Food and Drink

Named after a Prohibition rum-runner

The Hake's use of Malahat

As beverage curator for Proof, the port of call for cocktails at the Hake in La Jolla, Joan Villanueva was inspired by his love for Grand Marnier to take his cocktail craft to sea. With ...

Cache — Hillcrest's proto-Parisian salon

Cervantes Magana: “I’m not just building cocktails”

A trip to modern speakeasy cache is a trip through time. From the moment you discover its entrance disguised as a walk-in freezer by the bathrooms of not-for-profit Tacos Libertad (the latest offering from Cohn ...

The historic Nanking becomes Vietnamese Food Shop

Asian Grab and Go

Something’s staring back at me through the chainlink fencing. Sunlight glints through the sockets of his eyes. Wow. King Kong? His giant skull. In bits. On the grass. “Buddy, I said bring the drill,” says ...

Ocean Beach prices in Baja

Uh oh: the menu is in English, and the prices are in dollars

Between Tijuana and Rosarito, semi-upscale, gated communities catering to American ex-pats and retirees line the Baja coast. One of these communities, San Antonio del Mar, has been the subject of a lot of chatter lately ...

Little Miss growlers on demand

"If we roll up and they're wasted, we can't give it to them."

Little Miss Brewing opened a satellite tasting room in Normal Heights in June. While the brewery makes beer in Miramar, its business model has always been to open tasting rooms in more populous urban neighborhoods. ...

The place seemed to be verging on chaos

Getting seated is a hassle, and then the food is not worth the wait

A sign tells you to order at the register first and then find your seat. That’s where the trouble began when I visited North Park’s colorful new tapas-style joint, Tamarindo Latin American Kitchen and Bar. ...

Chaldean pizza, Chaldean ribs

What's inside counts

"It’s the only thing that’ll settle the kids down for the evening,” says Mr. F. He’s talking about this place’s big deal: “Pizza, $5.99.” And that’s for a 14-inch pepperoni pie. A big permanent sign ...

Coronado Brewing buys in to Monkey Paw

Scot Blair to retain oversight

In a move it's describing as a partnership, Coronado Brewing Company has purchased a majority stake in Monkey Paw Brewing Company. According to a press release announcing the acquisition, Monkey Paw owner Scot Blair will ...

There was fontina, scamorza, buffalo mozzarella, jamón serrano…

Every neighborhood deserves a gourmet Italian market

Vigilucci’s several restaurants are familiar to me, but I might never have noticed Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market except for an empty parking space I found next to its sidewalk patio. Being next door to the larger ...

Viewpoint is good beer upside down

High-rent city's first brewery didn't happen without effort

Just in time for opening-day races, Del Mar's first craft brewery has opened to the public. Viewpoint Brewing Company sits directly south of the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds, just across the San Dieguito Lagoon. ...

Be wary of pretty food, make-up, and beards

Seafood worth a trip south of the border

I’ve been living in Rosarito for eight months. I know where to dine with Americans. I know where to dine with locals. I know where to get grub at four a.m. But I wanted to ...

San Diego's official destination beer is not Stone

"There are so many breweries people don't know about."

The San Diego Tourism Authority has enlisted the help of Bay City Brewing Co. to create what it's calling San Diego's official destination beer. "We're the first destination to do anything like this," says Tourism ...

The tails were firm, plump, and juicy

Don’t skip an opportunity to eat fried lobster

I don’t usually order tacos outside of a Mexican restaurant. In San Diego that means I’m skipping a lot of tacos — everywhere from Jack in the Box to George’s by the Cove. At this ...

BLVD's small plates and the blues

Sunday night surprise in La Mesa

La Mesa on a Sunday night? Looks deader than a dodo on downers. Okay, a couple of bars send out lights like lonely lighthouses. Chances for eats? Ha! But then, someone’s just put this sandwich ...

Baked goods distilled into booze

Misadventure & Co. makes vodka out of discarded bread

A new spirit producer in San Diego has debuted a line of vodka made from an unlikely source: discarded baked goods. Misadventure & Co. was founded by local bartenders who initially got together four years ...

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