Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Salad days: Souplantation or Cafe de l’Opera?

This is perfect hot weather food

‘Salad’s the way to flat-belly health,” says Hank. “And I know the perfect place to make that happen.” Half an hour later, we’re in line with a zillion other people, waiting to pick up our ...

El Trompo grows in Barrio Logan

New taco shop specializes in Tijuana-style street tacos

The sight of a trompo spinning on a Tijuana street corner is usually accompanied by a crowd, and the same appears to be true in Barrio Logan. At least, so suggests the early popularity of ...

The Invigatorium makes coffee fun

The new East Village coffee shop from Modern Times dazzles and caffeinates

When I heard Modern Times Beer and Consortium Holdings were conspiring to open an East Village coffee bar, I was excited for a couple of reasons. First is that I’m a fan of Modern Times ...

Food lives up to the scenery at Feast & Fareway

Golf club restaurant includes a view of the bridge

The Coronado Bridge turned 50 last week, and gazing up at its swerving blue span, I experienced a small jolt of pride that the iconic bridge representing our city is not just another suspension bridge. ...

The Protein Plate: under the shadow of mighty Mount Miguel

“The guy who started this is a body builder”

Okay. Still trying to get on that weight-loss bandwagon. “I have the perfect place,” says my friend Hank. He’s calling from Eastlake. “You’d better be sure,” I say. “Because this is going to be a ...

Reader 2019 Feast restaurant issue

New and old, from the Guadalupe Valley to Carlsbad

Food you’ll talk about later – Ian Anderson You may not think you want to drive 90-minutes beyond the Mexican border for a meal, but from the moment you take a seat, the reasons for ...

Pizza or prix fixe at Il Dandy

Spend a little, or spend a lot to experience Italian star chefs at work

Fans of animated cinema will remember the pivotal moment in Ratatouille, when the impossible to please food critic Anton Ego is bowled over by a single bite of the titular dish, ratatouille. As we see ...

When the fish is not fish at Café Gratitude

It’s no Hawaiian poke, but when it comes to poke bowls, choose watermelon over tuna

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with poke. The love is based on trips to Hawaii, where a simple poke salad of raw fish, sliced onions, sesame oil, and maybe some chili spice turns out to ...

Red House Kitchen’s “Donax Don’t Tell” — a beautiful, scrumptious mess

Look at the pile of bread slices, a mound of ham, bacon, pastrami, a big over-easy egg, and a blanket of béchamel on top

My friend Hank and I are both desperately trying to lose weight. I can’t seem to break 210. That’s why I’m coming to meet Hank at this brekky/lunch place he told me about. It’s a ...

The other Gaglione Brothers sandwiches

It’s not just cheesesteaks (but order a cheesesteak)

I’m hardly the first Reader contributor to praise Gaglione Brothers cheesesteaks. Heck, I’m not even the first Feast writer named Ian to do so. The grilled, thinly sliced ribeye steak and lightly crispy crust of ...

Puffles and rose petals at Cauldron Ice Cream

Liquid nitrogen ice cream scoops bloom in bubble waffles

“Okay, so that will be a red velvet puffle Sun Moon and Stars with a sprinkle of rose sugar?” I look over my shoulder. Nope, no one standing behind me, she must be talking about ...

The best Croque Madame I can remember

Part of it has to be the rosemary thing

One day in Prague, in the Czech Republic, Mary Frese decided to explore a cobblestone alley. She came across a rustic hole-in-the-wall bakery. “It was a place where you leaned in through the window to ...

Walk, don’t drive, to Tasty Noodle House

Its regulars would like to keep this unassuming little eatery secret

“We’ll take you to our favorite Chinese spot,” a couple of friends told me, “but only if you won’t write about it.” “Let’s go!” I said, careful not to make any promises. I’ve only experienced ...

Late night rhymes at Tony Pepperoni

Sesame seeds and pizza crust are all you need to know

It was going on 10 pm, and I found myself hungry in the thick of North County suburbia. Which is to say, my expectations were not high. A precursory iPhone scan for still open nearby ...

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, ...

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