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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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) ...

New chef rocking Bird Rock

Neighborhood eatery Beaumont’s looking good under new chef

I live nowhere near Bird Rock and, though I think it’s a nice little community, it takes a lot for ...

Public Notice RE: FISH PUBLIC

Restaurateur Tracy Borkum turning Kensington Grill to seafood spot

When speaking with local restaurateur Tracy Borkum over a half-decade ago, she was already regarded by many in her industry ...

ABC: Another (Off Duty Foodie) Burger Creation

Meet the "Ivan and Brandon Hate Your Taste Buds Tikka Masala Burger"

Most people take a step back in wonderment when I tell them that, growing up, I was the fat kid. ...

The View from TBL3—Part 2

More from chef Trey Foshee's uber-gourmet dining experience at George's California Modern

Yesterday, I started explaining a recent exploration of chef Trey Foshee’s TBL3 dining experience at George’s California Modern (1250 Prospect ...

The View from TBL3—Part 1

A free look at a pricey, but delicious dining experience at George's California Modern

It’s always good to be in with the chef, but sometimes it really pays off. Case in point for me—on ...

Urge Gastropub's Off Duty Foodie Burger

What the hell do I know about burgers—let’s find out!

Between eating, drinking, interviewing, photographing, writing, editing, and posting, it’s natural for a writer to wonder every now and then ...

Meat...err, Meet Salt & Cleaver

Hillcrest to receive a combo butcher shop and speakeasy

There’s a real sausage fest coming to Hillcrest. Sorry, had to go there when I heard about Salt & Cleaver ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 & ...

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 ...

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 ...

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