Feast! Entries for March, 2012

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Daddy's Hot Dogs

There's been a little commentary on Feast! blogs that people would prefer to see local businesses over big, national places. ...

Khyber Pass Afghan Cuisine

Having been open over twenty years, in varying locations, Khyber Pass must be filling a niche market for Afghan cuisine ...

My Guilty Pleasure: Costco Hot Dogs

Elizabeth Salaam’s recent Feast! blogs celebrating lunch at Target and Ikea, and Ed Bedford’s tribute to 7-11 hot dogs got ...

Beer Touring: Rough Draft Brewing Company

The first time I walked into the tasting room at Mira Mesa/Miramar nether regional Rough Draft Brewing Company was in ...

Afghan Pizza? Zia's Shows How

Nine at night in Normal Heights: Khaled Waleh is trying to explain just what Afghan pizzas are. This place, Zia ...

Mother Earth Brew Co. Pale Ale Pays Homage to Fallen Marines

The last time I was talking about Mother Earth Brew Co. brewer Dan Love, I was giving him props for ...

Tacos with a View: Mitch's Seafood

Saturday is shopping day, and after the farmer’s market, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts/Henry’s and, possibly, Costco, I’m always ready for a ...

Hot Item: Hot Cross Buns at Bread and Cie

Good Friday and Easter are coming next week, and with it, that unbelievable aroma: Hot cross buns. I remember it ...

Sushiman? Eh.

Lunch dates with my three-year-old daughter are usually a casual affair. I’m not a fan of the big chain fast ...

Chirashizushi at Wonderful

Maki and nigiri are far and away the most common types of sushi available at Japanese restaurants in the US. ...

Beer Touring: Societe Brewing Co.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/29/21824/ Most people figure the best part of a brewery tour is the tasting component. They’re right. But the most ...

Brunch at Barbarella

Barbarella in La Jolla is an area that’s popular with tourists, but it has the feel of a neighborhood place. ...

$10 Lunch: Fatuma (Somali Cuisine)

Yesterday, when I went asking around for lunch ideas, a friend sent me to Fatuma, a Somalian restaurant on University. ...

Beer Touring: Wet 'N Reckless

Any tour of multiple breweries carries with it both the possibility of discovering the next big thing or the next ...

Charisma Cucina Italiana

Drawn in by the offer of half-priced wine for happy hour (until 6 every day), I visited Charisma for dinner ...

Bye Bye Bino?

How am I going to tell Carla this? One of her favorite places on the sceptered isle of Coronado is ...

Tandoor's Indian Buffet

The day before our wedding, M and I got our friends and family together for an informal rehearsal picnic that ...

Japanese Tapas at Raku

The first time I went to Raku, it was still Yakitori Yakiyudori, and I was pregnant. It had the vibe ...

Sicilian Thing Puts the Fight Back in Pizza

Like something out of an early ‘90s Disney movie, Sicilian Thing Pizza in North Park is introducing a new pizza ...

Beer Touring: White Labs

One of the most interesting stops on my craft beer tasting room tour was at a non-brewery. The powers that ...

Worth Waiting For: Slow Pizza?

How to bake the perfect pizza? Is it oak-burning wood-fired ovens? Or what you put in the dough? Or 1000-degree ...

Beer Touring: Stumblefoot Brewing Company

Days spent hitting up four or five local breweries used to be something I’d devote two or three days a ...

On Eating Pasta After Riding 100 Miles on a Bike

I spent about half my waking hours today on my bike. Lots of miles of North County roads were covered ...

Ritual Tavern: Still Good!

In early January, Brandon Hernandez (of the Reader) made us all aware that Brandon Brooks (long time chef for Ritual ...

Warning: Red Robin Is Not for Date Night

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/24/21533/ M had never been to Red Robin before last weekend. A friend of his made the recommendation, and when ...

