Kearny Mesa Stories

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 ...

Dana Carvey, George Bush, Church Lady, and Garth

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, July 31–August 6

Cathryn Henning, education coordinator at Wild Willow Farm, will provide tools on how to be a conscious consumer, including how to decipher terms such as “organic,” “natural,” and “free-range.” There will be fresh-farmed veggies and ...

Galactus visits San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, July 24–July 30

2014 marks the 45th year for the show, making it the longest continuously run comics and popular-arts convention in the country. With comic books, original art, toys, games, trading cards, clothing, movie memorabilia, anime, films, ...

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 ...

Your Song Your Story

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, July 10–July 16

Sixty minutes of fun as you run or walk at your own pace and collect raffle tickets at checkpoints along the way. Comic-Con superhero themed — come dressed in your favorite cosplay attire and score ...

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 ...

Armed and Armored: Crustaceans

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, June 5–June 11

San Diego has some of the top breweries in the country. Some of the best beer will be paired with our chocolates. This tasting is for true brew connoisseurs, combining truffles with specially selected local ...

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 ...

Bacon & Barrels

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, May 29–June 4

Porcelain, a pure white, high-firing clay that at its finest has the translucency and resonance of glass, was first discovered in China. There it was formed into elegant vessels for the nobility and later produced ...

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 ...

Eat, drink, and be Sicilian

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, May 15–May 21

Beginning with pre-Columbian art, Dr. John Kelly, specialist in Spanish and Portuguese and fellow at the North Carolina Japan Center, will look at important movements and figures prevalent in 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Argentine art. ...

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, ...

Sampler Flight: Cinco de Drinko warm-ups

A boatload (literally) of craft beer fun leading up to May 5

May 2 | Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: People drag out birthdays for as many days as possible to extend the good times, so why not get a head start on Cinco de Mayo and carry ...

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 ...

Sampler Flight: March 18 – 24

A small but formidable handful of local beer events

March 22 | Bands & Beers: Music and beer aren’t all that different. A creative drive is behind both of these artistic ventures, after all. Both mediums will be celebrated together when bands, The Mice, ...

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 ...

San Diego's best events January 30–February 5

Watch the film Frida, receive a voucher to view the complete Frida Kahlo exhibition (of replicas) and enjoy a Stone Brewing beer. The film, starring Salma Hayek, starts at 7:30 p.m. It is an outdoor ...

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 ...

San Diego's Top 10 Breweries

Awash in suds

San Diego’s top-ten breweries, according to Brandon Hernández, who was here when it all began.

Best of Beer Week: November 3

Suggestions for closing out the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week

Chargers vs. Redskins Sour Brunch: The Chargers appear to be on the right track. Catch this case of lightning in a bottle along with glass after glass of tart, tasty sour beer from a board ...

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 ...

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Soft-shell in the wilds of Kearny Mesa

Tarantula? The leggy thing lies on my plate staring up at me. Its ten legs claw out from under a shell of batter and a blob of tartar sauce. At least it’s not staring up ...

Beer of the Week: Alpine Red Card

Where to get a beer brewed in honor of the US soccer team

When interviewing Alpine Beer Co. owner Pat McIlhenney about how he'll soon have some of his beers brewed at Green Flash Brewing Company’s Mira Mesa facility, we met at craft beer bar O’Brien’s Pub (4646 ...

94th Aero Squadron's Coyote Margarita

Adorned with the parti-colored relics and memorabilia of winged battle’s golden age, the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant has the look and feel of a rural French chalet that’s been commandeered by World War I flyboys. ...

Approval and dissatisfaction at water-quality board meeting

Surfrider Foundation criticizes safe-harbor clause

Community members, environmental activists, government officials, and business owners met in Kearny Mesa on April 10 to vocalize their support for clean water at the Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing. The purpose of the ...

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