Feast! Entries for May, 2013

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Ethiopia, San Diego, Part Three: Harar

A strong showing heats up the competition in the contest to be the best Ethiopian restaurant in San Diego.

Stop three on my comprehensive survey of San Diego’s Ethiopian dining scene was Harar Ethiopian Restaurant (2432 El Cajon Boulevard, ...

A little night muesli: Swami’s La Mesa

No such thing as too late for breakfast here

Ah! Can’t believe my luck. I’ve been wandering in downtown La Mesa looking for lunch in all the wrong places, ...

Sneak Peek: AVANT

Dishes from Rancho Bernardo Inn’s much-anticipated resto refresh

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the construction site for AVANT, a new seasonally driven farm-to-table restaurant being ...

Ethiopia, San Diego, Part Two: Awash Market

Secret restaurant in the back of a North Park market has good food, dingy vibe.

For the second phase of my comprehensive Ethiopian excursion, I called upon a friend who claims expertise in these matters. ...

Ballpark: Bye El Vitral, hi Southpaw

À la Disney: Is Good Time Design taking over the neighborhood?

So. El Vitral really has closed. For months the bar-eatery with 220 tequilas to choose from and the fabulous view ...

Mussels Wednesday at Saltbox

The mussels stand up to the rest of the menu at this downtown restaurant.

Much has been written about Saltbox (1047 Fifth Avenue, Downtown San Diego, 619-515-3003) since it opened up late-2011 on the ...

Prepping for a Pig Out

Eight local chefs plan ultimate pairing dinner around pork

It’s always fun hanging with chefs. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of interviewing many in my day, but the ...

French, Italian and Carla

Hotel Del delivers cocktails, apps for price of a Bud and a couple of burgers

Seeing we’re in Coronado (see Sticker Shock), and seeing we’ve spent, like $35 for burgers…it’s now around seven and Carla ...

Ethiopia, San Diego, Part One: Red Sea Restaurant

Beginning the search in City Heights

New mission: to eat at all the Ethiopian restaurants in town and pick a winner. This was partly inspired by ...

Worldly birds at Finch's Bistro in La Jolla

Around the world in one meal

At the end of a narrow walkway tucked between two shops on Girard Avenue in La Jolla is a sweet ...

Sticker shock at Danny's (but it's not what counts)

Venerable bar in Coronado still has "the best burgers." Eat them there, and save

This Memorial Day Weekend, it was kind of appropriate to be swigging a Bud Light here at Danny’s (Danny’s Palm ...

New menu at Imig's Bar and Kitchen

Imig’s Kitchen and Bar at the Lafayette Hotel (2232 El Cajon Boulevad, 619-780-0358) has been steadily goofing with their menu ...

Downtown: Sliders in Salvation Alley

B.B. Blues Bar H.H. delivers musiculture, cheap booze, and pulled pork to die for

“This joint is dedicated to the memory of Jake Blues.” It’s a gold-lettered sign above this bar, the B.B. Blues ...

Minor expansion at Izakaya Masa

Mission Hill's sake house of record adds a few tables, makes getting a seat that much easier.

Big news from the world of small restaurants: Izakaya Masa (928 Fort Stockton Drive, 619-542-1354) added a new wing to ...

Smoke & Guns: a cocktail standoff at Roseville Cozinha

Liberty Station fish-to-fork eatery hosts a showdown between some of San Diego's finest craft cocktail innovators.

Craft cocktails are on the rise in San Diego, and with the visionaries have come dozens of late-comers hoping to ...

Salt and Cleaver: moonshine, brats, and duck confit

New sausage spot in Hillcrest gives Midwestern football food a big-dollar makeover

Salt and Cleaver has been open for a little while, but I hadn’t had a chance to go check it ...

Linda Vista: Broken rice's secret power

Bale Restaurant's special plate has a story

What price broken rice? Was at Bale’s (“Baa-Lay’s”) Restaurant & Deli last night (6925 Linda Vista Road, Suite B, at ...

Mobo Brain: technology at the dinner table

Local author Jenz Johnson offers a new outlook on the role of mobile devices at meal time.

It this vast and untamed American future, just about everybody carries a mobile device. While most of us have been ...

Little Italy: Supping with a ghost named Wanda

The new Queenstown Public House comes with unexpected company in the 1905 house

Hauling up Cedar out of Little Italy, past the Pioneer Hook and Ladder – hey, didn’t that use to be ...

Eggs and spring chicken at Saltbox

Downtown restaurant's new menu reveals clever sensibilities

The spring menu at Saltbox showed me a few things, chiefly that executive chef Simon Dolinky is a smart guy. ...

Café Paris: Flying the Flag

Loris Compiano thought he had the perfect gimmick to get noticed

"So Loris," I say. I've just popped in to his Café Paris (455 10th Avenue, East Village, 619-674-8439) on the ...

Truly epic lunch at Felix's BBQ in Lincoln Park

Felix’s BBQ With Soul, original to Oceanside, has a location on Euclid Ave in Lincoln Park. It will be a ...

Border: After 43 years selling snacks, no customers

What can Tomás López do with his border snack business, when they change the border?

Spare a thought for Tomás López. We're just inside Mexico, about 9:30 at night, at the western side, near the ...

Baked Bear

Ice cream sandwiches...you're doing it right!

