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Isola serves lovin' from the oven

Pizza’s the focus, but its upstaged by unexpected stars

Italian in Little Italy—what a novel idea. Nowadays, with trendy ramen joints, second-story comfort food perches, and burger joints popping ...

Pop-ups taking over Market

San Diego Public Market fundraiser realizes chef’s makeshift resto concepts

Last year, farmers market maven Catt White and business partner Dale Steele went the Kickstarter route in search of funds ...

Is everything still tasting great?

A call for an end to an ill-advised yet ubiquitous service question

Good service can turn even a bad meal into something with redeeming memory hooks, and can turn a great meal ...

Non-native Native Foods in Encinitas

Newly arrived veggy-vegan chain committed to speedy delivery

A new restaurant just opened in Encinitas and its staff is officially on the clock. I’m not talking about 15 ...

Beer of the Week: SD TapRoom Coconuts on Rye

Vista’s Latitude 33º goes ‘nuts over PB’s SD Tap Room

I love it when I effectively spot a trend. Granted, trends, by their very nature, are relatively easy to spot ...

WNL5: La Jolla’s Whisknladle celebrating a successful half-decade

It was 2008, but I remember it clearly, sharing a table with young restaurateur Arturo Kassel and discussing the origins ...

Eclipse falling on Fern Street

Local chocolatier seeping like molten morsels into South Park

After spending the past half-decade in North Park, Eclipse Chocolat is moving to South Park. In doing so, owner Will ...

Overseas Suds, Part 2: Italy

Cucina Urbana adds Italian craft beer to its repertoire

Many in the craft beer know are on to the fact that Italy is gaining a great deal of notoriety ...

Overseas Suds, Part 1: Japan

Brews Up and Ogawashi team up for Japanese craft beer tasting

Thanks to the prevalence of craft beer in San Diego, our citizens are becoming very familiar with brews from the ...

Green Flash embarks on Hop Odyssey

Mira Mesa brewery to release six hop-forward beers in 2013

Since moving into their 45,000 square foot digs in Mira Mesa in 2011, the folks at Green Flash Brewing Company ...

PubCakes mixing things up

Craft beer-infused dessert biz going in a new direction

I met Navy linguist-turned-pro baker Misty Birchall at a San Diego Brewers Guild meeting in 2010. Despite being a local ...

Phileas Foggs speaks proper English

Making a long-delayed return to Poway craft beer bar and resto

Last week, I shared news on a special barleywine being brewed by Karl Strauss Brewing Company to celebrate the five ...

Kamikaze 7 crashing into Gaslamp

Restaurateur/TV personality opening nightlife-driven downtown sushi spot

Kevin Roberts. That name rang a bell when someone brought it up late last week. Then it hit me, a ...

Sea & Smoke flowing into Flower Hill

New restaurant from Urban Solace creator coming to Del Mar

Chef Matt Gordon was once the darling of North Park. A bearded, burly guy whose pork belly and brown liquor ...

This Burro blind, not dumb

The Blind Burro’s got some serious pre-game game

I didn’t sob when The Fleetwood closed its doors. Despite its sleek appeal, it always came across as another style-over-substance ...

Letting the beer outta the box

It’s not too late to get some highly coveted beer at The Lost Abbey

Last year, I wrote about one of the most ambitious beer projects to be undertaken by an American craft brewery—the ...

Another local anniversary ale

Karl Strauss hooks Philleas Foggs up with 5th anniversary brew

Last week, I noted the trend of local breweries developing anniversary ales for popular craft beer bars. In doing so, ...

Schuy's the limit for cookbook author

Local chef pens comprehensive guide to food, beer and craft brewing culture

The first time I heard the name Schuyler Schultz, was when I took a meeting in late 2009 at The ...

RB Inn's sign flashes "No (chef) Vacancy"

Rancho Bernardo Inn names chef for its upcoming restaurant

Last year, Rancho Bernardo Inn (17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo) closed its ancient fine dining restaurant, El Bizcocho, in ...

Santee gets a brewer in Butcher's

Butcher’s Brewing takes over Manzanita Brewing’s original brewhouse

It seems like only yesterday I was venturing to North Park’s Ritual Tavern to get a taste of a brand ...