North Park Stories

Hock and roll

Treasure troves of used gear

A songwriter looking for material could do worse than to work in a pawn shop. Moris Adato, the general manager of CashCo pawn shop in City Heights, hears the type of stories that make for ...

Lots of beer events On Tap

Sampler Flight of local beer events for March 3-7

March 6 | Reader On Tap: Kick off a weekend of suds saturation at The Observatory North Park when the San Diego Reader assembles some of San Diego’s best breweries — Ballast Point, Rip Current, ...

Instant pour convenience

Local coffee roasters have arrived downtown. The West Bean has been keeping regular hours at its new central Broadway location since soft opening in late January, serving a short roster of its own beans via ...

Linner at Cantina Mayahuel

Tacos, tequila, and guacamole fill an awkward spot in the day

When I find myself with a pocket of time on a warm San Diego afternoon, I crave a quiet spot to sip a refreshing margarita. Quiet is easy to find in the slow-restaurant hours between ...

Meet North Park Beer Co.

Outstanding homebrewer Kelsey McNair closing in on professional debut

The first time I heard the name Kelsey McNair was in 2010 when Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits specialty brewer Colby Chandler finished up an email saying he was headed up to Stone Brewing Co. ...

Can pork fried rice be considered healthy?

Testing healthy claims with a North Park takeout mainstay

The sign out front said "healthy Chinese food." We'll see about that, I thought. I marched right in and searched for the least healthy item I could think of: barbecue pork fried rice. If someone ...

Burger chain gang heads to court

Jack in the Box and city head to court over ambitious North Park remodel

On Friday, January 23, a superior-court judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by a group of North Park residents over the renovation of a Jack in the Box restaurant should go to trial. Last ...

First look: Good Life Eatery

North Park's new, tasty little dining spot

Still open limited weekend hours after its first week in business, North Park's Good Life Eatery feels like a winner. There's been a lot of coffee-shop-type turnover at this location over the years, so I ...

Beer Touring: Rip Current Brewing North Park

San Marcos brewery extends reach from North County to North Park

To some, it seems like Rip Current Brewing Company’s revamping of the North Park corner spot at 30th Street and Polk Avenue took virtually no time at all. Not so for the people anxiously awaiting ...

A desire named StreetCar

North Park's StreetCar Merchants of fried chicken, doughnuts and coffee soft opens on 30th Street

Doughnuts seem to be having a bit of a moment, but despite my sweet tooth and love for anything deep fried, I've never been much of a doughnut person. I've never swooned over a flashing ...

Observatory North Park

O.C. interest purchases North Park Theatre

The story of the Observatory’s arrival as one of Orange County’s top music venues started when a computer systems installer named Jon Reiser decided he had grown out of the 300-capacity Detroit Bar, a club ...

City's best pizza sauce expands its reach

North Park pizza decisions only gets tougher

So many new restaurants have opened in North Park over the past six months that one nearly escaped me. Nearly two months ago, Berkeley Pizza expanded its business to open a small restaurant on 30th, ...

First Look: North Park gets a second craft donut destination

Korean-style fried chicken also, curiously, on the menu

With the soft opening of another donut (or in this case doughnut) shop, North Park seems to be the city's new breakfast pastry destination. StreetCar Merchants becomes the second such spot to open on 30th ...

Best beer futures: Part II

The rest of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

On December 18, I shared the top five most intriguing upcoming brewery projects in San Diego County. The following are the seven that fill out the dozen top brewery-owned works in progress. 6. Project X ...

Local gift guide: Lady edition

San Diego spots provide great options when shopping for her.

Christmas shopping can be such a hassle. I have the tendency to avoid malls during the entire month of December. Parking is a nightmare and sales people are overworked and grumpy. Luckily for San Diegans ...

Local gift guide: Dude edition

Skip the mall and shop local.

Gift giving for the dudes on my Christmas list is a challenge. My husband is a minimalist, so anytime I ask him what he wants for Christmas he shrugs and says, "Nothing." While he acts ...

Run Run Santa

Top events and things to do in San Diego December 11-December 17

The Grinch will be at the UC San Diego Bookstore for a story time for kids at 11 a.m. and noon on the first-floor Kid’s Corner. They will be reading Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch ...

First Look: Gourmet donuts hit North Park

Nomad Donuts quietly opens to long lines.

