Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

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Unusual choices at Ikiru Japanese

These days many restaurants opening in Liberty Station are an offshoot of a successful business from another part of town. Soda & Swine, Fig Tree Café, and the incoming Buona Forchetta have all taken advantage ...

Go for the fruit and score a bulging torta also

Generous crispy whale of a thing

Was Frederico's Mexico-style frutería the first across the border?

A fairy tale land of beer

Plaza Fiesta’s Fauna Tap Room and Suculenta

Follow the stairs with the gnomes painted on the side to the second floor of one of the many locales that is the maze of Plaza Fiesta and you will find a kitchen with a ...

An awkward ménage à trois

Sage lemonade, pasta, and panini at Aether

When I first met Oliver Castañeda a couple years ago, he was running a small coffee shop named El Gnomo (The Gnome) in downtown Tijuana in the alley known as Pasaje Gomez. When Pasaje Gomez ...

Wine, nuts, and ghosts in Little Italy

Snacks and vasos de vino at M Winehouse

Wine. Because no great story starts with a salad. This is what stops me. It’s a sign scrawled on a chalkboard outside a beautiful old Victorian cottage, huddling between three concrete buildings. It makes you ...

A deli counter good enough for a wedding party

Waters Fine Foods puts supermarkets to shame

While in a grocery store recently, I came across a couple of guys who were ordering vast quantities of salads and meats from the deli counter. They said they were hosting a casual wedding reception ...

Beer + salad = should have had a burger

Going through the options at KNB Wine Cellars

KNB Wine Cellars recently celebrated its seventh anniversary, and while I’ve perused the bottle shop a few times and even checked the taplist, it occurred to me I’d never eaten from the restaurant portion of ...

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.”

Down for dinner with Netflix

EatStreet delivery app joins a crowded field

When I started reviewing our local variety of restaurant delivery apps last year, I didn’t think the series would last long. But new companies keep hopping into the market, and now I’m starting to wonder ...

Good food at the amusement park?

Cannonball makes a splash in Mission Beach

After 90 years in existence, Belmont Park is starting to become a food destination. Draft opened in 2014 and, more recently, Cannonball, a Pacific Rim restaurant with lots of sushi options. Cannonball sits atop Draft ...

Searching for marlin in Tijuana

Going out of the way for Tacos de Marlin

Every Saturday morning I play a pick-up game of soccer with friends from San Diego and Tijuana. The field we play on varies each week, but it is always south of the border. When we ...

Pursuing Tacotopia

¡Salud! earns its upside-down exclamation point

I first got turned on to ¡Salud! at the Reader’s Tacotopia event last May. I’d like to say I remember exactly which tacos I tried that afternoon, but let’s face it, I ate dozens, and ...

Is it worth the wait at Panama 66?

“When my sandwich arrived, all of my irritation faded away.”

Two women who work from home walk into a bar, find a huge crowd, and suddenly realize it’s Friday. “I usually avoid going out on Friday nights,” I say, as we take in the long ...

New York battles Chicago in University City

Head to head at Regents Pizzeria

We’ve been having an argument around the homestead: Which pizza style is better, thin crust or thick? As much as I love New York, I find the smug attitude the citizens have towards their thin-style ...

An overwhelming array of toppings south of the border

On the boardwalk at Horno 320°

My mom loves this pizzeria situated almost at the end of the boardwalk on Playas de Tijuana (half a mile south from the border wall). We went there as a family for Mother’s day and ...

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