Food and Drink

A list of San Diego beers brewed with fresh hops

...tis the season for wet-hopped beer

It's wet hop season in San Diego, when rare beers made from fresh, locally grown hops appear in tasting rooms and tap houses. The availability of locally farmed hops is still relatively new, but the ...

East Village's latest brewery isn't about IPAs

A Mainer brings English, Belgian styles to Knotty

The growing East Village beer scene gains another micro with the official opening of Knotty Brewing Co. on September 15. Knotty's small tasting room and five-barrel brewhouse are part of an overall expansion of the ...

Peppers, masa, coconuts, prickly pears

Flavorful finds at Northgate Gonzalez Market

I cannot claim to be an expert in chile peppers. Even as I type this, I am stuck on the spelling — is it chile or chili or chilli? Apparently all three are used interchangeably ...

Sleeping Tiger, hidden in winery

Witch Creek clears space for roasting machinery and full coffee bar

Sleeping Tiger Coffee launched what may well be the first café sitting inside an active winery. Last year, Paon wine bar owner Mayur Pavagadhi bought Witch Creek Winery, an urban winery operating out of north ...

First brewery with a café on site

Modern Times boasts "the biggest barrel-aged coffee program in the world."

Since launching three years ago, Modern Times Beer has been one of the few breweries on the planet to roast its own coffee. During most of that time, it's been selling cold brew and fresh ...

$8.50 for toast?

Let’s call it an open-faced sandwich

The restaurant Trust has garnered fans and sparked a bit of conversation since launching a few months ago. But it’s not the only eatery to open on the ground floor of the city’s latest mixed-use ...

Pretty dang Jamaican

Barrio Logan gets Laylah’s

In the past few years, San Diego has experienced a bit of a Jamaican restaurant switcheroo. Last year Island Spice, a favorite of mine, moved from its longtime Grant Hill location up to Rolando. A ...

Cloudy, juicy, with a chance of bitterness

San Diego brewers craft Vermont's IPA style

West Coast IPAs famously established San Diego breweries as major players in the American — and eventually global — craft-beer scene. But lately another regional IPA style has emerged as the contemporary favorite. Some call ...

Interesting fall vegetables

Where to find wax beans, purslane, persimmons, cascabella peppers, and sour gherkins

September enters what Suzie’s Farm likes to call “shoulder season.” “The ground is hot, the air is dry, and plants hate this just as much as we do.” In other words, the fruits of the ...

Beloved Egg Nazi

Six-dollar bacon, eggs, and toast

“Now I have taken over this place. And that will soon be my mobile kebab business.”

Everyone else in Tijuana seems to love this place

One disappointment after another

“If you don’t have anything to nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s an English proverb that I tend not to follow. Family, friends, and strangers are always recommending places for me. I ...

Karl Strauss opens its tenth brewery

Number ten is in Anaheim, and downtown L.A. is next

San Diego's oldest craft beer enterprise just opened its tenth brewing location, and its eleventh should be online before the end of the year. August 22 marked the official opening date of Karl Strauss Brewing ...

Where does that meat come from?

Butcher shops are back, baby

I’m already on record as being in favor of the reemergence of the dedicated butcher shop. Since Sepulveda Meats and Provisions opened in my neighborhood, I’m even more enthusiastic. At one point, standalone butcher shops ...

One percent of a San Diego brewery for sale

Magnetic offering small ownership stake as crowdfunding reward

When Magnetic Brewing opened to customers for the first time last August, it started about as small and low budget as a brewery gets. Morgan McCarty worked alone on the same 1.5-barrel system he'd assembled ...

Oh, those free-range birds

Late lunch in North Park

David and I finally made it to Encontro, in that magical empty hour between lunch and dinner. The restaurant is positioned at the corner of University Avenue and 30th Street, which puts it right in ...

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