Restaurant Review

Righteous hickory smoke in Bay Ho

Spice & Soul shows promise

I had to drive up a Morena off-street in Bay Ho to find this newish restaurant that calls itself Spice & Soul. It’s a part of town I find myself visiting a lot more often ...

USD’s secret

La Gran Terraza, a nook of affordable luxury

“People lined up around the block!” states one exuberant diner, his orotund voice booming with joyous, blustery, academic indifference. “They’ve never had voter turnout like that before,” he adds, closing his assessment of Bernie Sanders’ ...

Masuo Sato returns to Masuo’s

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Once upon a time, Masuo Sato opened up a sushi restaurant in Solana Beach. He did well, endearing himself with the locals. His restaurant built a reputation as a reliable sushi joint where friendly people ...

No sexy ads, cartoon mascots, or meat

Plant Power fast food

Vegan fast food. It might sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s out there, trying to be fast as can be without serving animal or animal by-product. Bankers Hill restaurant Evolution has been working ...

Doing the unthinkable

Kakuni, karaage, and fukujinzuke at Tajima

I’ve eaten Tajima ramen. I’ve eaten a lot of Tajima ramen. When the small restaurant group out of Kearny Mesa opened a ramen bar in Hillcrest in 2014, the opportunity to slurp its perfectly made ...

La Justina has grown up

Rootsy Baja cuisine on Revolución

A couple of years ago I stopped by the soft opening of La Justina to check out San Diego–based Bajaphile chef Chad White’s south-of-the-border debut. I was not disappointed. A creamy sea snail and almond ...

Burgers and beer, then and now

La Jolla Tap and The Shack

It’s easy to talk about a restaurant’s food. Almost too easy. Sometimes there are better stories to be told if you go a little deeper. In the mid-‘90s, all we wanted was cold Tecate, cheap ...

Sandwiches for our Thyme

East Village shop goes in a different direction

A sandwich shop doesn’t often make for an interesting Feast entry. I can answer questions such as, “Does it carry Boar’s Head or Dietz & Watson deli meats?” And if a shop cares enough about ...

From “meh” to “yay”

Troy’s Greek is better the second time around

The first time David and I had lunch at Troy’s Greek Restaurant, we didn’t love it. We didn’t hate it either. The lunch specials were reasonable. I got a plentiful plate of chicken souvlaki (chicken ...

Madison needs more seasoning

University Heights restaurant still finding its way

In recent years, Little Italy and North Park have become a dining destination. East Village is trying. University Heights seems to be the next big area with the addition last year of Park & Rec ...

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