Feast! Entries for June, 2011

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OB? O’Bistro!

Boy, is this a fun couple or what? Jongo Park and his wife Brenda make their place, O’Bistro (4934 Voltaire ...

Sneak Peek: Local Habit in Hillcrest

The Hillcrest space that formerly housed Pizza Fusion has undergone a transformation and will reopen on July 4 as Local ...

Hitting the Bottle in Little Italy

Li'l Italy's Art District has traded reds and whites for ales and lagers with the arrival of Bottlecraft (http://www.bottlecraftbeer.com), a ...

Big Figs in Little Oaks

Wha? Oh wow. Having one of my chicken fried steak breakfast dreams again. Best one (steak, not dream) I ever ...

Quality Social Gives Affordable Reasons to Celebrate Summer's "Dog Days"

Whenever I hear the words hand-crafted or house-cured in relation to any edible product, my wallet winces in anticipation of ...

Roast Bone Marrow recipe, from an expert

Roasted bone marrow is the latest restaurant craze, but of the last four times I tried it, it was overcooked ...

More Gluten-Free Restaurants

A reader posts that Mountain Mike's Pizza: (http://www.mountainmikes.com) offers a gluten-free pizza crust. "I visit the location in La Mesa." ...

Soylent...Cow? Reactions

The New Yorker posted several Letters to the Ed reacting to their report on test-tube burgers — all interesting (at ...

Soylent...Cow? Good Even for Jains & PETA

Michael Specter in the New Yorker (May 23) reports that scientists in the Netherlands have succeeded in creating test-tube (in ...

Don't Go Out Tonight (to Sevilla)

Oops. The opening night gala party of Cafe Sevilla at its new Gaslamp address has been postponed to mid-July, when ...

Gatorburger: Chicken, with Attitude?

People say it tastes like chicken. Or fish. Or both. Talking about alligator. I had to try it. Took the ...

IB-COW? Beery Interesting!

Stopped here at Grape and India – the busiest crossing in Diego? – mostly because of this sign. The guys ...

Oasis in Escondido

I look for reasons to drive all the way up north and east to Escondido, because I know that right ...

A Tale of Two Beerfests: Part 2 (SD Int'l Beer Festival)

The Del Mar Fair (that's right...I said it...this native doesn't have to get on the San Diego County Fair bus) ...

Rad Patio - Mama's Bakery and Lebanese Deli - North Park

Mama’s Bakery and Lebanese Deli in North Park has been baking fresh flatbread since 1988 on a traditional sajj convex ...

French Lessons

Don’t you just long to stride into a French restaurant and rattle off greetings and orders like a Parisian pro? ...

Where O'Bethans Break Fast

Aah. French toast, cawfee roast, on the coast. Can’t beat those smells wafting past you in the briny ocean air. ...

A Tale of Two Beerfests: Part 1 (Sour Fest)

Sour beer — it sounds wrong and, on first taste, most (myself included) confirm that theory with a disapproving lemon-faced ...

Bankers Hill Hotspot

I tend to forget it's over there, on the other side of Hillcrest, so I was happy when my friend ...

Best Pizza Box?

Is this the best pizza box in town? It’s the artiest I’ve seen. Irony: Fancy box for maybe the most ...

Popcorn Fan, 12, Saves Historic Movie House!

Dateline: Inside Coronado Village Theater. At popcorn stand. Subject: Graham. Will Graham. Age: 12. Role: Savior of the Coronado Village ...

Another Ghost: Mr. Popcorn

Standing in the frontlines of popcorn here. I can report that the concession at the newly – fantastically – refurbished ...

Old Town Cosmopolitan

You've probably walked right by it, but after last year's renovations, I suggest you walk up the steps and check ...

We've Got Spirits...Yes, We Do!

The San Diego Spirits Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday ( June 25-26) at the Broadway Pier's Port Pavillion ...

Marie’s Ghost

“We have…stuff going on here.” Marie (Maria Nealson) of Marie’s Café in North Park (3016 University Avenue) is talking late ...

Summer Spritz!

With barbecues and fireworks just around the corner, it's time to prepare with some great summer recipes. Now, I don't ...

Just Another BLAH Place in the Inner City

There's a sign up in the windowed front portal that formerly gave way to Soho (and before that, Vesuvio) at ...

Guitarrista and White Bean Chili Alert!

It's the perfect storm for guitar/movie/white-bean chili buffs. Tonight (Thursday, 6/23), after you've attended Coronado Village (movie) Theatre's grand reopening ...

