Golden Hill Stories

The history of the world is written in food

Garlicky delish

So good to be back. I first came here two years ago. Then popped in earlier this winter when I discovered their happy hour. Devoured a totally delicious $3 eggplant roll. Promised more in this ...

We roast to sweetness

About as micro as a micro-roaster can be

Experienced third-wavers the Bonner family have been quietly building their business in Golden Hill and Sherman Heights.

Grandmother's tongue at sunset

Happy hour, Georgian-style: eggplant, Russian beer, and Marko

Broadway? This must be the narrowest patio west of 25th. I mean, two people can sit at each of the half dozen tables, but nobody can get past you. You have to scrinch in from ...

Golden Hill hangout raises its food game

One-time wine bar now solid all around

Having lived in or around Golden Hill for several years, I've spent plenty of time drinking in all the same spots everybody else has — there just aren't many to choose from. Here's the typical ...

Be a better person, or like, whatever

A smug of hipsters, like a murder of crows

Dear Hipster: My sister and I went to Luigi’s Pizza on a recent Friday night. And as you can imagine, the place was packed with hipsters galore and their hipster tots in-tow. We ordered, ate, ...

Sucker puncher

City and one of their parking-enforcement officers hit with lawsuit

Two emergency medical technicians are suing the City of San Diego for negligently hiring parking-enforcement officer Anibal Solis, who on April 13, 2014, entered a Golden Hill convenience store and punched the paramedics with no ...

Dog fight in Golden Hill

Street King's taco truck makes you choose between SD & TJ

Street King Tacos is a food truck with very good tacos, plus tortas, and TJ-style hot dogs that are as good as any on Revolución. Excellent fish tacos, too. Open late. Stays at this location.

Off-menu at my go-to burrito joint

The Bay Area's got nothing on Los Reyes

I've rarely been more than a ten-minute drive to Los Reyes over the years, and for the past few it's been about a five minute walk. The place is entirely what I expect from San ...

Dollar belly filler

Ed searches for a meal that costs a single buck

Can a feller fill a belly for a dollar in this town? Just ask Carlos. That’s what I did, because that’s all I had. Exactly one Washington in the pocket, eaten nothing all day, had ...

Balboa Park Golf Course plan gets go-ahead

City attorney's office deems funding method sound

The City of San Diego, golfers who frequent the Balboa Park Golf Course, and pedestrians who traipse and cycle the the winding road where the clubhouse is located hope to replace the 1930s clubhouse, pathways, ...

City can’t drag its heels any longer

Residents to get reimbursed for illegal maintenance assessment district

It was a long time coming for attorneys and volunteers in Golden Hill and South Park to get reimbursed, at least partially, for their time and money spent to fight the city over their illegally ...

Doggone! The dog’s back after 7 years

Buddy the black Lab returns to owners as owners return to county

A few weeks ago, Buddy, a ten-year old Lab, was reunited with his owners after having gone missing for seven years. During the San Diego County wildfires of October 2007, Buddy and his family were ...

Cheesesteak isn't the only food from Philly

At long last, I try a pork roll sandwich

A lot's been said about Giorgino's cheesesteaks — after all, the sign over the Golden Hill shop boldly claims to have the best in town. But there's been another item on the menu that's aroused ...

Final verdict on blood moon? Whatever.

Note: you can’t take a good picture of the moon with your iPhone.

I watched April 15’s much-hyped “blood moon” in two phases. I don’t understand the science behind the blood moon but the entire internet said that it was something that happened rarely. I was determined to ...

Golden Hill "Renaissance Project” begins

Widened sidewalks, new water mains, reverse-angle parking spots planned

City leaders on April 9 broke ground on a $1.7 million effort to ease traffic, upgrade sidewalks, and revamp parking along 25th Street in Golden Hill. Work on the thoroughfare connecting SR-94 and Balboa Park ...

Golden Hill canyon to fill with 27 new homes

No opposition to development site “well known for its rich fossil beds”

Where 29th meets B Street, in a quiet part of Golden Hill, a previously undeveloped, narrow green canyon will soon be the site of 27 new homes. The canyon, which for many years included the ...

