Old Town Stories

Pressing Need

You decide to take the trolley to Tijuana. The day goes well, and you're ready to start homeward. Before boarding the Blue Line, a cup of coffee at the McDonald's Trolley Station in San Ysidro ...

Hushed House

I have always wanted to turn the eyes of local theater artists outward: have them look at examples of their craft in San Diego at large. Eric Lotze, the award-winning lighting designer for Cygnet, Moxie, ...

Vitrified Clay Products Corp., 1923

At the corner of Rosecrans and Pacific Highway, 1923. In 1911, three factories fired brick in San Diego; they produced 13 million bricks and grossed $100,000 in revenue. To order this photo please contact the ...

Around Town New Year's Day

O n the first day of the year, the roads are empty and most televisions are tuned to the Rose Parade -- some for the flowers, others in anticipation of the Rose Bowl (USC against ...

We're on Vacation, Here to Play. Don't Let Facts Get in Our Way.

Playing tourist in San Diego.

I had taken eight or nine guided tours of San Diego in two weeks when a friend asked if I was tired of sightseeing. I had to say no. Being out on buses and boats ...

The Shoes and Gloves Come Off

My friend Sally threw a birthday party for her sister Julie at the Old Town Saloon. When I arrived, Julie was showing off a ring that she received as a gift. I didn't know Julie ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago The first time I saw B.B. (BeBe) was 1967; she was in a white corduroy jockey suit and cap. She reminded me of a 90-pound white rat on speed. Later at an ...

Underground With the Celebrity Dead

Some would prefer no visitors.

Whether you're goth or you just dig celebrity graves (that's "dig" as in "enjoy"), you might be interested to know of these famous former neighbors entombed at a gravesite near you. BOBBY DRISCOLL (1937-1968) starred ...

Swamp Ghost

“The whole place is only 300 square feet, so that limits us. But we make it work.”

This is weird. Last year I was sitting right here in this ancient Wild West shack in Old Town, in the selfsame squiggly wrought-iron seat, drooling over English tea and crumpets, waiting on dusk for ...

Will Bazaar del Mundo Become Squibob Square?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And if you yourself are broke, only fix things that are draining you financially -- not things that are filling your coffers. It seems basic. But the State ...

Best of 2003: Best Faux California Mission

Serra Museum 2727 Presidio Drive, Old Town www.sandiegohistory.org/mainpages/locate4.htm 619-297-3258 How is it that even locals confuse the stately Serra Museum overlooking Old Town with an 18th-century California mission? Well, for one thing, it really does ...

Best of 2003: Best Hatha Yoga

Bikram's Yoga 2188 San Diego Avenue, Old Town 619-220-6811 Bikram's Hatha yoga is an exercise of postures, "a demanding 26-pose (Asana) series," performed in the same order every time. It's not fun and it's not ...

Parks Coddle Killer Trees

On January 6, 2003, Suzee Vlk, a 49-year-old resident of Linda Vista, was walking her small dog around the plaza at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. It would be her last walk. The ...

Best of 2001: Best All Day Suckers

Sanford Cousin's Old Town Candy Shop 2711 San Diego Avenue, Old Town 619-297-2000, 877-CANDY77 Old-fashioned rock candy sticks are plentiful in flavors such as traditional pure cane as well as blue raspberry, watermelon, cotton candy, ...

Best of 2001: Best Historic Building In Old Town For Out-Of-Town Visitors

Seeley Stables Calhoun Street near Juan Street, Old Town 619-220-5427 The best way to introduce a newcomer to the Old Town State Historic Park is to take one of the free one-hour guided tours given ...

Best of 2001: Best Ethnic Jewelry Store

Byzantium 2607 Congress Street, Old Town 619-497-1848 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mondays This is the place to go for small quantities of reasonably priced burial amber or antique white agate from Africa. Two blocks away ...

Best of 2001: Best Store For The Well Endowed

The Enchantress 2465 Heritage Park Row, Old Town 619-294-4544 If you are busting out of that bra, head down to the Burton House in Heritage Park Row in Old Town. Up some creaky steps, above ...

Best of 2001: Best Latin American Survey

Berta's 3928 Twiggs Street, Old Town 619-295-2343 For anyone who wants to explore the culinary world south of Mexico, where the food can change drastically every few hundred miles, Berta's is a rewarding one-stop voyage ...

Best of 2000: Best Mole

El Agave Tequileria 2304 San Diego Avenue, Old Town (619) 220-0692 Say the word "mole" in reference to Mexican food, and what comes to mind is thick chocolate sauce replete with chiles placed over chicken. ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Buy Beer By The Yard

O'Hungry's 2547 San Diego Avenue, Old Town (619) 298-0133 Beware! O'Hungry's in Old Town has these three-foot-long trumpet-shaped "yard of ale" glasses with bobbles at the end, and they're going to make a mess of ...

Best of 2000: Best Mega Margaritas

Casa De Bandini 2754 Calhoun Street, Old Town (619) 297-8211 With indoor and outdoor dining and a traveling mariachi band, this Old Town restaurant is legendary for its gigantic margaritas. One local news station took ...

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