Food and Drink

Early Look: Bagby Beer Company

Exploring ex-Pizza Port champion brewer’s new Oceanside digs

When I last toured the construction site of Bagby Beer Company, the place still mostly looked like the auto dealership and repair facility it was in its former life. A visit this weekend turned up ...

Rhinoceros Café to close: Big free party!

Coronado is reeling in shock. One of their most beloved eateries, Rhinoceros Cafe & Grille, is closing down, kaput, about to go extinct. The place has always served middle-priced, middle-of-the-road American bistro food, which suits ...

Drink this now: Negroni in the Rye from Social Experiment

Name and menu change for Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, and a fine version of the Negroni to boot!

Everyone should try Social Experiment’s Negroni in the Rye ($10) at least once. Hints of spicy rye whiskey hang out behind a veil of bitter Campari and Nonino, served with a twist of lemon on ...

Societe’s beer bloggers’ delight

Unique Kearny Mesa brewery’s single-hop IPA delivers unanimously good flavors

Even if they don’t always write about it, beer bloggers tend to be extremely opinionated. It takes a lot to please one, much less several, but last weekend, after attending the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference, ...

Ketchup, mustard and Mongolian

Kearny gastropub doesn't stand on tradition

There are no shortage of restaurants in Kearney Mesa I'd like to try. I actually keep a list, and every once in awhile I hop on the freeway to go and check off another, come ...

New San Diego brewery guide coming!

San Diego Beer Week launch planned for 2014 edition of critical local brewery guide

“We’ll need it by the end of the month,” said my publisher in regards to the first critical guide to brewery-owned properties in San Diego County. Even to non-writers, a month to complete a thorough ...

Overpriced underperformer

Gaslamp sushi contender Full Moon plays at being upscale, delivers mediocre quality at elevated prices

Gaslamp newcomer, Full Moon Sushi, spent extra time in the buildout phase, but that’s OK, since the restaurant ended up with a very chic look. Mid-century American cues combine with Japanese-ish touches, like the shōji-inspired ...

Abnormal Beer and more for RB

Upcoming Rancho Bernardo business has restaurant, brewery, winery all under one roof

It’s not all that abnormal, but it is unheard of — a combination restaurant, winery, and brewery all under one roof. Such will be the concept behind The Cork and Craft (16990 Via Tazon, Suite ...

Serious Manhattan

Mia Francesca's take on the classic aims to be richer and more flavorful.

Every so often in life, paperback utility ought to give over to leather-bound editions; the joy of a Swisher Sweet to the experience of a Romeo y Julieta; the usual Manhattan cocktail to nothing less ...

Lotsa pork and onions

Ed slurps pork — tender like it’s been through a blender.

Wow. Pointed prow of a big ol’ Navy cruiser knifes right past. In the waters between us and the island of Coronado. It kinda fills the sky. Heading under the bridge and home port. The ...

Firkin reggae, sours, sliders, and more

Sampler Flight of beer events from August 26-31

August 29 | Firkin Friday: Scot Blair revels in introducing patrons of Hamilton’s Tavern to the liquid assets of special, smaller, lesser-known breweries, and will be sharing the wares of San Francisco small-batch outfit, Cellarmaker, ...

Lunchtime starts clever, finishes sweet

Checking out the Pizza Salad Sandwich at d Bar in Hillcrest.

I've encountered a few hybrid lunch dishes before: the taco salad, the ramen burger, the teriyaki burrito. Not many have attempted to straddle three different concepts at once. I found one in Hillcrest: a pizza ...

All Duck Foot’s quacked up to be

Gluten-free brewing operation to be housed near Miramar pyramid

When I sat down with Duck Foot Brewing Company owner Matt DelVecchio last September, I conducted my interview on the patio of his coastal North County condo. The next time we convene, it will be ...

Sadly smoldering from the start

The soft opening at Fire Horse left much to be desired.

There’s been only one major void in the South Park restaurant scene within the last few years: Asian cuisine. Sure, Juan Chou was serving sushi at 3019 Juniper until this past March, but the closing ...

Nothing spells “happy anniversary” like IPA

Breweries like Coronado’s eponymous fermentation outfit emoting I-P-YAY!

All the cool kids are doin’ it: brewing über-hopped double IPAs to celebrate their companies’ anniversaries. The most recent are San Diego stalwarts, Stone Brewing Co. and Coronado Brewing Company, both of which hit the ...

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