Le Dîner á San Diego

A few weeks ago, I told you about Le Dîner á San Diego, the flash mob pop-up picnic inspired by ...

Deli Llama

I've recently bemoaned being charged more than I thought was fair for a sandwich I felt lacked luster. Happily, I ...

Candelas: Class Joint

Where do you go when you’re having your class get-together? Lorena, our Spanish teacher (Yes, been trying to learn el ...

Pizza Port Real Ale Festival: Only the Good Die Young

It's the end of an era. An era of scarcity for drinkers in search of cask beer. Referred to in ...

Big Changes at Westfield UTC: Corner Bakery Cafe

Westfield UTC, the mall formerly known as University Towne Centre, is undergoing major changes. The recession delayed a much-publicized renovation ...

Tour de Cuisine: French Gourmet Enters Fray

Say buddy, can you spare me $30 worth of dimes? That’s what it’s gonna cost to get in to the ...

What French Cooking Can Learn From TJ’s Tacos

Oh man. Having an erotic dream…shrimp tacos with pineapple inside and raspberry sauce on top and walnuts on top of ...

Zanzibar Cafe

I stopped in for lunch at the original Zanzibar Cafe in Pacific Beach. There are two more locations now, one ...

Urban Eats Rising From Taco Banh's Ashes

If at first you don't succeed...shut down, board up the joint, and overhaul into something different. This scenario plays out ...

Cooks Confab Adds to its Ranks

It was 2009 when I happened on a talented collective called Cooks Confab. Made up of notable chefs from around ...

$10 Lunch: Sub-Marina #2

Yesterday afternoon, when I went to the counter at Sub-Marina #2 in Tierrasanta and asked the woman behind the counter ...

Rum Jungle Cafe

The bright purple and yellow print on the Rum Jungle's sign was enticing, as was the name itself. "Rum Jungle." ...

Carla’s World Market Feast

Carla’s on an Indian kick right now. And when she goes for something, she goes all out. This morning a ...

Vagabond Embarks on Tour de Cuisine

Last month, I told you about new head chef Paul Niles at the eclectic South Park bistro, Vagabond. Now, the ...

Big Upgrades in the Works for Karl Strauss

Soon, fans of Karl Strauss Brewing Company will be able to get their brews straight from the source. San Diego’s ...

A Brooklyn Pizzeria

Two slices of cheese pizza and a drink for $5; thus spake the sign in the window of A Brooklyn ...

Latin America Revisited: Tropical Star

A recent, fabulous couple of weeks in Colombia introduced me to another side of Latin American cuisine, and left me ...

Instruction on Writing Instructional Culinary Prose

Writing a cookbook. It sounds simple enough so long as the author knows how to cook. But as anybody who’s ...

Eat Around the World at Hanna's Gourmet

Hanna’s Gourmet, on Adams Avenue in North Park, is one of those little gems that’s just wonderful to find. It’s ...

Royal Food Mart and The Royal Coffee Shop

This combination convenience store and coffee shop on First Ave in Hillcrest is truly great. The two businesses seem technically ...

Peking Restaurant

The lamps that hung from the ceiling of the Peking Restaurant conveyed the spirit of the place perfectly. Any doubts ...

Saint Patrick's Day Think List

Strong Where to go for St Paddy’s day? Yeah yeah yeah, Gaslamp. But for me the obvious place is The ...

Loving Hut

There's a little sign on the window of this restaurant. It has pictures of famous people on it: Albert Einstein, ...

Going Veggie at Fern Street Cafe

Oh, Lord... Weighed myself yesterday. This lousy machine I stood on said 210 pounds. I’ve never been 210 pounds! "Bedford, ...

Lettuce All Say Adios to Green Waste

Typically, I write about restaurants, but today’s post is focused on the home kitchen. I recently happened upon a grocery ...

French Afternoon II: Heure Heureuse at Café Chloe

The wife of the French President is singing “I am sexy” on the sound system. Carla Bruni. She sounds très ...

