Patrick Henderson

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Good food at the amusement park?

Cannonball makes a splash in Mission Beach

After 90 years in existence, Belmont Park is starting to become a food destination. Draft opened in 2014 and, more recently, Cannonball, a Pacific Rim restaurant with lots of sushi options. Cannonball sits atop Draft ...

New York battles Chicago in University City

Head to head at Regents Pizzeria

We’ve been having an argument around the homestead: Which pizza style is better, thin crust or thick? As much as I love New York, I find the smug attitude the citizens have towards their thin-style ...

A master of MasterChef in La Mesa

Sandoval beat out 19 other contestants to make the top 3

La Mesa’s Claudia Sandoval is one of the top-three finalists for this season of MasterChef, a cooking show on the Fox Network. She stands to win a book deal and $250,000. When she was picked ...

A wannabe Chipotle?

Un Mundo Mexican Grill aims to be San Diego’s next successful chain

San Diego has been the starting point for a few successful restaurant chains — Rubio’s, Jack in the Box, and Roberto’s to name just three. Un Mundo Mexican Grill is a new spot in University ...

Venice Pizza House does it old-school delicious

The crust is thicker than New York and thinner than Chicago

The nature of journalism, even food writing, is to report “news,” not “olds.” The result is that foodies and food writers will often focus on the next food trend or new eating spot at the ...

Sabuku Sushi pushes boundaries

Bacon even makes sushi better

Usually when a sushi place tries to add American elements, it is more confusion than fusion. But when it’s done well, it can take Japanese flavors into an interesting new place. One restaurant that does ...

Depot dreams come true

Tommy DeCarlo launches rock and roll career from the tool corral

Tommy DeCarlo is not a believer in transferable skills. At least, he doesn’t think the skills he learned working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina, have carried over to his current gig — ...

Girl in the Middle of Italy

Local Americana act finds listeners in European markets

Since Carol Rider is the lead singer and guitarist of local Americana rock quartet Girl in the Middle, you might assume the name is referring to her. You’d be wrong. “The name is a concept ...

The original family band

"Bubblegum pop" group the Cowsills come to town on the Happy Together tour

“We were around when there was lots of acid rock and we filled a niche that was being ignored,” says singer Paul Cowsill of his 1960s pop group the Cowsills. “Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone ...

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