Food and Drink

Mutt and meat in Fallbrook

Arrive early for Firehouse Que and Brew's daily lunch specials

Like most of the county, Fallbrook has been plagued by fire throughout its history. Most recently, over 200 structures were destroyed in the 2007 “Rice Fire,” which found the region’s resources spread thin for a ...

A budget-friendly burger in San Diego that’s good

Greek Canada beats Ronald McDonald

When we put together a special burger issue a couple of months ago, it gave me a chance to revisit a few old favorites. It also forced me to realize that the price of hamburgers ...

New brewers for Blair brewpubs

Anniversary bottle release coincides with Cosimo Sorrentino's departure

November has been an active month for East Village's Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery. The small brewpub observed its fifth anniversary with a celebratory luncheon, issued its first ever bottle releases, and hired a new ...

Midway District becomes coffee-roasting hub

Find coffee that everyone wants to drink every day behind the Sports Arena

While not a huge coffee-drinking destination, the industrial district behind the Sports Arena in the Midway District has grown into a coffee-roasting hub. Modern Times opened its brewery there three years ago with small-batch roasting ...

Karl Strauss joins the revolution

SD's oldest brewery becomes L.A.'s newest

San Diego's oldest brewery is now L.A.'s newest. Reigning midsize brewery of the year Karl Strauss Brewing Company has continued its brewpub expansion model with a new property at 600 Wilshire Boulevard, near Pershing Square ...

Family feast at Telefonica Gastro Park

Breaded beef tongue or rabbit pibil?

It was a classic family outing with my parents, my brother, his pregnant wife, and their two-and-a-half year old son. My brother picked us all up. In the car we started debating on where to ...

New Jamaican spot is not like the old one

Go with the jerk chicken

No sooner had I lamented the departure of my neighborhood Jamaican restaurant, Island Spice, to another part of the city that I noticed another had taken its place. Rock Steady Jamaican offers a spruced-up dining ...

A caveman Thanksgiving

Easy paleo options for Turkey Day

“We soak cashews, swell them, and cream them down so that they act like a kind of cream cheese.”

Straight into bed

Caramelized onion and short rib make crazy love together between the buns

"Uh, is that Russian you’re speaking?” Long silence. “Not Russian. Romanian.” The guy looks at me. “Excuse me for saying so, but next time you are not sure, it is better to suggest Czech, or ...

Burger chain strives to be In-N-Out but doesn’t quite make it

Not habit-forming

I love a good burger but, these days, I’m holding out for a great one. It’s not enough for a burger to be okay — I need it to be transcendent. I’d rather have an ...

Golden Triangle restaurant drifts aimlessly

Just another hotel restaurant

My wife is vegetarian, so I’ve been seeking out restaurants with tasty meatless options. Her birthday was last week, and I was hoping to kick things up a notch by taking her to a place ...

Buzzy eatery embraces flaky concept

The proof is in the pie crust

Here in San Diego, we love us some high-concept casual dining. I don't know of a local restaurant this year that's captured more social media attention as the Pop Pie Co. And no, a pie ...

Le Freak hits Virginia Beach

Green Flash launches its matching East Coast brewery

Green Flash officially opens its new brewery and tasting room in Virginia Beach, Virginia this week. San Diego's third-largest beer company celebrates its East Coast expansion with a pair of opening events the weekend of ...

Supper clubbin' in South Park

Beautiful food stokes conversation among strangers

When I wasn't looking, pop-up restaurants gave way to supper clubs, which might also be considered pop-ups, but they more closely resemble dinner parties than temporary businesses. The gist is, a chef whips up a ...

Kokopelli rises from the ashes as Tras/Horizonte

Back from the grave and into my belly

I’ve known Kokopelli tacos since they started on a street cart on Calle Ocampo in 2012, and the food truck craze wasn’t prominent in Tijuana yet. The grilled octopus taco in a charred tortilla named ...

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