Food and Drink

With prices like these, you need not decide. Get one of everything.

Village Vino Forget about a couple o’ bucks off drinks, this quaint café and retail wine shop goes all out for happy hour. From 4 to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday and 3 to 8pm on ...

Ambiance reminiscent of a reclusive lord’s library

T Lounge Located beneath the billowing rainbow flag of Hillcrest east, the Bamboo Lounge recently rebranded to the T Lounge and, with their renovations, included a happy hour of polychromatic proportions. More than just a ...

The best happy hour for a beer hound like me

The Bellows This wood-fired-oven-driven, casual-yet-upscale bar and resto has one of North County’s most conscientiously cultivated beverage assortments. From a beer list that features specialties, one-offs, and Bellows Forge, a smoked oatmeal stout developed especially ...

They treat you like a full-paying customer

Lou & Mickey’s If you can handle conventioneer types, this place has the best terrazza in town. It feels like a cross between a Chicago fish ’n’ steak joint and a Paris brasserie. Best of ...

Don't let the size of the list intimidate you

Solare I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy afternoon than on the gorgeous patio of this chic Italian eatery. Sip Solare’s Blood Orange Daisy, a sophisticated twist on a traditional margarita ...

An excuse to eat on the cheap in gussied surroundings

Akinori Sushi Use of marinades distinguish the Edomae style of sushi this spot is known for, and Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30–7pm you may experience select examples at reduced prices. Start with the $10 yellowtail ...

Get to school, hopheads

A sampler flight of local beer events happening April 14–20

Many of San Diego’s brewers are in Portland, Oregon, this week, attending the industry’s annual Craft Brewers Conference, but there are plenty of good local events on tap. April 18 | CityBeat Festival of Beers: ...

Not bulky but bueno

Glitterati shows to glug offerings from nth-level brewer-geek

Since the Cork and Craft debuted late last year, beer fans have awaited the debut of its onsite brewery’s ales. This has a lot to do with the fact that the man at the brewhouse ...

Quartyard’s other eatery

The Quartyard Bar has scads of nosh and quarts of beer

The Quartyard is going great guns. It’s the empty lot that students from NewSchool of Architecture & Design have turned into a social gathering place for East Villagers. See Tin Fork for review of S&M, ...

St. Paddy's Day's dark star

Black Irish Stout debuts at Scripps Ranch's other brewery

There’s never a shortage of fun imbibing opportunities come St. Patrick’s Day. Most involve Guinness, green beer, or whisky and car-bombs of Irish attribution. Being a beer locavore, I gravitate to March 17 celebrations involving ...

Mess Royale opens in Hillcrest

The bagel has landed, along with cheese curds

New York gets most of the good bagel press, but in my travels the bagel culture that’s made the most lasting impression belongs to Montreal. The denser wood-fired bagels trade a hint of salt for ...

Dumpling Inn is bigger and better

New space includes the Shanghai Saloon

Dumpling Inn has long been one of my top recommendations for Chinese food, but I have always urged people to get their food to go. “It’s impossible to get a seat unless you don’t mind ...

La Jolla’s Catania restaurant rolls out Italiano beers

Uncharted territory

“Everybody’s doing the local beer thing, so we’re going another direction.” This was my introduction to the beer menu at Catania, the coastal Italian spinoff of the restaurant group comprising Whisknladle and Prepkitchen. Despite this ...

Cheese dreams in Baja's Ojos Negros

One-of-a-kind foodie escape just 40 minutes east of Ensenada.

It’s a holdover from Baja's Gold Fever days. A hideaway from the bustle of Ensenada. Drive an hour inland through curvy roads, past an ashram and a blue Madonna painted on a boulder, and eventually ...

Green Flash opening doors to Cellar 3

Opening date set for Green Flash’s new Poway facility and tasting room

Most expansion news concerning Green Flash Brewing Company has revolved around the construction of their upcoming Virginia Beach brewery, but today, the company announced the opening date for another venue — a 12,000-square-foot combination barrel-aging, ...

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