Feast! Entries for July, 2012

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I Found a New Food. It's Called "Tejuino"

A friend and I went to TJ for lunch the other day, partly to prove how quickly we could cross ...

Scenes from The Sky Room: Part One

Since the first time I tasted Luke Johnson’s food, I’ve openly and vocally touted him as one our city’s most ...

Crêpes Bonaparte: Flutter Those Baby Bleus

“Pierre says Eat!” says the sign. Okay, why not? Pierre could be the guy with the beret and the black ...

Checking in on Vintana

Back in May, I wrote about my pre-open tour of Vintana. A the time, there was no furniture and only ...

Swish Your Own Soup

Going into the Shabu Shabu House on Convoy Street gave me a pleasant sense of cognitive disconnect. I've been meaning ...

Voyou Wine Bar

Perched on the corner of 5th and Pennsylvania in Hillcrest, Voyou sits on a block densely populated with good restaurants, ...

Best Food Deal Downtown?

We’re sitting in the back of the 901 bus, Friday night around five, heading south. This lady with a stack ...

Stately Breakfast at State

San Diego State? State of Disrepair, more like. Big hole in the ground where you come out from the Green ...

First Look at Uptown Tavern

Sister to the West Coast Tavern, Uptown is now open for business where Ono Sushi was. Brandon Hernandez labelled the ...

Later, Abe: The Commons Coming

From the moment it went in, I had to wonder—what were they thinking? There was no denying it was a ...

Delicias' New Menu: Second Course

Entrées are great, but a combination of things—the rise of tapas-style dining, the lower risk and greater cost effectiveness of ...

Hash House a Go Go: the Voice of Dissent

When you cover your front door with praise, you set the bar pretty damn high. The Hash House seems to ...

Next Big Thing Coming to Normal Heights

First came Neighborhood and El Dorado—forward-thinking, alcohol-fueled, fledgling additions to a downtown scene thirsty for change and in need of ...

Delicias' New Menu: First Course

Back in May I wrote about Paul McCabe debuting his new bill of fare at Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe ...

Enoteca But Nice: Focaccia on J Street

Down by the ballpark, about 5:30 p.m. Lotsa glass-clinking and laffs from across J Street. Basic Pizza’s up and running. ...

Breakfast at Casa de Luz

Mary Beth Abate already did an excellent job of describing the philosophy and cuisine at Casa de Luz, the vegan ...

Clams on the Run

“Good sex?” says John. “Oysters, not clams. But these clams are deliciously briney.” John and Angie run this first mobile ...

Notes: Amateur Bartenders, La Jolla Tasting Menus, etc....

With summer fully underway, local restaurants are mixing up their menus and programs to enliven the summer scene as best ...

Pita Jungle

A friend, who spent time as a 'Zonie, got really excited about seeing the Pita Jungle set to open in ...

Pizzas Get Breakfast Burrito Treatment

The folks at North Park’s URBN (3085 University Avenue) shot me a line when they started offering breakfast pizzas. I ...

Upscale Ice Cream in La Jolla: Bardot Bars

Back in May I wrote about the upcoming opening of Bardot Bars, a fancy-schmancy ice cream bar shop in La ...

Baja Oyster Bar: What a Pearl!

Talk about hidden pearls. This is down near the IB sloughs, in Nestor, where Saturn Boulevard heads for the border. ...

Beer Touring: Breakwater Brewing Company

I took my place at the back of the line—and what a line. It stretched 10 to 15 yards, from ...

Farm Tables on Market

Market Street just keeps getting better. Yesterday I was walking by, noticing how all the chestnut trees are out in ...

Beer Touring: Rip Current Brewing

These days, with new breweries in the planning stages throughout the county, my beer touring tends to involve hitting works-in-progress. ...

Napizza: Birth of a Chain?

How well is Napizza (1702 India Street, Little Italy, 619-696-0802) doing? “We’re looking for a second location,” says cofounder Christopher ...

Beer Touring: Oceanside Ale Works

The next stop on the tour was to a place I hadn’t been in ages. Back in 2007, when I ...

Urban Chicken

As so often happens, I got a ringing endorsement of Urban Chicken from a friend, which probably went along the ...

Candelas: Expensive Soup Cheap

Went to Candelas once last year, kinda graduation dinner with our Spanish teacher. Not cheap. I never thought I’d see ...

Fast Food in Barrio Logan: Rolando's Taco Shop

I was down at Café Moto buying coffee beans, and on a tight time schedule. Where’s a good place to ...

Beer Touring: Fezziwig's Brewing

The distance from the first stop on my tour to the next was less than a mile; a testament to ...

The Coffee and Tea Collective: Grand Opening Party Tonight

My roommate asked me if I had been to COFFEE yet. "That new place on El Cajon," he said. "It ...

In Search of the Perfect Cow Foot

“Cow foot?” That look comes over Brandon’s face. “Cow’s foot does a man good, know what I’m saying? Gives him ...

Beer Touring: On-The-Tracks Brewery

The first time I met Mary Beth Abate was at The Reader offices. We shook hands and, as one would ...

Ritual Tavern Lures Chef from The Lodge

It’s been a bit of a tough stretch for The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Last month, Tim Kolanko, the chef ...

Mignon Pho + Grill

Tucked in one of the many mini-malls along Convoy Street, Mignon didn't make much of an outside effort to stand ...

Comic-Con's Fish Fantasy

Oh man. What a night. You had to be there. And I mean outside Comic-Con, not inside. This was around ...

