Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Coastal clam chowder is perfectly peppery

The Solana Beach Fish House redeems a not-so-scenic strip mall.

The Solana Beach Fish House is located just across the street from the train station in an unassuming strip mall. Not exactly the prime piece of beachfront real estate you might imagine visiting when you’re ...

Basted, Azeri-style

Lamb for $5? Think Gaslamp. think Azerbaijan

Sunset. Goin' with the flow like a pooh stick in a slow crick, sauntering with the crowd down Fifth Avenue. It's the height of happy hour. Conventioneers have been let out and are looking for ...

A sure bet at Il Fornaio

Coronado fixture continues to deliver

Il Fornaio in Coronado is one of those “sure-bet” restaurants. You know the view looking out over the water toward the San Diego skyline will be stunning, and the umami-rich, fine Italian fare is always ...

Real or gringo way?

Ed floats in to Johnny’s Deli; his torta isn’t so lucky.

Just as well you get a plastic knife and fork. It is a mess — a hot mess at that.

Lunch at Nine-Ten

Perfect pit stop in La Jolla

When I’m in La Jolla, most often to gawk at the seals or check out the latest installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, my number one go-to spot for lunch is Nine-Ten, located at ...

North Park's hidden breakfast

Two waffles, twice the wow

I learned a lot about waffles when my dog, Loki, and I finally found Wow Wow Waffle in its semi-secret location behind the coin laundry at 30th Street and Myrtle in North Park. It's a ...

Same taste, different shape

Square cake still fits in round hole

Who knows why cupcakes were ever round in the first place? I mean, I know why they're round now — because cupcake tins and those little corrugated paper cups in the grocery stores come that ...

Hateful Harriet on the Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

North County sushi haven epically fails to live up to its own hype.

Tucked in the back of Oceanside Bull Taco, Wrench and Rodent is the brainchild of Davin Waite, local sushi guy who came up through the ranks of La Jolla’s Cafe Japengo. The name allegedly means ...

White or wrong?

Is Diner En Blanc worth the effort?

Recently, I got an invitation to Diner En Blanc, this semi-sort-of-exclusive pop-up dinner taking place in a secret location on September 19. Diner En Blanc goes like this: A bunch of people more stylish and ...

Tajima lives up to its reputation

Hillcrest Japanese spot includes gluten-free ramen and variety of Japanese craft beer.

As far back as I can recall, every restaurant at 3739B 6th Ave — across from the Rite Aid — has been Japanese. I used to order from the "American Favorites" list back when it ...

Carlsbad's low-risk seafood spot

Comfortable atmosphere equates to mild flavor

Sometimes it feels like I photograph fish tacos for a living. I review a lot of fish tacos because I eat a lot of them — because San Diego produces a lot of them. But ...

Best soda ever spotted at Bev-Mo!

Go for the 5-cent wine sale, but don't forget to pick up a few bottles of this classic pop.

Bev-Mo, home of the 5-cent wine sale, stocks plenty of nonalcoholic beverages. Some of those are sodas, and one of those sodas is Moxie, which claims to be the original carbonated soft drink, produced since ...

Don't sauce that burrito!

Mexican food more than a hill of beans to Antonio Friscia

“A wet burrito is not Mexican, I think, but people love them,” says Chef Antonio Friscia, who opened his latest restaurant, Don Chido, in the Gaslamp in late June. He knew going in that some ...

Your town

Good enough, but Ed may not remember the Alamo.

Scoping the new-old and admiring Wisconsinite appetites at Taco Tuesday.

Now Try This: Oxtail ramen at Rakiraki

Kearny Mesa ramen shop kills it with noodles and beeftail

Rakiraki, Kearny Mesa’s hipster noodle house, has an oxtail ramen dinner on the menu that’s an absolute must-grind. The ramen part is more of the same: Rakiraki’s chicken-based ramen, with its light and surprisingly fatty ...

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