Shaded deck seating apparently worth the wait at Krakatoa

Slow service hasn't turned people away

I keep waiting for Golden Hill to finally give up on Krakatoa. The converted craftsman coffeehouse is plenty inviting, with a shaded wraparound deck and ample parking in the back. But it's slow. The frustrating ...

Balboa Golf Course clubhouse to expand?

Expansion contingent on pedestrian pathway

On February 12, the Golden Hill Planning Committee unanimously voted to deny support of a proposed extension of the Balboa Golf Course clubhouse. All present members of the community advisory group took issue with the ...

Trying to find a niche at the farmers' market

Or, what happens when capitalism gives you the munchies

A certain La Jolla resident/presidential candidate made the wrong kind of headlines a couple years ago when he suggested not enough Americans have the entrepreneurial spirit required to borrow twenty grand from their parents to ...

Galactic Girl to depart Golden Hill grocery store

Jaycee's Market to be sold, art to go along with former owner

For now Galactic Girl, a work by professional aerosol artist Caleb Aero, resides where she has for the past several years — among 15 to 20 other 6´x 4´ paintings decorating the wall above the ...

Language barrier prompts naval hospital bomb scare

Lost deliverymen took wrong turn, detained for two hours

A couple of guys attempting to deliver a package triggered a shutdown of the main gate access to Balboa Naval Hospital on Thursday, January 2. For approximately two hours, San Diego police blocked access to ...

City to pay in full for illegal maintenance assessment districts

Litigation expenses of Golden Hill and South Park residents to be recouped

For many residents of Golden Hill and South Park, the fight to dissolve their maintenance assessment district was long, hard, and expensive. In 2011, more than four years after filing a complaint against the city, ...

Three pairs of lust-worthy fall boots

When fall rolls around, most Americans look forward to crackling fires, hot cocoa, and the changing leaves. There’s not a whole lot of that going on here in San Diego. But the fashionistas among us ...

Meet Council Brewing Company

New brewery to-be to be run by a female brewmaster

These days, craft beer fans try to keep as much an eye on San Diego breweries as they do on the thumping pulse of the pipeline of incoming brewing companies. Those interested in the works-in-progress ...

Totally stuffed at Sherman's

“Rich,” she tells me. “Too rich.” Dang. No way is it too rich for me.

Sherman’s Shack offers Ed interesting burgers and tacos… a garlic shrimp and cream cheese–stuffed burger topped with orange sweet & sour, for example.

Where will the gallinas of Golden Hill go?

Resident told she must get rid of beloved chickens

Maricela Martinez has kept her happy chickens in her yard at 28th and A, across from the golf course, right next to the sign that demarcates South Park from Golden Hill, for seven years. Signs ...

Golden Hill Street Fair re-revived, slated for October 13

Event stalled not just for lack of money

In an interview with Jim Miller of the San Diego Free Press in early May, Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation board member Judd Curran stated that the second annual Golden Hill Street Fair was ...

Cocktail casual at the Turf

If you can stomach some ’tude with your food, hit the Turf Supper Club in Golden Hill.

Missing from Golden Hill: Yoshi

Abducted by man who tears down posters?

Yoshi, a white, three-year-old, female terrier mix has been missing since September 7 of last year. The owner has contacted a police detective because, as the “missing” poster notes, “The people who found Yoshi are ...

Whatcha gonna do when your well runs dry?

Water in that there hill

The city is drilling a test well for water at 32nd and B streets in Golden Hill.

New Mural at Golden Hill’s Jaroco Market

Artist pleased with imperfect outcome

On Wednesday, May 29, local artist Giancarlo Pia installed his first outdoor large-scale mural — on the north wall of Jaroco Market at the corner of 25th and B streets. At approximately 17’5” wide by ...

Going Socialist at Sobaka

Kafe Sobaka/Restoran Pomegranate offers Ed Bedford plate sizes ranging from “Communist” to “Imperialist.”