Some concepts are so foolishly simple they make me facepalm in disbelief at my own lack of inspiration. The Baked ...

The Turquoise gets it wrong

Pacific Beach tapas bar nearly strikes out with food and service. Only the drinks are at all on point.

I hadn’t seen a mandatory service charge at a restaurant in quite a while. Then, I went to The Turquoise ...

Downtown: Red trolley, green eats

Customers at downtown's newest lunchery are seeing red - trolleys

"Are you indecisive?" says Christina. "I'm not sure," I say. "Can't decide." “Touché,” she says. She leaves me to Manny, ...

Add' adds new wine director

The Grand Del Mar's Addison replaces stand-out sommelier

There’s no use crying over spilled milk, but I’ll shed tears over vino. I nearly did last March, when I ...

Coronado: fungi for lunch

Kathy's Place delivers on portobello burgers

Oh gosh. Carla and me and Diane are in the Republic of Coronado again. Diane’s just done Carla’s hair, and ...

Chad White Baja-Med popup dinner at Analog

With guest Chef Diego Hernandez of Corazon de Tierra in Valle de Guadalupe.

Chef Chad White has already gotten a number of shout outs in the Reader for his take on Baja-Med cuisine ...

Barrio Logan: Greenest Roaster in San Diego?

Cafe Virtuoso spills the beans on why organic, why Fair Trade

Who is the greenest coffee roaster in San Diego? My money goes to Café Virtuoso (1616 National Avenue, Barrio Logan, ...

California Kebab & Beer Garden celebrates a year in Pacific Beach

$5 brats and specialty casks all day.

California Kebab & Beer Garden celebrates a year in Pacific Beach on Saturday, May 18 with $5 brats and specialty ...

Turf Club happy hour: First, learn how to grill

Lesson one: take the plastic wrap off BEFORE you toss the patty on...

Lucky break: I just make it into the Turf Club (1116 25th Street, Golden Hill , 619-234-6363)... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/may/11/45356/ ...before the ...

Cheba Hut

College area sub shop has stoner quotes for days and Kool Aid on tap

I’m not totally square, but the menu at the Cheba Hut sub shop out by SDSU makes stoner references that ...

Barrio Logan: Sushi secret’s out!

Jeff Roberto’s famous sushi banquet and catering operation expands – to let you and me in

Walking the sun-baked east side of National Avenue. Heading for a cawfee at Café Virtuoso, the coffee roasters. They have ...

Hubcap

El Take it Easy's staff made the transition to Hubcap with blinding speed and not a moment too soon.

Well, that was fast! Not much sooner than I foretold the coming of Hubcap, the restaurant opened up for business. ...

So long La Jolla Brew House

Why parting is sweet minus the sorrow

Faye Avenue brewpub La Jolla Brew House has closed and will reopen under new ownership in several months. Under the ...

Birds, bees & oysters are out at Brooklyn Girl

Exemplary spring fare and a new oyster bar in Mission Hills

Last month, I was asked by U-T San Diego for my idea of a perfect spring meal. I noted lamb ...

Santos Coffee House

North Park coffee roaster is a hidden gem for self-sequestration and quiet work time.

There are coffee shops that buzz with the jittery excitement of the overcaffeinated, and there are coffee shops that provide ...

Otay Mesa: Where the bus drivers eat

La Taquiza food truck is a life-saver for night-time drivers like Michelle

It's 9.25 p.m. Michelle brings her 901 bus in right on time. She says goodbye to the last passengers, kills ...

IB's Plank: Drinking in history

It's not on the pier, but IB's oldest pub delivers its own atmosphere

Oh man: Eat on the pier, or eat here, at Ye Olde Plank? I’m leaning on IB’s sea wall, looking ...

Love Boat Sushi

Fashion Valley restaurant has a good deal on a huge plate of food.

I don’t spend much time in the mall, not being a big shopper. But I’d heard that Love Boat Sushi ...

Dos Brasas

Does this Mission Hills spot really have the BEST breakfast burritos?

I had heard through various channels some approximation of the following phrase: “Oh! Dos Brasas in Mission Hills has the ...

Tijuana's Caesar Salad: It's show time!

A "Caesoned" professional shows how Caesar’s Salad happens, from coddling the egg to squishing the anchovies

Q: What’s the longest-running argument in the cooking world? A: Who invented the Caesar salad? Was it César Cardini, who ...

Saffron stalwart making TV debut

Savor San Diego with Su-Mei Yu airing first episode tonight

I’d known of Su-Mei Yu, the talented chef and owner of popular Thai eatery Saffron (3731 India Street, Mission Hills) ...

Bino's Bistro open in Hillcrest

Savory crepes and a good patio make for a winning combo in the Uptown District center.

Bino’s Bistro & Creperie (1260 University Avenue, 619-688-1674) has opened in the Uptown District shopping center. The Eurofying remodel shed ...

For what it's worth: New York magazine noticed Bronx Pizza a while back

Did anyone else see this?

I'm sorry if someone else already posted about this... New York magazine's Grub Street blog did a feature on the ...

TJ: Now THIS is a burrito

Not like your bloated versions in El Norte

“This is the true burrito,” says Yanko Quezada. “Not those big fat things you have in San Diego.” It’s nine ...

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