Food and Drink

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 ...

Brewers moving on

Examining recent resignations by local brewing personnel

Chuck at Green Flash. Mitch at Stone. Devon at Pizza Port. Employees of local brewing companies become so engrained into the fabric of their operations that followers of the San Diego craft beer scene think ...

Cozy café with a dark side

Human skulls dangled from the ceiling in birdcages.

La Cupula is everything I’d hoped a vampire bar in Tijuana would be. At first I’d pictured an all-out monster mash: freaks sipping gore-toned cocktails and stomping around to industrial remixes of 45 Grave. It ...

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 ...

Anniversaries, festivals, and more

Sampler flight of local beer events for September 16-22

September 16-20 | Five-Year Anniversary: Five years ago, Station Tavern opened its doors and it’s been a fave of South Parkers and family devotees ever since. Five days of fun will include the release of ...

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 ...

Early Look: Lightning tasting room

Poway-based brewery finally opens up an official sampling space.

Jim Crute was almost giddy — well, about as animatedly giddy as an analytical science guy like him can get — as he opened the door to the business suite next to his Lightning Brewery ...

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 ...

A deeper shade of pink

Green Flash’s annual fundraising beer a thing of beauty

There are few charitable causes as universally backed by the brewing community as the fight against breast cancer. This has much to do with how many peoples’ lives are touched by this scourge. One in ...

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 ...

First Drafts: Toolbox Brewing Company

New Vista outfit is a center of wild yeast experimentation

These days, new brewery openings can feel very similar. Regardless of décor, back story and other defining characteristics, beers from new operations tend to be, for the most part, predictable. This isn’t because what breweries ...

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