North Park Stories

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 ...

Summer of Seuss

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, August 7-August 13

The Coronado Island Film Festival presents a digitally remastered, 3-D screening of the 1939 film classic. With guest Aljean Harmetz, author of the newly revised book The Making of the Wizard of Oz, who will ...

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, ...

Return of the I.B. Sun & Sea Festival

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, July 17–July 23

The Sun & Sea Festival derives its name from Imperial Beach’s original public festival of the same name that was held beginning in 1960 to celebrate the date of the city’s incorporation.

Suds from Santa to Sierra Nevada

Sampler flight of beer events from July 15 to July 21

July 19 | Christmas in July: There’s no chimney, so Santa’s using the roll-up entrance to get into the tasting room at Port Brewing Company / The Lost Abbey and deliver this year’s batch of ...

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 ...

A swarm of crickets lands in San Diego

Unusual topping distracts from actually reviewing tacos

The newly constructed North Parker infill property at 30th and Upas has been slowly coming online with a smartly decorated Modern Times tasting room, Influx coffeeshop, and Tacos Perla, which recently fit right into my ...

Dueling annies and more

Sampler Flight of local beer events for July 8 through July 14

July 12 & 13 | First Anniversary Extravaganza: Modern Times Beer is celebrating one year over the course of two days at both its Lomaland Fermentorium and North Park Flavordome. Tap lists 16 strong will ...

Here comes the neighborhood

Residential loft project to occupy long-vacant lot in North Park

A residential loft project is planned for North Park, just east of Albertsons on University Avenue at Louisiana Street. The long-empty lot was originally listed last August at $895,000. Purchaser of the property was Morley, ...

Hanna's Gourmet: Neat meat loaf

BeHe brunch spot excels at dinner too

As if Adams Avenue didn’t already have enough good dinner spots. Now Hanna’s Gourmet, long a popular weekend brunch spot, is serving dinner — and it's good. Hanna’s has been expanded from its original use ...

Broken record, broken nose

Living the World Cup in North Park as US captain makes history

I was people-watching on the corner of 30th and University, wondering which would be the best bar to watch the upcoming World Cup game, United States versus Ghana. An older couple walked by, the white ...

Chillin’ inside Paras with the man of 4000 titles

Paras Newsstand in North Park offers Soap Opera Digest, Cheetos, clove cigs, and a whole lot of this and that.

Foodie taco, delicious taco, City Taco

North Park taquería opens strong, elicits drool

It's good. Really damn good. Okay, I only earn the right to dole out restaurant reviews by stretching them out to more than a couple of words, so I'll elaborate. North Park's newest taco shop ...

Award-winning QUAFF

Local homebrew club shows well at National Homebrew Competition

Each year, homebrewers across the country kill the flame on their portable burners and journey to the National Homebrewers Conference, where they can confer with fellow domestic fermentation enthusiasts over (many) beers. But there’s more ...

Black House at its new house

Modern Times’ new Flavordome offers three versions of coffee stout

When I checked out Modern Times’ original Point Loma tasting room, I made the company’s Black House Coffee Stout a Beer of the Week. So, earlier this week, when taking in the Flavordome — Modern ...

What’s in the hopper, part two

The best of the rest of San Diego’s upcoming breweries

Yesterday, I shared the top five most intriguing brewery projects on deck throughout San Diego County. Today, I’m disclosing the seven that round out my top 12 and why. 6 - Prodigy Brewing Company: When ...

World Cup, North Park-style

Live the World Cup as the rest of the world does

Of the 32 countries participating in the World Cup, only the United States carries on like nothing is happening. Despite hosting the Cup in 1994 and having respectable finishes in 2006 and 2010, most of ...

Beer flowing the way of wine

The satellite-tasting-room model is here to stay

To meander through downtown Sonoma and stop in at a winery tasting room or two feels natural. One is in the middle of wine country, after all. Why wouldn’t a winemaker looking to increase the ...

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 ...

Summer target for Fall Brewing

Well-traveled brewer opening North Park brewery with backing of Premier Stainless

Regular readers of my column are familiar with Premier Stainless Systems. The Escondido-based business has been wildly successful over the past several years, establishing itself as, well, the “premier” manufacturer of brewing systems locally and ...

