Feast! Entries for July, 2011

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Summer Brings New Life to the Menu at Downtown’s Jsix

As seasonal edibles harvested from SoCal farms becomes more and more the staple in San Diego, perusing menus gets more ...

Cuatro Milpas: Four Cornfields, Three Sisters

“Yes, we’re still here,” says Margarita. She’s at her cash register, pecking away while her sisters Sofia and Dora take ...

No More Bread on Market

Talking of bread (see Barbarella, below), it’s sigh time for one of the little jewels of downtown: Bread on Market, ...

Chocoloate and Cheese Make Unlikely Yet Yummy Bedfellows at Dallmann Confections

A gaggle of eager, happily chatty women salt-and-peppered with a few guys wearing skeptic expressions…sounds like Bunco night at the ...

Bread & Cie Routine

There's no such thing as a schedule when one is in the process of moving, especially when it comes to ...

This Was My Place, These Were My Tacos

I was grooving, listening to someone strumming on the guitar in the door well of this Blue Line trolley... “Yes’n ...

Come for the Daiquiris, Go for the Munchies

Leah Caguimbaga has her work cut out. She’s hostess at Wet Willie’s (555 Market Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, ...

Naughty Shot & Tasty Tacos

It's the only drink I could order that would make my father blush. That's why, when I go to Baja ...

Eating Aboard the Trolley?

Eating in a trolley car in Barrio Logan? It's the biggest, most delicious surprise of the day. Was humping along ...

State Occasion

Sweet deal going on right across that beautiful pedestrian bridge outside San Diego State. Sweet potato fries for $2.50, French ...

Stone Turns "Tea"-totaler to Aid Japanese Tsunami Relief

Stone Brewing Company has put out a great many collaboration beers of late. One of the latest to hit the ...

Soft Opening, Hard Liquor

Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge is finally open. It’s an upmarket replacement to Coronado’s popular Beach’n Diner (1015 Orange Avenue, 619-522-6890), ...

Sea Rocket Bistro Blasts Off into Cooking Channel Stratosphere

A San Diego eatery is going to be featured on a food-related TV program and, for once, it's not Diners, ...

Landini's Secret Garden

Talking of great patios... “Best-kept secret in town,” says John. He and his buddy Derek are munching pizza and slurping ...

The Rumors of My Professionalism Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Way before I started writing about food, I was in love with it and cooking up gourmet dishes on a ...

Coffee to Die For

"This coffee? It’s roasted by a murder lawyer and his partner in El Cajon,” says Kayla. “He deals with criminals ...

Save Room for Dessert at Blueprint Café's Happy Hour

When I met Gayle Covner, I thought she was just another ravenous carnivore taking in the Cooks Confab 2009 "Meat!" ...

Knotty But Nice

Just done a walk along Market. And where Wolffy’s once stood (844 Market), now stands The Knotty Barrel. It’s a ...

It Doesn't Need A Hole To Be A Donut

IB. I'm Baack. Lookin' for the fabled donuts of Imperial Beach. Was here (Stardust Donut Shop, 698 Highway 75, Imperial ...

Burrito Barato: Señor Mango's

In an effort to even further stretch the definition of “Burrito Barato,” this week’s installment focuses on Mexico’s answer to ...

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em at True North Tavern

I don't smoke...but I also don't judge. After all, sensual experiences brought on by hand-crafted products is something I'm all ...

Late Donut Run

Been dreaming of this moment ever since I got up, when at last I’d walk up to one of the ...

Ave et Vale, Wolffy’s

Am I the last to know? Wolffy’s Place, the “real” Chicago eatery on the edge of the Gaslamp (844 Market ...

L'Auberge Del Mar Offers Sneak Peek of KITCHEN 1540

Most of the time, when a restaurant gets a makeover, the reason they're in need of one has been extremely ...

And While You're Downtown, Ye Olde Curiosity Coffee Shoppe?

Got a spare Lincoln? ’Cause five bucks will buy you one of the more delicious coffees ($2) in the southland ...

Cheap Chow When You Need It

OK, weekend’s gawn, and so’s all that money you didn’t mean to spend. Where ya gonna eat? My best bet ...

Craft Beer's in the Pink at La Jolla's La Valencia Hotel

As a champion of local craft beer, there's something so delightful about turning people on to the quaffable medium or ...

