Food and Drink

Fruitcraft makes just about everything but beer

The fruit wine specialist now ferments grapes, apples, honey, and teas

When Fruitcraft Fermentery and Distillery dropped anchor in Hillcrest two years ago, it primarily carried on the work of its original brand iteration, California Fruit Wine. That is, it fermented wine from virtually every type ...

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 ...

Mary’s Gourmet: ghost salad restaurant

Miramar kitchen delivers big, healthy chopped salads to your doorstep

It’s probably fair to count me among the nine out of ten of Americans the CDC says don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables. One problem is that my preferred diet of tacos, fried chicken, and ...

Trust the Breakfast B in suite 3825

Sassy brunch spot brings life to a struggling Hillcrest location

It’s tough to ignore a restaurant name like Breakfast Bitch. Which could prove to be important, because the willfully sassy breakfast spot recently filled in a Hillcrest location that’s been devastating to its past few ...

Revolt Wine Co. targets a different kind of wine drinker

The keg-only local wine label wants its wine where there’s live music

No adult beverage is more closely tied to a sense of geography than wine. Names of wine growing regions are used as shorthand for quality, attributed to an appellation’s terroir. In other words, the flavor ...

Happy hour at The Henry

“Fact is, right now, it’s it and that’s that.”

I swear. You blink in Coronado, and something has changed. This time it’s the musical chairs of bars. Suddenly, as of this month, the brand-new and lavishly-built The Henry is open, beaming out lights, with ...

San Diego Reader 2019 Burgers issue

From Oceanside to Escondido to Sherman Heights to Mount Laguna

Ian Anderson Look out for the burger of the day A hub for carnivores in Escondido’s historic downtown, it might be tough to notice the burgers past all the smoked meats and poutine. You’ll do ...

Lido’s Italian Foods are too classic to be pretty

A mid-century Italian restaurant survives, despite the times

When the server places a thick white ceramic plate on the table, it’s all but spilling over with a pile of spaghetti. The noodles, and the two racquetball size meatballs astride them, are so drenched ...

Claro Coffee goes with the grain

An industrial zone lumber shop furnishes the prettiest café in town

The best looking coffee shop in San Diego has sprung up in a surprising place: within a specialty lumber shop in the Morena district. Claro Coffee serves locally roasted coffee from Zumbar Coffee & Tea, ...

This 55 Thai fries chicken thighs

Healthy, affordable Thai chain grows into large Pacific Beach restaurant

When 55 Thai Kitchen first appeared in the cramped back room of a corner market in Golden Hill, the community-minded eatery had me intrigued. When the food turned out to be good, in addition to ...

It’s always fünf o’clock at Deft Brewing

Linda Vista area brewer finds a year-round audience for European styles

It’s September, and that means several of San Diego’s craft breweries have been gearing up for Oktoberfest, breaking out their German beer recipes and planning modest parties loosely modeled after Munich’s massive end of summer ...

Sab-E-Lee: Isaan expression for “Delicious and Spicy.”

I practically broke down too, in tears. So-oo deelish.

‘What is the one dish you would take to a desert island if you had to eat it for the rest of your life?” Interviewers are always throwing this out at celebrity chefs. Tonight, what ...

Rad Habits brings the juice back to South Park

Organic produce and superfood smoothies return from three-year hiatus

For a couple of years there, South Park had a great little organic produce market slash cold pressed juice bar called Sacred Juice. Except one day, the shop abruptly closed due to water damage, according ...

Going back to Mystic Mocha for the muffins

A longtime neighborhood favorite known for distinctive pastries

Once upon a time I lived in University Heights, less than a block from the truncated corner where Mission Avenue crosses Alabama Street at an odd angle. That’s how I came to know about Mystic ...

Amplified Ale Works' underground arts venue

The Acid Vault brings poetry, comedy, drag shows, and more to East Village

The Acid Vault was supposed to be a place for barrel aging beers to sour. At least, that was the original plan when Amplified Ale Works took over the space overlooking Fault Line Park last ...