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On the holiday hunt

South Park Walkabout Bundle up and head to the South Park Walkabout on Saturday, December 6, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The tree-lined business district is lit up for the holidays and will lead you ...

More like Sushi Factory

Sushi Deli 3 has unique sushi at a great price — if you can slow their roll.

Sushi Deli operates three casual sushi restaurants with locations in Gaslamp, Hillcrest, and Kearny Mesa. I ventured to the last on the list, known as Sushi Deli 3, and found myself in an odd industrial ...

Bring it back to business basics

98 Bottles lacks focus on food, service, and ambiance.

98 Bottles is more than a neighborhood bar. According to the signage it’s a one-stop shop offering “craft beer, fun wine, good eats, entertainment, and a retail bottle shop.” I’ve never considered wine amusing, but ...

Fueled by coffee, food, and friendliness

Influx starts off strong in North Park.

If there was an equation that equaled success for independent coffee houses, the owners of Influx must have solved it. They recently opened their third location in the new Northparker building on the corner of ...

Dining on the links

Bistro 65 at the La Costa Omni Resort offers classic fare and impressive views.

Hanging out at luxury golf resorts isn’t exactly my standard scene. But when I had the opportunity to dine at Bistro 65 at the La Costa Omni on someone else’s dime, I didn’t hesitate to ...

Tierrasanta’s savory secret

Residents have enjoyed traditional Chinese cooking for over 30 years. It’s time to share

When I was invited to dinner at Choice of Mandarin in Tierrasanta, I turned to the all-knowing internet to gain some insight on this new-to-me restaurant. Turns out the owners have been serving Chinese cuisine ...

Coastal clam chowder is perfectly peppery

The Solana Beach Fish House redeems a not-so-scenic strip mall.

The Solana Beach Fish House is located just across the street from the train station in an unassuming strip mall. Not exactly the prime piece of beachfront real estate you might imagine visiting when you’re ...

Sadly smoldering from the start

The soft opening at Fire Horse left much to be desired.

There’s been only one major void in the South Park restaurant scene within the last few years: Asian cuisine. Sure, Juan Chou was serving sushi at 3019 Juniper until this past March, but the closing ...

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