Feast! Food & Drink Reviews

Canadian beef in Little Italy

“Guess sometimes ya gotta jump for the moon.”

‘Why did the cow jump over the moon?” asks this black felt letterboard. “Because the farmer didn’t warm his hands.” I’m outside at The Farmer’s Table, the newest eatery to open on Piazza della Famiglia ...

Mac & cheese with black truffles stirs up memories

Crunchy on the outside and hot and soft on the inside

Bertrand at Mister A's isn’t exactly a place for children, and their macaroni and cheese is probably too fancy schmancy for a child, but for me, it brought back fond memories of my childhood. My ...

Grand Ole BBQ is worth the geography lesson

Take a little road trip to Flinn Springs for brisket

When I heard a popular North Park restaurant was opening a location in East County, I imagined something in the La Mesa vicinity. Maybe El Cajon or Santee. Even when told Grand Ole BBQ would ...

Chicks Natural celebrates a milestone

Following a 30th anniversary banner to a quick and healthy lunch

There’s a little strip mall in Sorrento Valley that’s mostly filled by ten or twelve little counter restaurants; a food court serving all the corporate campuses in the area. It sits about a block south ...

No revolving sushi for Sweety Puss

Flame blistered by Kenji, the chef with the impressive flame-thrower in the kitchen.

Convoy. I’m trying to find this danged eatery my friend Annie is all abuzz about. “It’s fabbo, darling! It’s a revolving restaurant. That is, the food revolves around you. Little food boats on these tracks. ...

Why college students love Insomnia Cookies

Warm cookies delivered during prime munchie hours — till 3 am

A new cookie shop turned up in Pacific Beach at the end of last year. Insomnia Cookies takes up little space on Garnet Avenue, just a hole in the wall about three blocks from Crystal ...

The lively last days of Peking Restaurant

A final visit for chop suey and egg foo yung

It doesn’t look like a restaurant that’s about to close. Four parties have shown up at once during lunch rush, and the staff hustles to turn over red leather booths as they become available. But ...

Looking for Nashville, finding Common Stock

Lots of flavor on the menu of new Hillcrest restaurant

While I’ve been sitting here the past couple years trying to figure out which are my favorite tacos, the rest of the world has apparently become obsessed with Nashville hot chicken. The cayenne-spiced fried chicken ...

Paella Sunday

“Saved you the best part. The scrapings.”

‘Paella!” Frank Pazos parades the steaming pan out of the kitchen, down the steps, and into the bar. Eighteen orange langustas (I count them) lie curled up on a yellow bed of saffron rice, green ...

Going beyond the bun at Royale brunch

Cheeseburger specialist adds organic farming to its menu

It’s late Sunday morning, and there’s a mimosa in my hand, courtesy of Point Loma burger and cocktail spot, Royale. Serious cheeseburger fans will already be familiar with Royale, and its Pulp Fiction-referencing signature sandwich, ...

When it rains, Pacifica Breeze still pours coffee

Gravy is key to these chicken and waffles

“The weather app said it was supposed to be sunny until later this afternoon,” my friend Valerie said as we watched large raindrops fall on our outdoor table at Pacifica Breeze Café in Del Mar. ...

A fault line Made in Kitchen

There are better options within walking distance

The mixed veggies in my curry look right out of a can or freezer bag: identically chopped sections of green beans, cubes of diced carrot, and faded peas. Like the potato chunks, they’re all fairly ...

619 Spirits uses local spirits including own vodka brand

North Park's first urban distillery

Has there been a better time to be a boozehound in San Diego? As the craft beer scene has matured, some locals are branching out into other liquor areas and creating an intoxicating distillery scene ...

Cuba’s best teacher at Los Pollos in Chula Vista

I don’t know why guava isn’t more popular.

“I was a professor,” says Rafael. “A licenciado. I taught history, specializing in Persia and Greece. And in 2015, I was named best teacher in the nation.” That nation was Cuba. Yet now he’s a ...

Rock over cod at Adrian’s Surf n’ Turf Grill

Ribeye makes it a surf n’ turf lunch

When I ask the owner and chef why his fish and chips feature rockfish instead of cod, I appreciate the answer. It’s easy to get, locally. That would be Adrian, of Adrian’s Surf n’ Turf ...