Restaurant Review

Watch out for Ibo’s booth

Young chef has saucy Mediterranean

I like saucy Mediterranean food, so when I saw a fairly new booth offering just that at a local farmers’ market, I bit. Ibo’s Mediterranean Cuisine is named for its founder and chef Ibrahim Aladogan, ...

San Diego restaurant reviews from the early '70s

Chiki Jai, Grant Grill, the Prophet

The Reader dines out at the Shanghai in La Jolla The appetizers are good but not unusual, and the egg roll pastry (but not the filling) is the best I’ve ever eaten. The shellfish dishes, ...

Bacon King and Cheetos Chicken Fries, reviewed

Burger King, better than McDonald's, but still garbage

It’s NFL season again. Which means that, besides watching the Chargers lose over and over, I also get to watch a lot of meretricious commercials. Most of them are about cars that I cannot afford, ...

A cozy, out-of-the-way spot in the middle of North Park

Bangkok Spices Thai relocation a good move for old standby

The name seemed familiar, but when I walked past Bangkok Spices shortly after it opened on 30th Street, I couldn't quite place it. Eventually I realized I'd been to a restaurant of the same name ...

That time a chef brought me dinner

A farm-to-door feast once a week from Eat My Box

In July, chef Kathleen Wise moved on after nine years cooking for the popular — and well-documented — late night restaurant Starlite. Last week, she turned up at my front porch with a paper bag ...

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 ...

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