Food and Drink

Beer Week surprise

A straightforward IPA from Mike Hess Brewing stands tall during SDBW

It was the best of times. No, really, it was the best of times! This year’s edition of San Diego Beer Week was one of the finest since the 2009 advent of this annual ten-day ...

Poke salad trumps my best intentions

Hawaiian specialty wins me over in Carlsbad.

For a quarter century, Pelly's Fish Market & Café has been serving fresh seafood out of a shopping center in Carlsbad. I've known about it for about three days. Figuring I had a lot to ...

East Coast Pizza open in Hillcrest

Successful North County pizza joint expands to Hillcrest, sells OK pizza, stays open late on weekends.

Cardiff-based East Coast Pizza’s Hillcrest location is up and running regular hours now, including moderately late-night service (till 2:30 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays. ECP closes before midnight other days, but being able to get ...

Fish Taco TKO Competition 2014 Part 2

A look at the best of the rest.

A day later, I'm still reeling from the number of fish tacos I attempted to eat at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival's Fish Taco TKO Competition. Thirteen restaurants participated, some well known, ...

Intergalactic Brewing’s growing universe

Miramar brewery set to graduate from nano ranks with latest expansion.

Even before trying a single beer, one can’t help but be charmed by the collection of sci-fi cinema paraphernalia gracing the walls of Intergalactic Brewing Company (9835 Carroll Centre Road, #108, Miramar). During a recent ...

Fish Taco TKO Competition 2014 Part 1

Winners chosen after a gluttonous frenzy.

It sounded like a great idea — attend the annual fish taco contest put on by the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. Not only do a dozen or so local restaurants hand out ...

How y'like them apples?

Julian Hard Cider being sued for alleged abuse of trademark

In July, I introduced readers to Brian Kenner, an orchard owner working to open a cider and perry company called Julian CiderWorks in the community of the same name. When reporting on this, I wondered ...

Pounds of beans at home

Sharing beans and trading notes with the San Diego Home Roasters Club.

Each month a small group of coffee roasters meets up at Café Virtuoso, the organic roasting shop in Barrio Logan, to share beans and trade notes. Most are not coffee professionals, though some have been ...

Danged sweet fish

Lunging into a couple tacos in Popotla.

No power and a dirt road mean fish doesn't get any fresher.

The most American drink on the menu

Making something from nothing with the Rum Runner.

"A disaster in a glass.” So says Kanai Williams, the Salty Dog’s front man behind the bar, about this Imperial Beach joint’s premiere chockablock chug-a-lug — the Rum Runner. “And that’s probably the only reason ...

World-class throwback

Albie's is the ideal spot to canoodle with those who have improved with age.

It doesn’t look like much, the windowless portico brooding in the glow of a Hotel Circle Travelodge. However, behind a red door next to the lobby lies a world-class throwback that shows little indication of ...

The Tailgate goes down in Nashville

Former San Diego brewer opens taproom, soon to start fermenting

Tailgate Beer, which moved from San Diego to Tennessee in July, opened a taproom in West Nashville three weeks ago, according to their website. In May of 2013, Tailgate owner Wesley Keegan and his partners ...

Iron Pig Alehouse open in PB

Pacific Beach barbecue joint goes full hipster with craft beer and 'cue.

Are those….Edison bulbs I see hanging from the exposed rafters at Iron Pig Alehouse? The beer and barbecue spot opened in Pacific Beach last month, with decidedly hipster trappings throughout. The wood appears suspiciously “reclaimed,” ...

Life after Beer Week

Sampler Flight of local beer events for November 18 through 24

November 18 | Fish Taco TKO: San Diego is well-known for fine craft beer and fish tacos. Both will share the spotlight at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station when ten chefs ...

Veggiejuana: healthy trumps hip

Zona Rio health food store and bakery serves meatless lunch meals.

On the far end of the spectrum from modern grub-hubs such as Food Garden and Colective 9 lies Flor de la Vida — a classic Tijuana veggie kitchen, bakery, and health food store that stocks ...

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