Feast! Entries for October, 2012

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San Diego Beer Week: Day Eight

Friday, November 9 3 p.m. – Monkey Paw First Anniversary Party The details on this anniversary affair for Monkey Paw ...

Chillin' with Mama Tam

It’s a little ratty. That was my first thought when I stepped into Tam’s Thailand Food in Normal Heights. Clutter ...

Halloween, French-style

Loris Compiano is getting a crazy clientele who are always dressing up...

Heading up 10th, came across Loris and a bunch of wild ladies, celebrating Halloween on the sidewalk. This was at ...

Bertrand at Mr. A's: On top of the world! (For $11.85)

Who can afford Bertrand at Mr. A's? All of us - at the witching hour

“We only go to places with views,” says Jonathan. He and Cassandra are right next to me at the bar, ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day Seven

Day seven should be lucky, but to help you make your own luck, here are some of SDBW's best events for Nov. 8

Thursday, November 8 4 p.m. – Ommegang vs. The Lost Abbey It’ll be a West Coast/East Coast thing when the ...

Bridges

Just what would make a bar "San Francisco," anyways?

Considering the outcome of this year's World Series, a visit to Bridges seemed fitting. The college-area bar and grill is ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day Six

Four safe bets for day six of San Diego Beer Week.

Wednesday, November 7 3 p.m. – 4th Annual Fling Golf Tournament Want to do more than drink with a brewer. ...

The grocery store taco annex

Once again, a sandwich board has steered me in the right direction. In South Park, I spotted the sign out ...

Sunset Special

Filling my face at the Fishette

Five on Friday. Filling time and gut here out over the water at Anthony's Fishette (1360 North Harbor Drive, 619-232-5103) ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day Five

Check out a selection of exceptional SDBW events for Tuesday, Nov. 6

Tuesday, November 6 5 p.m. – Night of a Million Zillion Speedways No, it’s not a NASCAR event. It’s an ...

Imig's

What's the best thing I ate this week? Read on and find out. Hint: it's the fries.

Occasionally, I am educated by a sandwich board sitting out on a sidewalk. Not by the interwebs, nor by or ...

Helado on wheels

Last ice cream of summer

Wandering the byroads of the barrio. Cold night has become hot day here on Nelson, near Beardsley, in Barrio Logan. ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day Four

Monday, November 5 5 p.m. – Sliders & Homebrews Sea Rocket Bistro (3382 30th Street, North Park) will be offering ...

Jersey Mike's

Has the chain's expansion been too rapid?

I’ve watched Jersey Mike’s stores pop up in San Diego recently. First there was one, then two, now there’s eight. ...

Women: Too hot for sushi?

Kate Murray's up against one of the last male bastions

"'Women don't do sushi,'" says Kate Murray. "That's what they told me. When I started at sushi school in LA ...

Mandarin House

Most unappealing restaurant facade in Park West? Mandarin House would be a good candidate. The squat, windowless building has about ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day Three

Sunday, November 4 10 a.m. – Ballast Point Beer Brunch Even without a menu available, there are some things you ...

GMO? OMG! 

"Frankenfoods?" Fair label or not, we need labels to tell us if we're eating them.

Should we have special labels on foods that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms)? Honestly, this has worried me for a ...

Come On In! Cafe

I was in the mood for a cheeseburger. And then I remembered the coconut cake. So off I went to ...

Dim sum at China Max

The last two times I went to dim sum at Jasmine in Convoy, the carts seemed to disappear before we ...

Diner food and Belushi flicks

Breakfast at a retro coffee shop in Golden Hill.

I liked the sign on the wall inside the Golden Hill Cafe that indicated the restaurant “will be closed for ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day Two

Saturday, November 3 12 p.m. – 10 Years of Great Beers In addition to celebrating San Diego Beer Week, Green ...

Breakfast at Stephanie's

French-Tahitian Breakfast in Little Italy

Rush rush rush. Heading down India, Little Italy. Huh. Probably the last to notice, but I see the old Formaggio ...

New "bar and kitchen" in Bay Park

"Weird place to put a restaurant," my friend said as we tried to nab a parking spot around Luce. There ...

San Diego Beer Week: Day One

Last year, I offered my opinions on some of the most interesting and exciting events taking place each day of ...

