Hillcrest Stories

Ion goes all-out

Hillcrest-based company plans quadruple-header to select NYC-bound work — plus BBQ

The idea could cause vertigo: on Saturday, April 25, Ion Theatre will stage-read four new plays starting at 11:00 a.m. Each script has already been work-shopped with readings and feedback from preview audiences. And it’s ...

Get away, stay local: a weekend in Uptown

Staycation in Hillcrest, Balboa, North Park and environs.

My best weekend getaway is when I leave my car parked on the street outside my apartment in Hillcrest from 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon til Monday morning at 7: Friday Friday afternoon I go ...

Hillcrest Business Association awards contracts to its own president

Business leader Johnathan Hale has no comment about the no-bid contracts for his business.

Mess Royale opens in Hillcrest

The bagel has landed, along with cheese curds

New York gets most of the good bagel press, but in my travels the bagel culture that’s made the most lasting impression belongs to Montreal. The denser wood-fired bagels trade a hint of salt for ...

Easter on the beach

And select events for the rest of the week

Thursday | 2 Cafe 21’s Chef Leyla and the team from Suzie’s Farm have created a menu using only Suzie’s organic, local produce. Add a cocktail pairing for an additional $20. Friday | 3 Photographer ...

Pedestrian-unfriendly in Hillcrest?

Alleged sabotage of signage announcing University Ave. planning meeting

A plan to install dedicated bicycle lanes to Uptown communities of Mission Hills, Hillcrest, and Bankers Hill and close University Avenue to traffic in an attempt to make Uptown more pedestrian-friendly has divided the community ...

Divided, disconnected

Made and missed connections in story and on stage in Kin at Ion Theatre

Anna didn’t get her wish. She wanted to write her doctoral dissertation on punctuation in Emily Dickenson’s poems but couldn’t. So she wrote on how John Keats punctuated his. Bathsheba Doran’s Kin begins with Anna’s ...

Of leather kilts and opposing bulwarks

Human rights groups enter fray over public nudity at Hillcrest Pride parade

Human rights activists and gay and lesbian advocacy groups are urging appellate court judges to overturn a previous court's decision to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit brought by Will Walters, a gay man who was arrested ...

Best slow-smoked meat in San Diego?

Brazen BBQ has reason to B.R.A.G.

When it comes to meat, I like it lean — no chewy gristle, no greasy globules of fat, I just want that succulent muscle. Meat-wise, I’m a bad foodie — I prefer filet mignon over ...

It's a Big Front Door, so open wide

BFD's immense offerings may best be enjoyed out of sight

I learned my lesson the hard way about eating in, rather than taking food to go, at the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious deli that is jokingly named for its entrance, Big Front Door (and also for its titillating ...

They said, he said

Nonprofit Desert AIDS Project thrift shop in Hillcrest shuttering

Revivals, the nonprofit thrift store at 1644 University Avenue in Hillcrest, will close down on February 28. It will not be relocating. Opened February 7, 2011, by Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) in Palm Springs, Revivals ...

Poor Radio Shack

Corp. files Chapter 11, issues list of planned closures

The RadioShack Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will result in store closings across the U.S. The company has posted a “potential store closure list” that includes nine stores in San Diego and the surrounding metro area. ...

Lucky stroke

Victim has blood clot removed from brain, reverts to able-bodied

Last summer, Stefan Reisch was driving west on the I-8 near Waring Road at 9:30 in the morning when it hit. "I thought, Are you having a stroke? But that couldn't be,” he says. "So ...

Jesse will kill herself tonight

Ion Theatre stages the Pulitzer-winning 'night, Mother

No theatrical enterprise is risk-free. But staged readings come close. They’re low-priced, come-as-you-are, one-night-only affairs. And actors can read plays too expensive to mount otherwise. Staged readings also have an added bonus — a “what ...

Voilà, instant burger

Smoked pineapples and nuked burgers not so bad.

“This place is old-fashioned, like a Cairo café. We don’t do loud music and DJs.”

Hillcrest boba station open on Fifth Ave

Trinitea Tea expands service, decorates with glorious artworks

Does anyone remember when “bubble tea” was the new hotness? The raging popularity of milk tea loaded with swollen tapioca balls created a niche market overnight, and opened the gate for a bubble bubble, so ...

Hearty garden at Great Maple

A meal both naughty and nice

When I hit up Great Maple, on the easier-to-park side of Hillcrest, it's usually mid-morning and I have two items on the brain: salad and doughnuts. I don’t even look at the menu anymore. Rather ...

