South Park Stories

Look low in Switzer Canyon for the dusky-footed woodrat

Scrub oaks, ice plant, wild cucumber, toyon berry, laurel sumac, and endangered California gnatcatchers

Switzer Canyon offers a hike for those with short legs and short attention spans — a kid-friendly urban walk that can be either a 30-minute or a one-hour hike. This is an example of a ...

Surprised by vegan tacos in middle of South Park

Satellite of Tijuana's La Taqueria Vegiee

I'm fortunate to have my favorite fish tacos within easy reach. A Mariscos Nine Seas food truck sets up daily in what is now the Target Express parking lot, by the corner of Hawthorn and ...

Grape Street dogs poisoned?

"I really couldn’t find out anything”

On June 21, word started spreading through local social media that two dogs had become ill and one had died after (according to a post that originated on the South Bark Facebook page) “presumably ingesting/sniffing ...

Del Sur: two steps forward, two steps back

Everything tastes better when preceded by tequila

I’m ambivalent about table-service Mexican restaurants. In a city where great-tasting Mexican food often comes out of taco stand or off the back of a truck, it’s when I sit down and order food off ...

Hangin' with Mom at South Park Abbey

Wings smoked and fried, 4-buck beers, Skerry Pickles...

The locale on the corner of Grape and Fern was built in the late ‘40s as a laundromat and went on to operate as a thrift store, a lighting store, and a “Cuban restaurant with ...

Eclipse hits the sweet spot with savory breakfasts

Rich. Very rich. And smooth. Very smooth.

When a restaurant has “Chocolate Bar” in its name people assume that the place is just a sweet shop or a candy store. In the case of Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro in South Park, ...

South Park mainstay says it's time to go

"People would have to ring the bell if they wanted to come in."

Maureen Ceccarelli has decided to retire. At the end of January, the longtime pillar of South Park's business and arts community will close the doors of her adjacent Beech Street storefronts, Studio Maureen & The ...

Friday the 13th good-luck tattoo

“Superstition runs so heavy, so we set out to take away the stigma.”

Local tattoo artists and clients celebrated Friday the 13th with tattoos meant to mark the day in a better light. “Superstition runs so heavy, so we set out to take away the stigma,” said Dom ...

A city canyon with a great variety of native plants

Easy access to 32nd Street Open Space

Along with ease of access and walkability, a unique feature of 32nd Street Open Space is the breadth of variety of the most common chaparral plants found across the county, which include California sagebrush, laurel ...

South Park gets a sweet pink food truck

The donuts are fried when ordered

A new food truck has been setting up in the Target parking lot off Grape Street in South Park. The pink Dharma Dogs truck parks a few feet away from the fish taco Mariscos Nine ...

Supper clubbin' in South Park

Beautiful food stokes conversation among strangers

When I wasn't looking, pop-up restaurants gave way to supper clubs, which might also be considered pop-ups, but they more closely resemble dinner parties than temporary businesses. The gist is, a chef whips up a ...

Drinking chocolate is my wingman

The city's sweetest date spot, imperiled

It's time to admit I've been holding out on Feast! readers for years. I've had a perfect little after-dinner date spot in my back pocket, one that's literally helped me end many an evening with ...

Hipster zone planned for North Park

Community plans for Golden Hill and South Park also laid out

Mid-city residents packed city-council chambers on Tuesday afternoon (October 25) as councilmembers convened to consider long-awaited updates to community plans for North Park and Golden Hill. The most contentious discussion centered around the North Park ...

South Park's neighborhood brewery zeroes in on its identity

Less fish, more beer

"I believe every neighborhood should have its own brewery," says Scot Blair. That's why, four years after opening Monkey Paw Brewing in East Village, Blair launched South Park Brewing Company last year to serve the ...

Burgers for all in South Park

Five adults, three kids, and a dog at Station Tavern

When family comes to town, everybody looks to Uncle Ian to ask a deceptively simple question: “Where should we meet for lunch?” Visiting friends often ask for recommendations such as “Where can I get good ...

From the stage to the page — San Diego rockers like to write

The latest from Itai Faierman and Ben Johnson

“At this time, I’m on an indefinite hiatus from writing and performing music, to focus all creative energies on the new book release,” says Itai Faierman (Speaker in Reverse). “Doing Nothing: Confessions of a Nondual ...

Grant's Marketplace hand-off

"I feel like I've run three of the four legs of a marathon."

After 13 years in business, Joe and Kim Grant have sold South Park corner store and deli Grant's Marketplace. A note posted to the market's door in late December informed customers the longtime owners would ...

