Kearny Mesa Stories

Reasons to give thanks

Sampler Flight of local beer events for November 25 through December 1

November 25 | Movember Night: It’s the time of year where razors are shelved in favor of scruff, ‘staches, and Samaritanism. That’s right, possibly the easiest charity movement on the planet — Movember. All it ...

More like Sushi Factory

Sushi Deli 3 has unique sushi at a great price — if you can slow their roll.

Sushi Deli operates three casual sushi restaurants with locations in Gaslamp, Hillcrest, and Kearny Mesa. I ventured to the last on the list, known as Sushi Deli 3, and found myself in an odd industrial ...

Musical cars

Some will lose Sunroad’s parking game in Kearny Mesa.

Residents of Kearny Mesa refer to it as “musical cars,” the nightly race against hundreds of neighbors for a parking spot. If unsuccessful, the loser must decide between parking as far as five blocks away ...

Paint Poppies in Oz

Top events and things to do in San Diego November 13-November 20

Today we take the birth-control pill for granted, but author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig will share the story of its tumultuous origins and how four forward-thinking people — a feminist, a ...

Side dishes with an order of anything

Learning to identify my favorite banchan

I walked into Do Re Mi House recently and ordered a dinner of hot tofu stew for about 10 bucks. It could just have easily been japchae noodles, or a hot stone bibimbap rice bowl. ...

Street-dumb phone stuck in the past

Consider this the formal goodbye to State Route 274

Motorists traveling northbound on 805 out of Mission Valley into Kearny Mesa may have recently noticed something covered up on the green freeway signs indicating the Balboa Avenue exit. Covered over in mismatched green is ...

Now Try This: Hambāgu at Wa Dining Okan

Japanese burger? Yes, please!

Drop what you are doing for yet another trip to Convoy Street. This time, it’s the hambāgu from Wa Dining Okan that ought to drag you out of your hiding place for an extended lunchtime ...

Fests of all flavors

Sampler Flight of beer events from October 14-20

October 17 | Oktoberfest Celebration: For one über-fantastic Saturday, the gang at Helm’s Brewing Company will do everything it can to convert their nautical-themed industrial suite into a center for Germanic celebration. Deutsch costumes, music, ...

Bedeviled by the details

When "unpretentious" just means "mediocre."

The closest San Diego comes to having a “China Town” is the stretched out expanse of cold, industrial Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa. The mile-long stretch of pedestrian-unfriendly road is home to nearly 100 Korean, ...

Ways to beat the late-September doldrums

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, September 25-October 1

This autumn event offers tractor hayrides, a straw maze, petting corral, pony rides, kettle corn, food trucks, and live entertainment from noon to 3 p.m. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from a variety of pumpkins: ...

Now Try This: Oxtail ramen at Rakiraki

Kearny Mesa ramen shop kills it with noodles and beeftail

Rakiraki, Kearny Mesa’s hipster noodle house, has an oxtail ramen dinner on the menu that’s an absolute must-grind. The ramen part is more of the same: Rakiraki’s chicken-based ramen, with its light and surprisingly fatty ...

Now Try This: Shave Ice at Angels and Hearts

Clever riff on Hawaiian dessert is a winner

Even if we live in a sick, sad world where Hello Kitty isn’t actually a kitty at all, there’s always Angels and Hearts, a new dessert shop in Kearny Mesa, to inject a bit of ...

Council rolls out the barrel(-aged beer)

Well-received new brewery releasing first of its tart, barrel-aged beers

Perhaps no brewery that’s debuted in 2014 has arrived to such immediate and nearly unanimous fanfare as Council Brewing Company (7705 Convoy Court, Kearny Mesa). From hop-forward pale ales and IPAs to low-ABV English-style ales ...

My fantasy food day

My day always starts with coffee from Cafe Moto (2619 National Avenue), whether it ends up being a dream day or not. It’s usually in my own kitchen, but my fantasy morning would have me ...

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 ...

Societe’s beer bloggers’ delight

Unique Kearny Mesa brewery’s single-hop IPA delivers unanimously good flavors

Even if they don’t always write about it, beer bloggers tend to be extremely opinionated. It takes a lot to please one, much less several, but last weekend, after attending the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference, ...

Ketchup, mustard and Mongolian

Kearny gastropub doesn't stand on tradition

There are no shortage of restaurants in Kearney Mesa I'd like to try. I actually keep a list, and every once in awhile I hop on the freeway to go and check off another, come ...