Donut shops inspire a crazy amount of love. I can remember the first Krispy Kreme opening in greater Los Angeles some 15 years ago. It caused a number of sweet tooth breakfast pastry devotees to ...

Coffee & Tea Collective teams with a juicer

East Village continues to attract specialty coffee shops. On November 12, North Park’s third-wave torchbearer Coffee & Tea Collective announced it would be opening a second location in early 2015, at 631 Ninth Ave. Technically, ...

Balboa Park will stay up late December 5 and 6

Top events and things to do in San Diego December 4-December 10

Foreign correspondent Evan Osnos will discuss his 2014 National Book Award winner Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China — based on eight years of living in Beijing — and ...

A Modern take on amber ale

Point Loma’s Modern Times updates a semi-forgotten classic

Remember when the most popular style of beer was amber ale, AKA red ale? Not Irish-style red or West Coast-style red... just a nondescript red ale that looked pretty much the same color as those ...

Beer Touring: Fall Brewing Company

Veteran brewer’s passion project open for business in North Park

With hundreds of events going on throughout the county over a ten-day span, San Diego Beer Week was a blast, but the following week was actually far more exciting from a beer news standpoint. There ...

Beer Week surprise

A straightforward IPA from Mike Hess Brewing stands tall during SDBW

It was the best of times. No, really, it was the best of times! This year’s edition of San Diego Beer Week was one of the finest since the 2009 advent of this annual ten-day ...

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 ...

Life after Beer Week

Sampler Flight of local beer events for November 18 through 24

November 18 | Fish Taco TKO: San Diego is well-known for fine craft beer and fish tacos. Both will share the spotlight at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station when ten chefs ...

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 ...

Great spot for another bare-beamed brewhouse?

Longtime North Park business pulls the plug

A longtime popular discount fashion, toiletries, toys, and gifts store at 3002 University Avenue is now in liquidation. Discount International Fashions is selling all its merchandise and must vacate the premises by the end of ...

Not-half-bad dinner is also not half good

Swami's North Park Café starts dinner menu with unspectacular results.

North County stalwart, Swami’s Cafe, must have been dreaming big when they moved into the cavernous space left behind by Casa de Luz following the macrobiotic restaurant’s swift shove-off from North Park. Swami’s Encinitas location ...

María y José on violence and love

Tijuana ruidosón prophet María y José shakes up San Diego

More of an attitude than a proper genre, a close-knit collective of Tijuana musicians put a significant blip on the international music radar starting in 2009 under the umbrella tag ruidosón. The sound takes hints ...

Old Hollywood Style in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 30-November 5

In 1986, Chinese archaeologists working at Sanxingdui in Sichuan province excavated two large pits that contained monumental bronze figures of humans and imaginary creatures, throwing the narrative of Chinese history into confusion. This lecture explores ...

A Mario Kart and IPA brunch

North Park's other beer and ramen spot

North Park got a new ramen and yakitori gastropub this fall — I mean, another one. The Safe House opened in mid-October, taking over the long-vacant site of what used to be a beauty supply ...

Richly concentrated

Third-wave neighborhood spots set to break over the next month.

Several established local roasters have been building out new storefronts this month, giving third-wave coffee drinkers plenty of new neighborhood options going into November. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is just about set to open a ...

Last call: The Clean House

Despite its deserved hit-show status, NVA's show about "invisible stuff" must close soon.

Theaters run on such tight schedules, few can extend the run of a hit show. NVA has one — a hit that is, not the run. Their excellent The Clean House must close this Sunday. ...

Fueled by coffee, food, and friendliness

Influx starts off strong in North Park.

If there was an equation that equaled success for independent coffee houses, the owners of Influx must have solved it. They recently opened their third location in the new Northparker building on the corner of ...

BLVD Market reinvents ECB with fresh eats

San Diego's first prepared-foods-only popup market comes to the Boulevard

Once infamous for its streetwalkers and illegal street car races, El Cajon Boulevard is further reinventing itself by debuting San Diego’s first popup outdoor prepared foods market. The BLVD Market will be held every third ...

Underbelly North Park raises its game

New space dazzles, but old menu still where it's at.

It took awhile, but Underbelly, the ramen branch of Consortium Holdings' local restaurant empire, finally opened its long-anticipated second location at the North Parker. Its finishing of the corner space at 30th and Upas completes ...