Dorkbot One

Electronics meets music meets ears at Whistle Stop on Wednesday

Dorkbot: “people doing strange things with electricity.” It was founded by Douglas Repetto 15 years ago as a music and technology conclave in New York and has since spawned meet-ups in about 140 cities worldwide. ...

Owls and emotions in South Park canyon

Homeowners group aims to buy land from developer

A group of South Park residents, who objected to a proposed development in the 28th Street canyon two years ago, have initiated fundraising efforts in hopes of purchasing the property. The Protect 28th Street Canyon ...

Kabbs at a dollar an inch

Local garage band on their Reheated cassette etc.

Brian Clinebell, singer with the garage band Kabbs, went to SDSU to study graphic design. His art schooling got him into making ads and T-shirts for Fallen Footwear, Lurkville Skateboards, and DC Shoes. And that ...

Spilling the beans on the city’s best salsa

South Park market a best-kept secret

My friends have gotten used to the kinds of questions I ask and the photos I take when we go out for a meal together. They might be embarrassed by it — even in this ...

Russian Roulette with spicy wings

Feeling the burn at Hamilton’s Tavern

I enjoy watching football, and I have been known drink beer and eat wings while doing so. When there’s an out-of-market game I want to see, I head over to Hamilton’s Tavern. It doesn’t show ...

Online community helps police in bike theft bust

Neighbors work together to ID suspect, alert officers

Police arrested a suspected bicycle thief in South Park on August 5, after neighborhood residents used a location-based social media website to raise alerts about the crimes and disseminate a description of the suspect. NextDoor.com ...

San Diego Fringe: Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical

Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical. San Diego should confer the equivalent of knighthood on its special ones — those who have devoted decades to making some part of “America’s Finest City” approach that inflated ...

South Park stomach vibe

Bacon cooked with brown sugar? Oh, yes.

‘Listen,” says Wayne. He holds two tuning forks up to my ears. Silence. He brings them closer. Suddenly, OmmmmmmMMMMMMMmmmmm. They’re the most crazy-beautiful bell tones, in two different keys, like musical humming birds hovering right ...

Big bust at the dog park

Neighbors prompt crackdown on pet owners

A failed plea to city officials to install a new fence to enclose the Grape Street off-leash dog park in South Park led to a crackdown that resulted in more than two dozen dog-owners receiving ...

Stone Company Store South Park finale

A last run of tasters at neighborhood growler station

The first weekend of June was the last weekend in operation for Stone Brewing's original Company Store location in South Park. From Friday to Sunday the tasting room and growler fill station hosted what they ...

Hip-ocrisy or versatility?

The crush of modern life demands certain compromises, like Slurpees.

Hello Mr. Hipster: I am not very big on hipster culture, but I do know that hipsters tend to act very anti-corporation. I live in South Park, and the whole area is fighting Target from ...

Dog owners busted in South Park

Without complete fencing, what is a master to do?

South Park's Grape Street off-leash dog park became a risky place to have a dog off-leash on Wednesday morning, April 22. When the park opened for the day at 10 a.m., a team of law-enforcement ...

Double decker food truck

British fish and chips meets San Diego food sourcing

If clever naming goes a long way toward the success of a food truck — and I suspect it does — then cheeky British food lorry God Save the Cuisine might be on the right ...

New juice shop takes over old juice shop

Out with the centrifugal, in with the hydraulic

I experienced a moment of near-panic last week when the South Park branch of Stehly Farms Market, my favorite (and most convenient) organic produce stand and juice shop, closed unexpectedly. I needn't have worried, it ...

Lasting impermanence

3 Plays in a Tattoo Shop a little too lax but not lacking electric moments

The set, Full Circle Tattoo at 2312 30th Street in South Park, couldn’t be more authentic. Maybe 100 pictorial choices are framed on the walls, along with rows of knickknacks suggesting other possible “skin illustrations.” ...

Mission accomplished at South Park Brewing Co.

A good look at the new brewpub and its initial beer offerings

You may remember the sneak-peek construction photos of South Park Brewing Company. Even with planks and sawdust strewn about, it showed great promise. And the finished product shows that promise has been fulfilled. The brewpub ...

Early Look: South Park Brewing Co.

Sneak peek at Hamilton’s Tavern spin-offs brewpub and beer menu

It’s been ten months since we broke the news about publican and brewery-owner Scot Blair’s brewpub project, South Park Brewing Company. Since then, he and his crew have been hard at work converting the former ...