Can the Buffalo Public House work in Hillcrest?

Brazilian-influenced restaurant faces stiff conceptual challenges in competitive neighborhood scene

Brazilian cuisine receives little exposure in the US. Churrascaria restaurants, like Rei do Gado and Fogo de Chao, contribute to the popular image of South American carnivorism, where diners disappear beneath mountains of roast meat. ...

First Look: Whole Hog soft opens in Hillcrest

Celebrates America's "original art form" — BBQ

Being a fan of pork, passing by a restaurant called the Whole Hog was bound to stir up some cravings. The place practically sits in the middle of the intersection of Robinson Avenue and Park ...

Artists not residents

The city is getting ready to spend $280,000 for “artwork design, fabrication, and installation” to decorate the soon-to-be constructed Hillcrest and Mission Hills library. “The budget is all-inclusive and must cover all costs associated with ...

Spare, direct contact

Language reigns supreme in an "unreviewable," masterful reading of Night, Mother at Ion Theatre.

By definition, staged readings are not reviewable. They have no set, little lighting, few rehearsals. They’re actors seated behind music stands reading a play, maybe a bottled water to one side, maybe a costume that ...

East Coast Pizza open in Hillcrest

Successful North County pizza joint expands to Hillcrest, sells OK pizza, stays open late on weekends.

Cardiff-based East Coast Pizza’s Hillcrest location is up and running regular hours now, including moderately late-night service (till 2:30 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays. ECP closes before midnight other days, but being able to get ...

Thrift pros and scores

Dedicated thrifters know how to take advantage of the deals in SD's many vintage and discount shops.

San Diego is known for its great weather, beaches, and craft beer. I think we need to add another item to that list — thrift stores. From the row of resale shops in Hillcrest on ...

The parking problem again

Audit Committee to look into better management of program

There's a shortage of parking in some San Diego communities and the city's community parking district program isn't much help addressing that shortage. In a recent audit, the city auditor's office found holes in the ...

Now Try This: Aguas frescas at Tortas and Beer

Hillcrest torta shop makes excellent aguas, and damn-good everything else, too.

Yes, Tortas and Beer has killer sandwiches ($5-$7). Pitching superlatives isn’t my style (though fellow local critic Michael Gardiner thinks the house special Cubana sandwich is a contender for best sandwich on the planet, loaded ...

Craft beer haunts

Sampler Flight of beer events from October 28-November 3

October 29 | Trick or Cheese: It’s cheesy…in a good way. Local Habit is teaming with the fromage mavens at Venissimo Cheese to procure cow’s, goat’s, and sheep’s milk offerings that pair exceptionally with the ...

Gladiator outfit over the line in Hillcrest

Thongs worn at Fiesta Island Over the Line games acceptable

Is the San Diego Police Department's policy of cracking down on scantily clad partygoers at San Diego's annual gay pride parade while refusing to do the same at beaches and during the Over the Line ...

Future still iffy for Harvey Milk's American Diner

Milk Foundation attorney says they are “disappointed and disturbed”

While a previous written statement on the front door of Harvey Milk's American Diner indicated it was closed for reorganization, that's not likely to happen. One of the Hillcrest restaurant's three partners, Frank Lechner, refused ...

New translations, New Fortune

Upstart company of young veterans seeks to make the classics new and the new into classics, starting with Henry V.

Exit Sloppy's, enter Bearitos

Hillcrest Mission-style burrito joint changes names, stays mostly the same.

Somebody pulled a burrito switcheroo in Hillcrest. 86 Sloppy’s Burritos, sub Bearito Republic. Allegedly, Sloppy’s owners decided to move to Utah, and the Bearito crew flipped the place over and changed up the concept, albeit ...

A matter of Pride…and .org and .com

Website featuring updates on Carl DeMaio's congressional run under the gun

Log on to SanDiegoPride.com for "the ultimate guide to San Diego pride parties and events." Log on to SDPride.org for all official news and announcements from the nonprofit in charge of organizing the annual gay ...

It’s all a matter of relationship

Love is what we, as humans, were made for.

Membership: 185 Pastor: J.D. McQueen Age: 31 Born: Peoria, Ill. Formation: Eureka College, Eureka, IL; Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, WI Years Ordained: 6 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to ...

Not everyone can be all right

Ion's This Wide Night brings together two ex-cons who are still doing time.

Like Franz Xavier Kroetz’s Request Concert, in which a woman spends a wordless evening at home, Chloe Moss’s This Wide Night narrows the field of view. Often nothing happens, or Marie’s shabby London studio apartment ...

