Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Former gas station turned into hot La Mesa lunch spot

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When La Mesa held its Oktoberfest in early October, a running topic of conversation was whether the city is the next North Park or the next Little Italy. La Mesa is a great city to ...

Not all that tasty, plus a hangover

Everything is great at Mamut Brewery. Except the beer.

Situated on Third Street in what used to be the Foreign Club building, Mamut Brewing Co.’s main location is top notch. The old hotel is one of Tijuana’s oldest buildings. Legend says that the building ...

Maybe call it a California Cheesesteak?

El Cajon has one of the most revered dining scenes in the county

They say location is everything, and seeing as El Cajon doesn’t get a lot of my business, I guess they may be right. Of all the communities in San Diego, the east county burg is ...

Sausage nostalgia in Little Italy

Bar One has to settle for “almost as good”

Two things I like as a mid-brow food writer: house-made sausages and wordplay. I found both at Little Italy’s recently opened pub, Bar One. The place is owned by real estate developer Jim Barone, you ...

Meet the sake master

“Drink out of the corner or you might get some...spill.” Too late.

Am I seeing things? Like, I notice a gal at the entrance of a crowded eatery, speaking Japanese, and giving elaborate bowing farewells to two customers. We’re near 13th and Market. A sign says “BeShock ...

Kebabs and the Dark Side

From Turkey, by way of the Hyatt

One thing about East Village’s Quartyard: they have a good turnaround of food trucks. Tonight it’s this flashy Ford F-350 towing a trailer into the space off Market Street where people, dogs, and bars and ...

A top chef opened a lunch counter

Some have waited for an elevated tuna melt for a lifetime

When Brian Malarkey opened Herb & Wood this summer, its wood-fired cuisine and killer ingredients instantly put it on the shortlist of restaurants I want to dine at on special occasions. But I can’t afford ...

Carbs inside of carbs

Hollowed-out rolls filled with pasta

I couldn’t tell whether this place wanted to be called Devine Pastablities or Torpasta. There are signs on the storefront for both. The URL is torpasta.com, but it’s copyrighted to Devine Pastabilities. The Instagram bio ...

The whole half-yard at Hungry’s

“You San Diego guys wimp out that easy? Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!”

"Milwaukee.” “San Diego.” “Milwaukee!” “Saan Diy-egow!” “’Scuse me. Ever hear of Miller? Schlitz? Pabst? Old Milwaukee? And you’re trying to tell me San Diego is the beer capital of America?” Did I mention Saf is ...

Best sandwich since New York

And you’re advised to take it like they make it

There are good places in San Diego for sandwiches — I’m a fan of Hillcrest Sandwich Shop — but it’s rare that I have a truly transcendent sandwich experience like I’ve had in New York. ...

He’s hungry as a wolf; she does the happy crocodile dance

Mexican craft beer, bacon, and perversas at Plaza Fiesta

I have been meaning to write about the kitchen inside Border Psycho’s tap room for a while. Border Psycho is one of the few breweries in Tijuana that exports to the U.S., a well-established craft ...

Jump into a viper pit of ramen noodles

Island of goodies at Ramen Yamadaya

Wow. Downtown. This scuzziest part of Broadway, around Fifth, is suddenly taking off. Guess the facelift started with the opening of the park at Horton Plaza, but now eateries are opening one after the other, ...

Pakistan’s answer to the burger patty

Spicy cuisine best enjoyed family style

I wandered into Khan Baba Kabab House unprepared. Not because I’d never eaten Pakistani food but because I was alone, looking for a simple lunch. Khan Baba offers both Pakistani and Indian, and my first ...

All the hip foods in one place

And that place is Little Italy

If you were to chart the key terms used by San Diego food writers in 2016, top of the list would be ramen, poke, sushi burrito, and Little Italy. Enter Rakiraki. The ramen (and ramen ...

Tijuana Big Boy

A Tinder date disaster

My friend Dan from San Diego matched with a Tijuana girl through Tinder. They agreed to meet on a Monday night on a double date, accompanied by my roommate and his girlfriend who was celebrating ...

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