Ob-gyn doctor could lose license

Medical board issues accusation

The Medical Board of California's Department of Consumer Affairs has brought an accusation against Niloufer Dennis, M.D., who practices obstetrics and gynecology and has offices in Kearny Mesa and El Cajon, according to an online ...

“Free” city land just got pricey

Sunroad to pay for controversial Kearny Mesa easement deal

The 18 feet in easements that city councilmembers gave to Sunroad for their Kearny Mesa development isn't free after all. Today, August 22, the developer, the City of San Diego, and attorney Cory Briggs agreed ...

Is Common Theory a better beer bar?

Convoy's new hipster beer garden could be more than just another trendy pub

San Diego needs another restaurant serving craft beer and tarted-up pub grub like it needs another mayoral scandal. But there’s one neighborhood that’s remained more or less free from badge logos, kale, and people sticking ...

Blush Desserts makes Convoy .5% more French!

New cupcake and macaroon shop offers tea, snacks, cute decor, and reasonably late hours

Blush Desserts, new kids in Kearny Mesa, are pushing out cupcakes and French macaroons (all in the $2-$4.50 range) like the end times draw nigh and only a massive influx of glorious, sweet sugar will ...

Sunroad to salvage soured sweetheart deal?

Former deputy city attorney Andrea Contreras is on the job

The 18 feet of city-owned parkland that the San Diego City Council gave to developer Sunroad Centrum isn't free after all. On August 1, San Diego Superior Court judge Timothy Taylor issued a temporary restraining ...

Near naked and unafraid of the SDPD

Another Cheetahs stripper lodges lawsuit against police department

The flap over San Diego Police Department's raid on two strip joints earlier this year is nowhere near finished. On July 16, a dancer named as "Jane Doe" filed a lawsuit against the police department ...

I believe that we will drink

No matter the outcome, Nickel Beer’s World Cup pale’s a winner

Tom Nickel isn’t one of those bandwagoners who become infatuated with futbol every four years. He follows soccer year-round, travels the world to take in matches at storied arenas, and has made his bar, O’Brien’s ...

Societe's celebratory dumpster-diver

Kearny Mesa brewery releases special second anniversary saison

At my day job, my colleagues and I recently brainstormed potential names for a saison. A rangy ale style originally brewed on French and Belgian farmsteads, we toyed with many farm-inspired names. In the end, ...

A different way to dim sum

China Max has the food, but not the fun

Though Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant is my go-to spot for dim sum, I recently decided to shake things up and finally check out China Max, a place that friends have been telling me about since ...

Societe Brewing goes long

Kearny Mesa brewery to celebrate two years over 10 days

I am in awe of birthday celebrants with the foresight, ability, and friendship base to stretch their special day into a full week of good times. So, I can’t help but to marvel a bit ...

The Summer Solstice Ale Trail

Passport-driven reward system encourages local beer touring

Without camaraderie, the San Diego craft beer scene would be much different—and much smaller. It’s the cooperation of local breweries through the San Diego Brewers Guild and on individual, inter-brewery levels that has allowed so ...

Beer Touring: Council Brewing Company

New Kearny Mesa brewery’s first drafts offer flavor and promise

Objectivity is everything, but I’ll admit, it’s hard not to pull for a nice husband-and-wife team that used their own four hands to build out their brewery and tasting room, and do everything from brewing ...

Kearny Mesa restaurant aspires to be crappy fast food chain

Slick design, social media savvy no substitutes for taste at Tigris

I had to go to the courthouse to deal with a traffic ticket — nobody's idea of fun — and had just enough time to squeeze in lunch beforehand. I wanted, needed, a good reason ...

Sunroad slurry to ooze through court

Reduced park space, environmental and safety concerns to be addressed

Sunroad Enterprises and the city will be heading back to court to fight yet another lawsuit over the developer's Sunroad Centrum development in Kearny Mesa. The city will be right alongside, defending their decision to ...

Not all food adventures end well

I never even finished my box of leftovers

I'm not sure I've ever really had good Chinese food in San Diego. I've had good dishes at Chinese restaurants with distinctly English names, and I've had bad experiences pointing at what I think want ...

Helm’s makes it a double

Kearny Mesa brewery expands production and distribution

Though not as talked about as Kearny Mesa neighbor and brewing industry cult favorite, Societe Brewing Company, there’s a lot to talk about lately when it comes to Helm’s Brewing Company (5640 Kearny Mesa Road, ...

Meet Magnetic Brewing

Electrician among brewery owners setting up shop in Kearny Mesa.

“I am Magnetic Brewing,” replies Morgan McCarty when asked about the staff at his new brewery-to-be in Kearny Mesa. It’s a solo operation, and though he has the support of a loving wife and two ...

