Feast! Entries for December, 2012

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Early look at Rip Current Brewing

Big promise translates to fine brews at San Marcos' newest brewery

More breweries opened in San Diego County in 2012 than in any year prior. In doing so, many quietly creaked ...

Empire House Brunch

Hillcrest's "urban palate" serves a commendable breakfast at a fair price

I’ve said nice things about Empire House before, mostly because I think the kitchen there manages above-average execution of the ...

New Year's Eve black tie (or something) soiree at Craft & Commerce

Craft cocktail lounge and restaurant hosts four-course dinner.

Craft & Commerce is celebrating New Year's Eve with "An Evening for Ladies & Gentlemen" – a “black tie (or ...

Karl Strauss’s IPA: double, double, stir in trouble…

Add lotsa hops, fine. But roasted green chilies?

My beer pick of the week: A brewski with, uh, roasted green chilies in it. Talking about Karl Strauss’s Green ...

Playing With Chemistry at Ave. 5 in Hillcrest

When I pulled up a stool at a tall table in Avenue 5 the other night, the first thing I ...

Bottlecraft Part Deux

Second iteration of popular Little Italy beer shop concept coming to North Park

As the craft beer movement chugs along and the liquid medium proves profitable, bottle shops lined with row upon row ...

Landini's: Little Italy's cheeriest frontage?

The little pizzeria on India Street has town's most seductive decoration for the season

And the prize for the best-decorated restaurant of the season...has to be Landini's Pizzeria (1827 India Street, Little Italy, 619-238-3502). ...

Chennai style

Vegetable curries in the South Indian fashion at Madras Cafe

A while back, I lavished some praise on Punjabi Tandoor for its hearty curries. Since then, I’ve had the vegetable ...

Plumeria: Scaling University Heights on Thai heat scale

“On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot do you want it?”

Stopped in my tracks last night. Walking north on final few yards of Park Boulevard. University Heights, at Adams. Looking ...

Veggies and Art at Alchemy in South Park

I had only been to Alchemy once before, a very long time ago, and it had been a so-so experience, ...

Does A.R. Valentien Live Up to the Hype?

"Why is a meal at one restaurant so much more expensive than a meal at another?" I asked David, as ...

A Spike joint

Fish house taking over former Horton Plaza-adjacent shoe store

Ever heard of a guy named Spike Africa? Me either, but soon, the name of this mid-twentieth century seafarer known ...

Wings for North Park

Imperial Beach-based wing chain sells tasty hot wings and not much else

The North Park outlet of New York Buffalo Wings is (I believe) the fourth store for the local mini-chain, heretofore ...

Clayton's delivers: Coronado's morning-after comfort food

Think of it as your head's recovery ward

Some come for the food. Me, I come for the cash register. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/26/37462/ Okay, not quite true. Came here to ...

Port Brewing calls Board Meeting

San Marcos brewery announces a new beer for the New Year

Breweries put out new beers all the time, rendering news about a new brew a bit ho-hum most of the ...

Mexican in Chinatown? Cheese, chorizo, Cetto, Candelas!

Top Mexican chef cooks for...Ed?

Martin San Roman has cooked for princes, presidents, and now, uh, me. How come? Serendipity. Always believe in it. Specially ...

Inheriting the Lion's Share

New year holds new chef, new food for Marina District hot spot

Come 2013, the owners of The Lion’s Share (629 Kettner Boulevard, Downtown) will be playing the part of Mufasa, hoisting ...

Gettin' Cozy at Bootlegger

East Village "faux-hibition" lounge has better chairs than food

Bootlegger claims the “allure of a 1920’s speakeasy,” which is a rather dubious proposition unless you’re doing business without a ...

Bruno's third year

University Heights fancy pizza place of record can claim success despite a tough locale

I am amazed that Pizzeria Bruno settled not for survival in a terrible location, but held on for the outright ...

Fancy Holiday Time at Tea Upon Chatsworth in Point Loma

The strong women that make up most of my family like to play at being dainty every once in a ...

