Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

The far from generic Mission Avenue Bar & Grill

Saturday night in Oceanside means drinks, music, and… duck confit?

A musician plays acoustic guitar ballads on the patio, while servers shuttle drinks to a mixed crowd, ranging in age from their 20s to 50s. There are no seats left at the bar, where busy ...

The highs and lows of San Diego County Fair food

Some edibles are meant to be huge, colorful, fried, or wrapped in bacon

Last week, I found myself at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, feeling dizzy. Funny thing is, I hadn’t even made it on any of the rides yet. What addled me were the sights and smells of ...

Panda Imperial: noodle palace guardian

“This is the Chinese food we grew up with.”

Got to hand it to Hank. He keeps finding these places that give you more gobbles for your greenback. It’s Friday. I ask where he’s going to eat with the money I give him. (Paying ...

Going beyond bratwurst at Veg'n Out

Vegan market stand grills sausages without any of the animal byproduct

The term meatless has got to be one of the biggest words of 2019. Every other time I check a news feed, or turn on the radio, there’s more news about the rise of meatless ...

Your new favorite cookies are Caked

Decadent cookies and a slutty brownie star at new Miramar bakery

The bakery is called Caked, but most of the glass case is filled with cookies. Large, soft cookies, individually wrapped. There are brownies too, but we’ll get to that. First we’re going to be overwhelmed ...

Where to find Bankhead Mississippi style cooking

A healthy approach to Southern food yields… Southern food

Never let it be said this county is short of corners to explore. I certainly found myself driving along new roads seeking out Bankhead Mississippi Style Cooking, out in a southern corner of Spring Valley, ...

What calzone means in Italian

How long since I’ve had a straight sit-down Italian meal?

‘Hey. Feel like trouser legs for lunch?” This is Hank on the honker. Seeing quite a bit of Hank recently. Forgot how much he’s with it when it comes to getting boocoo nosh for nitnoi ...

Lima Restaurant has heart

New Gaslamp sit-down remains authentic to the Peru’s capital city

At first glance, the name Lima Restaurant struck me as generic. But in between serving tables the married owners of the new Gaslamp eatery got to telling us about how they want it to remain ...

Half a sandwich looks good at Son of a Toast

Cold brew cocktails and photogenic bread creations

If you’re going to like Son of a Toast, first you’ve got to appreciate the concept of toast. It’s the same thing we used to call an open faced sandwich, except, explicitly, the bread in ...

Donkey Kong, Rubik’s Cubes, Ghostbusters and arcade food

“Ain’t nothing he doesn’t know about the eighties.”

‘Donkey Kong’s at the back left,” says the guy at the welcome podium. “Go for it, brother.” My friend Annie and I head inside, and into the ding-dong cacophony of a hundred different arcade games ...

They sell edible puppies at Q Cute Buns

Haunting realism makes it tough to eat this chocolate mousse

“That puppy is too cute, I just want to eat it up!” We’ve all heard someone say this and never taken them seriously. And then somebody went and made puppy-shaped mousse a thing. I found ...

Heart & Trotter has a new toy

A pastrami fix whets the appetite for a summer of grilled meat galore

It had been too long since I’d come around to visit my favorite neighborhood butcher shop, North Park’s Heart & Trotter. In addition to the whole animal cuts and house-made sausages found in their butcher ...

It’s soft shell crab season at King’s Fish House

Chesapeake Bay blue crab, shipped live and easy to eat

My last trip to the East Coast, I found Charleston, South Carolina on the cusp of its soft shell crab season. The first night in town, a friend and I visited a highly regarded seafood ...

Tahona’s amazing contemporary Mexican cuisine with Oaxacan bites

“It was a possum who became the first drunk.”

‘How far?” says my friend Annie. “I’m so sick of these crowds I could croak.” We’re in Old Town, Friday night. We’re at the last gasp of Old Town’s Mile of Bars on San Diego ...

Le Caramel, straight from le source

Thriving East County candy maker serves waffles on Wednesday

In case you woke up this morning wondering where is the best place in the county to get exquisite French caramel, I’m here to tell you: it’s El Cajon. Don’t look surprised. Only a few ...

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