Kearny Mesa Stories

Birds in your garden

Thursday | 13 Pablo weaves together an arsenal of characters to create stand-up comedy that’s like an hour-long jazz riff. He began on MADtv as a featured player and has toured as part of “The ...

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 ...

Going beyond BBQ at Blue Korea

New dishes to feed the Korean habit

It’s easy for me to get into a rut when eating ethnic food. Once I’ve tried a couple of dishes that capture my imagination, I tend to go back to them. Especially since I usually ...

Cheetahs' choice

Former dancer sues strip club for not paying minimum wage

In a class-action lawsuit filed June 22 against Kearny Mesa strip joint Cheetahs, a former dancer says the club should be paying the talent a minimum wage. Jasmine Hayes, who worked at the club for ...

In the line of booty

How much the police department spends on lap dances is none of our business.

On April 24, 2014, a Hispanic female exotic dancer walked across the neon-lit room inside Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club dressed in black lingerie. According to an undercover officer from the San Diego Police Department’s vice unit ...

Church in limbo

City's new zoning squeezes out San Diego Christian Worship Center

On May 28, the San Diego Christian Worship Center in Kearny Mesa filed a lawsuit against the city over zoning changes that will force the church to move from its location east of Interstate 15 ...

Plastic-bag ban a no-brainer

Could be why the city ordered an environmental impact report. Seriously.

The proposal to ban plastic bags in the City of San Diego is moving forward but not before the city conducts an environmental impact report. According to a city notice, San Diego's Planning Department is ...

Myung In Dumplings opens on Convoy

Foodie-famous Korean dumplings hit San Diego

The big problem with watching TV shows about food is that, no matter how absurd the show might be, they often leave you hungry and unable to satisfy the craving they’ve just ignited. For example, ...

Get hot at Pho Hoa

I take a chunk of meat, collect some noodles and bean sprouts, and shove them in my maw.

Studio Diner stands out in Kearny Mesa

Homage to the Hollywood depiction of ’50s-era coffee counters

There’s no question, Studio Diner stands out in east Kearny Mesa. Built to resemble a metal film reel canister topped by a black-and-white-striped director’s clapboard, what the 24-hour diner really looks like is an art ...

This pizza counter keeps on going

Reviewing all these slices could take a while

I’m often amazed at the pizza microclimates and how some people are prejudiced against one or another. One friend of mine, a Chicago native, has strong opinions against New York style pizza. He also disparages ...

Revolving Sushi Bar opens on Convoy

A “game-like” dining experience

The first thing you’ll need to do after finding a seat at KULA Revolving Sushi Bar is to listen carefully to the instructions you’ll be given. For example, “Do not touch Mr. Fresh.” This anthropomorphized ...

Um, your agenda is showing

Was Cheetahs punished for airing their grievances to the media?

Suzanne Coe, president of the Kearny Mesa strip joint known as Cheetahs, claims the San Diego Police Department's vice unit revoked the club's entertainment permit in retaliation against her and her club after her manager ...

Japan on Convoy

Chopstix is quick, cheap, and delicious

While on the way to Tofu House, I rarely pay any mind to the big red awning advertising “Japanese Noodles” across the street. Once every few months, David and I venture to try something new ...

Nickel Beer makes it a double (dubbel)

Collaborating with Julian brewery for Beer to the Rescue charity beer

Last year, I had the pleasure of collaborating in the brewing of an English-style extra special bitter (ESB) aptly named Bitter Beer Writer. It was the idea of Tom Nickel, the owner and brewmaster at ...

Going once, going twice...

“Is that the actual key?” Eric Denton says with obvious delight. “And it still works?” It does. “We should raise the price,” he says, only half joking about the $99 price tagged onto an old ...

Meet Kilowatt Brewing Company

Beer plot thickens in brewery-dense Kearny Mesa

It’s hard to believe that, although two-and-a-half-years ago there had never been a brewery in Kearny Mesa, there will soon be five. It’s even more inconceivable that three of those share a strange, unplanned thematic ...

Beer Touring: Quantum Brewing

Two local beer writers team up to taste through new Kearny Mesa beers.

One of the best things about the San Diego brewing scene is the fact that most of its players opt to regard each other as comrades versus competitors. Sure, they produce similar products and vie ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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