Stone Hits South Park

When even the wine bar is pairing beers with its happy hour food, you know something's up. What's happening is ...

Surf's Up, On Broadway?

Drunken, Punkin’ Idiots, anyone? Screamin’ Yee Haws? Both of these are Nick Bone’s bands. He has the photos on the ...

Marine Room Chefs Overachieve on an International Scale

It seems like just last week I was blogging about how a San Diego chef had gotten big-time props for ...

A Pig's Paradise

Chef Hanis Cavin is leaving Kensington Grill to open his own restaurant with partner and fiance Sara Stroud. His last ...

Curses...Eden Tries to Silence Hillcrestian Specters

Something new is sprouting up at Eden in Hillcrest. Actually, from the sounds of it, very soon EVERYTHING will be ...

Plonk Politics

Is it just me? Am I the only person who believes Carlo Rossi’s cheap growlers of burgundy are just as ...

BO-beau in Ocean Beach

The people who brought Bleu Bohéme to Kensington have teamed up with the Cohn Restaurant Group to transform what used ...

SD Homebrewers Shimmer in National Spotlight

The whole world knows San Diego is home to some of the best professional brewers on the planet. Before they ...

Sin Truck

Oh, and one more Food Truck thing: Cupcakes. Had my first since I was a kid at the Corner Cupcakes ...

Burrito Barato: MXN Achiote Chicken Tacos

Si, I lament Santana’s going the way of MXN. Si, I survived much of my seventeenth year on Santana’s one ...

Food Truck Field Report #2: Poway? No Way!

Nuts and Twigs People, cast your eyes aside. JR Kaminski, third generation BBQ guy down from Poway with his "Super ...

Piggin' Out in the Parking Lot

Friday night, 7.30 — At the 3rd Friday Food Truck gathering in the parking lot of 57 Degrees, the wine ...

Knotty Barrel

David summed up the flavors of this new gastropub in East Village best: Simple yet satisfying. The Knotty Barrel just ...

Stone Brewing: We’ll Come to You

Beer things just keep happening. This Saturday, it’s Mission Brewery’s opening (see blog “Your Mission, This Saturday”), and next week ...

Noodling Around: Hủ Tiếu Mi Kho from Pho King

Here's another nice Vietnamese noodle dish that's good when it's a bit warmer. This one combines the stretch and chew ...

Are We En Route to $100 Beer?

When it comes to beer, I'm into Belgian tripels and triple IPAs. What I'm not into is the thought of ...

Stout-Hearted Men: Stanley Cup Runneth Over

"This is crazy! It's happening again!" Dave "Dabbles" Riddle is on the brink. Of tears. Dave is Canadian. His teeshirt ...

Chef Jeff Rossman's Standing on Terra Firma

Often, cookbooks that are self-published and slated for a locals-only demographic tend to be...how can I put this nicely...not something ...

Must We Kill to Eat?

Do we have to kill to live? Turn fellow-creatures into dead flesh to eat? Been thinking about this ever since ...

The Red Door Gives Way to the Mission Hills Farmers Market

Once considered little more than a passing fancy among restaurateurs, farm-to-tableism has caught on big time in San Diego. One ...

Lame Duck a L'Orange in 4S Ranch

Fans of French Food in America's Finest City know the name Philippe Verpiand. He first cut the Dijon mustard at ...

Your Mission, This Saturday…

That long-promised grand opening for Mission Brewery (downtown in the old Wonderbread building at 1441 L, between Petco Park and ...

Rad Patio - Monica's at the Park - University Heights

The sun is out, the sky is blue, patios are rad, and so are you. But unless you’re fortunate enough ...

Lunch at the Prado

When I find myself in Balboa Park (which is fairly often, as there's a whole lot to do over there), ...

Food Trucks: Gathering of the Tribes

Wow. Several food trucks I haven’t tried are coming this month. Talking about the third Friday Food Truck Extravaganza in ...

Enotic Dreams on India Street

Remember Scott Harris? He’s a nice, unpretentious guy, the Chicago restaurant chef-entrepreneur who bought out the old-line Zagarella restaurant in ...

Great Bathrooms (Continued)

Kendon Hawkins showed me this one. He's proud of his baby. "It's my first bathroom with grass on the ceiling," ...

Local Guys Make Good (Book)

Marine Room chefs Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver, the duo behind their globally inspired debut cookbook Flying Pans: Two Chefs, ...

