Ian Anderson

Future travel writer working as a neighborhood stringer and Feast! contributor. Also known to wander town with his dog Loki, hitting parks and beaches and stopping for bites along the way for a Dog Friendly Dining series.

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Getting to know you, Afghanistan

Food from a place we usually only hear about

I doubt I'm alone in associating the word kabob (or kebab) with coastal Mediterranean countries — the skewered meat typically served alongside pitas and tahini, or tzatziki. However, Mira Mesa's Ariana Kabob House offers a ...

For better or worse: the late-night Cali burrito

Go-to post-bar staple wins every time

Burritos are tough to write about because they're not photogenic. That probably says more about what people want to read than it does burritos. But some nights, when the bar shuts down and a stomachful ...

Fruit smoothies, superfoods and breakfast on the run

South Park finally gets its own organic market

As quickly as the past several years of gentrification took over South Park, one problem lingered: access to organic produce. Crack parks became dog parks, empty buildings became restaurants and restaurants became fusion restaurants, and ...

Cheese plus steak doesn't always equal cheesesteak

Putting unmelted provolone on meat that can be beat

I heard some Philly boys were serving up cheesesteaks in National City, so I set my hopes to high and hustled that way, past a half dozen dilapidated mini malls and food chains. Across from ...

Quiche envy in South Park

Quaint French café just right for those who miss Paris.

With crêpes, quiches, coffee and no shortage of charm, Café Madeleine gives Francophiles in South Park a destination to aim their morning strolls. The classy little shop pays attention to the small details while catering to the big picture; namely, that locals needed this sort of adorable little outpost to catch up with friends over light fare and hot beverages.

New York style delis aren't supposed to be street legal

Eating good pastrami off the back of a food truck

New York associations aside, packing a deli into a food truck actually kind of makes sense. It's tough to do better than a sandwich for functional street food. These guys make their own mustard and dressings, use fresh artisanal breads, and their pastrami is legit. Their traditional NYC-style sandwiches work, but skipping any grilled options will probably net you a better lunch.

Wings were not meant to be seen by daylight

Accidentally wandering into a fast food chain and regretting it.

It looks like a fast food restaurant, and operates like a fast food chain, but it focuses almost exclusively on wings, by all rights a bar food. Yes they serve beer and have a TV on, but the place would never work as a sports bar, and doesn't actually serve food quickly enough to qualify as convenient. It is extremely cheap though.

Fish and chips with dogs and ducks

Anthony's La Mesa Grotto proves a pleasant lunch spot.

The nicest pond-side seafood dining in La Mesa is this sister restaurant to the better-known harbor location. A comparable menu and pricing avails its customers of fresh seafood at fresh seafood prices. While it doesn't break the bank, you do pay more for atmosphere than quality of preparation. That said, "pleasant" doesn't begin to describe its patio dining.

The wild scene of the Gaslamp's new Werewolf

The mythical movie monster wearing sunglasses is an admonition against taking anything here too seriously.

I hate to pigeonhole a place, but when you stake out a central-Gaslamp location, write the word "Shots" in giant letters along the back wall and name it Werewolf, you've pretty much decided to cater ...