Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Danged sweet fish

Lunging into a couple tacos in Popotla.

No power and a dirt road mean fish doesn't get any fresher.

Iron Pig Alehouse open in PB

Pacific Beach barbecue joint goes full hipster with craft beer and 'cue.

Are those….Edison bulbs I see hanging from the exposed rafters at Iron Pig Alehouse? The beer and barbecue spot opened in Pacific Beach last month, with decidedly hipster trappings throughout. The wood appears suspiciously “reclaimed,” ...

Veggiejuana: healthy trumps hip

Zona Rio health food store and bakery serves meatless lunch meals.

On the far end of the spectrum from modern grub-hubs such as Food Garden and Colective 9 lies Flor de la Vida — a classic Tijuana veggie kitchen, bakery, and health food store that stocks ...

More like Sushi Factory

Sushi Deli 3 has unique sushi at a great price — if you can slow their roll.

Sushi Deli operates three casual sushi restaurants with locations in Gaslamp, Hillcrest, and Kearny Mesa. I ventured to the last on the list, known as Sushi Deli 3, and found myself in an odd industrial ...

Rediscovering the endangered five-dollar sandwich

Grabbing and going through Little Italy.

I've driven by Grab & Go Subs I don't know how many times over the years, driving down Hawthorne into Little Italy, or on my way to the airport. I never once stopped prior to ...

Now Try This: Vegan donuts at Donut Panic

Grantville's eggless doughnuts worth eating, even by non-vegans.

Six months after taking over the old Sunshine Donuts, Donut Panic still doesn’t have a proper sign. One was delivered, but it didn’t fit, so it had to go back to the manufacturer. Nevertheless, the ...

Creative burgering in Ramona

Even the customers can get in on it.

When you're hungry and in Ramona, you're either going to be hungry a while or eat in Ramona. The place is a long drive going every direction. I passed through last week and knew my ...

First Look: S&M Sausage and Meat

Sausage, bacon, and lots of wild ideas.

Carnivores don't exactly have a tough time finding good places to eat in this town. Still, you name a place Sausage & Meat, and you'd better be prepared to nourish those craving the flesh of ...

Now Try This: Aguas frescas at Tortas and Beer

Hillcrest torta shop makes excellent aguas, and damn-good everything else, too.

Yes, Tortas and Beer has killer sandwiches ($5-$7). Pitching superlatives isn’t my style (though fellow local critic Michael Gardiner thinks the house special Cubana sandwich is a contender for best sandwich on the planet, loaded ...

Sunny seating, drab dinners at La Jolla bistro

Shorehouse Kitchen OK for morning coffee, lax for dinner

The people who built the Shorehouse Kitchen did a fine job consolidating a handful of separate spaces into one, unified whole. Sitting probably a quarter of a mile from La Jolla shores, the dining room ...

I voted, then left town to drink beer

Locals and smoked meats at Alpine Beer Company

Finding myself in Alpine at 5pm on election day turned out to be the right move — it was Taco Tuesday at the Alpine Beer Company pub. I nabbed the last open bar stool — ...

El Pescador crosses the street, goes big

La Jolla fish counter pricier, but easier.

Thirty years after opening as a small fish counter, La Jolla mainstay El Pescador Fish Market finally moved into a bigger space back in September. It didn't go very far — directly across the street ...

Juices get running at Al Azayem

“That is lamb-shank tshreeb, like stew. It is very Iraqi. Comfort food.”

Sunday night. East Main. El Cajon. Warm, balmy, a relief from another El Cajon day. Families, older men (Chaldean, mostly) sit around in clumps on the boulevard’s benches and in Prescott Promenade Park, talking, playing ...

Out-of-season tomato pasta lethargy

Islanders seem to know better than try it.

The restaurant staff sat around the bar area, bored, like they hadn't seen a customer in quite awhile. They looked up at me with blinking eyes when I walked in, as though I weren't a ...

Not-half-bad dinner is also not half good

Swami's North Park Café starts dinner menu with unspectacular results.

North County stalwart, Swami’s Cafe, must have been dreaming big when they moved into the cavernous space left behind by Casa de Luz following the macrobiotic restaurant’s swift shove-off from North Park. Swami’s Encinitas location ...

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