Food and Drink

Bland food, fantastic view

Tijuana’s Cafe Aquamarino

Waves crashing, rooftop dogs barking, seagulls squawking, the banter between people (mostly in English), music playing in the background, improvised couches, random pillows and cushions, a long wooden table, a bookshelf with a sign that ...

Brunch was a lie...and then, Tobey’s

Toss back too many ’mosas and check out the best pisser view in town

If you’d have asked me about brunch a few years ago, I would have laughed in your face. Brunch is just breakfast with booze (hardly a novel concept). Brunch is where saps take new girlfriends ...

Tastebud invasion by a Tijuana torta

Chomp of a lifetime

Five minutes later she arrives with my steaming torta. All wrapped in its own papoose.

Who makes the best hot chocolate?

Swiss Miss? Ghirardelli? Trader Joe’s?

Cocoas with chemicals and some that prompt squeals

Pure Project debuts in Miramar

After only six months, already serving flavorful beers

Back in August, it was announced a new brewery, Pure Project, would be taking over one of two turnkey brewhouses set up by HG Fenton's Brewery Igniter program in Miramar. Last week, Pure Project announced ...

A new contender for best burger

Balboa Bar & Grill enters the fray

After I wrote about the simplicity of the burger at Rocky’s Crown Pub recently, I heard all about everybody’s favorite burger spots. Like Rocky’s, most were places that count their longevity in decades rather than ...

Big in the barrio

Thorn St. Brewery nabs former boiler factory on National Avenue

The partners behind North Park's Thorn St. Brewery are branching out into Barrio Logan, where they will grow their brand — and their brewing capacity — as Thorn Brewing Company. Dan Carrico, Dennis O'Connor, and ...

You’ve got ramen options, San Diego

Yamadaya brings more noodles to the Gaslamp

It might be getting carried away to start calling San Diego a ramen town, but the recent proliferation of noodle bars suggests our collective taste for this stuff isn’t a trend that will soon pass. ...

Too many choices at Lemonade

Fast-talking casual chain a lot to take in

On its website, Los Angeles based fast-casual chain Lemonade describes its menu as “a colorful bounty of seasonal comfort food in a bright cafeteria setting” with a “rotating daily spread of deliciousness.” It goes on ...

Globe-trottin' hops

Nelson Sauvin and Motueka return to New Zealand in liquid form

Coronado Brewing Company announced it would begin distributing its Stingray IPA globally in January, shipping to six countries, including New Zealand. Among the four varieties of hops contributing to the IPA's tropical fruit flavors is ...

Wiggling fish wig

“No. Not alive. They’re just so thin, they wave around in the lightest breeze.”

Running into the god of fertility and foxes in the Gaslamp.

Out of the rain, into some turkey

God’s Extended Hand

It’s 6:30 at night. Dark already. The rain’s dropping in sudden downpours and then disappearing. Tents line the chain-link fence of the vacant block on J Street. And then, in the gloom, you realize those ...

A giant can of beer to go

A couple pints at home with a growler alternative

A few months ago, I started hearing about breweries adding a new alternative to growlers in their tasting rooms: giant beer cans. Basically, a beertender fills a topless 32-ounce can straight from the tap. Then, ...

Design your own pie

Good vibrations and roadhouse blues at Zigzag

The rain was blowing sideways in Oceanside when we decided to leave our hotel room at the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, so it made sense that we took the elevator down to street level and ...

Soup and salad in a jar

Car’s Jars joins the local delivery market

With the glut of Silicon Valley tech companies vying for a piece of the food home delivery market the past year, I was surprised to discover a small local business pursuing its own niche: Car’s ...