Cover Stories

San Diego fancy fish fileters

JoJo Ruiz of Serẽa and Lionfish won't serve just any salmon

It’s moments before dinner service on a Thursday night in the kitchen of Lionfish, the seafood restaurant and showpiece of swanky Gaslamp hotel, the Pendry. Executive chef JoJo Ruiz mentioned earlier that this kitchen rarely ...

San Diego Reader first Pets issue

They make us happy

Shared Loki My dog has a favorite bar. Loki quickly learned how to navigate the blocks to Hamilton’s Tavern, and if I let her control the leash on our afternoon walks in South Park, that’s ...

The holy ghost of Archie Moore

Those who carry on San Diego boxing

His was once the most celebrated name in boxing—“The Old Mongoose,” “Ageless Archie,” or simply Archie Moore, the longest-reigning light heavyweight champ. Archie was born in Benoit Mississippi, as his mother claimed, or Collinsville, Illinois, ...

Paradise Hills strives for cohesion

Half the town has sidewalks, half doesn't

Origin Guy Preuss is an affable, tanned, retired Navy Master Chief, a Vietnam vet. As the 30-year self-described “temporary” president of the local village council and the chair of the planning committee, he does what ...

Frozen pipes – winter on Mount Laguna

“It’s hard to do business up here when you start off"

The temperature drops steadily as I make my way east on Interstate 8 — 57 degrees, 54, 49. I have brought four hoodies and the down jacket I wear only when I visit my mom ...

The fire station that Rob Wellington Quigley built

A trumpet-shaped flower on Cedar and Pacific Highway

Pacific Highway doesn’t look like it sounds. The name calls to mind surfboard-topped VW buses, sunsets, and bike-riders in bathing suits, something like what you’d see on Highway 101 around Cardiff. But instead, it’s mostly ...

Kearny Mesa – beyond car dealers and Korean food

Separated from Clairemont since 1972 by Interstate 805

If Clairemont is San Diego’s first bedroom community, then Kearny Mesa, all 4400 acres of it, could be described as its utility room. Bounded by Interstate 805 to the west, Interstate 15 to the east, ...

Duncan Hunter: San Diego's good soldier

An almost factual story

Disclaimer: None of this ever really happened. But then, Donald Trump is President… When I found Duncan Hunter — the former Marine and soon-to-be former Congressman from the United States’ 50th District — holding down ...

Murderers of Love Motel EP based on the short stories of guitar maker Creston Lea

Songs are “slices of some characters’ lives.”

Based in Carlsbad, Americana band Murderers of Love features singer-songwriter and graphic designer Jaimie Muehlhausen, a one-time open mic host at Drowsy Maggie’s (which helped launch Steve Poltz and Jewel). His new five-song EP Motel ...

FireBirds Chicken is hot out of the gates

The city’s first Nashville hot chicken restaurant could be hotter and Nashviller

For a restaurant in City Heights, FireBirds Chicken has come up a lot in local foodie conversations over the past three weeks; especially surprising because that’s about how long the place has been open. There’s ...

San Diegans who entered death row in the last 16 years

Eric Anderson, Manuel Bracamontes, Adrian Camacho, Scott Erskine

When the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of convicted double murderer Jeffrey Young last July, the number of San Diegans on death row went down by one, to 37. Young, 44, had been ...

San Diego Reader's holiday guide 2019

Christmas Card Lane in Penasquitos, Santa run in Pacific Beach, helicopter Christmas lights ride in Oceanside, ugly sweaters in Vista, rescued bears in Alpine

There’s a war on Christmas. You can see it right on your TV; in fact, it’s your TV that’s the aggressor in this particular conflict. Lifetime has 20, count ’em, 20 new movies to go ...

San Diego's changing bugs

Trapdoor spider, Quino checkerspot butterfly, Argentine ants

On the northwest corner of Montezuma Mesa, Marshal Hedin and I are easing down a steep stairway, scorched by the noonday sun. A biology professor at San Diego State, Hedin specializes in arachnids. He’s already ...

Eight straight nights of San Diego live music

Psycholizard, Milly, Auz Fontaine, Chica Diabla, the Touchies, Bloodletting Tour, Electric Waste Band, Adams Gone Funky, Liam Gallagher, The Who

I moved to San Diego in 1998 and started going to shows immediately. Live bands were simple to find any night of the week. These days, it’s a hair more difficult. DJs have become a ...

A week in San Diego without a phone

So much accountability

I never take my phone out on the water in Mission Bay, where I go to stand-up paddle board a couple of times a week. Sometimes I wish I had it to capture a picture ...