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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 ...

Adventurous sushi rolls

Korean street food out of the back of a supermarket

Most of the time I visit Korean grocery store Zion Market, it’s for a quick bite in its food court. That’s at the front of the store, all the way to the right as you ...

Seaweed burritos

Pokirrito is more an upscale sub shop than a sushi bar

Locals love both Mexican food and Asian cuisine, so why not combine them? That is the idea behind Pokirrito, a restaurant that gained a reputation for its sushi burritos. If you’re not a foodie purist ...

San Diego’s only certified kikizakeshi

She’s to sake what a sommelier is to wine

Does San Diego need another ramen bar? I wouldn’t have thought so. But East Village’s latest, BeShock, won me over for several reasons, not all of them having to do with ramen. Somehow the wide-eyed ...

Poke by any other name would not taste as sweet

Wherefore art thou, One N Half?

Right on trend, I noticed a new poke shop is about to open on University Avenue in North Park, and it’s got a terrible name. Poki One N Half does use an alternate spelling of ...

A sushi bar without the bar

Super fish and not much else at Tokyo Deli

Sushi fanatics on a tight budget in SD have been lining up at one of three Sushi Deli restaurants for years, expecting to dig in to some reasonably good fish at reasonably good prices. So ...

The happy intersection of cheap and good

Sushi Bar Kazumi, hiding in plain sight

The words “cheap” and “high quality” are rarely found in the same sentence when referring to sushi joints. The cost of quality ingredients and the many years of training it takes to get the nigiri ...

Culinary trends collide

Poke bowls and sushi burritos at Pokirrito

This may be the most of-the-moment restaurant opening San Diego will see in 2016. Convoy Street’s new Pokirrito manages to capitalize on two current fast-casual trends at once, combining poke salad bowls and sushi burritos. ...

Hawaii’s gift to food lovers

Another poke at poke

Over the past decade I’ve been something of a poke salad evangelist. Whenever a friend, acquaintance, or nearby stranger has mentioned going to Hawaii, my first piece of unsolicited travel advice has been: eat poke, ...

Going whole hog for poke

San Diego Poke Company rides the wave

Poke, that raw fish salad associated with Hawaiian cuisine, has poked its way into the San Diego food scene recently. Some Whole Foods have bars dedicated to it, and there’s even an “I Love Poke ...

Sushi fans head to Serra Mesa

Reservations required at Kokoro

You have to want to go to a sushi bar such as Kokoro. Apologies to Serra Mesa residents, but this place isn’t near anything. Chef/owner Akio Ishito claims “many Japanese” seek out his restaurant, and ...

Taking a chance on Fletcher Hills sushi

It was all going well until that last piece of "fish"

I've eaten sushi in Montana. So, intellectually, I understand that you don't need to be coastal to get fresh-enough fish. But, for some reason, I get as far as East County and I get dubious. ...

Little Japan in Tijuana

Otaku Anime Café has all your favorites

I found myself in a bizarre, nerdy dreamland called Otaku Anime Café. Similar to Plaza Friki, this is where nerds congregate in downtown. Welcome to Nippon in Tijuana. As I enter, a video of Kyary ...

Sushi the size of a burro

Rolled Up goes big with raw fish

When I heard fusion burrito-sushi rolls were being served in Hillcrest, I made it my next meal. Rolled Up recently opened in a storefront with a history of failed burrito shops. Its predecessors built burritos ...

Masuo Sato returns to Masuo’s

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Once upon a time, Masuo Sato opened up a sushi restaurant in Solana Beach. He did well, endearing himself with the locals. His restaurant built a reputation as a reliable sushi joint where friendly people ...