Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Show up for donuts, leave with tacos

Panchita’s latest is more kitchen than bakery

Years living around Golden Hill has gotten me familiar with Panchita’s Bakery. I knew the Mexican bakery had a couple of other locations around town, so when I noticed a new one open in North ...

Life-changing gelato

Bobboi brings the flavor

My wife hosted a bridal shower recently and told me to take my son and go away for a few hours. We decided to go up to the La Jolla Cove area. It was still ...

Chicken hearted

Eating adventurously at Char House

Word of a new Vietnamese restaurant off the Convoy restaurant row in Kearny Mesa got me wondering whether my next lunch would involve bánh mì, pho, or bún, aka vermicelli noodles. All are included on ...

Carlsbad Aloha

Vacuuming up french toast, sausage, and fried rice at Al’s

"Drink this. It’s 9500 years old.” The lady’s thrusting a glass of what looks like water at me in front of this food truck, “California Braise.” Truck’s new around here. And they serve this Carlsbad ...

Tasting the beast

2011 Wildebeest at Pacific Time

Near as I can tell, Buty Vineyards produces Beast wine as the experimental section of their operation in Washington’s Columbia Valley. For this particular bottling, the winemakers blended Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Mourvèdre (if ...

Umbrellas and a Vieux from Above

Another take on Madison

I’m always on the hunt for a spot to enjoy cocktails and shareables with friends. A handful of restaurants have opened within the past year that hit the bull’s-eye, and one of them is Madison. ...

Perfect “sapid” pizza

A new go-to at Pizzeria Bruno

Pizzeria Bruno is among my top three go-to places for pizza in San Diego (the others being Isola Pizza Bar in Little Italy and Buona Forchetta in South Park). I think I’m just a sucker ...

The best duck larb I can remember

Beautiful suffering

Took a gamble tonight. I spotted this sign: “Lucky Lady, Casino Restaurant & Bar.” Hmm... Casino restaurant? Looking through the windows, I see about a dozen gaming tables, all crowded. And this is a Monday ...

From Greengo to Grater

A cheesy family story

“We started in 2011 with a food truck named Greengo grilled cheese,” explained Gaston Corbalá, chef and creator of Grater Grilled Cheese Bistro. “We wanted a name that was a play on words and represented ...

Spanish cravings

Tapas at Costa Brava in Pacific Beach

Despite the surfeit of marvelous Mexican cuisine, San Diego suffers a dearth of attractive Spanish food options. There was Iberico Spanish Bistro in La Jolla, which was good, but outrageously priced, and is now closed. ...

Google Express delivers a dud

I'd eaten ten meals before my food arrived

In my pursuit of lazy eating, I've been digging into every internet delivery service that comes along. So, when a coupon for Google Express passed my way, I snapped it up — $30 for $50 ...

Young, white wine in the La Jolla sunshine

Tasting notes on LJ Crafted Wines' 2015 Albariño

You can’t help but like the way the sun streams into a southwest exposure during the afternoon in Bird Rock. This time of year, it slides in obliquely, without the driving force of summer, but ...

Taking a chance on Fletcher Hills sushi

It was all going well until that last piece of "fish"

I've eaten sushi in Montana. So, intellectually, I understand that you don't need to be coastal to get fresh-enough fish. But, for some reason, I get as far as East County and I get dubious. ...

How many ramen shops can San Diego sustain?

Nishiki tries to distinguish itself from the competition

How long does a restaurant have to stay open before a GRAND OPENING sign comes down? Nishiki Ramen, sharing a parking lot with Mitsuwa market, still proudly flies their big, red banner, six months after ...

Lunging into a burger in the People’s Penthouse

Come on, li’l burger

I am the captain of my ship. I stride my bridge deck. I scan the scuddy blue seaway ahead of me. Tallships bob everywhere below. That’s how it feels anyway. Star of India, HMS Surprise, ...

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