Restaurant Review

Surf and salad

Tijuana is exploding with vegetarian and vegan restaurants

Tijuana is an undeniable pescaterian paradise. Seafood influences from coastal states such as Sonora, Sinaloa, and Nayarit are well suited for the warmer climate of the North, making for adventurous reinterpretations of Sea of Cortez ...

Taco mecca

San Diegans will try anything in a (hard or soft) taco shell

It’s been said that no Chinese restaurant will ever go out of business in New York because there’s enough people willing to try a place at least once. That’s how Mexican food is in San ...

Asada days and adobada nights

A little taste of Loreto in San Diego.

I spent February and March in Loreto, Baja California Sur, a charming town on the Sea of Cortez that dates from 1697. Small and friendly, the place made it easy to settle into a routine ...

Taquerias up and down the coast, inland and outland

My jams

I know what I like. No matter what the cuisine, I go here for this, there for that, and somewhere else for a third thing. Up and down the coast, inland and outland, there are ...

A taco for every mood

From casual to fancy, from familiar to foreign.

Sometimes I crave the comfort of familiarity, and other times I’m eager to embark on an adventure with exciting flavor combinations. On busy days, I search for food that is fast and inexpensive, but now ...

Interesting, unusual, and offal tacos

Taco-filling outliers

You can walk into any taco shop in town and order without looking at a menu. Everybody does carnitas, carne asada, and some kind of fish, and most do at least one of these well. ...

Resurrect the bird

The Crack Shack is all things chicken and egg

For decades, chicken has gotten a bad rap. Looked down upon by sophisticated palates, this lean and mild meat is routinely dismissed as the vodka of proteins. Growing up, all of the chicken that I ...

Sushi fans head to Serra Mesa

Reservations required at Kokoro

You have to want to go to a sushi bar such as Kokoro. Apologies to Serra Mesa residents, but this place isn’t near anything. Chef/owner Akio Ishito claims “many Japanese” seek out his restaurant, and ...

Where to take the cousin

Duke’s La Jolla, family friendly and slightly upscale

Living in San Diego, I get a lot of out-of-town visitors, so there’s a need for places that are nice but casual with decent food and an atmosphere that pushes the San Diego dream. Some ...

Location is not the problem

Too much flavor at Garlic Shack

There used to be a place called Urban Chicken here that focused on naturally raised rotisserie hens served with a couple of nice sauces. Pretty good, but it didn’t last long. After it closed something ...

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