Space for a Shack in Hillcrest?

Troubled electronics store chain plans closings

RadioShack Corporation's September 11 announcement of second-quarter financial results strongly suggested that store closings are coming. Joseph C. Magnacca, chief executive officer, said the company “may need additional capital.” Magnacca also announced possible “debt restructuring” ...

Tajima lives up to its reputation

Hillcrest Japanese spot includes gluten-free ramen and variety of Japanese craft beer.

As far back as I can recall, every restaurant at 3739B 6th Ave — across from the Rite Aid — has been Japanese. I used to order from the "American Favorites" list back when it ...

Senior sedan embarks on medical pot odyssey

Bud-hunting retirees seek respite from health issues in Hillcrest

Things sure have changed in the pot world over the past 45 years. In college, in order to score a joint, one had to have a friend who had a friend who had a friend ...

Hidden agenda in Hillcrest?

Business association seeks to exclude certain boardmembers

The Hillcrest Business Association's job as administrator of the local business improvement district is clear: improve the business district. In order to continue to do so, staff is proposing to change the bylaws. The proposed ...

Now Try This: Napa Valley burger at Cali "O"

Hillcrest burger joint wraps a good patty in Napa cabbage for a novel take on protein style

1290 University Avenue has been a half a dozen restaurants in as many years, but the current business has a thing or two going for it. Cali O Burgers takes the basic In n Out ...

It’ll probably involve offal

When I think of my ideal food day in San Diego, it doesn’t involve heavy white linens, maître d’s, or putting on a suit and tie. Maximum dining enjoyment in my laidback hometown comes from ...

Now Try This: Negroni in the Rye from Social Experiment

Name and menu change for Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, and a fine version of the Negroni to boot!

Everyone should try Social Experiment’s Negroni in the Rye ($10) at least once. Hints of spicy rye whiskey hang out behind a veil of bitter Campari and Nonino, served with a twist of lemon on ...

Lunchtime starts clever, finishes sweet

Checking out the Pizza Salad Sandwich at d Bar in Hillcrest.

I've encountered a few hybrid lunch dishes before: the taco salad, the ramen burger, the teriyaki burrito. Not many have attempted to straddle three different concepts at once. I found one in Hillcrest: a pizza ...

Pride flag funding problem?

City auditor to send complaint to state attorney general

The Hillcrest Community Foundation, the group in charge of collecting donations for Hillcrest's Pride Flag monument, may soon be the subject of an investigation by California's attorney general's office. According to an email obtained by ...

Kato Sushi open in Hillcrest

PB sushi joint expands uptown, brings all the TVs and rolls you can handle

After a protracted remodel, Kato Sushi Hillcrest (a spin-off of the original PB restaurant) opened in time for Pride. The budget-minded sushi joint replaces the failed Pita Jungle, which had already sunk a surprising sum ...

Nunu's sees the light

Hillcrest mainstay tweaks the vibe but not the essentials.

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of tossing back a few cocktails at this 50-some-year-old Fifth Avenue landmark knows that a large part of the appeal comes from its shadowy interior lined with red Naugahyde booths. ...

Whew! Heritage Organisation says it’s okay

Historic Hillcrest hospital to become Japanese restaurant

The former Kelly's Treasures antiques and collectibles store at 801 University Avenue in Hillcrest is closed, and a sign says it's under renovation by AK Pro Construction Co. of Torrance. It will become a Japanese ...

Bylaws and sweethearts in Hillcrest

The Hillcrest Business Improvement Association has been forced to rescind what has been an effective method at keeping whistleblowers or other non-desirables from becoming a member or joining its board. That strategy? Rewrite the bylaws. ...

Homeless and at home in Hillcrest

He said he was slightly retarded, blind in one eye, and deaf in one ear.

The first time I saw him he was stumbling out from behind a bush near the Starbucks on University Avenue telling anyone who would listen that it was his birthday and he was 60. He ...

Shadow Mountain church sets up in Hillcrest

Here comes the light to "what would be a dark, dark neighborhood"

The evangelical Shadow Mountain Community Church of El Cajon now occupies the Grace Campus at 3844 Georgia Street in Hillcrest, the former site of Grace Baptist Church. Pastor David Jeremiah's views are similar to the ...

Backpacker fave lost in translation

But the macarons do it every time.

Making a sandwich from three ingredients takes a lot of brass. But mostly it takes three pretty terrific ingredients, and clearly one of them is going to be bread. So what do you get when ...

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