is making a comeback (probably so we’ll publish an article about his record store).

Burrito Boys

More practical than church

The “Burrito Boys” is a group of young and old men who make burritos in Tierrasanta on a Saturday night and take them downtown to give away to the homeless and hungry on Sunday. The “Burrito Babes” apply the hot sauce.

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