Vanessa Horne

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East county rounds up pub grub and craft beer

Rodeo-adjacent Eastbound Bar & Grill puts Lakeside on the gastro map

Since Karl Strauss Brewing opened their brew pub on Columbia Street in 1989, craft beer bars have continued to gain popularity and now flood the city. The trend has been slow to spread to surrounding ...

Plunged into gluttony at High Dive

Menu changes result in improvements and belly flops at Bay Park mainstay.

There’s nothing like a go-to neighborhood bar that provides great service, a casual vibe, and satisfying pub food. Add 20 craft beer taps and Ballast Point Fugu Vodka on draft and the experience is just ...

Pho sure, bro

Pho Time Pacific Beach promises casual Vietnamese food for surfers, students, and squares.

Pacific Beach has more than its share of boisterous bars and crowded restaurants that cater to binge-drinking college kids. But Pho Time, on the infamous Garnet Avenue strip, delivers the opposite experience with affordable Vietnamese ...

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 ...

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