Jewish Penicillin at D.Z. Akins

Last week, it was cold and rainy when I visited the KPBS studios to talk about fun events in town ...

Cafe Bleu is stuck

Mission Hills' French-ish bistro has not made significant changes to a menu that needs changing

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/20/37235/ It’s been more than a year since Barbarella took a first look at Cafe Bleu in Mission Hills. Her ...

Slow Food at Saltbox

I don't know what it is about that little strip of Fifth Avenue by the trolley tracks that keeps me ...

Soup Shoppe

New soup joint in North Park dishes up warm comfort on cold days

As cold and rainy and all around nasty as it’s been lately, soup seems like a fantastic idea, right? Nothing ...

Coronado: Avenue Liquor's BLT...in Chaldean?

Talking food where they speak as Jesus spoke

Passing Avenue Liquor last night. Decided to stop in and get the BLT, right here on Coronado's main street, where ...

Plancha Baja Med: a popup dinner in North Park

A popup dinner by Chad White highlighting the world famous Baja Med cuisine of Northwestern Mexico

Informed by his world travels and feedback from peers, chef Chad White is hosting his third installment of a popup ...

All hail the waffle king!

Magical breakfast kingdom in Hotel Circle serves up a one-of-a-kind morning meal

I had no idea. How could I have known? I just saw the little pictogram of an anthropomorphic waffle king ...

Farmers' Market: your own personal fisherman

John Ford sends his Alaska salmon direct to his San Diego farmers' market fish stall

How many times can you say you know the actual guy who caught your actual salmon? I can tell you ...

Davanti Del Mar

I live within a long walk's distance to Davanti Little Italy, but somehow I managed to make my way almost ...

Mehburgers

Cool house vibe and lackluster burgers in La Jolla Village

As I’ve said before, I like it when old houses get turned into restaurants. The whole ‘we’re eating the living ...

Gumbo with the Wizard of Oz

Ed returns to the counter of the Unknown Gumbo King to try the Real Thang

So guess what? I did come back (See “The Sixth Avenue handwarmer,” below). http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/16/37028/ I'm here at the Sixth Avenue ...

The Sixth Avenue handwarmer

Napoleon and nachos on Sixth Avenue: Handwarming, belly-filling

Me? Napoleon? I swear. Strangest things happen at the trolley stop at 5th and B. Tonight I’m just standing, doing ...

Tour de Cheesesteak: final stage

The Tour rolls into El Cajon for the last steak sandwich I'll eat for a good while

The final stop on the Tour was a hard one to make. Philly Steak Subs in El Cajon closes early--7PM ...

Million dollar java

Encinitas coffee shop validates prime real estate with fine espresso

Condominium’s in the lofts at Moonlight Beach (intersection of the coast highway and Encinitas Blvd) were/are being offered for well ...

It’s a Proper pity

"Time, gentlemen please!" for Proper Gastro Pub

Sad to say ta-rra: Proper Gastro Pub (right in the Ballpark park area at 795 J Street, at 8th, 619-255-7520). ...

Kiwi invasion!

First PB, then downtown, then OB, now Little Italy: Kiwi-style pubs are taking over, mate

Something great is happening to that rambling old house across from the Firehouse Museum at Cedar and Columbia in Little ...

Tour de Cheesesteak: stage 9

Nearing the end, the Tour heads north for a good sandwich, under the wire

Responding to the umpteen different assertions that I had to go there, I rolled in to Philly Frank’s in San ...

Toma Sol: Seekey's a find

Literary cafe spawns writers (and sustainable panini) on West Washington

Was almost tempted. A Starbucks, shining out from the second level of the new Von’s on West Washington. So glad ...

Plancha Baja Med: a popup dinner

A popup dinner by Chad White highlighting the world famous Baja Med cuisine of Northwestern Mexico

Informed by his world travels and feedback from peers, chef Chad White is hosting his second installment of a popup ...

Green Chefs?

"Top Green Chef" competition raises questions about the future of restaurant energy consumption

A week ago, the Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network (a mouthful of a name, that) staged a competition ...

