Food and Drink

More San Diego breweries join the craft-in-cans movement

Yes, we can

Since this year's annual Reader Beer Issue took a look at the dramatic growth of San Diego beers being released in cans, even more breweries have announced they are joining the aluminum fold. Mikkeller Brewing ...

Finding Wonderland

OB beach bar serves more than bar food

“If you want to go to a real beach bar, you go to the Pennant or the Beachcomber. If you want to go to a real beach bar that serves good food, you hit up ...

Navy vets dive into spirits biz

Copper collar workers start a distillery in Santee

"Our focus right now is to make great spirits," says Scott Nixon, general manager of Copper Collar Distillery, the craft spirit company he cofounded with head distiller Jason Pelle earlier this year. Pelle and Nixon ...

The undiscovered Brown Cup

Mexican hot chocolate in Oceanside

There are no fedora-wearing hipsters at the Brown Cup. Which is why I go there. Not because I have anything against hipsters, but because this coffee joint is still undiscovered and I can find a ...

Top Coffee of 2016 goes to ...

They knew it was special back in February

A Kenya Guama Peaberry coffee roasted by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters has been named the number-one coffee of the year by CoffeeReview.com, earning a 97-point rating. Judges described it as “luscious, deeply sweet, and sumptuous.” ...

Going bananas for waffles

The sweet dishes are the stars at Cafe 222

Saturday morning is one of my favorite times to walk around the Gaslamp. It’s not crowded, there’s parking, and the old buildings have grandeur in the a.m. sunlight. Except for the occasional jogging conventioneer, you ...

Hibiscus beer for the win

Border X nabs brewery startup prize

On December 1st, Barrio Logan brewery Border X was named the $5000 winner of the Startup Brewery Challenge. The biannual competition is staged by national craft beer website Brewbound.com and Craft Brew Alliance, the "fifth ...

Goat is my game

Bleat-worthy meats in National City

"Se habla English!!” That’s what it says on the menu I’m checking out, here in National City. It also says “Birrio de Chivo, Guadalajara-style, perfected in Tijuana and imported into the USA.” Perfect. Because tonight, ...

San Diego spots for fancy hot cocoa

Chocolate bliss

My second daughter has one of those dreaded late-December birthdays, the kind that make both the birthday and Christmas feel a little less special because of their proximities. I confess that last year, budget and ...

This cafeteria is unlike any you’ve ever seen

Green Acre is the place to be

I already liked Green Acre Campus Pointe on the approach. I went looking for the Brian Malarkey restaurant after enjoying the sandwiches at his new Little Italy spot, Herb & Eatery. Green Acre is a ...

The world-famous catfish is not world famous

But the hush puppies are pretty good, and the coleslaw is a surprise

At the top of a steep, winding drive to the northeast of Escondido, you’ll find tiny Lake Wohlford. The dammed lake is routinely stocked with trout for recreational fisher folk, and a mobile home park ...

Party hearty and then chow down

A late-night pizza stop in Tijuana

Despite the fact that there is no pizza in Tijuana that comes close to Pizzeria Luigi, there are many hundreds of pizzerias spread throughout the city. Many of them are commercialized garbage. Including many of ...

Barrel Harbor brewery branches out into gaming center

Unique business models in Miramar

Three-year-old Vista brewery Barrel Harbor has been getting active of late. It began releasing cans of Fenris IPA earlier this year and aims to begin canning South Island pilsner by the end of the month. ...

Fish tacos and duck fat fries

Duck Dive works for both sports fans and foodies

It was a Saturday afternoon when the husband pulled me into Duck Dive in Pacific Beach to catch up on some college football scores. The noise level was high, but he joined in to cheer ...

Rincon Band launches SR76 Beerworks at its casino

The house beer always wins

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians has added a brewery component to its gambling interests. The sovereign tribe owns the Harrah's casino on its reservation near Valley Center, and on November 5th it opened a ...

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