Burrito Barato: Surfin' California at Lucha Libre

This Mexican wrestling-themed restaurant at Washington and India opened in January of 2008 and blew up last year after being ...

Ed's Best Patio: And the Winner Is...

So, here's my vote for best terrace/patio. (Saucepan drum-roll please...) Lou & Mickey’s (224 Fifth Avenue). And here's the irony: ...

Sunset Cliffs? Go at Sunrise!

Wow. Nothing so wake-you-up as a good stiff breeze coming up over Sunset Cliffs at sunrise. Or, shall we say, ...

Late-Night Chef Spotting at Quality Social

I knew these guys could cook...that's their job! But who knew their interest in alcohol went beyond deglazing and consumption. ...

Andiamo's Noche Peruana

The chef-owner of Andiamo Italian Restaurant (5950 Santo Road, 858-277-3501) is Javier Ugarte from Peru, and on July 30 he's ...

A Tale of Three Patios

Naomi: let the search for the best patio continue! Three cases in point. Avenue Liquor (at Ninth and Orange in ...

Manzanita One-Year Anniversary Offers Heat-Beating Option

With temperatures registering in the sweltering range, their may be no community better suited or more appreciative of a beer ...

House with No Name

What’s the old saying? “Good wine needs no bush?” I’ve just been eating an afternoon breakfast at this restaurant which ...

Small Bar Bites

Sure, they carry esoteric brews such as Tactical Nuclear Penguin, have 42 quality beers on tap, and barrel-age their Manhattan ...

Alchemy's New Street-Food Menu

Alchemy (1503 30th Street, 619.255.0616) has a brand new globally inspired menu from chef Ricardo Heredia, emphasizing (as always) organic ...

More Gluten-Free at Terra, Plus Mini-Tempest

The new branch of Terra in La Mesa offers several gluten-free choices — several salads, at least one main course ...

FINALLY open again -- Cafe Sevilla

They're up and running at last at 353 Fifth Avenue. The Spanish tapas bar, restaurant, and nightclub are open seven ...

Maine Lobsterama in New York -- where here?

This year saw a giant harvest of Maine lobsters on the East Coast -- the lobstermen have been good conservationists, ...

Mamma mia! Arriverderci Solunto!

Solunto Bakery in Little Italy closes today. Owner Domenick Cefalu is ready for retirement. (The Buon Appetito rstaurant mini-chain will ...

It's Summer. Go Ahead, Be A Tourist

This is international city down here at the waterfront. The line for the counter at the Bay Cafe (1050 North ...

Found! Best Staycation BBQ

What is this duck doing swimming around in this fountain at nine at night? He’s just one of the summer ...

Local Brewer Makes Playful Toast to the Other Budweiser

With the unveiling of bottle art for his newly renamed beer, Green Flash head brewer Chuck Silva proves there's always ...

Old Town: Cheap Nibbles, Free Tipples

Tuesdays and Thursdays are turning into quite a scene at Barra (4016 Wallace Avenue, in Old Town Plaza, between San ...

What IS San Diego Food?

We're so caught up with food fashions from Europe, New York, Tokyo, whatever, but what about our food? San Diegan ...

Customized Homebrew (or Any Brew) Cupcakes

The popularity of homebrewing -- not only in San Diego, but in America -- was displayed during last month's American ...

More Than Gelato

People have recommended Pappalecco in Little Italy to me for gelato, but I had never tried it, loyal as I ...

Top Toque Going to Longtime Sous at Starlite

Over the past four years, Starlite has been a favorite of locavores, particularly those with a penchant for late-night eats ...

Tivoli: Poutine, Anybody?

Yes, the Tivoli Bar (505 6th Avenue, at Island) is as frontier American as it gets, but the food here ...

Tivoli Bar: Older than Waterfront?

So which is the oldest pub town? Down here in the Stingaree, they don’t doubt it. The Tivoli (505 6th ...

An Imperfect Union with Some Serious Blue Chips!

I'd heard some buzz, but it wasn't until chef Paul McCabe of KITCHEN 1540 leaned over to me at the ...

Desert-Raised Caviar

The name Abu Dhabi may sound a little like a joke or an old song ("...said the monkey to the ...

CU Chain Restaurant Ratings — Locals Win Some

Consumer's Union surveyed nearly 37,000 readers about their preferneces in chain restaurants. A lot of the results were refreshing, or ...

