Restaurant Review

There’s always the Hyatt

Market One Café is open around the clock

So it’s like two. In the morning. Everything is closing down, or they’re not happy to see you walk in. But you’ve gotta have a snack before you head home. Gaslamp may have a few ...

Drunk diving in Tijuana

Mariscos el Buzo, 46 years on the same corner

“My dad started this stand in March of 1970, the year I was born,” says Israel Carrillo, who runs Mariscos el Buzo, a small seafood stand in the corner of Calle Segunda and Gonzalez Ortega ...

MishMash and Iron Fist bring burger-beer bars to the barrio

“What I like with the restaurant scene is that small is beautiful again."

There’s a lot of change in Barrio Logan. The building boom on César Chávez has brought several new places. For starters there’s Mariscos El Pulpo, a Mexican-style sports bar-eatery. Then there’s Malane’s place, MishMash, this ...

Another world of food

Crispy Indian treats and more at Akshar Cash and Carry

I’ve never considered myself an Indian food expert, but I’m fan enough to know a little lingo. I know saag, channa, and dal refer to spinach, chickpeas, and lentils. Papadum is the thin, crunchy spiced ...

Have you tried the bone broth?

Unexpected coolness at Farmer & the Seahorse

In the world of nightlife and dining, there are cool scenes and there are bad scenes. There are plenty of weird scenes out there, too. Then, there are the random scenes, the likes of which ...

You should keep driving

Chinese-takeout fail at Mr. Spicy’s

There’s a downside to trying to appeal to the masses, and Mr. Spicy is a good example. It’s quick, easy, cheap, and the customer service and space are pleasant enough, but the food has the ...

Goat is so much better than beef

Birrieria los Primos has the elusive birria taco

I remember the first time I had birria in the city of Guadalajara. I was only seven and wasn’t much of a meat eater. Without asking for it, a bowl of spicy greasy red soup ...

Best burger within a short drive

Charley’s Famous Hamburgers

When San Diegans discuss the area’s best burger, the two top contenders are usually Hodad’s in Ocean Beach and Downtown and Rocky’s Crown Pub near Pacific Beach. I understand. Both places make high-quality burgers. I ...

Oatmeal gets even less exciting

Mush at the Farmers’ Market

“Revolutionizing oatmeal.” That’s the claim made by Mush, a food stand at the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market. I have a doubt that anything oat-related can qualify as revolutionary, but it’s certain that the appearance of Mush ...

Sushi the size of a burro

Rolled Up goes big with raw fish

When I heard fusion burrito-sushi rolls were being served in Hillcrest, I made it my next meal. Rolled Up recently opened in a storefront with a history of failed burrito shops. Its predecessors built burritos ...

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