French Afternoon: Sir Crunch? It's a Croque!

Funny how things go in pairs. Today, we’re talking French. Everything’s French, and all by luck. For this first one, ...

Sunset Yogurt & Ice Cream

The Del Mar Plaza was weird and desolate on an overcast day. Nobody sat on any of the hidden patios ...

Hot Dog Cart in Balboa Park

Not every sunny day at Balboa Park calls for lunch at the fancy restaurant with the patio. Sometimes, a girl ...

$4 Lunch: Don Pepe's Tamales

The tamale is not a great drive-and-eat food. But I was hungry and in a hurry when I spotted the ...

Rocking the Sham Irish Whiskey's Strictly for Shooting

I’m no stranger to food and adult beverage pairing dinners. I’ve experienced numerous multi-course marriages of wine, beer, bourbon, and ...

Classic Rock Sandwich Shop

It looks for all the world like a music store, but there are no vintage Strats or Marshall stacks inside, ...

Triple-Cluck Hot Wings: First, Sign a Waiver

Adam Neitzke, who runs The South Park Abbey (1946 Fern Street, 619-696-0096), sits alone at his own bar. Stacked chairs ...

Whoopi's Breakfast

“Look at that: Lucy’s here!” She says it loud, with real enthusiasm. Everybody pays attention. This is Judy the Beauty ...

A More-Than-Conceptual Taste of Puesto

Back in December, I shared architectural models of what Puesto, downtown La Jolla’s new spot for farm-fresh tacos and bowls ...

$10 Lunch: Claire de Lune

I have a fondness for coffee shops with mismatched furniture and a cozy, homey feel. Claire de Lune fits the ...

Tasca de la Sexta: the Toronado of TJ?

If, by some chance, you find yourself in Tijuana on a lovely evening and you can't shake the longing for ...

Checking Back In on Craft & Commerce

It's been 18 months since Naomi Wise reviewed Craft and Commerce for the Reader, declaring mainly that it had "potential." ...

Evolve: Modernist Cuisine, No Letdown

When I reported that chef Daniel Barron was teaming up with fellow gastronomes Flor Franco, Jeff Bonilla and Mike Yen ...

Déjeuner at Tar-Jay

Bet there are a lot of hidden places like this. Bargain food basements in big department stores. Right now I'm ...

La Fachada: Dirt Cheap Barrio Tacos

Barrio Logan is way cool. The neighborhood is much quieter than its reputation (fairly earned in the past) implies, and ...

Ikea: Free Lunch? No. Free Breakfast, Yea!

Shout out to Elizabeth Salaam. Her Ikea idea (Ikea Meatballs, Feb 29) was great. Greater than I realized. Came here ...

Lazy Lizard Saloon in Ocotillo

Last week, on a jaunt to the desert, S and I stopped for lunch at the Lazy Lizard Saloon in ...

A Downtown Mix Tape That’s Not a Musical

Blending different varietals and vintages is commonplace in the wine world. The practice also has deep roots in Belgian corner ...

Vegan Pizza at Stephanie's Bakery

This little, Voltaire Street bakery and cafe in Ocean Beach definitely has a bohemian vibe that's in keeping with its ...

First Look at Taco Banh

It isn't entirely fair to pass judgment--harsh or otherwise--on a place the very first day it's open for business. So, ...

Yellow Deli Has a Baby Brother!

Zaccay Amats Amok couldn’t be happier. He’s 39, has his seventh child coming along, and he works in the Yellow ...

One Gaijin Doing Right by All Others

Celebrating its grand opening this weekend, Gaijin Noodle + Sake House is an example of the delicious things that can ...

Fish Fetish - Frutas

As an expression of gratitude for a wild upbringing, every Friday morning my partner Heather takes her childhood Nana to ...

Pink Noodle Hillcrest

Pink Noodle on University Avenue has cuteness to spare and, as a bonus that sets it apart from the majority ...

