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The ancients called Chinese porridge the “first healthy food under heaven.”

The Eight Immortals are Crossing the Seas. They float by, riding paper mules, lotus flowers, flower baskets, aboard feather fans, storks, even a discarded crutch. People love the Eight Immortals. They represent prosperity and long ...

A food truck saves the day at a brewery, again

Fried, not braised, but still good

Leave it to me to order fried chicken from a food truck with the word braise in its name. I promise there was beer involved. Toolbox Brewing was pouring a few rare beers for its ...

Donburi Kitchen misses the concept

Heart set on donburi. Is there something besides ramen or sushi?

Donburi is all about the bowl. The word basically means a bowlful of rice, and usually connotes a dish topped with some kind of protein. It's not anything fancy, but there are dozens of donburi ...

Reader comments prompt a return to Poma's

Yeah, but have you tried the roast beef?

When I moved to OB way back whenever, a friend brought me to Poma's for the first time and ordered me a meatball sub. He told me I'd love it, and I loved it. I've ...

Fresh picks at the Red Door

At farm-to-table restaurants, new season means new menu

My friend Rosa convinced me — with an arsenal of photos she’d taken of dishes, including her favorite mac ’n’ cheese — to go to the Red Door for happy hour. “The vegetables are always ...

The best seafood tacos in Playas de Tijuana

The partnership between La Cerve and Alga Bien is a welcome addition to an area of Tijuana that has seen too many failed attempts at new restaurants and bars.

North Park finds room for one more coffee shop

Biker cafe is surprisingly comfortable, and offers a food I've never seen before

I didn't think North Park needed another coffee shop, particularly along 30th Street. But when I walked into the newly opened Torque Moto Café, I immediately felt as though it scratched a neighborhood itch that's ...

Something fat and juicy from the El Rorro taco truck

"The shrimp are from the ocean, not farmed. And my wife and I made all the recipes.”

"My latest review?” says Justin, “I got — see here? — 71,816 views.” OMG. He’s right. I’m staring at his phone. It shows stats from Yelp. He’s a Yelper. Has reviewed about 200 places he’s ...

Pork knuckles and duck necks?

Don’t worry, there’s something for everyone

Everyone has that one friend. You know the one. The guy who likes to nibble at pickled duck feet. The girl who crunches slices of cold pig ear and offers to take yours “if you’re ...

Dine like a revolutionary

See an actual Sam Adams signature while drinking a Sam Adams beer

On the rare occasion David and I make a trek to Carlsbad, it’s usually to go to the European restaurant and store Tip Top Meats (primarily for products by the Hungarian brand, Bende, which is ...

Savory smoked selections

Grand Ole BBQ y Asado sells out

The San Diego restaurant scene is vast in terms of dining options, but in its own way it is also small and many chefs and restaurateurs are friends in what is, for the most part, ...

The salads here are tasty

“You like it? It was good?”

It had been years since I’d been to the Pappalecco in Little Italy, so my expectations were neutral when I walked into their most recent location in Kensington. The first thing I noticed was how ...

Jazzed on the mango sauce at Bourré Southern Bistro

Southern enough

“This is the downtown of your dreams. All of the music and food, none of the parking hell.”

Peppers, masa, coconuts, prickly pears

Flavorful finds at Northgate Gonzalez Market

I cannot claim to be an expert in chile peppers. Even as I type this, I am stuck on the spelling — is it chile or chili or chilli? Apparently all three are used interchangeably ...

$8.50 for toast?

Let’s call it an open-faced sandwich

The restaurant Trust has garnered fans and sparked a bit of conversation since launching a few months ago. But it’s not the only eatery to open on the ground floor of the city’s latest mixed-use ...

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