Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Golden Hill hangout raises its food game

One-time wine bar now solid all around

Having lived in or around Golden Hill for several years, I've spent plenty of time drinking in all the same spots everybody else has — there just aren't many to choose from. Here's the typical ...

Place for schminkas

Mouth-bulging umami at Jrdn

Joining the in-crowd between wavy walls and infinite oceans.

Adventurous eats near the puente negro?

Not-frog tacos and a day's worth of tostadas by Sinaloans for las paisas

A food truck near the Iris Avenue trolley station has caught my attention every time I go by. It has a painting of the same food truck crossing a black bridge and reads “Mariscos El ...

Amorcito Corazon moves into competitive locale

Mexican "bistro" replaces vegetarian spot, may need its customers

Underbelly, Smoking Goat, Alexander's. These are a few of the high traffic restaurants packing in around the intersection of 30th and Upas in North Park, where the new Amorcito Corazon opened this month, replacing what ...

The nice side of naughty

Cocktails and treats at S&M Sausage and Meat

I lost count of how many friends, aware of my proclivity for kink, told me I just had to go to S&M Sausage & Meat. I don’t think being a dominatrix gives anyone authority to ...

A meatball sub in the Barrio

One family's recipe book brings a lot of flavor

When I first heard of Barrio Logan's Strozzi So-Cal Italian, I looked them up online and read "Family Made Sausage Since 1939." Wow, I thought, how has this little family-owned restaurant stayed in business for ...

New juice shop takes over old juice shop

Out with the centrifugal, in with the hydraulic

I experienced a moment of near-panic last week when the South Park branch of Stehly Farms Market, my favorite (and most convenient) organic produce stand and juice shop, closed unexpectedly. I needn't have worried, it ...

Pop-up BBQ pops up downtown

Don Ellis brings his BBQ roadshow to Mission Brewery

I smelled it first: BBQ. Then, as I crossed 14th Street, a block from the ballpark, I saw the flare of flames bursting up from a gas cooker on the night sidewalk. It was right ...

Double dose of taste

North Park's Awash puts Ethiopian favorites on an edible plate

"Yes,” says Habtamu. “This bread is two days old.” Okay, sounds like a confession. But, no, it’s a statement of pride. “Our bread,” he says, “needs time.” We’re talking injera, the famous Ethiopian bread that ...

Eating an Iloilo feast by hand

Filipino pop-up dishes beef tongue and sweetbreads

I guess the universe wanted me to learn more about Filipino cuisine. Or at least Yana Gilbuena did. She reached out to tell me about her ambitious Salo Project, for which the chef has been ...

Anything but ramen

Pick hits at Izakaya Masa in Mission Hills

Aside from the brilliant and fleeting cherry blossom season, the one thing that makes a Japanophile’s heart warble is an awesome izakaya (the Japanese gastropub). Izakaya Masa in Mission Hills is our favorite izakaya in ...

Mid-City mash-up

Italian, Polish, Mexican and more at Romeo and Julieta

Our friend Mike recently brought David and me to Romeo and Julieta Wine Cafe, a little restaurant tucked away in Talmadge that I assumed, from its name, specialized in Italian food. The cozy interior has ...

You don't get the tacos, you get the meal

Even the Border Patrol knows the legend of Don Pepe

I have resisted the smell of Pollos Don Pepe for about 6 months. I work in the small soccer store next door from the taco shop in the strip mall next to Northgate Market in ...

Japan on Convoy

Chopstix is quick, cheap, and delicious

While on the way to Tofu House, I rarely pay any mind to the big red awning advertising “Japanese Noodles” across the street. Once every few months, David and I venture to try something new ...

Uni’s best beer bet

Palate-wowing brews, deep-dish and wings at Regents Pizzeria

It seems like I blinked and University City got wise to the rise of craft beer. As I’ve mentioned in the past, my formative drinking years were spent close to UCSD and consisted mostly of ...

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