Feast! Entries for March, 2013

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Marine Room: The restaurant that time forgot

Fine dining tradition keeps on keeping on for the better part of a century in La Jolla

The Marine Room doesn't try to keep up with the new kids. This 70-year-old restaurant sees no need to trade ...

The Lobby: Happy hour in a museum?

This must be the most historic room downtown, and I’m munching $3 fish tacos in here.

You kinda hesitate before you come in here. The building’s this big-arched monumental pile of stone with brass historic plaques, ...

The Rocking Tanuki

Mission Valley Japanese restaurant has a cute name, but it's no hidden gem.

I wanted to go to the Rocking Tanuki (6110 Friars Road, 619-294-4404) because I liked the name. “Tanuki” means the ...

Baja nights: At Los Cristales you eat while you're riding the wave

The restaurant on the rock serves the rich, the famous, and Ed

I happened on this burger totally accidentally. Never meant to come here. Had never heard if it. I’m way down ...

Box'd

It's a box! With waffles!

Box’d (430 Carlsbad Village Drive, 442-333-9071) is just that, a box. Actually, it’s more of a shipping crate, cut open ...

Swordfish at a gas station? El Venado, Chula Vista

Down by the Otay river, swordfish plays with Ed’s taste buds

I mean, come on. It’s a gas station. So how come I’m eating the most scrumptious swordfish taco I can ...

One piece at a time at Sushi Tadokoro

Ordering Edo-style sushi in an Old Town mini-mart at $4/bite is a beautiful thing.

Few would think, “I’ll head down to Old Town and poke around in mini-malls between liquor stores and hair salons. ...

Monkey see, monkey brew: Center City’s Monkey Paw

For Guinness’ sake: Straight burger and no monkey business!

Yeah yeah yeah. It was the Jewel Box and now it’s Monkey Paw. Apart from that, same crowd, same sunset ...

Las Morelianas Carnitas Estilo Michoacan

Michoacan-style carnitas in City Heights

Las Morelianas (3645 University Avenue, 619-521-2891) is just into City Heights, but it feels much more removed than that. Everything ...

Little cookies, long story at El Cuervo

Hillcrest taco shop serves shortbread cookies with history baked in.

I don’t usually go to El Cuervo (110 West Washington Street, Hillcrest, 619-295-9713) because it’s very average and on the ...

Snooze you can use: Ping Pong tonight at Snooze, Hillcrest!

The breakfast eatery is staging its 2nd annual ping pong face-off. No food, plenty of booze

Hot news tonite! 5:00 p.m. [Friday 3/22] at Snooze, the pretty-new Hillcrest breakfast place (3940 5th Avenue, Hillcrest, 619-500-3344)... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/22/42388/ ...

Phuong Trang

Inexpensive Vietnamese family-style dining in Kearny Mesa.

Following a tip from a friend of mine (he’s a scientist!), I took a little group up to Kearny Mesa ...

Golden Hill’s Kafe Sobaka: What size borscht? Communist or Socialist?

Mark Djugashvili’s latest Georgian eatery has a funny take on East Meets West.

The happy hour deals (5-7pm daily) at Mark Djugashvili’s latest Georgian eatery, Kafe Sobaka (2469 Broadway, Golden Hill, 619-297-4007) are ...

Coronado: Healthy burgers at the hospital?

Well, there is plenty of lettuce...

On the island a lot recently. Carla’s seeing somebody from her childhood who's been in hospital here a couple of ...

Cauliflower ceviche at the Vegetarian Cuisine & Arts Festival in Tijuana

The second bi-annual veggie fest at Margarita's Village offered clever Baja Med cuisine

If the words “Tijuana vegetarian food festival” evoke images in your mind of, at worst, rows of bean and cheese ...

Ignoring family ties at Monello

Taking the sister act next door to Little Italy's Bencotto

When an eatery is a sister operation to another restaurant, it’s hard not to associate it with its sibling. That’s ...

Dinner at Heat

Working through a very full meal from the new Hillcrest restaurant.

Having enjoyed the happy hour menu enormously, I vowed to return to Heat Bar and Kitchen for a full meal. ...

Last call for Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Sunday's MVCBF will be the last, but The Handlery's not done with beer

It’s the end of an era, albeit a relatively short era. After hosting the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food ...

East Village: Pakistani food has landed!

Chicken tikka masala competes with pizza at 10th and Broadway

The floor tiles at the entrance read “Broadway Linoleum and Carpet Co.” That must have been a long time ago. ...

Tartine and the two coffee cakes

Remembering the weirdest fight over food I've ever had at a most precious Coronado cafe.

My roommate and I once got into an epic fight over coffee cake. I am not kidding. His mom sent ...