Local California Restaurant Association Awards

If the legendary Smitty's BBQ of Lockhart, Texas, were to move here, Phil's BBQ would still win Best BBQ. If ...

Ed’s Alternative: Locovores in La Jolla

Are there any real cheap eats in La Jolla? Ask Diana Goedhuys. I was wandering up Girard carrying Carla’s Great ...

Bourbon

I used to think bourbon was a man's drink. But after David and I went on that underground bar tour ...

Carla’s Call: Best Burger. And the Winner Is...

Reporting live, from Inside Deepest La Jolla. I can now confirm: even the rich and the famous eat burgers. And ...

Sneak Peek: Asian Cowboy Desserts Planned for Del Mar's Burlap

Rachel King is the confectionary mind behind Searsucker, Brian Malarkey's en vogue restaurant on Fifth Avenue and Broadway in the ...

And Talking of Ribs, Hold That Trolley!

Call this "filling in time." Waiting for the Blue Line, here at 12th and Imperial. I know it's gonna be ...

Big Rib Day

Good news from the south! I was in IB yesterday. Descended from my stretch limo (the 901) at Rainbow Drive ...

Copper Chimney Comes Ashore

If you’ve been wandering around Black Mountain Road forlornly looking for Allen Sem and his South Indian “Copper Chimney” food ...

Taco King Rules Bankers Hill

Ooh, yeah. Oozing eggs in the open air, stuffed with steaming onions, green peppers, tomatoes, two big well-cooked flaps of ...

Hotel Del Makes It 1500 Plus Two

The Hotel Del Coronado was dealt a crushing blow this spring when wine director Ted Glennon, who was in charge ...

Wine: Drink Corkage-Free at Fleming's Downtown This Summer!

This just in: from Friday, July 1-Wednesday, August 31st, you can bring your wine into the K Street location of ...

Filipino Secret: Mix Your Dessert with Your Main

If you want a good meal, follow the crowds to the noisiest joint, right? Real people noise, not canned noise. ...

The Father of All Espressos

Aah. Coffee. Morning. Hillcrest. Fifth. Or, just a mo’. Is it Caffe. Mattino. Roma, Via Veneto, whatever? I swear. Take ...

Dallmann Chocolate Boutique Sweetens Up Flower Hill Promenade

Isabella Valencia has sugar and over a century of tradition coursing through her veins. A third generation confectioner, she's used ...

Spelunking Beer Beyond the Counter at Iowa Meat Farms

Like many an American, I find myself heeding the carnivorous call of mighty Miss Liberty, heading out to get some ...

Eclipse Chocolat

I'm proud of San Diego's own chocolatiers, and my two top favorites are Chuao and Eclipse. Because Eclipse is closer ...

Cooking from Africa Classes

Yes, it's interesting food! And super healthy. Yes, you might want to try cooking it. I don't know whether our ...

Chipotle Growing Even More Local

Chipotle, which I consider to serve the only real "healthy" fast food, is trying to go as local-grown (within 350 ...

Another Cohn Bargain — Seafood This Time

Family Style Sunday — Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, local seafood specialist, , offers a Sunday night, family-style feast with family-style ...

The Prado's Thursday Night Dinner Package

On Thursday evenings between July 7th to September 22nd there's a special VIP Dinner Package. This VIP Package includes a ...

Nitrate-free organic franks? Guess again.

Turns out that "all organic, no added nitrates" on a label is totally meaningless, alas. "If you actually surveyed consumers ...

Stingaree as a restaurant is Stingarooed

Stingaree nightclub is still open, but they've closed the attached restaurant. Basically, nobody went there. (The food was good, but ...

"Round It Up" for Charity

A coupla chefs in Orange County started the "Round It Up" movement, have raised half a million bucks for good ...

SD Beer Industry Insiders Team Up Against Breast Cancer

Collaborations are common in the craft brewing industry. The most typical collabs involve brewers from different companies getting together to ...

(Hot) Dog Days of Summer

Photo: View of Quivira Basin, Mission Bay They’re baa-ack! Those slothful afternoons under the palapa at the edge of Mission ...

Red Door Owners & Chef Part Ways

So much for that chef at the Red Door who likes to take patrons to the adjacent Mission Hills Farmers' ...

Bold Kid Kole

Kids know best, right? Especially when it comes to burgers. So, this three-year-old kid, Kole, is sitting at the table ...

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