Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Mess Royale opens in Hillcrest

The bagel has landed, along with cheese curds

New York gets most of the good bagel press, but in my travels the bagel culture that’s made the most lasting impression belongs to Montreal. The denser wood-fired bagels trade a hint of salt for ...

Dumpling Inn is bigger and better

New space includes the Shanghai Saloon

Dumpling Inn has long been one of my top recommendations for Chinese food, but I have always urged people to get their food to go. “It’s impossible to get a seat unless you don’t mind ...

Brunch at Searsucker in the Gaslamp

Food win, cocktail fail

When someone invites me to dine downtown, my initial reaction is usually one of dread. I can’t consider meeting up with friends or attending an event in the Gaslamp without first suffering through images of ...

Sausage party at the Quartyard

Sustainable pigs!

Shipping containers, Porka-cola, 'roo sausage, and downtown denizens brought to the 'yard.

This pizza counter keeps on going

Reviewing all these slices could take a while

I’m often amazed at the pizza microclimates and how some people are prejudiced against one or another. One friend of mine, a Chicago native, has strong opinions against New York style pizza. He also disparages ...

The Paleo TV dinner

Post-workout meals for lazy exercisers

I’m no fitness buff, and I honestly think the Paleo diet sounds like something only primitive thinkers would embrace. I mean, sure the Neanderthals were in good shape and all, but give them a comfortable ...

Obecian Italian American

Neighborhood mainstay slightly bends with the times

I didn’t recognize Espresso Cucina after a few years living away from OB, so when we walked in the tactfully decorated dining room I thought maybe a new restaurant had opened. It took a little ...

Revolving Sushi Bar opens on Convoy

A “game-like” dining experience

The first thing you’ll need to do after finding a seat at KULA Revolving Sushi Bar is to listen carefully to the instructions you’ll be given. For example, “Do not touch Mr. Fresh.” This anthropomorphized ...

Shopping like a foodie: Heart & Trotter

New locovore butcher goes whole hog

"Those eggs are gorgeous." I was standing in the middle of a very crowded soft-opening day at Heart & Trotter, North Park's new "whole animal butcher shop." The place promises all local, hormone- and antibiotic-free ...

Legit salad

"This is our tradition from Israel. Make everything."

“People around Nazareth only harvest the olives every second year, so the trees have time to recover.”

Look your recommendation in the eye

Taco-eating guy digs into high brow with a little help from the server

When some food- and wine-loving college friends visited La Jolla recently and asked for restaurant recommendations, this whole I Write About Feasts thing meant I really needed to be on point. This would be no ...

New England lobster rolls on the left coast

Nothing deflating about this regional specialty spot

I pronounce the R in chowder. So I'm not going to pretend I'm dialed in with which New England shorelines offer the best lobster rolls. Maybe it's Massachusetts, maybe it's Martha's Vineyard. Lobster West, a ...

Grandmother's tongue at sunset

Happy hour, Georgian-style: eggplant, Russian beer, and Marko

Broadway? This must be the narrowest patio west of 25th. I mean, two people can sit at each of the half dozen tables, but nobody can get past you. You have to scrinch in from ...

Golden Hill hangout raises its food game

One-time wine bar now solid all around

Having lived in or around Golden Hill for several years, I've spent plenty of time drinking in all the same spots everybody else has — there just aren't many to choose from. Here's the typical ...

Place for schminkas

Mouth-bulging umami at Jrdn

Joining the in-crowd between wavy walls and infinite oceans.

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