Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Poke salad trumps my best intentions

Hawaiian specialty wins me over in Carlsbad.

For a quarter century, Pelly's Fish Market & Café has been serving fresh seafood out of a shopping center in Carlsbad. I've known about it for about three days. Figuring I had a lot to ...

East Coast Pizza open in Hillcrest

Successful North County pizza joint expands to Hillcrest, sells OK pizza, stays open late on weekends.

Cardiff-based East Coast Pizza’s Hillcrest location is up and running regular hours now, including moderately late-night service (till 2:30 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays. ECP closes before midnight other days, but being able to get ...

Fish Taco TKO Competition 2014 Part 2

A look at the best of the rest.

A day later, I'm still reeling from the number of fish tacos I attempted to eat at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival's Fish Taco TKO Competition. Thirteen restaurants participated, some well known, ...

Fish Taco TKO Competition 2014 Part 1

Winners chosen after a gluttonous frenzy.

It sounded like a great idea — attend the annual fish taco contest put on by the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. Not only do a dozen or so local restaurants hand out ...

Danged sweet fish

Lunging into a couple tacos in Popotla.

No power and a dirt road mean fish doesn't get any fresher.

Iron Pig Alehouse open in PB

Pacific Beach barbecue joint goes full hipster with craft beer and 'cue.

Are those….Edison bulbs I see hanging from the exposed rafters at Iron Pig Alehouse? The beer and barbecue spot opened in Pacific Beach last month, with decidedly hipster trappings throughout. The wood appears suspiciously “reclaimed,” ...

Veggiejuana: healthy trumps hip

Zona Rio health food store and bakery serves meatless lunch meals.

On the far end of the spectrum from modern grub-hubs such as Food Garden and Colective 9 lies Flor de la Vida — a classic Tijuana veggie kitchen, bakery, and health food store that stocks ...

More like Sushi Factory

Sushi Deli 3 has unique sushi at a great price — if you can slow their roll.

Sushi Deli operates three casual sushi restaurants with locations in Gaslamp, Hillcrest, and Kearny Mesa. I ventured to the last on the list, known as Sushi Deli 3, and found myself in an odd industrial ...

Rediscovering the endangered five-dollar sandwich

Grabbing and going through Little Italy.

I've driven by Grab & Go Subs I don't know how many times over the years, driving down Hawthorne into Little Italy, or on my way to the airport. I never once stopped prior to ...

Now Try This: Vegan donuts at Donut Panic

Grantville's eggless doughnuts worth eating, even by non-vegans.

Six months after taking over the old Sunshine Donuts, Donut Panic still doesn’t have a proper sign. One was delivered, but it didn’t fit, so it had to go back to the manufacturer. Nevertheless, the ...

Creative burgering in Ramona

Even the customers can get in on it.

When you're hungry and in Ramona, you're either going to be hungry a while or eat in Ramona. The place is a long drive going every direction. I passed through last week and knew my ...

First Look: S&M Sausage and Meat

Sausage, bacon, and lots of wild ideas.

Carnivores don't exactly have a tough time finding good places to eat in this town. Still, you name a place Sausage & Meat, and you'd better be prepared to nourish those craving the flesh of ...

Now Try This: Aguas frescas at Tortas and Beer

Hillcrest torta shop makes excellent aguas, and damn-good everything else, too.

Yes, Tortas and Beer has killer sandwiches ($5-$7). Pitching superlatives isn’t my style (though fellow local critic Michael Gardiner thinks the house special Cubana sandwich is a contender for best sandwich on the planet, loaded ...

Sunny seating, drab dinners at La Jolla bistro

Shorehouse Kitchen OK for morning coffee, lax for dinner

The people who built the Shorehouse Kitchen did a fine job consolidating a handful of separate spaces into one, unified whole. Sitting probably a quarter of a mile from La Jolla shores, the dining room ...

I voted, then left town to drink beer

Locals and smoked meats at Alpine Beer Company

Finding myself in Alpine at 5pm on election day turned out to be the right move — it was Taco Tuesday at the Alpine Beer Company pub. I nabbed the last open bar stool — ...

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