Food and Drink

The all-natural burger at Carl’s Jr.

I do on rare occasion visit fast-food chains

The end of August marks 20 years since I’ve bought or eaten anything from McDonald’s, a boycott stemming partly from politics, partly revulsion, and mostly by the lack of nutrition of the chain’s cheap foodstuffs ...

SD belches out the beer jobs and revenue

About $600M made in 2014 (Comic-Con brought $488M over three years)

Often lost in the discussion about how many beer producers call San Diego County home these days is the impact on the economy — and particularly on local employment. According to the City of San ...

iPad your iDessert

I wound up with a pistachio shell, chocolate cake, vanilla cream...

When I hear the words Little Italy and dessert, I think of gelato or tiramisu. After my first visit to iDessert, I don’t know what to think. The high-concept dessert spot is the brainchild of ...

Sneak preview: MishMash

New restaurant arrives in Mercado del Barrio late 2015

While checking out a preview event for the new Iron Fist Brewing Co. tasting room in Barrio Logan, got a sneak peek of a new restaurant that will soon be the craft-beer spot’s neighbor. MishMash ...

Brunch at Café 21

When the pancake did arrive, it looked impossibly huge

It was a happy coincidence that within a week of enjoying a dinnertime meal at the Georgian restaurant Pomegranate I happened by the similarly exotic menu at Café 21, just to learn that the owners ...

Sabuku Sushi pushes boundaries

Bacon even makes sushi better

Usually when a sushi place tries to add American elements, it is more confusion than fusion. But when it’s done well, it can take Japanese flavors into an interesting new place. One restaurant that does ...

Kentucky chicken Somali-style

Sweet mishmash

“We do have what’s called ‘breakfast,’ for eating in the evening after prayers, breaking the fast.”

Coffee’s learning curve is steep. Get it?

The West Bean comes to Liberty Station Public Market

When Blue Bridge Hospitality announced the list of all-local concessions participating in its Liberty Public Market last month, The West Bean was revealed to be the company chosen to represent San Diego coffee in the ...

Fresh takes on ice cream sandwiches

“A full sandwich is pretty big, three inches high and six inches across.”

Summer has the Kellys exploring the boom in gourmet ice cream sandwiches. “We are baking cookies all day long, so that we can serve you the absolutely freshest, warmest cookie for your custom ice cream ...

Bloody pleased with Stone in Australia

Despite heavily taxed market and cold-shipment cost

Back in 2010, Stone Brewing CEO Greg Koch described the problem of gray-market beer being sold to foreign markets during a video interview with Australia's Brews News website: "Unethical retailers or wholesalers here in the ...

Better than expected at Adam’s Steak ’N Eggs

The aspect that pleased me most was the absolute lack of grease on my plate

I was only going for a friend. It was her birthday, and this is where she wanted to brunch. So I was fine with it, even if the place was adjacent to the notoriously kitchy ...

Filipino cuisine gets contemporary

Ocean Pacific Grille reads “of the moment”

Filipino cuisine has been tabbed by food experts and national magazines as “the next big thing” for several years now. While San Diego does offer a number of restaurants serving traditional dishes such as lumpia, ...

Eff your diet, life is short

As good as “bad” can be at Streetcar Merchants

These days, there are few things more counterculture than a blatant disregard for “healthy” food. If hipsters were still a thing (which they’re not, but if), then Streetcar Merchants would be their headquarters. While everyone ...

A Georgian-cuisine gem called Pomegranate

“Tasty Eastern European Food”

Tucked into a row of nondescript storefronts along the industrial main drag of El Cajon Boulevard is a Georgian-cuisine gem called Pomegranate, but you wouldn’t know that from standing outside. The sign outside simply reads, ...

Growing a brewery is hard work

Council Brewing opts for long hours over heavy debt

Speaking to Mike Hess recently, he revealed that while he "brewed almost every drop of the beer" his first year in business, by the time Mike Hess Brewing turned five this July, he'd gotten too ...