Food and Drink

First Look: Artisan Bento

Banker's Hill sushi proprietors bet on bento box concept

My fondness for bento boxes and anything labeled "artisan" have converged in Banker's Hill, with a new dining concept set up by the proprietors of Azuki Sushi. Artisan Bento seeks to elevate the idea of ...

Go east, young beer aficionado!

El Cajon brewing rallies local talent for East County beer fest

When URBN St. Brewing Company installed its brewpub in the former home of El Cajon Brewing Company, one of partner Alex Carballo’s major goals was to help move the craft beer needle in East County ...

Taste the East at Lobster West

Encinitas spot for real-deal Maine lobster both sizzles and fizzles

It was only a handful of months after he’d finished his lobster crawl across the island of Martha’s Vineyard (ingesting 9 lobster rolls in 11 days) that David discovered Lobster West in Encinitas. We were ...

Beer Touring: Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen

Oceanside brewery celebrates opening of San Diego bar-and-restaurant

I wondered how a smaller Oceanside brewery would fare opening up a bar and restaurant in the relatively faraway Miramar community. Whereas larger, better-known North County brewing interests — Stone Brewing Co., Pizza Port, Rip ...

I have cooked for both Bushes, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama

Fries with that, Mr. President?

Man, this is one broad Broadway. Broadway, Lemon Grove, that is.

Heart's work

From jewelry shop to coffee shop in Mission Hills

January got the year off to a good start for a couple of localities in need of quality coffee. Up in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mostra Coffee (12225 World Trade Drive) began opening the doors of ...

Vegan in the steakhouse

Post Title: Getting Vegan Stuffed at Donovan’s Chop House in La Jolla Post Date: December 4, 2014 Yes, I am going to be posting a lot about vegan dining at steak houses. Of course vegans ...

Satan's spice scale

Tasty food beneath the fire at DaoFu in Normal Heights

“The spice scale is one to ten, but three is medium,” said our server. She looked to be in her early twenties, but she worked the tables in the small, crowded space with the easy, ...

Beer SaturaTION

A sampler flight of local beer events happening January 27-February 1

January 30-February 1 | TION Weekend: It’s good to know people. Thanks to long-standing ties between O’Brien’s Pub and the world-renowned Russian River Brewing Company, the former is able to put on an epic list ...

East county rounds up pub grub and craft beer

Rodeo-adjacent Eastbound Bar & Grill puts Lakeside on the gastro map

Since Karl Strauss Brewing opened their brew pub on Columbia Street in 1989, craft beer bars have continued to gain popularity and now flood the city. The trend has been slow to spread to surrounding ...

New projects for New English

Sorrento Valley brewery working on expansion, signature beer for Catania

With the rapid growth of so many San Diego brewing companies, it’s easy to lose sight of those following the less-flashy, slow-and-steady model. One such operation, New English Brewing Company (11545 Sorrento Valley Road, #305, ...

Can pork fried rice be considered healthy?

Testing healthy claims with a North Park takeout mainstay

The sign out front said "healthy Chinese food." We'll see about that, I thought. I marched right in and searched for the least healthy item I could think of: barbecue pork fried rice. If someone ...

Plunged into gluttony at High Dive

Menu changes result in improvements and belly flops at Bay Park mainstay.

There’s nothing like a go-to neighborhood bar that provides great service, a casual vibe, and satisfying pub food. Add 20 craft beer taps and Ballast Point Fugu Vodka on draft and the experience is just ...

Beer to the Rescue: Hildegard IIIPA

Benchmark Brewing Company goes REALLY big for charity

Last week, I shared news of Beer to the Rescue, a year-long campaign raising funds for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC) via sales of specialty beers from local brewing companies. The first of ...

Une delight du Escondido

North County thirst gives way to French hunger

Grand Avenue, downtown Escondido's de facto Main Street, has been (what I consider) blossoming in recent years, with the opening of a good coffee shop (Kettle Coffee & Tea) and a good brewery and taphouse ...

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