Brewhaha Fallout for Julian's Bailey BBQ

In business, despite the best of intentions and the closest of relationships, sometimes the answer to the classic Kingly query ...

Cow-A-Bunga Ice Cream

It's actually harder than one might think to find sincere, small-batch ice cream. Even good shops often buy theirs from ...

Mention Us, Free Wine!

Hot news! Café Paris (455 Tenth Avenue, East Village, 619-674-5571) opens tomorrow (yes, Friday the 13th!), 11:00 a.m. And anybody ...

No Tee Time Required for Canyons Restaurant at The Crossings in Carlsbad

Canyons restaurant, perched above The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course and the Pacific Ocean, is part traditional golf clubhouse and ...

Vino Locale Pouring into Little Italy

Little Italy just wouldn’t be Little Italy without a high concentration of vino. Red sauce with no red table wine—as ...

Now Open: Village Vino in Kensington

Proprietor Rita Pirkl, of the newly opened Village Vino on Adams Avenue, spent eight of her last ten years commuting ...

Temporarily Postponed: Tommy Pastrami

Right around the corner from newly-opened Spresso, Tommy Pastrami (555 West C. Street, at Columbia, downtown) is newly closed. But ...

Fast Food? How About Fast Wine?

I spot the word from Broadway. "Eats." I'm heading up Columbia anyway. Catching the trolley at America Plaza. Columbia's this ...

Urbn Pizza. Yes, that's Urban without an A

Just north of the Wave Waterpark and the Krikorian Theater in Vista is a relic from the past: Main Street. ...

Gelato Vero Caffe

Here's a little story about the coffee shop and gelateria in Mission Hills: twenty years back, maybe more, the corner ...

An Impromptu Happy Hour at Katsuya

Several months ago, a local incarnation of the mega successful family of L.A.-born Japanese eateries, Katsuya, opened up in the ...

All About the d at d Bar Desserts

My first visit to d Bar Desserts, the new pastry shop/casual bistro located on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest, was successful ...

Beer Barrel-Aged Rum En Route in Scripps Ranch

The wild world of craft beer is getting so experimental that barrel-aging, a practice that used to represent something of ...

West Coast Tavern

On a whim, I popped into the tavern that abuts the Birch North Park Theatre. I had planned only to ...

Spud’n Shipwreck at Wonderbread

Bus crisis. The danged thing was viciously on time, and I wasn’t. If there’s one thing I hate more than ...

Squires Cafe and Deli

Fact: getting a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in La Jolla at this time of year is much ...

Brunch at Sessions Public

It takes a lot to get me out of the house on a Sunday morning. This was especially true yesterday ...

Barracuda Grill

There's a lot of competition along the main section of 101 through Encinitas. It seems like there's a restaurant in ...

Bad Moods; Great Moments; and Tiny, Grilled Fish

It had been a long, frustrating day and I only wanted to sleep. The hour was late-ish, maybe half-past-ten, and ...

Lunch on Convoy: Viet Bakery and Pho

I finally got around to visiting Viet Bakery and Pho, a newish place on Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa. I’ve ...

Espresso Mio

I admit, I almost didn't want to write this. I wanted to keep Espresso Mio (1920 Fort Stockton Drive) to ...

Fashion Week: Searsucker

After eating through four of Brian Malarkey’s restaurants, I’m finishing out by revisiting the one that started it all—Searsucker (611 ...

Fashion Week: Herringbone

Part of the reason Brian Malarkey is so beloved by some and so abhorred by others is his showmanship. The ...

Fashion Week: Gingham

So far this week, I’ve covered two restaurants in the Enlightened Hospitality Group family that have required retooling. One that ...

Fourth of July: Caesar Would Have Turned In His Grave?

Who knew? Fourth of July is also the anniversary of the Caesar Salad. It was the Fourth of July, 1924. ...

Taco Trip: Mazateño Tops TJ

“Over there!” This is Héctor, my buddy from TJ. “The place I was telling you about. Best taco place outside ...

Food Truck Lunch: Red Oven Pizza

I first encountered Red Oven Pizza, Justin Burlingame’s mobile Pizza Napoletano truck, at a Green Flash Brewery tasting event, but ...

Huge Portions for Breakfast at Olympic Cafe

Following a recommendation from a friend, I breakfasted at the Olympic Cafe recently. It's right on the corner of Texas ...

Fashion Week: Burlap

Not long after Chad White was picked up by Enlightened Hospitality Group, Brian Malarkey again lit up Twitter with the ...

Boll Weevil: IB Burgers and Brews

A friend from Imperial Beach told me that Boll Weevil was the place to go for burgers, fries, and beers. ...

Homegrown Comfort: Leroy's Kitchen and Lounge

Home grown success story David Spatafore opened his first place, MooTime Creamery in Coronado, in 1998. Since then, he’s gone ...

I Left My (Half’n Half) Heart in Coronado

The lovely Carla is in love with breakfast. Specially Eggs Benedict at Villa Nueva (956 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-435-1256), when ...

Steaks at the Red Fox Room

I have ended up at the Red Fox numerous times, always out of a sense of spontaneity. For whatever reason, ...

Fashion Week: Gabardine

When Brian Malarkey and business partner James Brennan opened their fifth restaurant in May, it seemed the flurry of activity ...

Travel Light at Vagabond Kitchen

Chad Deal has reported on special dining events and chef changes at Vagabond Kitchen several times, and they always sound ...

Welcome to the Daily News Café, Hon!

You don't have to go to Baltimore to be called "Hon". Our family stopped in at the Daily News Café ...

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