Best beer futures: Part I

A list of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

Per San Diego Beer News tradition, I’m closing out the year by taking a look back at some of the best 2014 had to offer, while keeping an eye trained on what 2015 holds. In ...

Local gift guide: Lady edition

San Diego spots provide great options when shopping for her.

Christmas shopping can be such a hassle. I have the tendency to avoid malls during the entire month of December. Parking is a nightmare and sales people are overworked and grumpy. Luckily for San Diegans ...

Local gift guide: Dude edition

Skip the mall and shop local.

Gift giving for the dudes on my Christmas list is a challenge. My husband is a minimalist, so anytime I ask him what he wants for Christmas he shrugs and says, "Nothing." While he acts ...

Shy of the bull's eye

Does a Target Express store threaten to damage South Park?

Keep big-box stores and their little-box brethren out of South Park, says a petition signed by over 750 of South Park residents. The residents have banded together in opposition to a proposal from Minneapolis-based Target ...

Sharable treats at the Rose Wine Pub

Wine and bites in South Park

Both casual and elegant, the Rose Wine Pub is ideal for catching up with a friend over a glass (or three) of wine and toothsome, sharable fare. David and I often order our wine by ...

The last word in cheap eats

First up, I’m not an early-morning guy. But on this perfect food day, you’ve got to start at the crack of dawn. Because that’s when the dja kwai are at their freshest at Trieu Chau ...

Sadly smoldering from the start

The soft opening at Fire Horse left much to be desired.

There’s been only one major void in the South Park restaurant scene within the last few years: Asian cuisine. Sure, Juan Chou was serving sushi at 3019 Juniper until this past March, but the closing ...

Piacere Mio gets menu, remodel, thumbs up

Former South Park coffee shop becomes cute, neighborhood trattoria

“A lack of coziness.” That’s what I identified as Piacere Mio’s “main weakness,” fourteen months ago, when the place was just a coffee shop. Fast-forward through a prolonged closure/remodel, and the place has transformed into ...

The jam they give you

Ed fattens up in the front row at Rebecca’s Coffee House.

“When I first met her, I weighed 190 pounds. Now I’m 240,” he says.

Belgian redemption via beers, meat canoes

Brabant’s Belgian Independence Day event to erase bitter taste of defeat

The World Cup is over, which means we can put all of our ill will toward Belgium behind us. It’s actually in our best interest and the timing couldn’t be better. Belgian Independence Day is ...

The Paleo diet can hit the road

Cavemen ate from food trucks, right?

I won't often admit to consulting Wikipedia, but while researching what is meant when people refer to a "Paleo diet" — based on the premise that our bodies are actually better off only digesting the ...

South Park meth market shut down?

Old house on Fern allegedly a tweakers’ hotbed

For the second time this year, the yellow house at 1505 Fern Street in South Park was raided by law-enforcement officers and its occupants arrested. At 5 a.m. on the morning of June 11, an ...

What’s in the hopper, part one

Upcoming San Diego brewery projects with the most promise

I can remember when there were fewer than 45 operating brewhouses in San Diego County. Now, that’s the number of planned and in-the-works brewing facilities I am keeping track of. With new businesses coming online ...

City can’t drag its heels any longer

Residents to get reimbursed for illegal maintenance assessment district

It was a long time coming for attorneys and volunteers in Golden Hill and South Park to get reimbursed, at least partially, for their time and money spent to fight the city over their illegally ...

Eucalypti, your time has come

Eradication ongoing — as are arboreal hazards of Oz native

The California gold rush didn't only bring myriad fortune-seeking people to the Golden State. It also brought trees. Specifically, an Australian species very familiar to anyone who lives in San Diego: the eucalyptus. However, nearly ...

South Park Brewing in the hopper

New brewpub coming from owners of Hamilton's Tavern and Monkey Paw Pub

When Scot Blair says he’s going to focus more on a new brewing project than anything beer-related that he’s applied his laser-keen attention to in the past, I believe it. One of the most passionate ...

Fruit smoothies, superfoods and breakfast on the run

South Park finally gets its own organic market

As quickly as the past several years of gentrification took over South Park, one problem lingered: access to organic produce. Crack parks became dog parks, empty buildings became restaurants and restaurants became fusion restaurants, and ...

Quiche envy in South Park

Quaint French café just right for those who miss Paris.

With crêpes, quiches, coffee and no shortage of charm, Café Madeleine gives Francophiles in South Park a destination to aim their morning strolls. The classy little shop pays attention to the small details while catering to the big picture; namely, that locals needed this sort of adorable little outpost to catch up with friends over light fare and hot beverages.

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