Saigon on Fifth

When looking for this restaurant you need to look on University Avenue in Hillcrest, not 5th Avenue, as the address ...

Champagne French Bakery Cafe

A cafe that serves breakfast all day long is my kind of place. Champagne French Bakery Cafe is just such ...

Three cheers for 20 years of Live Wire

"Back in the day." People usually utter that when conjuring fond memories from the past. But for craft beer drinkers, ...

Bread & Cie Bakery * Cafe

I'm always on the lookout for a quality bakery. I have found that in Bread & Cie. Owner Charles Kaufman ...

Mission Peach? Blue plate special?

It’s the two perfect eggs. They look up at you like a pair of bloodshot eyes. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/oct/18/33827/ Bloodshot because of ...

New Menu Item at P.F. Chang's: Pad Thai

For a limited time (not sure what that means) Pad Thai is a new menu item at P.F. Chang's. This ...

California Kebab & Beer Garden unveils Amplified Ale Works

Having expanded in May from a SDSU hangout to an open air, oceanfront Pacific Beach eatery, California Kebab & Beer ...

Mobile pizza as meditation: Red Oven Pizza

Six thousand years ago, in Egypt, someone noticed that warming beer and adding grain made a bubbly sort of mix. ...

Sneak Peek: Brothers' Provisions

In Rancho Bernardo, the trio is known as “the brothers.” For two of them, Nate and Zack Higson, this makes ...

Bus stop cheese steak

Oh man. Why am I always late? Jumped off the Green Line trolley at Fashion Valley this evening. Something wrong ...

Rocker helming new Kearny Mesa brewery

Helm’s Brewing Company (5640 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite C/N) is a small, upcoming industrial park brewery I’ve had on my ...

Cheese Shop: Best danged corned beef hash in town?

Is there any breakfast more wicked and delicious than corned beef hash? That great wad of salty, potatoey gunge, with ...

Vista fest to fuse blues and brews

Beer festivals can be very inspiring events. In fact, some inspire the establishment of other beer festivals. Bluesapolooza, an annual ...

Taking the long view

Few restaurants weathered the tough times of the past few years in more colorful fashion than the Linkery. Most places ...

Garcia’s: A Carlsbad Favorite Revisited

Like many families, we have a number of restaurants that fall into the “old favorites” category. These are restaurants that ...

Kilkenny west: The 300-year-old happy hour!

Who knew? Here I am, sitting in a pub that’s an exact copy of an Irish pub that dates back ...

Great American Beer Festival San Diego Winners

Held annually in Denver, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest craft brewing competition in the country. Gold, silver, ...

Breakfast on the go!

Look out mama, I'm in the road again... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/oct/12/33444/ Song buzzes through my mind as we rock north on the ...

The Great American Beer Festival

It’s that time of year again. San Diego’s brewers just made their annual easterly migration toward the Rocky Mountains. Their ...

Morena 'Q with the pooches

Bay Park isn’t on everybody’s radar as a dining destination, but the neighborhood’s been growing up a little in the ...

Dee’s? Dee-licious!

Louise says Dee’s is the bee’s knees. Louise is sitting under a square black umbrella outside. "Go in, but you'd ...

Rocky's Crown Pub

Most people go to a pub to drink but I go to Rocky's Crown Pub in Pacific Beach to eat. ...

Neighborhood 5th anniversary street fest

It seems like only yesterday I met Neighborhood owner Arsalun Tafazoli. As the young and ambitious owner of a regularly ...

El Indio Mexican Restaurant

Whether you choose to eat inside or outside under the umbrellas or order take out, El Indio's Mexican food in ...

Curryo in the Barrio

The big orange warehouse looms on the left. “Stop! Stop the bus!” That’s me hollerin’ to the driver. ’Cause I ...

Chapter 11 for El Cajon Brewing Company

Yesterday, I reported on a brewing company I thought was doing something right, recapping an early QA session where Modern ...

Taco shop stands out

I swear that Cabais Mexi-Deli is special, but you have to bear with me for a moment while I get ...

The Original Pancake House: San Diego

I visited my first Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon, which is actually the home of the very first Original ...

Chicago Invades East Village!

Chicago? Sure feels like it. "Good morning! Welcome to Lucky's!" chirp the two gals at the cash registers. Miriam and ...

