Ian Pike

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So, what are you drinking tomorrow?

If you're doing a traditional turkey dinner, and you're planning on drinking wine, please let me put in a word ...

Yorque June 18, 2013 @ 2:49 p.m.

My wife and I moved here a year ago and have often thought that maybe we were invisible to the servers. With better service, the restaurants would probably get another drink or two out of each of us. That's a higher tip for the server, more revenue for the restaurant, and better service for us. Everyone would win. Why haven't restaurants out here figured that out?


SourPina June 19, 2013 @ 11:33 a.m.

I don't get the sense that the author and the other people commenting are pretentious or too demanding. They just want to be treated with respect as well, when they are spending hard-earned money at these places, which are often pricey.


Acquitted on all 13 counts of vandalism, jury says Jeff Olson should be free

A review of the plea-deal offers deputy city attorney Hazard said were fair

With each of the 13 "not guilty" verdicts, defense attorney Tom Tosdal grabbed Jeff Olson's shoulder in a sign of ...

Mencken for Mayor

The Mayor San Diego deserves. A Mayor you can believe in. A Mayor who is not afraid to tell the truth, even if he has to make stuff up to do it.


Dave Rice March 2, 2014 @ 10:34 p.m.

Meanwhile, Amy's Baking Company rakes in the cash off their negative reviews by bringing "hate-[insert activity here]" to dining...

I've had a business owner threaten to sue me for publishing a PM wherein he calls me a "Chicken 5hit" (yes, with a numeral) on the site...my general feeling is that most of the businesses who'll go so far to sue over negative reviews will be piloted by hotheads such as in the Eater example who will shoot themselves in the foot.

Still, a bit chilling to think about the potential repercussions of putting anything negative in the public sphere, even though I'm not really much of a Yelper for the reasons Ian mentions in regard to the site's widely alleged ad sales tactics, and the preponderance of recent reviews of questionable quantity. These days, I let Ed Bed tell me where to eat or, if I've got money burning a hole in my pocket, Misters Pike or Hernandez (it seems I'm already familiar with most of Ian's low-brow favorites).


Duhbya April 28, 2014 @ 7:39 a.m.

Well, I had been considering returning there after my original dismay many years ago at the attempt to serve authentic (Northeast Texas-style) barbecue. But now that I see this not so well orchestrated assault on a legitimate reviewer's opinions about the fare offered, I will choose to pass, if for no other reason than I would not want to associate with such vituperative persons. And to the sanctimonious owner, if you are indeed the owner, shame on YOU for casting your business in such a vengeful light: "We will not give up , and will continue to fight for our rights vehemently as Americans , which were abused by a low life named IAN PIKE . Burn in HELL !!!" So reviewers have no rights, but you do. Look up the word "hypocrisy". "Burn in HELL"??? Is that one of your recipes?

Hey, it's just a restaurant. Opinions, even varied ones, should be welcomed. Thanks for making up my mind for me about giving you another try. I'm relatively certain I'm not the only one who will be avoiding this circus act.


Ian Pike April 27, 2014 @ 2:03 a.m.

Rule 14...but thank you for reading.

For the record, nobody pays me off for anything. I am, at the very least, a jerk with scruples.


Joaquin_de_la_Mesa Oct. 8, 2014 @ 1:25 p.m.

I am Pro-Mencken. If he is removed from the Reader, I will jump off the Coronado Bridge. almost factual


Go fishing now, before El Niño departs

The chew will go away when water temps return to normal

The summer of 2015 may be about to pass into the history books, but the fishing is still going strong and there is no sign of it changing much in the near future. As long ...

Chad Deal Sept. 15, 2015 @ 3:23 p.m.

It has come to my attention that the combination of dairy and meat is super not kosher, so yes, Susan, a food writer should know better. Dudely noted.


Daniel Powell June 24, 2016 @ 10:17 a.m.

Yup, but the deep tongue isn't necessary, only an option...lol


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