Food and Drink

Plenty bubbles on Third Avenue

Downtown Chula Vista now a full-fledged beer destination

It's been about three years since the hashtag #southbayuprising started calling attention to the demand for craft beer south of Highway 94. In that time, a bevy of taprooms and breweries has established a strong ...

Thorn Brewing grows into Barrio Logan

Thorn Street Brewery keeps small batches going in North Park

Thorn Brewing Co. opened to the public in Barrio Logan at the end of November. If you're thinking it's the same business as Thorn Street Brewery, you're partly right. Thorn Street founders Dennis O'Connor, Eric ...

Back alley smoked chicken served cold

Matua's Guamanian dish resembles a chicken ceviche

It looks like a pop up business. The front entry doesn't even have a roof, just a glassed in door frame leading to the alley between a brick warehouse and corrugated metal shed. The only ...

Slow season but "we’re smoking 560 pounds”

Apple and cherry wood give a fruity flavor, pecan a nutty flavor

Hail to the chef! That’s what I’m thinking as Danny lowers two whole racks of pork ribs into the maws of his Smokaroma Bar-B-Q Boss. He says it’s a wood-fired pressure-cooker. No more fuming black ...

Huli huli beats teriyaki

Author probes past the shrugging counter woman

It's been a while since the aroma of food lured me into a restaurant. But, as I was passing through North Park, whatever was cooking at Chris' Ono Grinds Island Grill made me hungry enough ...

Tijuana's 21st-century taco cart has arrived

“I guess it looks nicer. I don’t think our customers care.”

The trend to design exteriors of exposed brick and finished natural wood has made it to Tijuana. Many of the new and remodeled buildings have that modern look, clashing with the old sheet-metal carts of ...

Just married in Oceanside: beer and BBQ

Northern Pine and That Boy Good partner to get under same roof

Oceanside's newest beer company, Northern Pine Brewing, celebrated its grand opening on the first of December. However, the assortment of beers served for the opening were not the first we've seen from cofounders and brewers ...

Not only Convoy

My mother makes her demand

The Convoy district may be San Diego’s hub for Asian food, but that doesn’t mean all the good ones are concentrated in that area. For example, tucked into a strip mall on an otherwise restaurant-bare ...

Raging Cider & Mead no punk product

Local fruit and honey on tap in new San Marcos tasting room

As craft cider and mead production have gained momentum in San Diego, they're often found together. Such is the case with Raging Cider & Mead Co., which introduced both beverages to San Marcos in November. ...

Cheesesteaks are still better than the Eagles

And there are no good taco shops in Philly

The first thing I notice upon entering Philly Frank's Steaks is the large Eagles logo over the counter. Ugh. It's much easier to enjoy a good cheesesteak when Philadelphia's pro sports teams have losing records ...

How to go cheap at upmarket places

“We’re the only restaurant with a cheese cave”

Amazing how long since I’ve been up here in Mission Hills. I’m at the corner of Washington and Goldfinch. Pass a doorstep with a carving in it: “Welcome Back to the Gathering.” It has a ...

Tough to sell craft beer in Carlsbad

Failed brewery’s owner blames city, Brewery Igniter

With a September 30, 2017, Facebook post, Carlsbad’s Wiseguy Brewing Co. announced its “Last waltz,” with a photo making it clear that the Saturday would be its last in business. Brewery closures in San Diego ...

While my family slept in

Had to try Nomad's gourmet doughnuts and Montreal bagels

I try to have three square meals a day, but for weekend breakfasts, I like to keep things round: As in bagels and doughnuts. One of my fatherly duties on Saturday is to get a ...

Reading the menu vs. eating it

Transitory Gaslamp means you have to straddle tastes

Running a restaurant in the Gaslamp isn’t easy. The transitory nature of the place means you have to appeal to discerning locals as well as tourist traffic passing by. That’s the challenge facing a place ...

Great Goats to grow

North County's oldest brewery planning its first expansion

Beer shoppers in the vicinity of San Marcos may have noticed a new brand appearing in local grocery stores at the end of 2016: Great Goats Brewing Company. However, Great Goats is far from being ...

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