Restaurant Review

Former gas station turned into hot La Mesa lunch spot

At your service

When La Mesa held its Oktoberfest in early October, a running topic of conversation was whether the city is the next North Park or the next Little Italy. La Mesa is a great city to ...

Not all that tasty, plus a hangover

Everything is great at Mamut Brewery. Except the beer.

Situated on Third Street in what used to be the Foreign Club building, Mamut Brewing Co.’s main location is top notch. The old hotel is one of Tijuana’s oldest buildings. Legend says that the building ...

Maybe call it a California Cheesesteak?

El Cajon has one of the most revered dining scenes in the county

They say location is everything, and seeing as El Cajon doesn’t get a lot of my business, I guess they may be right. Of all the communities in San Diego, the east county burg is ...

Sausage nostalgia in Little Italy

Bar One has to settle for “almost as good”

Two things I like as a mid-brow food writer: house-made sausages and wordplay. I found both at Little Italy’s recently opened pub, Bar One. The place is owned by real estate developer Jim Barone, you ...

Kebabs and the Dark Side

From Turkey, by way of the Hyatt

One thing about East Village’s Quartyard: they have a good turnaround of food trucks. Tonight it’s this flashy Ford F-350 towing a trailer into the space off Market Street where people, dogs, and bars and ...

A top chef opened a lunch counter

Some have waited for an elevated tuna melt for a lifetime

When Brian Malarkey opened Herb & Wood this summer, its wood-fired cuisine and killer ingredients instantly put it on the shortlist of restaurants I want to dine at on special occasions. But I can’t afford ...

Carbs inside of carbs

Hollowed-out rolls filled with pasta

I couldn’t tell whether this place wanted to be called Devine Pastablities or Torpasta. There are signs on the storefront for both. The URL is, but it’s copyrighted to Devine Pastabilities. The Instagram bio ...

Best sandwich since New York

And you’re advised to take it like they make it

There are good places in San Diego for sandwiches — I’m a fan of Hillcrest Sandwich Shop — but it’s rare that I have a truly transcendent sandwich experience like I’ve had in New York. ...

He’s hungry as a wolf; she does the happy crocodile dance

Mexican craft beer, bacon, and perversas at Plaza Fiesta

I have been meaning to write about the kitchen inside Border Psycho’s tap room for a while. Border Psycho is one of the few breweries in Tijuana that exports to the U.S., a well-established craft ...

Pakistan’s answer to the burger patty

Spicy cuisine best enjoyed family style

I wandered into Khan Baba Kabab House unprepared. Not because I’d never eaten Pakistani food but because I was alone, looking for a simple lunch. Khan Baba offers both Pakistani and Indian, and my first ...

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