Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Doing the unthinkable

Kakuni, karaage, and fukujinzuke at Tajima

I’ve eaten Tajima ramen. I’ve eaten a lot of Tajima ramen. When the small restaurant group out of Kearny Mesa opened a ramen bar in Hillcrest in 2014, the opportunity to slurp its perfectly made ...

La Justina has grown up

Rootsy Baja cuisine on Revolución

A couple of years ago I stopped by the soft opening of La Justina to check out San Diego–based Bajaphile chef Chad White’s south-of-the-border debut. I was not disappointed. A creamy sea snail and almond ...

Burgers and beer, then and now

La Jolla Tap and The Shack

It’s easy to talk about a restaurant’s food. Almost too easy. Sometimes there are better stories to be told if you go a little deeper. In the mid-‘90s, all we wanted was cold Tecate, cheap ...

Order up: the most expensive thing at El Carrito Nuevo

Sabroso!

“No!” says Carmen. “Finish first. You will eat my camarones hot.”

Sandwiches for our Thyme

East Village shop goes in a different direction

A sandwich shop doesn’t often make for an interesting Feast entry. I can answer questions such as, “Does it carry Boar’s Head or Dietz & Watson deli meats?” And if a shop cares enough about ...

From “meh” to “yay”

Troy’s Greek is better the second time around

The first time David and I had lunch at Troy’s Greek Restaurant, we didn’t love it. We didn’t hate it either. The lunch specials were reasonable. I got a plentiful plate of chicken souvlaki (chicken ...

Madison needs more seasoning

University Heights restaurant still finding its way

In recent years, Little Italy and North Park have become a dining destination. East Village is trying. University Heights seems to be the next big area with the addition last year of Park & Rec ...

What is “New American” anymore?

The same tavern-chic at Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

The designers of Masters Kitchen and Cocktail embraced the building’s auto parts warehouse history. Perhaps too much. Cold drafts bother when the weather turns cool, the whole place seems designed to an inhuman scale, and ...

Unhinge your jaw for some luscious Oh My! tacos

“People love us. We haven’t stopped since we got here.”

Out on Park. Just come from NewSchool of Architecture. Lecture by this guy who wants to “depave” the world and “rewild” the cities. Oh, man, if only we could. Of course, the talk and questions ...

Tiny dogs and good sushi

A day on the patio at Shimbashi Izakaya

If you’re dining on a patio somewhere, one good way to tell you’re in Del Mar is when multiple impeccably groomed, toy-sized dogs discretely nibble bits of sushi from the manicured fingers of their doting ...

Stuffed hash browns. You read that right.

Spudz reinvents the batata suíça

“You’ve got to see this,” he said urgently, producing what looked like an inflated potato pancake. “It’s like a hash brown breakfast burrito!” My friend had just come from the Hillcrest farmers’ market with a ...

In between the burgeoning hipness

Raw fish and more at Ceviche House

This small counter shop specializes in Peruvian seafood dishes tiradito (raw fish) and ceviche (raw fish cured in citrus juices. Organic and fresh caught local ingredients are the norm, and all dishes are made to ...

Raiding Lucky Liu’s kitchen to say Happy New Year

Dim sum is a big deal in China. Right?

“Shin-nyen kwhy-ler,” says Dong Ha. “Happy New Year! Mandarin. What they’d say in Beijing.”

Delectable bones at D’Carlos

Horse-themed restaurant knows barbecue

Some of you may remember that a while back I undertook an epic journey throughout the county in search of barbecue. I found good and bad in ample amounts, but the ordeal was so strenuous ...

You sure you don’t want a beer with that?

The Compass is pointing in the right direction

According to the website for Carlsbad Village gastropub The Compass, “Sometimes drunken conversations become a reality.” Not surprisingly, the reality of this two-blocks-from-the-beach restaurant is a full bar plus plenty of wine and a craft ...

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