RIP: Clay's

Clay's, on the top floor of the Hotel La Jolla, is no more. The hotel has been sold, and the ...

A Baker's Dozen of Dining Patios

(Well, I had the idea about the same time as Ed Bedford, but then the weather turned so cold...) Here's ...

An Angry Panda Descends on Urban Solace

The latest libation to debut on the SD craft beer scene has a most interesting name. Dubbed "The Angry Panda," ...

Fore! She’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Gotta thank the beautiful Carla for this. She insisted on loading our bikes on the 901 bus and heading for ...

Eat Your Heart Out, Herbie Hancock

Whew. I was worried. Couldn’t get through to Mario at his Hancock Street Café (3354 Hancock Street, between Old Town ...

Small Plates at Ken Grill

You'll hear a lot about my haunts on here, because as much as I consider myself a food explorer, I'm ...

Grant Grill Dishing the "Father-lode" for Dad's Day

I don't make it a habit to post menus, but some sound so tantalizing that I can barely help myself ...

Recently Opened in Kearny/Clairemont Mesa

I noticed a couple of new openings last week while shopping and stopping in the Kearny Mesa–Clairemont area. The first ...

Burrito Barato - El Zarape Fish Tacos

El Zarape in University Heights is the Jabba the Hutt of Mexican restaurants. Illustrious, spirited, and always entertaining an eclectic ...

Good Cause Brings Out Good Cooks

Two of San Diego's best chefs who've been off the radar for quite some time are taking temporary respite from ...

Mountain Brew, BBQ

If you’re a fan of Bad Boy, Duet, Odin’s Raven, or my other absolute fave, Irish Red (and, clue, we’re ...

More Gluten Free

Gluten-free? Latest place I saw where they’re serious about this was at the University of San Diego. At USD (where ...

Cafe Sevilla reopens, big party -- ole!

Real-life Spanish food (as opposed to "global tapas", "small plates," etc.) is an endangered species here. Cafe Sevilla does a ...

Gluten-free restaurants?

An El Cajon reader (and doctor) wrote in: He and a number of his patients have developed gluten sensitivity. (What ...

Drunk Brunch

If you're doing it right, Sunday morning is really just an extension of Saturday night. The problem is it's too ...

Who Says You Can't Go Home?

This weekend, on a lark, I decided to drive a dozen miles out of my way just to hit up ...

Wine and Queso at Wet Stone

Located on the downslope of Fourth Avenue in Bankers Hill, there's a cozy vino-driven spot with a worldy eclectic serenity-now ...

What's All the Hubbub, Bub's?

So, yesterday, I expressed my belief San Diego would someday become one of America's top 10 best dining cities. In ...

Another R.I.P.?

Talk about R.I.P: One more place to worry about. Babbo Grande (1731 University, Uptown/Hillcrest area) has a notice on its ...

Private Space Available Above Kitchen

Looking for a quiet spot in the Gaslamp to celebrate? Believe it or not, one of the best bets is ...

R.I.P. Red Velvet Wine Bar

So, I awake to an otherwise awesome Saturday, fire up the ol' email, and click open a message from one ...

Loos You Can Use

And now the most important question of all: Which eateries have the best Loo-slash-Bathrooms? Chad Deal’s excellent cover story on ...

Mac' & Cheese — Hold the Mac

I'll be one of the first to admit...OK, RANT...that certain dishes seem to be on every menu in town for ...

Secret Eats at USD

Pretty impressive eating arrangements at USD (University of San Diego), the Catholic university on the hill (5998 Alcalá Park, Linda ...

Burrito Barato - 24 Hour Eats - Rigobertos

I don’t think I’ve ever been to Rigoberto’s in the daylight, which makes it a perfect candidate for the 24 ...

Hidden History: La Piñata

“Ask me when I first came here.” “Okay. When did you first come here?” “In 1942. I came in with ...

Sangria

Hoo, boy. You know how, in the Hangover movies, they eventually find a bunch of stuff on a smart phone ...

Change of address / and moved chef

Bud's Louisiana has moved from their tiny Tierrasanta place to larger space in the middle of an office complex in ...

Eat Like the Founding Fathers

Man. Jes’ walked up here to the south side of Mission Valley. From Old Town. I don’t advise it. No ...

Mayor Declares June "San Diego Craft-Beer Month"

Spotting San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in a brewery with a beer at 10:30 a.m. on a weekday. Sounds downright ...