Bottomless Pasta at Sneak Joint

Spring Break? If there’s any place you’d expect to be SB Central, it’s SJ: Sneak Joint (3844 Mission Boulevard, Mission ...

The Two Nicky Rottens: What’s Up?

There’s been confusion over what’s happening with the two Johnny Rottens. Downtown spawned the Coronado branch. Owner Nick Tomasello, his ...

North Dakota: Answering a Rotten Challenge

It's the black tee shirt. You can’t miss it. Top deck of the harbor ferry, party of half a dozen. ...

Soup for the Soul, Croutons for the Seagulls

Heading for the Cruise Terminal to take a cruise to Mexico… Sigh. Kidding. But I was down there at the ...

Craft Beer at Half Price…What the Pho?

To quote author and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain, food writers regularly “kill what we love.” Most often, we do this ...

Monday Night Pizza and Beer Special at Alexander's

Naomi Wise gave a thorough look at this North Park Italian eatery back in 2008, but what she didn’t mention ...

Smashburger Hillcrest (Or Anywhere, Really)

Smashburger franchises are springing up all over the place in different states across the country. Texas is currently winning the ...

Perro Caliente!

Heading south tomorrow! At least via Tin Fork. Full report on the most delicious hot dog in the SD/TJ metroplex. ...

Starbucks: Summer Wine?

Wine and cheese at Starbucks? Make that wine and beer and a kind of tapa menu with small plates and ...

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl: Tokyo Grill

The mall at Otay Ranch has only a handful of quick-serve eateries, and Tokyo Grill is the one my daughter ...

One of SD's Best Damn Beer Events

It takes balls to call a beer-based business in San Diego the best damn anything. All over the county, brewery, ...

La Fuente After a Year of Infamy

The place is perhaps best known because a group of drag queens mercilessly kicked the crap out of each other ...

El Patio: No Carne Asada for Three Months

I’m kicking myself. That I didn’t get in here and try it. I was outside El Patio de Old Town ...

The Mother of All Triple IPAs at Urge Gastropub

The sound of a keg of triple IPA being tapped resonates like the screech of a dog whistle calling hopheads ...

Tasting Notes from Renaissance 2012

Massive, sprawling beer festivals are great, but some of the very best craft brewing events involve little more than a ...

The Hillcrest Farmers' Market...for Tacos!

Let's ignore, just for a second, the fact that the Sunday market in Hillcrest (it's by the DMV building on ...

The Huddle

The weekend breakfast crowd at the Huddle is a mix of hung-over twenty somethings and family-type regulars who have likely ...

Pour Your Own Beer: A San Diego First?

We’re still at the Dragon’s Den. Inside now. At the back, it is a sushi bar, and crowded. A gang ...

Duck At the Park

Oh boy. Great happy hour find down by the ballpark. Dragon’s Den (315 10th Avenue, at K, East Village, 619-358-9332). ...

Hits and Misses in the Pearl Hotel Restaurant

Of all the specialty cocktails on the drink menu at the Pearl Hotel, the Marie Antoinette looked the sexiest. Pearl ...

Thrilla in Villa Manila

“We have 7,100 islands,” says Nancy Mendoza. “Not 10,000.” Nancy knows. She’s talking about the Philippines. That’s where she’s from. ...

Delux Dogs – My Big Mistake

Boy, am I in the dog house. In my blog about Delux Dogs, I confused co-owner Kirsten Bertz and her ...

OB Smoothie Bar & Sub Express

With its tiny interior and minimal seating, this little juice bar and sandwich shop would probably get passed by on ...

A Tale of Two Toronados

Toronado — this non-word holds a lot of meaning in West Coast craft beer circles. For San Franciscans, it’s the ...

Gluten-Free Vegan Cupcakes at Cupcakes Squared

I planned a surprise party for my mom who was coming from Boise, Idaho to celebrate her 67th birthday. Mom's ...