Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Grantville’s best views are inside Purple Mint Vegan Bistro

Organic Asian dishes without the meat or shrimp

There are parts of Mission Gorge Road that pass through a tranquil, natural setting, but the section traversing Grantville is not one of them. Backed into a corner created by the intersection of two freeways, ...

Full-on Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger revered at South Cali Steak Burger Bar

Big fat cheeseburger, fries, salad for $4.99

They’re still out there. Places that fill your belly without emptying your wallet. I know, because I’m in one now. Once again, all hail to Hank for the find. This is his territory, south Chula ...

Kombucha floats are happening at Live Culture Café

A new Leucadia shop turns booch and soft serve frozen yogurt into a summer treat

This is probably going to be one of those times people just aren’t going to take my word for it, but it’s got to be said. Kombucha ice cream floats are real, and they’re delicious. ...

El Jardin doesn’t just impress out of towners

Find it beautiful or not, inexpensive or not, but this restaurant is just what our city needed

Whether you’ve read about it in the New York Times, or in the new Michelin Guide California, it’s impossible to walk into El Jardin without high expectations. Its chef, Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins, has appeared on Top ...

Find Sushi and Sapporo at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

You pay by number of plates you empty

Third time’s the charm? I’m hoping so. I’ve come early, around 5:30 pm, to put my name on the iPad outside the front window. It comes right back at me, “Guest #371: Welcome to Kura ...

Natural Style Chicken Hillcrest goes Korean fried

Rotisserie chicken is out, double-fried chicken is in

Late last year, news spread that longstanding Point Loma rotisserie chicken joint, Natural Style Chicken, was opening a second location on a busy corner of Hillcrest. The new space boasts a larger kitchen than the ...

Going off the sajj at Mama's Bakery & Deli

No longer missing out on Manaeesh (Zatar)

For over thirty years, Mama's Bakery & Deli has been dishing up Lebanese food just off El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, and I’ve been ordering chicken shawarma there nearly half that time. However, it ...

A classic pairing sandwiches up at Rhythm's Chicken and Waffles

Pacific Beach has a new late night beacon for the drunk and hungry

It’s admittedly been a few years since I stumbled out of a Pacific Beach bar in search of something heavy to quench an inebriated late-night hunger. But if I were looking to stave off a ...

The Magnificent sleaziness of Miss Kim’s by That Boy Good

The tenderness gets me first, then the flavor.

Oceanside’s jamming tonight. Everybody’s out and about. This is Friday, around eight. “Jesus saves!” yells this kid. He’s not alone. A whole bunch of them are making a hullabaloo in the plaza outside the Regal ...

Take the Fifty-Two East to Santee

Chef-driven cuisine for fans of meat and potatoes

The other day, a friend asked where I was off to in such a hurry. “I’m gonna check out a restaurant I’ve heard good things about,” I told him. It’s an answer he’s learned to ...

Rincon Azteca: a treasure no longer hidden

Homestyle mole, birria, enchiladas, pambazas and more in a one-woman kitchen

Perhaps the most overused cliché in all food writing is to call a restaurant a gem. One might be an absolute gem, or a neighborhood gem. Most trite of all would be the term “hidden ...

How to drink (and pronounce) yerba mate

Local empanada makers open San Diego’s first yerba mate bar

Fans of tea and coffee have an intriguing new flavor to explore in Pacific Beach. Yerba Mate Bar opened last week, San Diego’s first café dedicated to the caffeinated beverage of choice for the southern ...

Ciccia Osteria: Italian in Barrio Logan

“Can I suggest the Sombreri?”

Aztec drums thunder out from Chicano Park. Conch shells honk. It’s eight o’clock at night. People dance barefoot. Their ankle rattles sound like sleighbells. Now a woman steps forward with a smoking incense burner. It ...

Chung Chun Rice Dog makes corn dogs look old fashioned

Panko, potatoes, squid ink, and sugar set the trending Korean street food apart

We can argue all day whether the American carnival classic corn dog was worth riffing on, but a Korean reinterpretation of hot dog on a stick has already arrived in Kearny Mesa with a world ...

Dreamy vegan noodles at HiroNori Craft Ramen

These Orange County guys never met a broth they couldn’t perfect

I’ve paid lip service to vegan ramens before. Interesting, I’ve said. Oh, that is good,” I’ve agreed. But I haven’t meant it. Not to the extent that I would choose to order one over a ...

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