Can’t you smell that smell?

Gas line break by Lafayette Hotel gets big response

San Diego fire and police personnel and SDG&E quickly responded on Friday May 30 at around 10:10 a.m. to a gas-line rupture. The gas could be smelled and heard all up and down the alley ...

Trunk of bourbon, branches of syrup, roots of Chartreuse

The Seven Grand’s bar manager Brett Winfield wants to give it to you straight. But before he does, you better have a cocktail — or, as he calls it, “a Whiskey Delivery Method.” “We don’t ...

Amanda Vs. The Arbolcots

Waypoint Public chef brews collaboration beer with Stone

I’ve had the honor of being involved in the production of a few beers. Usually, brewers are kind enough to invite me into their space to lend conceptual and/or physical assistance in the brewing process. ...

Memorable, beery celebrations leading up to Memorial Day

Sampler Flight for May 20 to May 25

May 23 | Ritual Celebration: When you faithfully and regularly celebrate local brewing companies, they’re often happy to share the best of their wares with you. Case in point: the plethora of specialty beers such ...

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. ...

Sampler Flight: Birthday, bacon & beer buds

A beery anniversary, bacon festival, and some special out-of-towners

May 17 | One-Year Anniversary: Technically, Butcher’s Brewing has been in business far longer than 365 days, but this party, featuring a quartet of bands, food trucks and a commemorative IPA, is built to celebrate ...

10-foot rose blooms on 30th Street

North Park murals restored

Southern California’s sun can bleach hair, furrow faces, and beat the colors off public art. San Diego artist Maxx Moses commissioned a series of panels a year and a half ago for the Alliance San ...

A taste of Chicago, on Hawaiian sweet buns

Lefty's adds sliders to its Mission Hills menu

Every time I walk into Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria, I hear Sean Connery's voice in my head, growling "That's the Chicago way!" Granted, his Untouchables character wasn't talking about deep dish pizza. But then, neither am ...

Rip Current alert for North Park

San Marcos upstart opening satellite tasting room in San Diego proper

There’s something about North Park. Over the past several years, a number of craft breweries situated in more distant parts of San Diego County have established more centrally located tasting rooms in San Diego proper, ...

The Homebrewer going pro

North Park homebrew shop establishing Home Brewing Co.

Home Brewing Co. might grow to be San Diego beer fans’ favorite oxymoron. It would make sense, since the business that’s delving into this side interest, The Homebrewer (2911 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park), is ...

Where low-income LGBT seniors can live

North Park apartment project may begin next year, maybe not

When LGBT, low-income seniors in San Diego seek affordable apartments where they can live comfortably around their peers, they have this number of choices: zero. But that will change when the first affordable San Diego ...

Workers Film Festival returns to Digital Gym

May Day! May Day! The second annual Workers Film Festival returns to the Media Arts Center Digital Gym starting this Friday. No heavy lifting required: the mission of this weekend’s three-day celebration of labor is ...

Eat like a caveman

Local butchers, chefs, and sommelier stir up a spring Paleo popup

On Sunday, April 27th, local Paleolithic diet advocates will host a dinner at Turquoise Cellars (5026 Cass Street, Pacific Beach) to demystify the so-called “Caveman Diet.” The dinner includes keynote speeches from local whole-animal butchers ...

Sampler Flight: It's the Reader's turn on April 27!

This week, the Reader’s getting in on the ale-driven action!

April 22 | Homebrew Trade & Taste: Little Italy’s original Bottlecraft location is as much a center for craft beer communalism as it is a retail outlet. Helping to foster this well-earned reputation is this ...

Sampler Flight: April 15 – 21

From foodie to festival-goer, there’s something for everyone this week

April 19 | One-Year Anniversary: Join owner and brewmaster Alex Van Horne as he celebrates Year One of his sci-fi-themed Intergalactic Brewing Company over the course of three sessions including his favorite brews from the ...

Toronado blowing down wall

North Park beer bar poised to expand into neighboring space.

