Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

The home style Ukrainian of Village House Kalina

Enjoy babyshka’s recipes, just don’t order mineral water

Several months back, I wrote enthusiastically about a plate of stuffed cabbage made by a local market vendor and caterer. One reader responded by recommending the same dish, made by La Mesa restaurant, The Village ...

Art history, Korean beef at The Prado

“San Diego’s greatest sculptor, yet people like you don’t even know him.”

Little things mean a lot: the first little thing that makes me like this place is the, well, amuse-bouche. Wedges of crisp flatbread stacked vertically like surfboards. They have sesame and other seeds baked on ...

Barrio Dogg grows again

A bar and beer menu beef up Logan’s top dog stop

If feels like yesterday that low rider loving hot dog specialist Barrio Dogg first set up shop in a small Logan Avenue storefront fronted by a piece of ‘64 Impala. But not only has it ...

Up in Smoke BBQ now cookin' in San Marcos

A food truck finds new beginnings, a food writer finds burnt ends

I consider myself lucky. Though I’ve gone too many years without discovering the joy that is burnt ends, once I’d learned about this delicacy of BBQ brisket, only 30 minutes passed before I was trying ...

The Hole In The Wall: Karaoke and tons of avocado cool it down

“We’ve made about 130 burgers already tonight.”

Flaco plays the flames like a conductor. He thrusts his hands into them and flips half a dozen patties in short order. Smoke bulges up like a Nevada test cloud. “Sundays are always crazy,” he ...

Sampling the Pacific at JJ’s Island Grindz

A stand-out grilled menu, from kelaguen to huli huli

We’re driving south on Broadway when we spot it: a simple, boxy storefront with a banner sign and cartoon graphic depicting a spiky haired toddler in an aloha shirt. Usually, when I’m in this part ...

The city's latest ramen obsession: Artisan Noodle Tatsuki

Los Angeles ramen chef delivers the richest broth we've seen

Every time I think my list of San Diego’s top five ramen spots is set, along comes a new one to shake things up. Artisan Noodle Tatsuki opened a few weeks back in the Gaslamp ...

A jolly holiday at Mary’s Family Restaurant

Then, crazily, I ask for a chicken basket as well

It’s Sunday morning. I’m in this mom and pop diner in downtown Oceanside. My friend Mary told me about it. Said it had won the prize — okay, in 2004 — for best cinnamon bun ...

Sushi Tadokoro and its bass reputation

More than four days in a house-made miso marinade

“It’s the best seabass in San Diego.” That’s what a server tells me, when I tell her I’m trying to choose between the grilled Chilean sea bass and the teriyaki black cod. Often, black cod ...

Nessy Burgers in Fallbrook, period

Rocky’s has the Crown Pub, but is it still the best? Was it always?

Every year, when the Reader publishes a burger issue, a good chunk of San Diego’s population only seems to care about one thing: was Rocky’s Crown Pub included? This year, the Crown Point mainstay was ...

Cafe La Maze: star stopover for Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn

Starpower is one thing. Steakpower is another.

So this young couple slipped into the dimpled red booth. “They sat apart. They were shy,” says Tula. But this is Cafe La Maze. Big portraits of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard and a bunch ...

The Wurst Nox in the food court

Currywurst parks in a permanent UTC location

When last I saw the Currywurst Frankfurt food truck, it was doing its thing: serving finely minced pork and veal bratwurst smothered in ketchup and curry powder. The Berlin street food favorite is a natural ...

Siamo Napoli embraces its Italian identity

Neapolitan pizza is only part of the coastal town’s cuisine

We are Naples. That’s what the name means of San Diego’s latest Italian restaurant operated by people from Italy, means. Siamo Napoli recently picked up where Il Postino left off in a large North Park ...

Bowlegged BBQ is your next Texas temptation

Music, art, and slowly smoked meats converge in Mount Hope

There’s music and art all around me as I dig in to a pile of BBQ meats. Old soul and R&B album covers hang, framed on the walls, packed in alongside stylized paintings depicting scenes ...

Blue Jay Lodge: right out of Davy Crockett!

“Here’s the thing about this food. It’s not Cordon-anything, but it is delicious.”

These places! They all look right out of Davy Crockett! Where we’re heading is this 1919 lodge 6000 feet up on Mount Laguna, 100 years old this year, actually serving nosh and hauling grog up ...