Last call: The Pianist of Willesden Lane and Next to Normal

Two remarkable shows are set to close October 12; don't miss them.

These shows must close this Sunday, October 12. The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the San Diego Rep. Mona Golabek’s “concert drama” is one of 2014’s best. She tells the story of Lisa Jura, a ...

Next to Normal's epic emotions

San Diego Music Theatre does a stellar job with the most unlikely of opera concepts.

When potential backers first heard a proposal for Next to Normal, they probably replied: “A musical about bipolar disorder? Like, huh?” Either that or, with voice lowered, “riiight.” Yes, and a rock musical at that. ...

It's dessert in a glass

South of the border inspiration yields a sweet milk stout

For all the mixed emotions about the company’s branding, Belching Beaver Brewery makes some mighty fine beers. That sentiment is nearly unanimous across top-level local beer enthusiasts. Those who don’t spend their time hitting up ...

Unforgotten

PSA Flight 182 crashed in North Park 36 years ago today

September 25th is a date former Ocean Beach resident Darlene Hyatt will never forget. On that day, in 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 crashed into a North Park neighborhood. Hyatt was a relatively new ...

What the F?

No info on what's to replace former F Street sex shop in North Park

F Street Adult Video & Gifts at 2002/2004 University Avenue in North Park has been closed since last year, when it went on sale. The building is now undergoing major interior renovation, with trucks and ...

Seeking a better bento box lunch

First world tempura problems

I don't know why there's no real American equivalent to bento. I suppose the closest thing we have is the lunch combo — a sandwich, bag of chips, maybe a pasta salad if you're lucky. ...

Pot shops pop up in 2014

City's crackdown may home in on beach towns and North Park

A new report from the City of San Diego’s Code Enforcement Division shows that officers are closing down medical marijuana dispensaries by the bushel. From 2013 to 2014, the enforcement unit and city attorney's office ...

North Park's hidden breakfast

Two waffles, twice the wow

I learned a lot about waffles when my dog, Loki, and I finally found Wow Wow Waffle in its semi-secret location behind the coin laundry at 30th Street and Myrtle in North Park. It's a ...

Neighborhood (Meme) Watch

Police credit viral Internet meme with arrest of North Park assault suspect.

Move over, Strutting Leo. Slow it down, Happy Keanu. Grab a seat, Prancing Cera. Earlier this month, San Diego Police released a surveillance photo that they thought depicted the man responsible for six assaults on ...

Europe would be impressed

The Whisknladle charcuterie plate might not transport easily, but it’s too good not to take on a picnic. House-cured chorizo, house-made pâté, several types of house-pickled olives.

Community turns on North Park attacker(s)

Large turnout at forum includes crime-fighters who get mixed reviews

Saturday, August 30, the Xtreme Justice League showed up at a North Park informational forum pertaining to the six recent nighttime attacks on women. Along with at least three costumed colleagues, "Mr. Xtreme" attended the ...

Open, open, open

A hit-list of planned opening dates for upcoming brewery projects.

I have nearly 50 upcoming breweries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, and other brewing company-owned facilities on my radar. Thanks to San Diego Beer News, people are well aware of this, which leads to me being asked ...

Sliders on the sidewalk

Soda and Swine adds outdoor seating

As if its lines didn't get long enough, meatball specialist Soda and Swine, located at the top of North Park at 30th and Adams, has put a short fence up around its storefront to create ...

King is gone and forgotten

Sonic Drive-In moving in to North Park: #6 of 15 planned for county

North Park's Burger King at 2829 El Cajon Boulevard closed down late last year. The building now has a new tenant: a Sonic Drive-in. San Diego County now has six Sonic locations: Camp Pendleton, Vista, ...

Hess goes big for Year Four

Anno Quarto IPA to debut at Mike Hess Brewing's anniversary fest

Mike and Greg Hess have come a long way from the mid-‘90s, when they lived in San Francisco and Philadelphia, respectively, and would share news of their homebrewing adventures over the phone. Back then, their ...

Scoops and flights come to North Park

Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream open for greedy, hip munchers.

It comes as a surprise that North Park didn’t have a hipster ice cream shop before Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream opened in the past couple of weeks. But — sporting yet another badge-style logo, minimalist ...

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