Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Bánh mì makes it downtown

If you don’t know what that is, Food Shop is a good place to start

Before my friends got paranoid about gluten, we used to make a lot of bánh mì runs. With rare exception, these were always in the direction of City Heights. There are some great options to ...

Japan + Philadelphia at Nozomi

Not-so-ancient Japanese secret

It’s been more than a couple years since I’ve started submitting Feast! stories, and there are a few wonderful places I haven’t been willing to share with the general public because I don’t want y’all ...

Misunderstanding at the Wow Café

Gurk!

“He wants some food,” says Marianna. “But he only eats raw fish.”

This could be the best bread in the universe

Pacific Time has got it going on, apparently

I could spread Nutella on Pacific Time’s challah till Kingdom Come, and I haven’t seen such pretty baguettes since 2009. Oh, to be a fly on the wall while their baker feeds his starters and ...

Whatever you do, stay south of Calle Primera

Buda Burgers, in the bad part of town

The first time I tried a Buda Burger was two years ago. My roommate had left a half-eaten burger in the fridge, and I was hungry. He later gave me directions on how to find ...

Expensive, and worth it

Just another night at Pamplemousse Grille

Diamond solitaires and pearls glimmer in the dim. A woman laughs loudly, sharing a private joke with the bartender as she orders another $20 glass of wine. A table of attorneys from L.A., fresh from ...

The “duck” was “disappointing”

Go with the tofu at Purple Mint

I’m a meat-eater, but I don’t eat meat all the time and I love Thai food. So when I learned of Purple Mint Vegetarian Bistro, I was ready to check it out. David and I ...

Dive into a Stars & Stripes hot tuna at Club Marina

Get some, bring it

Hmm... Keep thinking of that warm bar with the hugging hostess.

Crab for the kids

Joe’s, home of the giant bucket

My 11-year-old nephew Brian is the only adventurous eater among my six niephlings. For months he’s been eager to try crab — real crab, straight from the shell. My brother-in-law developed an allergy to shellfish ...

Food porn at Broken Yolk

The image leads the way at this café

Picture menus get a bad rap, but more and more I’m finding them invaluable. For example, had there not been a giant, colorful, foodporn-y image of the Border Benedict on the glossy menu at the ...

Avocado-smooshed toast and sweet, beety beauty

Halcyon and Stella bring the unusual

I was passing 15th and J the other evening. The pinnacle apartment tower was all lit up, advertising rental apartments from $2K to $10K per month. But where do all those gentrified renters go to ...

Bland food, fantastic view

Tijuana’s Cafe Aquamarino

Waves crashing, rooftop dogs barking, seagulls squawking, the banter between people (mostly in English), music playing in the background, improvised couches, random pillows and cushions, a long wooden table, a bookshelf with a sign that ...

Tastebud invasion by a Tijuana torta

Chomp of a lifetime

Five minutes later she arrives with my steaming torta. All wrapped in its own papoose.

A new contender for best burger

Balboa Bar & Grill enters the fray

After I wrote about the simplicity of the burger at Rocky’s Crown Pub recently, I heard all about everybody’s favorite burger spots. Like Rocky’s, most were places that count their longevity in decades rather than ...

You’ve got ramen options, San Diego

Yamadaya brings more noodles to the Gaslamp

It might be getting carried away to start calling San Diego a ramen town, but the recent proliferation of noodle bars suggests our collective taste for this stuff isn’t a trend that will soon pass. ...

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