Coronado: Red corned beef, green beer

Crazy St. Paddy's day at McP's, but the Irish food's still good, and it's always on the menu

Had to stop at McP’s Irish Pub (1107 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-435-5280), just to check out the party going on, ...

Huevos de toro at Café Europa downtown: Thanks for the tip!

Ed eats meatballs, drinks Chianti for $10.15 -tip included

Aah. Flamenco guitar. Guy’s playing it just inside the door of the Gran Tapa. This time I don’t just hang ...

Oani shoring up The Shores

Former Roy's La Jolla chef fills clogs at The Shores

Yesterday, I shared the news that gastronome Amy DiBiase is heading back to Paradise Point Resort & Spa, where she ...

Duck Dive and the duck fries

Fries so good they make strangers friendly at a Pacific Beach bar.

I’m sure I saw an advertisement for Duck Dive somewhere, in a circular or someplace like that. “Home of the ...

A return to Paradise for DiBiase

The Shores chef sets sail for familiar digs at Paradise Point

She’s been out of the spotlight since her 2011 move to The Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Beach & ...

California Kebab announces SDSU location closure

Mediterranean restaurant focuses on newer beer garden & eatery in Pacific Beach

California Kebab announced yesterday that they have closed their location next to San Diego State University in order to focus ...

Breakfast at El Borrego

City Heights Mexican eatery may be best known for barbecued lamb, but don't overlook the early bird specials.

El Borrego has been garnering praise over its lamb barbacoa for years. It’s not famous for breakfast. Nevertheless, as I ...

Zia: Pizza is a wrap unrolled

Son of an Afghan immigrant creates fusion pizzas: Taste the old country in his toppings

“How’s your dad?” I’m asking Khaled Waleh. Last year his dad Zia decided to return to his farm in Afghanistan ...

Gaslamp: Desperation eats at Ciné Café

When all else is closing down, you can rely on Haitham

The chairs are going up all down Fifth Avenue. I’m in the bowels of the Gaslamp. It’s late. Like, okay, ...

More Bang for Your Buck on International Restaurant Row

Wine Vault & Bistro Offers a Deal You Shouldn't Refuse at the Foot of Mission Hills

It seems David and I only get to Wine Vault & Bistro when our friends Hannah and Allard invite us, ...

Party 'til your belly aches at Alchemy's 4th Anniversary Bash

For a small fee, Alchemy promises booze, photos, music and a lot of food at their birthday party on Thursday.

Since opening in 2009, Alchemy has made sure their food could be described by those delicious buzzwords – sustainable, free-range, ...

Swoon is brilliant

At the new dessert bar in North Park, the pastry cooks are doing some smart things with sweets.

Where once stood Caffe Carpe Diem (an ill-fated coffee shop that closed several outlets across town at once), now we ...

Normal Heights: Chicken, wine, custody battles

At Proprietor’s Reserve, Ed finds wine, HH deals and a warning: Don't bring your ex. It's too small for hissy negotiations

No, not talking about me. Carla and I are fine. And when she has an issue, an entire school cafeteria ...

Three-Way Dinners' inaugural meal at Cusp

The first of three dinners from this new chef series has the head chefs from Jsix, Cusp, and Saltbox cooking together.

Peas are often that vegetable you corral to the side of your plate, walling it in by mashed potatoes so ...

Prodigy-to-protégé hand-off at San Diego Brewing Co.

A changing of the brewhouse guard for long-time local brewing bastion

Visiting San Diego Brewing Company (10450 Friars road, Mission Valley) in the late nineties was my first experience tasting beer ...

Afternoons at Brooklyn Girl

The popular, Mission Hills spot has a quieter, more reserved lunch scene.

Partly because everybody’s been charmed by her cheeky, chic-y design and partly because the food is pretty good and she ...

Sustainable Seafood Week swims into San Diego; swims out March 15

Over 75 regional restaurants offering sustainable seafood options during week-long event to benefit San Diego Oceans Foundation.

Everyone's gotta eat but finding eco-friendly choices, especially when it comes to seafood, can sometimes prove difficult. Non-profit ocean stewardship ...

Allen's Alley Cafe

Vista breakfast spot has longevity and charm to spare.

No restaurant in Vista has been open longer than Allen’s Alley Cafe. In the restaurant world, sixty years is practically ...

Belching Beaver migrating south

Belching Beaver Brewery using tasting rooms, bottles to reach consumers

Despite my best efforts to be clear in my communications, the messages in my articles get misconstrued from time to ...

PB: Drink your greens!

Greenfix is the pause for your pores at all the farmers' markets

“Filler up.” Matt plonks his growler on the counter. Phil grabs it, goes back to the tap, and starts pouring ...

