Restaurant Review

Hamburger notes from Tijuana

Cine Tonala, Tras/Horizonte, Yo Mammaz Burgers, La Justina, Butchers & Buns

A hungry San Diegan can chose from hundreds, maybe thousands of places to eat Mexico’s fast food of choice, the taco. It only seems fitting that tijuaneneses should be able to eat the American fast-food ...

Fancy beef joints serve fancy burgers

Cowboy Star, Morton's, Fleming's, MCormick & Schmick's, Lou & Mickey's

Last year’s visit to the bar at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for a burger confirmed my suspicion that fancy beef joints serve fancy beef, even when it’s ground. So this year I stuck with steakhouses. (I ...

Burgers with a side of ambience

Brewski's, Bruski. Legacy, Banzai, Sunrise Deli, San Marcos Brewery, Tivoli, Balboa Bar

We all know what makes a burger. It’s gotta have ground beef, or at least ground something. Mash it into a patty, fry it, grill it, broil it, or nuke it (you know who you ...

East San Diego County loves burgers, too

Eastbound, Cali Comfort, Charcoal House, Fred's, Bubba's Smokehouse, Brody's

East County tops nobody’s list of areas rich in exceptional dining experiences. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few quality places to grab a burger east of Highway 125. Some appeal to a sense of ...

Pig ears, lamb testicles at Village North

Look for unusual on Convoy Street

I once read a piece written by an economist about how he looks at a restaurant menu. There was lots of good advice, but one thing that stuck out was his recommendation about weird-sounding items: ...

The stuffed cookie wait is over

Refillable jars on G Street

For months I'd been taunted by the online traces of the Good Stuff Cookie Co. The pop-up cookie shop serves up stuffed cookies from inside East Village's idiosyncratic men's apparel boutique, 5&A Dime. At least ...

La bomba breakfast

Three kinds of chilaquiles just north of the border

Usually when I make it this close to the Mexican border, I eat on the other side. But this day I was taking a late breakfast in Otay Mesa. Though I stayed north, I still ...

Perfect for a heat wave

Cold Peruvian soups and cold drinks at Liberty Station

Between now and mid-November, San Diego is likely to have the hottest days of the year. I love heat waves, but they usually don’t inspire cravings for anything other than ice cream. That’s why I’ve ...

Comfort-foody north of the 52

Mama Kat's pleases a finicky mom

My mother and I met up with my sister Heather for lunch and a pedicure one recent weekday, and chose to eat at Mama Kat’s because it was located in the same strip mall as ...

La Jolla movie restaurant tries to get it right, but...

A Lot to be improved

Just as traveling through a snow storm reminds me to appreciate our Southern California sunshine, I’d like to thank The Lot in La Jolla for reminding me to appreciate the times I have dined out ...

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