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Mmm, great tentacles

Octopus is king at Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca is not a good place to go if you’re looking for a quick meal. I’m sure if you told the waiter you were in a hurry, they’d accommodate you, but the charms of ...

Peaceful boozy feeling

The man who wrote “Peaceful Easy Feeling” for the Eagles hopes people who love the song also love wine. Encinitas-based songwriter Jack Tempchin has introduced a “Peaceful Easy Feeling” cabernet sauvignon made by the Temecula-based ...

Fit to be Thai'd in La Mesa

Bamboo is Thai comfort food done right

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and my family gave me the choice where to eat. There wasn’t much thought. I picked Bamboo Thai Cuisine on University Avenue, near La Mesa Blvd. It’s ...

Happy Hour picks from Reader new guy Patrick Henderson

Refused to be left out of the Happy Hour fun

Casa de Pico The bar is loud and hopping, even on seemingly off nights. Beers are $1 off normal prices but each $4.50 margarita (served blended or on the rocks), gets you a small paper ...

Wienermobile takes San Diego for a ride

Driving around in giant frankfurter-shaped car as cool as it sounds

When the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile stops at your house, you have to get in it. You just have to. Or at least I did, when the Wienermobile visited San Diego in mid-February. There are actually ...

New York water in Coronado pizza

Village Pizzeria ships in New York water for pies made in Coronado

“It’s a huge expense financially and environmentally it’s a disaster, but nine out of 10 people prefer it,” says David Spatafore, owner of two Village Pizzerias in Coronado. The “it” he is referring to, is ...

Cusp chef also cooks up children's books

Donald Lockhart gets inspiration for kiddie lit while in kitchen

When Donald Lockhart, the executive chef at Cusp Restaurant in La Jolla, isn’t creating menus, he’s writing children's books. “I enjoy playing with food ingredients and words,” he says. “In both, the simplest things work ...

La Mesa pizza restaurant delivers hookahs, too

American Lung Association director warns of health risks…of tobacco

A pizza restaurant in La Mesa is hoping to make more dough by offering hookahs for delivery along with the pizza, sandwiches, and spaghetti on their menu. GiGi Pizza, formerly Palermo Pizza, started renting out ...

Restaurant rockers

“A lot of chefs are rebels and punk rockers at heart, and this carries over to music,” says Josh Kopelman, organizer of “Battle of the Chef Bands,” a charity concert taking place January 27 at ...