Free Spirits in Golden Hill

C funk (that is the name he goes by), used to own an identical military issued jacket purchased from a thrift shop, but a couple of Marines made him hand it over. "They said it ...

Golden Hill post office becomes residential

Multistory structure added to back of lot

Major renovation is under way at 2692 C Street, the address that was previously home to George Washington Station, the post office that served Golden Hill from the '60s until it closed permanently in February ...

Sulo King buys Black Box Studio, changes name to Iacon Sound

We buy a lot of bulbs

“I realized that booking and promoting shows was a risky business to be in, and it wasn’t a sufficient way to make a living,” says Sulo King, whose career in concert promotion included a trouble-plagued ...

Garbage Truck Spills Load in Golden Hill

Sometime between morning trash pick-up and 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, a loaded city trash truck malfunctioned and spilled most of its contents onto the street on the corner of 26th and A streets, ...

Juicy Char

Kabob House kicks the campground-grub blues.

The Plan for Golden Hill's Newest Multistory Building

Turning an old service station into a mixed-use urban development is the latest Golden Hill project for FoundationForForm, the architects behind mxd830 on 25th Street, home to bar/restaurant Counterpoint and Mosaic Yoga, as well as ...

My Milkshake Brings All the Birds to the Yard

Name: Leorah Gavidor Neighborhood: Golden Hill Age: 31 Occupation: Retail/editor Actually, it’s not really my milkshake, and, technically, it’s not even a milkshake at all — it’s a basic solution of sugar and water, boiled ...

Mean Beans

As a longtime San Diego resident, I’ve often been puzzled as to why, in a city full of amazing Mexican food stands, anyone would go to Taco Bell or Jack in the Box. Why order ...

Tots on the Side at Tobey's 19th Hole

The sun glinted off oak trees. Golf carts waddled down the fairway. A dry, light breeze signaled an impending Santa Ana. I gazed upon this glorious scene, sipping Stella Artois, happy to be alive and ...

Golden Hill's Counterpoint

My friend Audrey and I hadn’t been in touch of late and finally settled on a time to catch up. “Where shall we meet?” she asked. “I really just want to hang out but also ...

The Watching Birds

Just the other day, late in the afternoon, I was sitting on the couch, reading the Reader (yes, really!), when I sensed something large watching me through the front picture window in our living room. ...

Painted Lady

From many neighborhoods in San Diego, you can look out and see other neighborhoods. That’s how it is in a city of hills. When I lived on Boundary Street, in North Park, I could look ...

Golden Hill Citizen Asks City to Enforce Vagrancy Laws

“The place down there reeks,” Norman Starr told the San Diego City Council on March 22. “It’s frightening to walk among that many panhandlers.” Starr described an area occupied by homeless people near his rental ...

Rather Than a Riff: Golden Hill Cafe

Many years ago, my friend lived on 23rd Street, so we would occasionally meet for breakfast at a diner at 25th Street and C. Officially, the place is known as the Golden Hills Coffee Shop, ...

Tractor-Trailer Hung Up on B Street

On the afternoon of February 14, the "landing gear" of a semi-trailer's undercarriage scraped the road, hanging up the big rig as it attempted to crest the steep hill on B Street where it meets ...

Doña Quixote

The childhood magic of the rain is worn threadbare, and as I watch the drops pool into a river at the bottom of the hill, I ache to turn it back to color, like editing ...

Do the Freddie

Zac’s 28th birthday party was what every respectable social gathering should aspire to be. Everybody at the Golden Hill house near 20th and Broadway was dressed as an approximate Tony Soprano, Louise Brookes, Blues Brother, ...

San Diego Family Feud — Electronic Survey Says!?

In October, San Diego's City Planning and Community Investment Department introduced electronic polling stations at public workshops for the community-plan updates in North Park, Uptown, and Golden Hill. The polling stations are used to collect ...

Feta 1, Turkey 2

Is there life on Broadway, east of the I–5? I’ve got a couple of answers to that. Feta 1, Turkey 2. No, we’re not talking World Cup soccer scores. Just the two sandwiches you gotta ...

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