Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

To judge a deli’s worth, zero in on pastrami

Mustard, rye, and loads of meat at Carnivore Sandwich

When I first heard about a sandwich shop called Carnivore, my thought was it must be hipster. Its name sounds like the sort of provocative approach a de rigueur deli might take — daring you ...

Like the real chitlin

“They’re pasta, not actual pork rinds,” Amy warns. But, three bucks, so I get them anyway.

It’s Winona! Winona Ryder! You would swear. Straight out of The Age of Innocence. Those eyes, that quizzical smile. Okay, Winona turns out to be Amy. She’s helping run the bar of this terrazza in ...

You can taste the ingredients

Fresh and simple at Mess Hall

When I first saw Liberty Station, I wasn’t impressed. I liked the open spaces but thought it was just another tourist trap that I didn’t need to visit unless out-of-towners forced my hand. My opinion ...

What is “San Diego-style” barbecue?

Mark’s Bark does it in Normal Heights

So much is (justly) made of barbecue styles. It’s the ultimate sign of a culinary asshat to say, “You can’t get good XYZ-style barbecue outside of XYZ place.” But there’s a nugget of truth in ...

Several smells do the tango

Ocean views, vegan food, and hookah at Açai Café

I have walked by Açai Café on the beach boardwalk of Playas de Tijuana countless times and thought of it simply as the café with the Mario Bros. mural painted on the side. I had ...

The only other cemitas shop in San Diego

Facebook leads to Lucy’s Bakery & Donuts

Having recently discovered the Puebla-style torta known as a cemita, I began a countywide search for the thing which led me to one option — a single devoted shop in Vista called Cemitas Fandanguero. The ...

Tender is the meat at Center Cut Steakhouse

“Chef Ramon ages each steak for two weeks and slow roasts it for six hours.”

At first, I’m thinking Tacos El Gordo, because it’s near Chula Vista’s H Street trolley. Then I go in. Wall-to-wall! Three lines stretching right to the doors. Fuggedaboutit. And, actually, a steak’s what I’ve got ...

Staycation chronicles

Civico 1845 is good for vegetarians and carnivores alike

My in-laws took my kids to Florida for a week, so my wife and I decided to do a “staycation” of sorts by eating out every night while they were gone. Some restaurants we had ...

The best camarón enchilado taco in all the land

Tijuana’s Los Compadres Taco Stand

My friend Danger Dave took me to Los Compadres for the first time a few years ago. He guaranteed that they had the best camarón enchilado taco (spicy shrimp), better than Tijuana favorite El Mazateño. ...

Sofa dwellers, rejoice

UberEATS app hits the road

Last year I likened the web-based Postmates delivery service to “a fleet of Uber drivers…waiting for you to order dinner…then rush it to you.” I’m not claiming the folks who run Uber read Feast!, but ...

America’s absolutely worst restaurant and food

How do people eat this stuff?

Has to be, hands down — no offense to our hugely overworked waiter Rick, 45, some previous history but struggling to come back a bit (the waiter not the restaurant) — Corte Madera, Cheesecake Factory. ...

Dumb and tender

“Maine lobster’s sweeter. West Coast lobster can be downright chewy.”

"Over here!” It’s the beautiful Carla. Fresh from her frou-frou session at Diane’s salon (“Diane is the only person in this world who understands my coiffure needs, darling”) here on the Emerald Isle of Coronado. ...

Donuts at night

Donut Bar adds space, late hours, beer

Donut Bar has been written about and written about, so most probably know about its wide and interesting selection of giant donuts including triple chocolate, salted caramel, raspberry pistachio, and Homer’s Donut (pink frosted with ...

Skip this Gaslamp barbecue

Bugsy’s has had enough time to get better

I give new barbecue joints the widest berth of all restaurant debuts. In my experience, really getting the production schedules dialed in takes a lot longer for barbecue, and the first few months tend to ...

O.B. mainstay makes the most of its view

South Beach has opened the second-floor deck to diners

For a while there, South Beach Bar & Grill was fish taco central for this San Diego transplant. When I moved to Ocean Beach in 2005, the restaurant facing O.B. Pier was so routinely jam ...

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