Best Dim Sum in Town?

I go through dim sum phases -- for about a year, Jasmine was at the top of my list. But, ...

Nautical nosh

Cozy Wine Pub could be good for going out before you go out

Point Loma’s Wine Pub bucks the trend of giving wine bars cutesie names. The space, however, is quite precious with ...

Cauldron of Flavor

The name Tofu House is mildly misleading, as this Korean restaurant on Convoy in Kearny Mesa is not fit for ...

Southern comfort in Poway

Luc's Bistro offers southern style comfort food with a bit of European flair

Southern style comfort food is not what you would expect to find in a nondescript strip mall in Poway. In ...

Solace in Encinitas

It was back in October, when I was in the area to be a guest on David Boylan's KPRI radio ...

Blind Burro: Busy being born

Latest in good-time cluster expanding again at 7th and J

"We've been working on this ten weeks," says Pat Gallaher, the foreman. "I'd give it another ten days we should ...

Tour de Cheesesteak: stage 8

Just as things are getting difficult on the Tour, a surprise stage victory by an unlikely contender!

I didn’t want to leave the house and go down to Point Loma. It was cozy at home and I ...

Snail Pizza? Si!

On a moonlit night in TJ, Baja Med delivers a whole 'nother gastronomic world

Snail pizza? I check the menu again. Oh yes. There it is under “Pizza Baja Med.” “Escargots,” $12 for the ...

Izakaya Masa, Japanese Treasure in Mission Hills

Friends and foodies have been telling me forever to check out Izakaya Masa -- the little Japanese restaurant with no ...

Tour de Cheesesteak: stage 7

"I'll have the cheesesteak...with the works...and a hooker on the side."

I won’t mince words, Ultimate Philley’s looked like a shithole. It’s on the “wrong” side of the 805, in the ...

Breakfast? Honey-Do!

At Honey's in Encinitas you can do healthy and wicked at the same time

Up here in the land of nuts and twigs and Swami surf breaks, you kind of expect to combine good-for-you ...

Tour de Cheesesteak: stage 6

A trip to the land of exact change and substantial sandwiches

The Tour wasn’t slated to stop at Giorgino’s until later, but complications in the world caused things to go all ...

The Case of the Naughty Constable

Mysterious sausages invade East Village!

What do a Naughty Constable, Juicy Scandal, Flagrant Seeds, and Tasty Treason have in common? They’re all crazy-interesting sausages you ...

Tour de Cheesesteak: stage 5

The Tour returns to Pacific Beach to visit the "King" of cheesesteaks

Alex’s Brown Bag is the only stop on the Tour that has an age restriction. It’s in the back of ...

Night Del: Skating, snacking magic

The Christmas ice rink at the Hotel Del has hot toddies and snacks. Worth the Del premium?

There's no getting around it: Night skating on the oceanfront in Coronado is magic. The rink, the screams, the laughs, ...

Authentic Japanese in Old Town

It's no secret I'm a bit of a Japanophile. I caught it (yes, it's contagious) from my man, whose affinity ...

Christmas cookies

Cooks Confab reunites to celebrate the holidays...and steampunk?

From 2009 to 2010, few local chefs were talked about more than the small group comprising a culinary consortium going ...

The ritual of cleaning my plate

Ritual Tavern leaves no room for dessert...this time.

North Park's Ritual Tavern is both a neighborhood and Feast! favorite for their dedication to local beer and high quality ...

Cocktail, Cotija and Corn

The few times I've sought out Barrio Star, I always end up in Downtown or Hillcrest because I can never ...

Two hour limit

Tio Leo's weekend brunch is a place to find zen, darkness, and cheap mimosas

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/03/36333/ Walking into Tio Leo’s in Bay Park (5302 Napa Street) was like stepping onto a set from Golden Girls. ...

I Went to the Airport…to Eat!

In the past, airports were hardly the place one would consider going to for a good meal. Times change and ...

Isola - More Than Just Pizza

My latest go-to place in Little Italy for solid food and reasonably priced, good Italian wine is Isola Pizza Bar. ...