Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Burgers and açaí at Swami’s Café

“Have you tried the açaí bowl?” she asked. “It’s the bomb.”

Loud. That was the first thing that came to mind when I walked into Swami’s Café in Oceanside, so I grabbed a menu to peruse on the patio where I snagged a table with a ...

This public house is popping

Wow. Last time I met so many submariners at the same time was at the late, great underwater sailors’ hangout named the Horse and Cow, across from Liberty Station. Tonight, there’s a bunch of them ...

Pop-up dinner time with Dinner Lab

Foodies geek out together

I haven’t watched it in a while, but I used to love the show Top Chef for the occasional insight it offered into the minds of creative chefs. The drawback was having to sit on ...

Kinda tacoish

Sinner or Saint at the Golden Hill Farmers’ Market

I spend more time than most worrying about the authenticity of tacos. There are thousands of versions in San Diego County, and most would pass any test you might come up with, even those using ...

American Flavors, truck yeah

“Food you know and flavors you love” all tossed together

Star-spangled red, white, and blue flames decorate the sides of the American Flavors food truck, along with a bald eagle, Mt. Rushmore, the statue of liberty, and Joe DiMaggio. It’s the mobile-kitchen version of the ...

Supernatural Sandwiches

Small and occasionally packed-to-the-gills seafood sandwich shop

I recall trying Supernatural Sandwiches two or three years ago, when it was a stall at the since-closed San Diego Public Market. I liked it. (I liked the market, too.) From there Supernatural moved to ...

The Mole Grail

Ortega’s chicken mole is the gold standard

Each time I am seated right away upon arriving at Ortega’s (which is every time), I’m amazed I didn’t have to make my way through a crush of people waiting to get in. I can ...

Jumbo Doggz, not your average wiener

Pop-up hot dog tent isn’t cheap but may have the best dogs in town

“Honestly,” says Carla. “This is the best damned dog I have ever had. Ever.” Is somebody paying her to say this? Not possible, because I’ve just brought this baby back to her from a pop-up ...

Tomato dominates fish at Mr. A’s

The “fritos” were fun to eat and inspired another round of drinks

I’ve long heard that Mr. A’s has the best view in town, but I’ve avoided finding out for myself. For a while, the jacket-and-tie dress code kept me away (I couldn’t even tell you the ...

OB Sushi Sushi hooks Ed Ed Bed Bed

Get cheeky

“Alas, people usually throw away the whole head of the fish, where all the flavor is.”

San Diego’s simplest food truck is Tastlicious

No-frills food truck drops in remoulade and gremolata

There’s something refreshing about a food truck that bucks the trend of a cartoonish theme and puts the focus on making a few things well. During a visit to Golden Hill’s Saturday farmers’ market, I ...

Sneak Peek: San Diego County Fair Food

From deep-fried SlimFast bars to deep-fried Starbucks coffee

The San Diego County Fair opens June 5, but they opened the door to the press last night for a culinary preview. If you are wondering which deep-fried delicacies or served-on-a-stick specialties you should prioritize, ...

Duck quest ends at Similan Thai

Chasing a great Yelp photo

As you might imagine, I spend a fair amount of time searching for place to eat for a Feast story. Sometimes readers email me a recommendation (more of that please), but most of the time ...

Stanley Cup at the Stout

The most genuinely pubby pub in town

“Oh no!” I hear it from B Street, plus a racket of laughs and arguments and cheers. It must be Stanley Cup time. The fan clans have gathered at Sixth Avenue between B and C, ...

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