Ian Pike

Ian Pike
Ian Pike contributes to Feast and Art Seen, and occasionally moonlights on Crasher. He loves to get tips about new restaurants, so reach out if you have something to share.

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Latest Articles

Exit Sloppy's, enter Bearitos

Hillcrest Mission-style burrito joint changes names, stays mostly the same.

Somebody pulled a burrito switcheroo in Hillcrest. 86 Sloppy’s Burritos, sub Bearito Republic. Allegedly, Sloppy’s owners decided to move to Utah, and the Bearito crew flipped the place over and changed up the concept, albeit ...

Blue Smoke drifts in from Blue Ocean

Love Boat pig-out spot sets sail as North County concept comes to Fashion Valley.

Love Boat Fashion Valley is no more. The former K-pop sushi pig-out spot (best known for gargantuan “Love Boat” platters) shut down for a remodel period, and recently reopened as Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge. Ooooh. ...

A rare jack for San Diego

Adding another warm-water fish to the counts in this bomber year.

Whether the weathermen decide it’s an El Niño year may be perpetually debated, but with reports of wahoo and blue marlin caught off shore, and the confirmed sighting of a whale shark near Catalina Island, ...

British invasion in La Jolla?

Hint: it's milkshakes.

San Diego is a fro-yo town. We know this, and we love it. We are a health-conscious people, and the words “fat free” shine like a beacon, drawing in the yoga/gym/triathlon crowd from miles around ...

Hateful Harriet on the Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

North County sushi haven epically fails to live up to its own hype.

Tucked in the back of Oceanside Bull Taco, Wrench and Rodent is the brainchild of Davin Waite, local sushi guy who came up through the ranks of La Jolla’s Cafe Japengo. The name allegedly means ...

Best soda ever spotted at Bev-Mo!

Go for the 5-cent wine sale, but don't forget to pick up a few bottles of this classic pop.

Bev-Mo, home of the 5-cent wine sale, stocks plenty of nonalcoholic beverages. Some of those are sodas, and one of those sodas is Moxie, which claims to be the original carbonated soft drink, produced since ...

Now Try This: Oxtail ramen at Rakiraki

Kearny Mesa ramen shop kills it with noodles and beeftail

Rakiraki, Kearny Mesa’s hipster noodle house, has an oxtail ramen dinner on the menu that’s an absolute must-grind. The ramen part is more of the same: Rakiraki’s chicken-based ramen, with its light and surprisingly fatty ...

Now Try This: Shave Ice at Angels and Hearts

Clever riff on Hawaiian dessert is a winner

Even if we live in a sick, sad world where Hello Kitty isn’t actually a kitty at all, there’s always Angels and Hearts, a new dessert shop in Kearny Mesa, to inject a bit of ...

Now Try This: Napa Valley burger at Cali "O"

Hillcrest burger joint wraps a good patty in Napa cabbage for a novel take on protein style

1290 University Avenue has been a half a dozen restaurants in as many years, but the current business has a thing or two going for it. Cali O Burgers takes the basic In n Out ...

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