Feast! Entries for April, 2013

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SD Bacon Fest slated for late August

Upcoming pork festival promises to bring out a few niche products...and a lot of bacon.

I don’t know if I can spend an entire day eating bacon, but I’m willing to try. For science. Yeah. ...

The Cays: Million dollar view, $6 breakfast

Hanan's Calypso Cafe has wines, sophisticated eating. Or every Joe Blow's breakfasts, at Joe Blow prices. You choose

Shiver me timbers! It’s only 142 days till this year’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. September 19th, it be. ...

New chef rocking Bird Rock

Neighborhood eatery Beaumont’s looking good under new chef

I live nowhere near Bird Rock and, though I think it’s a nice little community, it takes a lot for ...

Downtown: Night at the Opera (okay, outside)

Food to make you sing at Aida

What’s this? I’m in the Civic Concourse. Someone’s just switched on the bow-wave fountain of the ship sculpture. Sun’s setting. ...

High five on Fifth: Toscana delivers sausage, cerveza, sun

Happy hour has limited food options but great Gaslamp location, specially at sunset

“The Lady Is a Tramp” plays on the sound system. That forties-style Sinatra song somehow fits this little piece of ...

Tijuana's culinary future

If Juan Plasencia is any indication, the next generation of TJ restaurateurs will continue the dining renaissance south of the border.

Right now, high-school senior Juan Plasencia is living in the shadows of his father and uncle, the big names behind ...

Gaslamp: Half price nachos! (Compared with Petco Park)

Ed bargain-hunts on the Street of Dreams

Whew. Made it to the last stool at the bar. This is game day in da Gaslamp. Sit down next ...

East Village: Country fried chicken for trolley watchers

Movie of life at 12th and Imp's snack gallery

At 12th and Imperial, switching from one trolley to another. Trouble is there's a third one gets in the way. ...

Snooty Asian open in Hillcrest

Pan-Asian bistro replaces the short-lived Noodle Etc on Fourth Avenue.

I liked Kip’s, mostly because it had some history and they served up tasty frog legs, but with the oversaturation ...

Sips and snaps at Lion's Share

Craft cocktails and exotic fare for hunters of all things hip

I may have waited over a year to check out the Lion's Share, but I'm certainly making up for lost ...

El Pueblo, salvation on the 5

Knowing about this Cardiff taco shop will come in handy for anybody hungry on the freeway.

Put this one in your back pocket. A gift from me to you. Knowing where El Pueblo is could be ...

Proud Mary's

New menu for Kearny Mesa southern-style kitchen and bar.

“Southern food” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. At Proud Mary’s Southern Bar and ...

The Red House: new name, same sexy flatbread

These happy hour mini pizzas work great when you’ve still got a corner of your gut to fill

So glad these guys changed their name to Red House. Before it was Park Boulevard Wine and Pizza…see? I can’t ...

Strange drinking at D'O Thai

Found a new kind of booze in Old Town, and some average curry too.

I was visiting a friend in Old Town the other day and did not want tacos for dinner. I know, ...

Cheapest meal in Oceanside – if you like shukkin’ peanuts

Pierview Pub or Pier View Coffee Co.? Choice is peanuts you shuck (free), or BBQ chicken sammies (cheap)

It’s the first thing you notice. When you come up from Oceanside’s pier at Pierview Way, you look to your ...

Public Notice RE: FISH PUBLIC

Restaurateur Tracy Borkum turning Kensington Grill to seafood spot

When speaking with local restaurateur Tracy Borkum over a half-decade ago, she was already regarded by many in her industry ...

Kabob House: Tabouleh or not tabouleh?

That isn't the only luscious question at Golden Hill's newest kabobbery

Dang. Thought I was pioneering this place. It’s a kinda shrinking violet in the wedge of a strip mall you’d ...

Green Flash puts trucks to work

Mira Mesa tasting room takes advantage of food trucks' portability, dispenses with the unreliability.

Now this is the right way to use food trucks! The tasting room at Green Flash Brewery (6550 Mira Mesa ...

Café Madrid: Two Austrian gentlemen compare coffees

“Today, it’s not really important”

It’s a “where were you” moment. Me, I was hanging around the Café Madrid coffee cart (1029 Orange Avenue, Coronado), ...

Parma Cucina Italiana

Italian kitchen trying hard to make it stick in quasi-cursed Hillcrest spot.

I liked Caffe Vergnano (they had good coffee), and I thought Taco Bahn was a cool idea even if it ...

Don't judge a restaurant by its name

Roy Yamaguchi's Pacific Rim Cuisine surprises and delights

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the medical industry from my sister Jane, who works for a massive pharmaceutical ...

El Take it Easy set to close April 22

Jay Porter weighs in on the closure of his "New Baja" restaurant and shares his plans for the future.

El Take it Easy lasted much longer than a lot of us gave it credit for. It has always attracted ...

Little Italy: Mezcal, corn dogs rule at Art & Commerce

The 90-year-old art of making corn dogs is revived for the after-work crowd

"St. Germain?" says Christian. "The ketchup of cocktails." So wow. You know you’re in sophisticated circles just from that. He's ...

The Haven open in Kensington

New pizza spot along Adams Ave has architectural superiority and tasty pie to boot.

After achieving success in waffles and happy hours, the Kensington Cafe’s ownership has opened the Haven just down the block. ...

Tijuana taco tour with Turista Libre

Alternative tour service offers a taste of Tijuana on April 20

Turista Libre continues to surprise both regulars and first-timers in Tijuana with atypical tours intended to get visitors away from ...

