Feast! Entries for June, 2013

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San Diego Craft Beer & Cocktail Showcase at El Dorado

Downtown cocktail lounge hosts 12 breweries, 6 cocktail bars, and music for an indoor/outdoor

Craft drinks are all the rage these days, and to celebrate America’s Finest City’s finest beverages, prominent craft cocktail lounge ...

Hora Feliz in Logan Heights

Chiquibaby’s has tostilocos, cerveza, serious company, Mexican-style

“Have one.” It’s Luciano. He’s sitting with a bucketful of Dos Equis. I’ve just sat up at the bar. He’s ...

Pomegranate gets everything right

University Heights Russian restaurant has great food and sets the gold standard for warm and friendly service.

Pomegranate Russian Georgian Restaurant’s long history has been spotted with ups, downs, rave reviews, and weird moves. There was the ...

North Park: The pub that makes its own mustard

The Ritual looks Goth from the outside but is all green inside

Can French fries be a delicious meal on their own? When they come with habanero hot sauce made from, uh, ...

Piacere Mio open in South Park

New cafe on Fern Street presses up some wicked panini.

The cafe at 1947 Fern Street (across the street from South Park Abbey) got a slick, Italian makeover six weeks ...

Sudden closure of 25Forty Bistro and Bakehouse

Bad business relationships at one of Old Town's coolest restaurants caused unexpected and immediate shutdown.

After working 90 hours a week for four years, Mark Pelliccia feels like he has nothing to show for it. ...

Ice creams morph into smoothies in Coronado!

Power outage has MooTime on a short leash

Leroy Mossel stands watching his profits drain away. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/26/48196/ "The longer this goes on, the cheaper they'll get." He's talking ...

The Works Pizza

Mission Valley pizza place isn't fancy, but the slices are good and the beer is cold.

I’ve been wanting to get to The Works Pizza (5608 Mission Center Road, 619-296-1400), but it was like being on ...

South Park's Buona Forchetta: See and be scene!

At last: A real sidewalk terrazza in 'Diego

On February 13th this year, Ian Pike reviewed Buona Forchetta (3001 Beech Street, South Park, 619-381-4844), and got into the ...

Barbecue 81 and American Voodoo set to open

July should be a good month for University Heights, with two restaurants coming after prolonged construction periods.

I don’t always cover restaurant openings, mostly because the hype machine doesn’t need my help to keep on rolling. For ...

Donut Bar: Comfort food central?

This time, success! But is success excess?

“Oh my. Oh wow. You’re okay, Bedford, but this is the real thing.” Carla’s working her way through most of ...

7th annual Caesar Salad Festival in Tijuana

As a follow-up to setting the Guinness record for the world's largest Caesar salad, about 20 restaurants will prepare the traditional dish at a free street festival.

Yesterday, the Reader's in-house appetite Ed Bedford posted a thorough history of the Caesar salad, which – to make it ...

Broke Girls Coffee Bar open in Normal Heights

Adams Avenue coffee shop has punk rock sensibilities and a love of tasty miniaturized pies.

A word to the wise: the name of Normal Height’s new “Broke Girls Coffee Bar” (3562 Adams Avenue, 619-546-8302) abbreviates ...

Collab Pop-Up Dinner: a foodie's homage to family-style Tijuana-Chinese street food

Chef Ernesto Jimenez MacFarland and collaborators explore new twists on the old ties between Chinese and Mexican cuisine.

With all the attention that the eclectic fusion fare known as Baja Med has been getting lately, it’s easy to ...

Happy hour at Cafe 21

North Park restaurant excels with happy hour tapas deals.

It’s really a shame that I didn’t get to include Cafe 21’s “happiest hour” in the Reader happy hour issue. ...

Stanley Cup fever: cheers, chews, boos, booze

At downtown's Stout, $2 sliders and hockey finals have fans coming in droves

“YESS!” Andrea and Alli scream it out with the rest of the pub. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/18/47673/ They're backing Boston and the Bruins ...

