Staff Blog Entries

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Natural Style Chicken is cheap and delicious

Point Loma chicken rotisserie and teriyaki is a strip mall hidden gem for cheap lunches and filling dinners.

Natural Style Chicken (3944 W. Point Loma Boulevard, 619-223-9887) is the kind of place you have to stumble upon, unless ...

First look at Lucky Bastard Saloon

New bar downtown makes an effort with the comfort food...and the chaps.

Skipping past the juicy but irrelevant PR hype (“ermhagerd it’s owned by a Playboy Playmate!”), the Lucky Bastard saloon at ...

Meatball Cucina open for business

Downtown restaurant replaces Sora with an easy, fun concept and good wines by the glass.

Talk about taking something in the opposite direction! Sora, which wasn’t long for this world, tried an elaborate Japanese-Italian fusion ...

Breakfast at Tobey's 19th Hole Cafe

Restaurant at the Balboa Park Golf Course is a total hidden gem with a killer view and cheap eats.

Golfers know that the municipal golf course in Balboa Park is excellent. As city courses go, it’s one of the ...

Whole Foods opens 7th Ave Pub

Grocery store enters the craft beer bar fray with a surprisingly respectable mini-tavern.

To the best of my knowledge, the Hillcrest Whole Foods (711 University Avenue) is the first grocery store in these ...

First Look: Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

Freshly opened in Hillcrest, Blue Ribbon enters the "craft foods" fray short on hype and long on skill.

Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen (530 University Avenue, 619-501-6795) is open in Hillcrest, right where Bayu’s Ethiopian closed up shop months ...

First look at Rred Wine Bar

New to Hillcrest, RRed could be a good spot for wine and light noshing if diners can keep the check totals low.

Cafe Delano lasted for almost no time at all before the promising tapas bar shuttered and slipped into limbo. The ...

Fat Sandwiches at Fat Sal's Deli

Pacific Beach sub shop puts a little bit of everything between bread.

Rumors of Fat Sal’s Deli (956 Garnet Avenue, 855-682-4373) percolated up to me some time ago, but my perambulations kept ...

"Feast" to debut at New Children's Museum in the fall

New exhibition will teach "the art of playing with your food" and offer hungry patrons a chance to dine like *Le Roi Soleil* (for a price, of course).

The New Children’s Museum changes exhibits once every two years. New exhibits spend over a year in development and it ...

Soup, soup, and more soup at Trieu Chau

City Heights restaurant breaks the cycle of chow mein and fried rice with a bevy of delicious soups and stews.

Trieu Chau Restaurant (4653 University Avenue, 619-280-4204) is named after a Chinese linguistic dialect (commonly transliterated as “Teochow”) that’s mostly ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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