Santa Fe Depot: Rush job

Silver Streak has Ramirez, fastest chef in the west

On the road again. Hands are trembling. Heading for that dreaded Coaster ticket machine. There's hair on the platform all ...

ABC: Another (Off Duty Foodie) Burger Creation

Meet the "Ivan and Brandon Hate Your Taste Buds Tikka Masala Burger"

Most people take a step back in wonderment when I tell them that, growing up, I was the fat kid. ...

Ritual embraces Societe with a four-course dinner

North Park eatery hosts beer-pairing dinner with didactic Kearny Mesa brewery

Since opening in 2007, Ritual Tavern has been known for its farm-to-table values and - like many of its sister ...

Tilted Kilt: Go for the beans!

Hot spot next to Petco gives Dragon's Den a run for its money

Across the road from Dragon’s Den, and right outside Petco Park’s main eastern gates sits the Tilted Kilt (310 10th ...

Padres Opening Day: Dragon’s Den Vs. Tilted Kilt

Baseball bar battles: Opening shots (Bourbon or Saktea?)

They’ve closed off J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues for the baseballs season’s opening day block party. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/09/43462/ And ...

Kelly's Pub

Quiet neighborhood bar in Old Town serves up cheap eats.

Around the invisible barrier where Old Town starts getting seedy, or at least unglamorous, sits Kelly’s Pub (619-683-3200). It’s got ...

The View from TBL3—Part 2

More from chef Trey Foshee's uber-gourmet dining experience at George's California Modern

Yesterday, I started explaining a recent exploration of chef Trey Foshee’s TBL3 dining experience at George’s California Modern (1250 Prospect ...

Food Garden cultivates Baja Med cuisine

New food court in Tijuana hand-picks vendors to help their businesses grow

Declared as the "first of its kind created in Mexico," Food Garden Gastronomic District opened just three weeks ago in ...

The View from TBL3—Part 1

A free look at a pricey, but delicious dining experience at George's California Modern

It’s always good to be in with the chef, but sometimes it really pays off. Case in point for me—on ...

Chop Shop

Rest assured, no cars are dismantled at this Mission Beach teriyaki spot.

Compared to the bar- and nightclub-saturated stretches at both ends of Mission Boulevard, the northern sections of Mission Beach are ...

Tater tots and a tipple: Happy hour at downtown’s Beer Co.

Best way to appreciate prize-winners like their “Manhattan Project” beer, is to chomp spudlets, too.

Last time I popped in here to The Beer Company (602 W. 6th Avenue, at Broadway, downtown San Diego, 619-398-0707) ...

J Wok

Downtown "Asian modern eatery" is attractive, at least.

I wanted to check out J Wok (744 Market Street, Downtown, 619-231-1088) because I’d heard it was a triumph of ...

Eba's Lounge and Bistro

Pan-Mediterranean restaurant opens in Hillcrest.

Walking into Eba’s (142 University Ave, Hillcrest, 619-269-0123), I was surprised to find that it was a Mediterranean restaurant and ...

Urge Gastropub's Off Duty Foodie Burger

What the hell do I know about burgers—let’s find out!

Between eating, drinking, interviewing, photographing, writing, editing, and posting, it’s natural for a writer to wonder every now and then ...

Babbo's Bar & Grille, Uptown: Back from the brink?

Some talk about insurance has customers hoping fire-damaged Babbo’s may reopen after all

Oh no. I’d been hoping that things may be starting up again by now… But Babbo’s Bar and Grille looks ...

Industrial Grind, Park Boulevard: This place will wreck your schedule

The talkingest café in Uptown can make you late for the rest of the day

“This is San Diego’s first veteran women-owned and operated café,” says Kathy. We’re in the back patio, looking at a ...

Meat...err, Meet Salt & Cleaver

Hillcrest to receive a combo butcher shop and speakeasy

There’s a real sausage fest coming to Hillcrest. Sorry, had to go there when I heard about Salt & Cleaver ...

Coronado street taco wars: Costa Azul steps up to the plata!

Getting on-the-spot tacos on Orange Avenue just got easier – on Taco Tuesday

Carla – here for hair – is late. I’m standing outside Bay Books when I hear “Tacos! Tacos! Tacos!” Then ...

Celebrate National Empanada Day with Papa Luna's in Pacific Beach

In honor of National Empanada Day on April 8, customers will receive a history lesson in food with one free traditional empanada from Papa Luna

Thousands of Argentineans like their empanadas stuffed with chicken. Parts of Colombia pack their empanadas with peanuts and top them ...

Lee's Garden

Chinese seafood, condensed milk drinks, and crazy muzak in Rolando.

Someone described Lee’s Garden (4055 54th Street, Rolando, 619-583-8208) as an Asian wedding destination. I even wrote that down in ...

La Fachada Logan Heights: Gordita vs. mulita

But what’s with the Health Department shutting down outside cooking at Mexican eateries?

“Used heart for sale,” sing Los Tigres del Norte. “Because I just don’t want to mend it…” Aah. I can ...

Dan Diego's

Credible neighborhood bar open for business in Bay Park.

I watched Dan Diego’s get built along Morena Boulevard as I passed by it a couple of times every week. ...

Bistrot l'Escargot in Tijuana

South African chef makes fine French cuisine in Mexico

Baja Med is the cool, edgy sibling of the slow food movement, and it's reserved specifically for the foodie frontier ...