Downtown donut: hole lotta gourmet going on

New place sells out so quick, you've got to get there by daylight, practically

“Sold out.” Whack? It’s written clear across the window of this new donut place I’ve run across on B Street ...

Brunch at Heights Tavern

Normal Heights bar opens for brunch. Neighborhood hipsters have not had to run for cover.

The Heights Tavern (3377 Adams Avenue, 619-501-3455) has has made a solid bid to stick around and become a part ...

Bad service in San Diego

The standard for service in San Diego is lower than it should be and diners need to stand up for themselves.

Since I started reviewing restaurants for the Reader, the only thing I’ve received hate mail over has been my tendency ...

Please come to San Diego, Iron Press.

Orange County waffle sandwich restaurant is doing it right, so why not come to San Diego?

So, I was in Costa Mesa last weekend and I just happened to notice the Iron Press (3321 Hyland Ave, ...

Country invades City (Heights)! Nate's Garden Grill

Here you never eat alone. You're surrounded by trees, chickens, turkeys, goats, horse, future salads, and raving locovores.

Walking – again. This time up Home Avenue. Seeking out the holy grail of locovore cooking. That’s what I’ve been ...

San Diego House Coffee and Tea Shop

Anybody who likes flavored coffee would do well to make a trip to Old Town.

In some ways, Old Town is a weird, quasi-Mexican Disneyland soaked in overpriced and underpowered margaritas. We go around it ...

Thai Island: Leaping shrimp!

Tom Yum Kung means yummy shrimp in a soup that should bristle with both kinds of heat

I’m always in search of the Perfect Tom Yum Kung. Last I had of this spicy sour lemony soup was ...

Toma Sol reborn as wine bar

Mission Hills cafe gets a makeover, adds some booze into the mix, and changes for the better.

Talk about reinventing yourself: Toma Sol Cafe up and decided to forego the coffee shop lifestyle and transform into a ...

San Diego's Top 6 Ethiopian Restaurants

The final tally of Ethiopian restaurants following one, hungry writer's attempt to eat at them all.

If I learned one thing from Tour de Cheesesteak, it’s that people demand a reckoning. It’s a tough thing to ...

Chula Vista: Skins + artichokes = dinner

Happy hour at the BullsEye Bar can get messy

“Try one,” says my bar buddy. He shoves the chalice with half a dozen shrimp curled around its rim. A ...

Ethiopia, San Diego, Part Six: Awash Restaurant

Stop six of the Ethiopian project is in Talmadge at a second restaurant named Awash, nicer than the first.

Silly me, thinking there was only one Ethiopian restaurant named “Awash!” Turns out there is another, much further out El ...

Barrio Logan: Phish followers' fab elixir

Roxy's Rockin' Grill does juices, feeds Phish fans

Oh no. Passing along National Avenue. Come to the big orange barn where they have the San Diego Public Market. ...

Ethiopia, San Diego, Part Five: Asmara

Back to City Heights for another tasty Eritrean/Ethiopian dinner in an ugly bunker of a building.

After Tour de Cheesesteak, a mere five days of consecutive Ethiopian food is nothing. Nothing, I say! I could do ...

First Look: Magnolia Tap & Kitchen

Southern comfort installed in former Bare Back space downtown

Chris Reid knew he wanted his own bar and restaurant. He considered a number of potential locations, but when the ...

Cowboy Star: Tender is the bite

East Village choice: An $82 steak, or happy hour?

It stands opposite the Grocery Outlet, that new cheap-cheap grocery chain on Market Street that sells discontinued stock at cut ...

Ethiopia, San Diego, Part Four: Muzita

A trip to University Heights' upscale Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant of note offers sharp contrasts with other restaurants featured in this tour.

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro (4651 Park Boulevard, 619-546-7900) in University Heights isn’t an Ethiopian restaurant per se. It’s more Eritrean. Eritrea ...

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