Taking salt and pepper off The Counter

Fried avocado and olive spread are fun, but salt and pepper are burger essentials

I just have to ask: what’s the deal with burgers these days? In a day and age where the “gourmet” ...

Checking out the Heights Tavern

Normal Heights gets its very own giant sports bar/nightclub.

Man, I am hitting all the spots right now! I had to poke my head inside the new Heights Tavern ...

Fiji Yogurt and Ferran Adria

Finding molecular gastronomy at a Hillcrest fro-yo parlor.

I remember watching videos of Ferran Adria explaining spherification and how elBulli’s kitchen could make any kind of liquid into ...

Just for the halibut: Chip's Beach Eatz makes PB fish delish

Locally sourced, locally sauced! This halibut was trawled 100 yards offshore. Now Chip works his saucy magic

You know those trawlers you see drifting up and down off the coast, from IB to La Jolla? They’re catching ...

First look at Great Maple

Hillcrest's new eatery has red light specials and a sprawling menu, but does it work?

I had to be the first to eat at Great Maple because there is no restaurant in San Diego that’s ...

Eureka! I've found a Grade F veggie burger!

A disappointing experience at UTC’s posh new burger and beverage den

Typically, I plan out where I’m going to eat and what I’m going to write about in advance, but every ...

Mission Beach’s Better Buzz: But from oatmeal?

While Mad Scientists from The Lab make your coffee, ask about their jar of oatmeal.

Huh. Wandering up Mission Boulevard when I pass by a bunch of laptoppers sitting right next to me at a ...

Amaya's chance to shine in The Jewel

The Grand Del Mar’s hidden gem stepping out of Addison’s shadow

Despite being sequestered far beyond the guarded gates of luxury property, The Grand Del Mar, any local foodie worth their ...

Shattered prejudices against OB Noodle House

This is me admitting to being wrong about a restaurant based solely on not wanting to believe the hype. I stand corrected.

Sometimes, I like to think that I know better than everybody else. Sometimes, I do. Sometimes, as with the OB ...

Reading the coffee grounds: Breakfast in Mission Beach

Olive Café has all-day breakfasts, and Turkish coffee, so you can read your future…

I’m looking deep into my Turkish coffee cup. The grounds have about three bumps up the left side, and a ...

A Late Saturday Afternoon Lunch at Mikko in Carlsbad

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/05/41168/ Mikko, an “authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine” restaurant, sits just off the 5-freeway, at Carlsbad Village Drive (Elm Avenue ...

Sloppy's Burritos opens in Hillcrest

The plaza at Fourth and University is exploding with new restaurants (sorry, Subway!) and the newest one is an alternative burrito place.

When I was eating at that new pizza place in Hillcrest, workers were putting the finishing touches on yet another ...

Beers of the Week: Churchill's Pub's Renaissance Brews

North County pub puts on six custom-made, high quality craft beers

Over the past two months, I’ve written a lot about San Diego breweries creating beers for local bars and restaurants. ...

Eat hearty, eat arty: gyros hit Coronado

Salah learned his art in Baghdad and Damascus. Check it out as you chomp cheap

Salah Jamel learned his art in Baghdad and Damascus. Now he’s bringing it to life in Coronado. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/04/41086/ I come ...

International Women's Day

Festa Della Donna at Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill

First, a bit of history. It was in 1945 that the Union of Italian Women declared March 8 as Festa ...

9 + 2 + 6 = Yum!

PB’s Table 926 solves elusive equation for producing a complete restaurant

I’ve been writing so much about our vibrant craft beer scene of late that it’s been awhile since I’ve let ...

Bailiwick Brunch

Downtown San Diego's new hot spot is long on booze and short on food.

I’d stopped by Bailiwick--a new cocktail bar downtown at 756 5th Avenue--a while ago and had a good experience with ...

Amplified Ale Works announce Sunday beer & bacon brunch

Pacific Beach brewery at California Kebab and Beer Garden pairs farm-to-table meal with flight of beer.

Since opening shop in November at California Kebab and Beer Garden (4150 Mission Boulevard #208 - Pacific Beach), Amplified Ale ...

Animalized! First Bar Downtown delivers $1 IPAs, sensational sprouts

Happy hour deals in the finest bar you’ve never heard of.

I thought I knew downtown. But here I am walking up First Avenue from Broadway, heading past the Bristol Hotel ...

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary Flanders-Style Ale

Uncle Karl celebrates the big two-four with a celebratory sour

As we age, we start to pay more attention to time…or at least the passage of it. Such is the ...

Whole horse mackerel, you say?

Seeking conciliatory sushi in Liberty Station, I found some true delights at Sushi Mura.

After my trip to AI Sushi, which was more disappointing than thrilling, I followed a tip from a reader (thanks, ...

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