Food and Drink

Groundswell Brewing rides a big wave into east county

Brewery moves from Grantville to Santee

Groundswell Brewing Co., formerly of Grantville, has officially made the move to Santee. In mid-February, the beer company hosted an opening event at the 12,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse and tasting room left behind by Twisted Manzanita ...

Honey's Bistro & Bakery is anything but boring

Longtime Encinitas cafe easy to miss, but not to forget

When I first walked into Honey’s Bistro & Bakery in downtown Encinitas, I had one of those déjà vu moments. I was so sure I had been there before, but I hadn’t. A new friend ...

Lunch near the track a good bet

North County Fish Market — away from the beach but still a catch

The Fish Market on the border of Del Mar and Solana Beach has been a go-to spot for me since it opened in 1981. It’s more laid back than the coastal restaurants on the beach, ...

Italian gets interesting

Get your pasta on — with or without cheese

Over the past few years, I've happily jumped on the pork belly trend, the game meat trend, cured and smoked meats, bone marrow, and pretty much anything confit. Creative chefs embracing unusual cuts and oleogustus ...

Mexican food in Little Italy — why not?

Brunch at Bracero Cocina de Raíz is worth the drive from anywhere

I felt like checking out Little Italy on a sleepy Sunday morning in January, so I drove the distance from North County to meet my cousin for brunch at Bracero Cocina de Raíz, a restaurant ...

North County brewer shuts down

Six-year-old On the Tracks got clipped on a technicality

Carlsbad's brewery scene has been on the rise, with two new breweries opening in 2016, and two more due by the spring. However, the North County city lost one in December, when On the Tracks ...

Fancy comfort food found in Liberty Station

Fig Tree's Point Loma location surprises

I’ve heard there is a multitude of cafes and restaurants in Point Loma's Liberty Station, but I have been able to find only a handful of them. Recently, my daughter Aja and I found a ...

Pariah Brewing says no Fruity Pebbles here

But North Park's newest suds center serves up a milk-urchin stout

North Park's brewery count is up to ten. Pariah Brewing Company officially debuted its beers to the public at select taproom events the first weekend of February, followed by a ticketed grand opening scheduled for ...

La Jolla grub-hunt started out innocently enough

“Hey, we’re helping the earth. You’re not against that...are you, Ed?”

Lord. Trying to concentrate. Ten percent, double it, aargh! Sixteen bucks. And that’s just the tip. Total for this lunch, $105.97. I try not to let it show as I usher the two ladies out. ...

Former Ballast Point execs get way into the liquors

West Coast's largest distillery? "That's kind of what we're shooting for."

When Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits sold to Constellation Brands in fall 2015, a small part of the business wasn't included: the spirits. For the moment, Ballast Point no longer produces liquor. Instead, a new ...

We ordered them all

Fresh tacos, just like Tijuana

We were in the mood for tacos, and Alberto’s or actually any ’Berto’s wasn’t going to cut it. I had heard about The Taco Stand in Encinitas and was told it was authentic and beat ...

Craft spirits heads to North Park

619 Vodka to open distillery, restaurant, and bar this spring

Craft spirits are coming soon to North Park. 619 Vodka has started building out a distillery at the former site of a produce shop just off 30th Street (3015 Lincoln Avenue). Slated to open by ...

Finding Oscar’s

Smoked fish tacos worth seeking out

Even when I couldn't find the place, my friend was about to miss the train, and a Rubio’s was staring at me from across the street, I pursued the siren call of the smoked-tuna taco. This family-run Pacific Beach taco stand started in 2011 and recently added East Village and Encinitas to its lineup. The Encinitas shop is so new it didn’t even have a proper sign up yet.

Viking feasting hall opens in Vista

Drink mead and cider from a horn

Vince Obarski recalls first hearing about mead as a kid, referenced in fantasy games such as Dungeons & Dragons. He associated it with beer, and medieval times, but didn't grasp how far back it actually ...

Julian Grille is better than the apple pie

A “working lunch” turns into all afternoon

Before the holidays my husband and I stayed for a week outside Julian at an RV park, and each morning I would drive a few miles to the library to write. One afternoon, instead of ...

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