Kearny Mesa protesters lament McCutcheon decision

MoveOn predicts 60, gets 30 to turn out

A hastily-assembled crowd of about 30 demonstrators gathered in Kearny Mesa on Wednesday afternoon, protesting a Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier in the day that weakens federal campaign contribution laws. On a 5-4 vote ...

Catching Up with Council Brewing

Husband and wife share details about upcoming Kearny Mesa brewery.

I entered to the sound of construction, but instead of a crew of burly dudes hammering and sanding away, I encountered a kindly looking couple wearing matching gear made dusty yet stylish by the addition ...

Meet Quantum Brewing Company

Small, scientific nanobrewery in the works in Kearny Mesa

Fifteen years saturated with constant travel provided Dylan Wallace many worldly experiences — he’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, traversed the Inca Trail, and eaten and drunk his way through many cities in Europe and Asia. But ...

The unimaginable depth of Japanese cuisine

Finding it exotic all over again

I love Japanese food, and I have eaten a lot of Japanese food. But if a recent visit to Izakaya Sakura proved anything, it's that I've developed a sort of Japanese comfort zone, and it's ...

Beer of the Week: Societe The Roustabout

An award-winning double IPA makes triumphant return

Last year, Societe Brewing Company (8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Kearny Mesa) made a lot of noise behind an ever-expanding fleet of diverse India pale ales that, even in a town awash with IPA, rated among ...

Nice cans…and bottles

Four local breweries start packaging their beers

In this age of nanos and neighborhood-geared breweries, many brewing companies’ beers will only ever be available at their tasting rooms or, at best, on draft. In the case of the latter, most of those ...

All Things BBQ: Abbey's Real Bar-B-Q

Proving once and for all how important it is to get your Abbeys' straight

Little differences matter. Imagine hobnobbing with a group of hoity-toity snobbish types, drinking port and discussing great matters of Western Civilization. They’re talking about Richard Burton and how he helped get the Kama Sutra first ...

Banchan, bibimbap and bendy straws

Paying attention to details in a Convoy Korean joint

From the outside, there's not a lot to distinguish Friend's House from the many restaurants lining Convoy Street. It sits at the end of a shopping center, touting photos of dinner specials on a poorly ...

2013’s Best New Brewing Companies

The finest of an unprecedentedly extensive rookie class

As I did last year, I’m calling out the best new brewing operations to debut in 2013 or so late last year that they didn’t qualify for the 2012 rookie of the year race. Last ...

Local Maker Movement

There is a growing community comprised of electronics enthusiasts, tinkerers, artists, and even entrepreneurs who gravitate towards Make Magazine, where Do-It-Yourself projects are shared online in a step-by-step format. In addition to a growing internet ...

OMG, I <3 BABS

How does the 4646 Convoy Street mini-mall manage to contain such a staggering array of tasty foods and drinks? Crab Hut, Shabu Shabu House, Raki Raki (except for that damn ramenburger), etc. Add BABS to ...

Jacques In Ze Box?

As a kid, I used to joke, “I like French food. Especially Jacques In Ze Box.” Trust me, it had the lunchroom in stitches. But I may have been on to something if a recent ...

Council Brewing Company aiming for a kickstart

Married couple making push to become Kearny Mesa’s third brewery

It was o-dark-hundred hours and I was driving through Kearny Mesa en route to a local television station to film a spot about San Diego Beer Week. A navigational miscalculation took me down Convoy Court. ...

Societe debuts first sour ales

Kearny Mesa brewery unveils first of its tart barrel blends

“So, when are you going to release your sours?” It’s been the most uttered question (thank in part to yours truly) since Societe Brewing Company (8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Kearny Mesa) opened last year. Even ...

Best of Beer Week: November 10

Making the most of the final day of San Diego Beer Week

Iron Fist Brunch: Every year, Churchill’s Pub & Grille closes out Beer Week the same way, by inviting Iron Fist Brewing Company brewmaster Brandon Sieminski and his beers over for brunch, which is available a ...

Best of Beer Week: November 8

Go beer-crazy on the eighth day of San Diego Beer Week

Ballast Point Tap Takeover: For years, The High Dive has been standout Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits’ best, most loyal account. Now, it’s time for payback in the form of specialty beers that will flow ...

Best of Beer Week: November 4

Even Monday’s a good day during San Diego Beer Week

Beer & Cheese Pairing: Equal opportunity artisan Peter Zien, the brewmaster at AleSmith who is also working on opening his own dairy project called CheeseSmith, will drop in to Encinitas Ale House to pair some ...

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