Though, at the right time of day, it can be a cozy, quiet, craft beer-equipped respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, at peak business hours, Toronado San Diego (4026 30th Street, ...

North Park Theatre a game-changer?

The remodeled 85-year-old North Park Theatre is positioning itself as a viable concert venue. Co-owner David Cohen tells the Reader that they’ve installed a new sound system, a removable seat configuration that will allow the ...

Beer of the Week: Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Deconstructing the king of the growing PB brew niche

As I set out to figure out which San Diego County-brewed beer I would feature this week, I looked back on the past several months’ worth of ales and lagers I’ve spotlighted, and realized there ...

Your invite to a birthday bash at the Digital Gym

A few days after the red carpet was put in mothballs comes a reminder that the San Diego Latino Film Festival doesn’t end following its annual two week run. Lisa Franek, program director at the ...

Still Crazee after all these years

But still far from being the best burger in town

We're a hamburger town in a hamburger country, and whether it's fast food or fine dining, most of the American-style restaurants in the city include a burger on the menu. Hell, some of the Asian ...

David Bowie at the Thrift Trader?

Whether or not drivers are visually disturbed by the strobe light punctuating Hirsch the Machine Hirsch’s performance, few of those passing the El Cajon Boulevard/30th Street intersection are likely to pin it to Thrift Trader’s ...

North Park memorial for 1978 PSA crash that killed 144

Relatives want more than small plaques

Aside from the 22 newer homes and buildings in North Park, a newcomer to San Diego would never know that on September 25, 1978 a total of 144 people died as the result of a ...

From Rock Bottom to Mike Hess

Head brewer from closed downtown brewpub finds new life in North Park

Last October, I received an email from a colleague of a professional brewer Jason Stockberger asking if I knew of any open brewing positions. Stockberger’s job as head brewer was eliminated when national chain Rock ...

Adams Avenue music festival only free to you and me

Business district's annual money-loser, "Unplugged," turns to online fundraiser Kickstarter for relief

Adams Avenue Unplugged, the free music festival set for April 26 and 27 has launched a fundraiser on Kickstarter to help pay for the costs of the street fair, which takes over two miles of ...

North Park Beer Co. preview?

Pro-brewer to-be’s collaboration beer tapping around town

The name Kelsey McNair is well known among San Diego beer enthusiasts. To many, he’s looked upon as the next big hope for North Park. An accomplished homebrewer who’s brought home many awards and tantalized ...

Fixie freaks do the alleycat thing

It’s Saturday night on El Cajon Boulevard. A mob of cyclists banters on the sidewalk, cheering and slapping high-fives as friends wheel across the finish line with endorphin-tinged grins. The race — organized by Lucas ...

Coffee vs. cupcakes on restaurant row

Popular dessert stop yields a surprising winner

I'm not often a dessert guy, and will often walk right past Heaven Sent without a second thought about what kind of cakes might be on display within. However, I am a coffee guy, and ...

Ripe North Park embraces unheralded sandwich toppings

Vegetables no longer an afterthought at neighborhood produce shop

You look for a couple of things when you visit a sandwich shop. Occasionally, a place will stand out by making its own meat, or offering exotic cheeses. A lot of places impress thanks to ...

A salad from the most unlikely source

Enjoying beets and greens with a side of cholesterol in North Park

The "other white meat" has been enjoying quite the golden age in American cuisine. Bacon, which has always been popular, has been elevated to iconic status, praised daily on Twitter and prevalent on bumper stickers ...

Recent lawsuit raises questions about libelous Yelping

Yelpers could be liable for defamatory statements, but what does that include?

Eater did a good job of summarizing the recent case against a Yelp user found guilty of defamation for posting fraudulently negative reviews. The case amounted to “nothing done,” as the plaintiff in the case ...

All Things BBQ: Smitty's Taste of the Bayou

Surprise, surprise, this North Park newcomer produces some good ribs!

It turns out that BBQ 81 isn’t North Park’s only barbecue restaurant. Smitty’s Taste of the Bayou opened up quietly at the end of last year, sharing kitchen space two days a week with the ...

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