Feast! Entries for September, 2013

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Col. Cuauhtémoc: Perfect perch to watch the madness

Tiki Bar's an oasis hidden in plain sight near, well, the busiest crossing in the world.

Come here at sunset. Even though you can turn up any time of day or night. Because the Tiki Bar ...

North End Lounge open in Little Italy

Busalacchi group replaces L'Angolino with a flashier, seafood-centric version of itself.

Apparently, the Busalacchi-owned L’Angolino North End Lounge wasn’t cutting it. The successful group, which seems to comprise half the restaurants ...

Holy mole! Is this the center of the mole universe?

Ed gets drunk on Mole Poblano, yards from the border fence

You can call this every cliché in the book...the hidden jewel, the Shangri-Là, whatever. Fact is right here, yards south ...

The Tacoburger: Part Five

Downtown's Blind Burro puts an upscale twist on the humble tacoburger.

Nobody ever said the tacoburger would be forever relegated to plebian restaurants. Nothing stops high-concept ventures from mining taco shop ...

Mermaids? New Taco Kid on the Block.

Ed gets a lucky beer-taco break on the way to the bus

So I'm coming down 13th, heading for the 12th and Imperial bus and trolley stop. Smell of, well, corn twitches ...

The Tacoburger: Part Four

At the Tin Can Ale House, Dood's Foods innovates the tacoburger still further.

If taco shops can take ownership over hamburgers, what’s to say that hamburger shops can’t take charge with some tacos, ...

At Uncle's in TJ: Smoke signals!

When the coals are glowing at Pollos El Tio, the whole neighborhood knows Oscar's Sinaloa chicken is on its way

The smoke wafts past your nose. The sabroso smell. Then you spot the chimney, shooting white puffs like the Vatican ...

The Tacoburger: Part Two

It's all about the plancha at Benny's Mexican Food in Golden Hill.

During the day, it just looks quaint, maybe even homey. After dark, Benny’s Mexican Food (1244 30th Street, 619-238-1740) in ...

The Tacoburger: Part One

A trip to La Fuente and a brief primer on why anyone would want to dedicate serious time to the idea of taco shop cheeseburgers.

Surf the web a little. Read about burgers. It’s a bigger topic than you might think. Here in San Diego, ...

Golden Hill: Healthy brekky in the tree house

Fruit, granola, and yes, vegan donuts at Krakatoa

Bonk! The fig hits my head and bounces onto the table. Nobody even turns and looks. Anak the raccoon-striped café ...

Spanish red and the blow-out burger

Ed tries to get through a super burger and a full bottle of wine. Something's got to give

Heh heh. Been meaning to do this for a lawng time. Test of manhood. Come here to the IB Forum... ...

Sushi & Sake 101 at RA Sushi

Downtown sashimi spot offers a look at the history of sushi and the key to sake pairing.

There’s more to sushi than California rolls, globs of mock wasabi, and too much soy sauce. Unroll the history and ...

Breakfast: Eat with Matisse!

Ed eats brekky surrounded by art, French signs and red trolleys. Result: zero I.G.I!

Came off the trolley at the Santa Fe around nine in the morning. Looking for a quick breakfast. But not ...

Cafe Hue rules at waffles

Convoy Street bakery is worth a trip for coffee and dessert

How a place like Cafe Hue (3860 Convoy Street, 858-571-7947) comes to be is a mystery. If the name indicates ...

Rakiraki brings ramen burgers to San Diego!

But don't rush out to stand in line for one.

Ramen burgers are taking the world by storm! At least, that’s what the bloggers and foodie pundits--who thrive on buzzworthy ...

Gluten-sensitive beer the new norm at California Kebab

Pacific Beach kebab joint and beer garden is sensitive to celiacs.

Though celiac disease - an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten - affects less than 1% of the ...

Night Caldo in Chula Vista

Ed discovers a primo birrieria, and he hasn't even crossed the border

We're in the Deep South of Chula Vista, near Palomar. Just walked the dusty sidewalk-free sidewalk of Industrial Boulevard, looking ...

Crazy over bread sticks again

Bread sticks are like lovers: you think you're through, then you taste them again, for the first time

I have always been disappointed by bread sticks. I mean they look so tempting, but when you bite in they're ...

Baby steps in Baja: Day One - Puerto Nuevo

Navigating Baja's lobster capital is easier than you think

We planned our road trip with a lunch stop in Puerto Nuevo for langosta, their famous spiny lobsters, in mind. ...

Why not drink more bitters?

After-dinner digestives aren't as big a custom in American restaurants as they could be. Urban Solace, for one, leads the way in stocking a bar with the herbal cordials.

Rumors of a new-ish dessert menu led me to Urban Solace. I guess you could call something that came out ...

Bonita: Tuna tostada trial!

Ed goes for a simple happy hour, and finds happiness itself

Oh man. Always dangerous to say "best." But his ahi tuna tostada has to be the best in 'Diego. No. ...

Heart & Trotter: whole animal butchery to open in North Park

Locally-sourced, sustainable meat comes to Uptown.

We San Diegans like things crafty. We shop for locally-sourced produce and homemade hummus at the farmers’ market. We drink ...

Tokyo Playground heading for the Gaslamp

Should we have a problem with “schoolgirl-clad” servers?

George’s on Fifth, the well-settled steak place you’d see downtown powerbrokers eating at as you hurried by, is history. Even ...

Burger for Breakfast

At Vigilucci's in Coronado, breakfast is all about style

Thank goodness for Jan. Carla's old flatmate is across from Florida for a couple of weeks. I'm mostly sitting watching ...

Feast! Pier-end party people chow down

Sunset's the magic moment for the annual moment to chew the fat, and just, well, chew

Whew. Just come from the Feast! party at the cruise terminal... Stuffed with burgers, truffle fries, wines, beers, including hey ...

Izakaya Ouan replaces Yu Me Ya

New sake house in Hillcrest improves upon the old, better fills the niche between Tek Chan and Masa.

Yu Me Ya Sake House struggled in Hillcrest despite the sterling reputation founded by the restaurant’s original location in Encinitas. ...

The other Mickey D’s

At McDini’s you eat history, one corned beef sandwich at a time

Oh Lord. It stands in front of me, sparkling, sending dewdrops down its side. “Come on, come on,” it says. ...

Twist Sandwiches and More replaces Philly Grill

North Park sandwich and munchie shop offers something a little different.

It pains me to have invested so many bites and miles into Tour de Cheesesteak, only to have the place ...

National City: Getting your ginger back

Can Niederfrank's, this town's original ice creamery, really help you fight the heat?

This stinkin' hot weather, there are only two places to hide: whatever bus you're riding in, because at least they ...

Baby Steps in Baja

My first road trip to Mexico makes my wine and food dreams come true, satisfies my fish taco addiction.

Let’s address this right up front. Crime there is out of control. Gang violence is so rampant that children follow ...

J&H Hopia open in National City

Filipino bakery's cheese balls are a must have among many tasty confections.

Here’s a place so new and off the radar that it’s hard to google: J&H Hopia (3403 East Plaza Boulevard, ...

Tips, lies, and the Linkery

A response to Slate's publication of an article by former Linkery owner Jay Porter

After eight years of stuffing sausages and pushing the issue of farm-to-table dining, sometimes earning short mentions in major media ...

Azuki Sushi: The fifth app.

The most expensive appetizer in happy hour is worth all six bucks

First thing to do here is look at the front door. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/03/52503/ Look close. It is a pane of glass ...

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