Food and Drink

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 ...

Avocado fudge

Fallbrook candy shop offers unusual dessert

While a military brat living on Camp Pendleton, I kicked off my high school career going to Fallbrook HS (go Warriors!). I took that 45-minute bus ride every day for a couple of years and ...

Brewery Igniter offers brewhouses for lease

Fenton powered business model cuts startup costs

Given the number of craft beer companies launched in San Diego over the past couple of years, starting a brewery almost seems easy. Of course, it's not, and given the capital investment required to purchase ...

Greasy indie burgers and fries inside Colectivo 9

It’s as if the meat is sandwiched between two clouds

The Gastrocourt Colectivo 9 opened on September of last year and has grown in popularity and volume. What was once an empty hallway leading to the semi-hidden food court is now a bustling row of ...

Country breakfast? Ribs and cornbread

Bonnie Jean just heard they’ve been named to the Top Sixty Soul Food restaurants. In the nation.

Skull Creek: I’m bouncing past in a 955 when I spot it. Want to yell “Stop the bus!” Instead I just pull the cord and wait while we cruise another country mile up this long ...

Barrio Logan's craft beer scene is growing

Iron Fist opens a bridge view tasting room

North County craft brewer Iron Fist has established a presence in the downtown area. Its new Barrio Logan tasting room officially opened July 24, setting up shop in the Mercado Del Barrio development that seeks ...

"Jamaican" beer not brewed in Jamaica

So, two imbibers go to court

The San Diego law firm of Robbins Arroyo, representing two local plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal court in San Diego against Diageo, the big London alcoholic beverage firm. It is a putative class action ...

The foodie’s sandwich shop

I could shop here every day for a month

Passing through Rancho Bernardo, I stopped by a shop known to have a great bottled beer selection and wound up with an incredible lunch spot. I knew Brothers Provisions shares ownership with Urge Gastropub, so ...

Lunch at Windmill Farms

The fair-sized rolls were fresh and the fish not too shabby

Grocery stores have been transforming before our eyes the past few years. Henry’s became Sprouts, Albertsons became Haggen, both try to play the role of a Whole Foods alternative, and even Target has decided to ...

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