Food and Drink

Unique San Diego Beer Week events

Trivia with beer, cookies and beer, virtual reality on beer, beer with beer...

San Diego Beer Week is designed to promote local breweries, plus the restaurants and bars that sell their beer. However, with hundreds of events scheduled between November 3rd and November 12th, it's gotten tough for ...

First smile in a month

Grater Grilled Cheese gives hope to all food trucks

At the end of my summer vacation I fell and broke my dominant wrist in 12 places, so finding food to eat gracefully with my left hand hasn’t been easy. One afternoon on the way ...

Get the gut: San Diego Beer Week this week

The biggest, can’t-miss events that anchor the ten-day affair

The 2017 edition of San Diego Beer Week runs from November 3rd until November 12th. Hundreds of beer events will take place all over the county at breweries, bars, and restaurants during that time, including ...

Can sushi go populist?

Make-your-own spot gives new respect for the chef

Should sushi have populist appeal? It's a question worth asking. On the one hand, a talented sushi chef can turn a meal into an transcendent eating experience. On the other, why should the enjoyment of ...

Really want pork

Japanese comfort food on Fir Street

Huh. Row of guys’ butts bulging out onto the sidewalk, right where Fir crosses Kettner. This has to be the first place I’ve seen where people actually sit up to a bar on the street, ...

The new crowd of San Diego breweries

Number has doubled since 2014

It’s gotten tough to keep up with San Diego beer. This is the year the number of breweries in our crowded beer landscape topped 150. But here’s the crazy part — that number has doubled ...

No ups or downs with Chinese tapas

Shanghai Bun on Rosecrans

As I've driven through Shelter Island in the past six months or so, I keep noticing the sign for Shanghai Bun, a new Chinese food place on Rosecrans. It's not the restaurant's name that catches ...

Kensington Brewing fills up fast

"I’m surprised, even on a Tuesday night, how many people are in here."

Five years after it quietly launched in Grantville, Kensington Brewing Company has a tasting-room presence in the neighborhood it's named for. In October, the nanobrewery began serving beer within the former site of Kensington Video, ...

Wild Barrel's hardline beer standard

"We want them to be great; if not, we're dumping them."

A new brewery opened along highway 78 through San Marcos this month. However, Wild Barrel Brewing already has the feel of an established beer company. Part of that is due to the top-to-bottom quality of ...

Stuffed avocados and on-site childcare

This one’s for the parents

I didn’t notice until I was paying for my order. On the credit card receipt, between the lines to add the tip and total the amount, there was a third line for a childcare tip. ...

Vampire tacos and more at Border X Brewing

From Mexicali to Logan Heights to L.A.

Erk! Suddenly strikes me: Halloween’s around the corner. And seeing I’m here in Barrio Logan, my mind starts gravitating to vampire tacos. Tacos vampiros. Always wanted to try one. Never had one. Only problem: the ...

Greetings from Oceanside, says the beer

Hazy, fruity brew from Midnight Jack represents by way of Vermont style

In July, the San Diego Tourism Authority commissioned an official destination beer, dubbed 72 and Hoppy, from Point Loma's Bay City Brewing Co.; this month, North County counterpart Visit Oceanside followed suit. The tourism marketing ...

And for the fried chicken-waffle slider — syrup, of course

There's the mac'n'cheese, Philly cheesesteak, lumpia, and musubi slider

They say White Castle invented the slider back in 1921, selling each tiny burger patty on each tiny bun with grilled onions and pickle slice for a nickel. These days, sliders are usually sold three ...

Capital of Craft IPA, aka San Diego Super Ale

Brewers guild members hammer out commemorative recipe

The San Diego Brewers Guild turns 20 this year and has organized a massive collaboration beer to commemorate the milestone. Dubbed the Capital of Craft IPA, the beer was brewed with input from many of ...

Burger version of a dribble glass

I'd put Hundred proof up there with Rocky's

This year's burger issue prompted the usual round of complaints that Rocky's Crown Pub wasn't mentioned. Or Hodad's. I'm sure there are people who'd go to bat for Slater's 50/50. I get it. But in ...

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