Eleanor Widmer

Eleanor Widmer reviewed restaurants for the Reader from 1974 through 2000.

She wrote occasional feature stories, the most notable of which was Slow Fall from Foxhill (an interview with Michael Copley). Widmer was hitchhiking on Mt. Soledad and was picked up by Michael, James Copley's son from a previous marriage, who was suing Helen Copley, the current owner of the San Diego Union.

She also wrote a notable story about John Vietor, founder of San Diego Magazine: Mr. Jello Will See You Now.

To read stories from the pre-2004 archives, be sure to save the pdf on your desktop.

After Widmer died in 2005, fellow Reader writer Jeannette DeWyze wrote a cover story about Widmer titled The Late Long-time Queen of Cafe Critics.

Widmer's novel about an immigrant family, Up from Orchard Street was published in March, 2006.

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