Feast! Entries for August, 2013

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Asti downtown: Happy hour, happy meal?

Ed dines with conventioneers, and still leaves with change in his pocket

The kind of weather we're having, this shady western side of The Street - Fifth Avenue downtown - is definitely ...

Kitchen 4140 promises much, delivers little

"New American" bistro in Bay Ho fails to live up to the pricey standards it sets for itself.

At first look, Kitchen 4140’s summery patio and dining room ooze charm. The place looks phenomenal, like a little oasis ...

Facing the (eight) elements in Mira Mesa

Giant Indian crepes catch Ed by surprise

At first I think they’ve given me a big brown napkin to eat. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/aug/29/52272/ Then I touch it. Warm. Crispy ...

Mary's Donuts: equal parts quirky and delicious

24-hour Santee donut shop has decades of personality, and tasty donuts to match.

“I’ll be heading to dinner tonight in Lakeside,” says the woman behind the counter at Mary’s Donuts (9031 Mission Gorge ...

Dining room aesthetics and Saigon on Fifth

Vietnamese restaurant in Hillcrest is a textbook example of classy, effective design.

The ideas behind designing a proper dinging room often elude restaurateurs. Part of this is because the trend right now ...

Sideways on Tenth

Ed waits for his bus with a big glass of Merlot

It's like 10:30 at night and I've got 45 minutes till my next stretch limo. There's nothing worse than being ...

New happy hour for downtown's oldest coffeehouse

Café Lulu reaches out beyond the late night hookah crowd

"Oh heck," say Sean. "Let's make it two dollars off everything in the menu." He's planning happy hour specials for ...

Tijuana Vegetarian Cuisine & Arts Fair sprouts up in Food Garden

The third bi-annual VC&AF highlights veggie food and live music at outdoor artisanal food court.

Tijuana’s Vegetarian Cuisine and Arts Fair returns for its third bi-annual installment on Saturday, September 7 with over 15 vendors ...

Chef Miguel’s decision

A Chef takes time out from the big time to work with his family

“I was running around the world for 25 years opening restaurants for Ruth’s Chris Steak House,” says Chef Miguel Martinez. ...

Leroy's Kitchen gets new chef, new menu, new style

Coronado restaurant leaves the South behind, embracing a menu that's less clumsy, but less adventurous.

Stylistic changes to the menu at Leroy’s Kitchen (1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6087) reflect the addition of a new chef ...

Scenes from a snack hunt

The Street talks. Ed chomps

OK, so you caught me heading for Jack In the Box (1110 C Street at City College trolley stop). Yeah, ...

First look at BBQ 81

University Height's brand new barbecue spot breaks out the mesquite and gets it right with the tri-tip.

BBQ 81 is fully operational in University Heights. Big news for uptown San Diego, which has had nothing but Brazen ...

South Park: Farewell, ma belle

Vagabond's in its last days. Ed is weeping

Maybe it's because they're closing. But I swear. These two unpretentious little happy hour tacos are thee most delicious I've ...

Davanti Enoteca, a sweet spot in Little Italy

If you make it past the hawker, you're in good hands

I know, it works, it must, otherwise why would they persist -- but that doesn't make hawkers any less annoying. ...

Downtown: Fat Cat Café's secret weapon

The new sandwich shop is starting a whole new (Korean) ball game. Call it midday heat...

What’s beefy and spicy and came in at #23 on a CNN readers’ poll of the world’s 50 most delicious ...

Scone With the Wind: Outside at the Brick and Bell

Über-cute La Jolla bakery is scone Mecca for at least 357 people every day

Five-twenty-five. That's when I turn up. "We close at 5:30," says Kara... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/aug/14/51291/ ..."But no problem." This is in this ...

Frauds and Swindlers grand opening set for August 24th

New cocktail and spirits bar downtown looks like a silent movie villain, but puts some very cool ideas onto the drink menu.

Frauds and Swindlers (820 Fifth Avenue, 619-814-5700) soft-opened over the weekend, but a grand opening date is set for August ...

Old Town: Back from the dead with a deal

Cabana-filled courtyard is just the start: great lunch deal is the real surprise

“Tuesday to Friday,12-3,” the sidewalk sign says, “small salad, flatbread and a glass of wine or beer, $8.” That stops ...

Sundara: underwhelming Indian food

Ocean Beach Indian restaurant is "Indian-ish" at best, and no better than the average takeout spot.

Sundara Indian Cuisine (1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, 619-889-0639) started life as a pop-up affair in a coffee shop, taking over ...

Fancy Country Comfort at Great Maple

Hillcrest eatery offers familiar fare with an occasional twist... and donuts.

I liked Brian's American Eatery, it was one of my go-to breakfast spots back when I lived within walking distance. ...

Soup with a view!

Surprise deals on top of Nordstrom's

"Sweetheart, corazon, will you be downtown today?" Warning bells! She's going to ask me to do something I don't want ...

El Tigre Digital: Mamut Brewery Co. grand opening featuring Sonidero Travesura

Tijuana micro-brewery celebrates grand opening with a free jazz cumbia show and a limited edition beer.

This week, I reviewed a burgeoning craft beer bar in the arts and culture alleyway of Pasaje Rodriguez in Tijuana. ...

Wingstop open in University Heights

A quick lesson in eating hot wings based on a too-expensive--but otherwise good--multi-state chain's spicy chicken bites.

So, a Wingstop recently opened in University Heights, right next to the Lovin’ Hut. 1901 El Cajon Boulevard, 619-297-9464. Maybe ...

Barrio Logan: Eat your fruit!

New fruit and ice cream eatery delivers health the Mexican way

Okay. Here's the menu for dinner: Apples, bananas, sandia (watermelon), mango, piña (pineapple), papaya, melon, strawberries, cottage cheese, granola, coconut, ...

Alien pods discovered in Marina District!

Ed doesn't believe they're just $5 home-made sausages. Who would?

I sit here looking down at this...creature. Things are weird enough already. Here I am, surrounded by an oryx, a ...

Lotus Cafe joins series of closed Hillcrest restaurants

What's next for the perpetually troubled location adjacent to the Hillcrest 24Hr Fitness?

Lotus Cafe gave it a go, but the Hillcrest location is done. Stick a fork in it. The original location ...

Late brunch, Old Town

Ed finds American comfort food in the heart of Old Town

Nothing more delicious than a guilty late brekky. Sitting on the red bench seats in the sun outside the Living ...

Aqui es Texcoco serves pulque!

In addition to off-the-wall barbecued lamb, South Bay's premier barbacoa restaurant sells ancient Mexico's favorite booze!

Aqui es Texcoco (1043 Broadway, Chula Vista, 619-427-4045) has mostly enjoyed success for lamb barbecue. Much like Mama Testa becoming ...

Fish Public opens strong

Kensington's new restaurant of note serves shellfish with style, flounders on the drinks, but rallies with impeccable service.

Fish Public (4055 Adams Avenue, 619-281-4014) got its fair share of hype following the public closing of the Kensington Grill ...

Counterpoint: No BS Brussels Sprouts

Ed's search for the best sprouts in town reaches a high point on Golden Hill

Most popular spot on Golden Hill? Has to be here, just about opposite the fire station. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/aug/05/50645/ Counterpoint (830 25th ...

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