Restaurant Review

Too many choices at Lemonade

Fast-talking casual chain a lot to take in

On its website, Los Angeles based fast-casual chain Lemonade describes its menu as “a colorful bounty of seasonal comfort food in a bright cafeteria setting” with a “rotating daily spread of deliciousness.” It goes on ...

Out of the rain, into some turkey

God’s Extended Hand

It’s 6:30 at night. Dark already. The rain’s dropping in sudden downpours and then disappearing. Tents line the chain-link fence of the vacant block on J Street. And then, in the gloom, you realize those ...

Design your own pie

Good vibrations and roadhouse blues at Zigzag

The rain was blowing sideways in Oceanside when we decided to leave our hotel room at the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, so it made sense that we took the elevator down to street level and ...

Soup and salad in a jar

Car’s Jars joins the local delivery market

With the glut of Silicon Valley tech companies vying for a piece of the food home delivery market the past year, I was surprised to discover a small local business pursuing its own niche: Car’s ...

Stick with the sushi

Chicken-free is the way to be at Jump Tokyo

One thing the Kensington area is missing is a great sushi restaurant. As lovers of Japanese food, David and I are always on the lookout for a go-to sushi joint. Alas, we’ve yet to find ...

The fabled rolls of Kawaii Sushi

But, oh, that so-fried fish

In Japan, the concept of kawaii, or “cuteness,” is pervasive. Even traditionally “uncute” entities such as the military or the fire department have a cute mascot, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Pipo-kun, a ...

Dogs and snow and patio seating

Things heat up at the Julian Grille

When the snow hit the mountains towards the end of the year, I got together with some friends and our dogs to drive east and make some memories. Afterward we dropped in on Julian in ...

That’s not a Thai salad

You get what you get at Poseidon

We inlanders (who are at least a 15-minute drive to the coastline) can get caught up in our day to day and forget the sparkling majesty that lies just beyond the concrete horizon. Every once ...

Respect the donut maker!

Devil’s Dozen Donut Shop

It’s easy to mock the emergence of the hipster donut shop. Donuts seem easy to make: raise some dough, deep fry, and sweeten it with glaze. Adding breakfast cereal, fruit slices, cured meats, or some ...

Jinya offers a big dose of chic

PB’s new cool spot?

Worlds collide to the tune of “Fresh garlic, yo! This is key!” from a well-dressed 20-something, who only moments before elaborated on how one particular dish was “so bomb” that it’s what he gets every ...

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