Modern Times Beer employs beer geek QA

Some upcoming brewing companies are easier to keep track of than others. Despite the fact the company has yet to ...

Fried fish at Quivira Basin

If the website copy is any indicator, Sportsman's Seafood on Mission Bay is a creation of the Busalacchis, even though ...

Mission Missionaries: Brew-ha-ha

Who knew? You can tour Mission Brewery (1441 L Street, 619-544-0555) with an expert and get a taster flight of ...

East Village: Dine and shine, glug and go

This was an East Village surprise. I’d walked up Market to the trolley at Park and Market, where that ancient, ...

Julian Brewing Company lives on

Back in July, I reported that the business partners behind Julian’s The Bailey Wood-Pit BBQ (2307 Main Street) had decided ...

Craft beer and wine to go

Bine and Vine in Normal Heights is right across the street from Lestat's in a former drug store. The shop ...

Chocolat Bistro — Creperie — Cremerie

Recently I was looking for lunch in Hillcrest, so I checked out Chocolat Bistro - Creperie - Cremerie on the ...

Lorna's Italian Kitchen

If a restaurant has been in business for close to 25 years and is still open, they have to be ...

Ice cream challenge: Gelato Vero, last to know

Look I know Ian Pike link text has been here last July, and I’m at the end of a long ...

Brick+Mortar replaces Hotel Hell's MerK Bistro

Last month, I speculated about the future of MerK Bistro, the restaurant associated with (but oddly not attached to) downtown’s ...

Fish mystery

RK Sushi has the disadvantage of being down the street from super-popular Sushi Deli #1 at the Hillcrest/Mission Hills border. ...

Not very secret super secret coffee stop

Hide in plain sight, they say, it works. At least it seems to be working for Art of Espresso on ...

Lucha Libre: It's worth the fight!

Place to be Thursday night? Lucha Libre (1810 West Washington, at India, 619-296-8226). http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/oct/05/32912/ Why? Because Joey Harris is playing ...

Food truck lunch: Casanova Fish Tacos

It’s probably because we’re a little spoiled here in San Diego, what with places to get fish tacos on every ...

Tales from the north: Inland Empire Brewing

It was a classic case of while I’m in the neighborhood. I was headed to Riverside County to visit family, ...

Ice cream challenge: Mariposa

This half-sized ice cream parlor has been serving up frosty, handmade scoops to Normal Heights for twelve years now and ...

The California burrito, part 2, fries!

While diced potatoes are far from heresy, the orthodox approach to the California burrito requires, nay, demands french fries. Where ...

Vagabond: Eat your sprouts!

Hey hey! This is what they call serendipity. Heading towards 30th and Juniper, South Park, last night. Figure I’ll catch ...

Casa Guadalajara in Old Town: Ole!

Mariachis playing for guests, the courtyard filled with fountains and colorful umbrellas, a woman inside making flour tortillas from scratch, ...

Ice cream search: Late nite cone!

Ten-thirty. Gaslamp’s in full throat. Actually hoofing it to 12th and Imp. Twenty minutes till my stretch limo departs. Walk ...

Book launch events with 21-year-old cookbook author Nisa Burns

A recent BusinessWeek article ranked San Diego as #9 in its America’s 50 Best Cities list. The article listed our ...

Tales from the North: Kat Daddy Brewery

You meet the nicest people at beer festivals. Acknowledgement to those who read that statement and, recalling bumping into some ...

The California Burrito, Part 1: Potatoes?

There's no denying that the California burrito is a treasured San Diego original, a staple cuisine of America's Finest City. ...

African Restaurant Week on El Cajon Boulevard

Anyone who’s cruised the parallel thoroughfares of El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue has seen how African communities have imparted ...

Follow-up: Hillcrest Brewing Company

In June, I visited the new brewpub that's claimed the title the world's "first gay brewery" and I found the ...

Tales from the north: Barley & Hops

Yesterday, I provided the lowdown on Ironfire Brewing Company, a newly installed microbrewery in Temecula. While interviewing the business’ owners, ...

Donovan's Steak and Chop House La Jolla

Donovan's does things in a BIG way. The steaks are big, wine glasses are big, the shrimp cocktail is big, ...

Tales from the north: Ironfire Brewing

I have family in Riverside County. For years, before driving up for visits, I loaded down the trunk with six-packs, ...

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