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There was fontina, scamorza, buffalo mozzarella, jamón serrano…

Every neighborhood deserves a gourmet Italian market

Vigilucci’s several restaurants are familiar to me, but I might never have noticed Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market except for an empty parking space I found next to its sidewalk patio. Being next door to the larger ...

Be wary of pretty food, make-up, and beards

Seafood worth a trip south of the border

I’ve been living in Rosarito for eight months. I know where to dine with Americans. I know where to dine with locals. I know where to get grub at four a.m. But I wanted to ...

The tails were firm, plump, and juicy

Don’t skip an opportunity to eat fried lobster

I don’t usually order tacos outside of a Mexican restaurant. In San Diego that means I’m skipping a lot of tacos — everywhere from Jack in the Box to George’s by the Cove. At this ...

Tin Fork

Chaldean pizza, Chaldean ribs

What's inside counts

"It’s the only thing that’ll settle the kids down for the evening,” says Mr. F. He’s talking about this place’s big deal: “Pizza, $5.99.” And that’s for a 14-inch pepperoni pie. A big permanent sign ...

Beer News

Coronado Brewing buys in to Monkey Paw

Scot Blair to retain oversight

In a move it's describing as a partnership, Coronado Brewing Company has purchased a majority stake in Monkey Paw Brewing Company. According to a press release announcing the acquisition, Monkey Paw owner Scot Blair will ...

Viewpoint is good beer upside down

High-rent city's first brewery didn't happen without effort

Just in time for opening-day races, Del Mar's first craft brewery has opened to the public. Viewpoint Brewing Company sits directly south of the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds, just across the San Dieguito Lagoon. ...

Booze News

Baked goods distilled into booze

Misadventure & Co. makes vodka out of discarded bread

A new spirit producer in San Diego has debuted a line of vodka made from an unlikely source: discarded baked goods. Misadventure & Co. was founded by local bartenders who initially got together four years ...

Pour Over

Progressive coffee sourcing in San Diego

Not just organic but biodynamic beans

Biodynamic beans Barrio Logan’s Café Virtuoso has sourced only organic coffee from its inception. This year it’s gone a step further: sourcing certified biodynamic beans. According to Virtuoso general manager Greg Luli, “The easiest way ...

Set 'em Up Joe

Paradise Point/Tidal’s potentially therapeutic cocktail, the Black & White

A study in ultimate contrasts

As most bartenders will say, when it comes to mixing drinks, not everything is black and white. But restaurant manager of Paradise Point’s Tidal Restaurant, Mike Perez says at least one cocktail on Tidal’s menu ...

Here's the Deal

There’s always a full moon over the Caliph

It was bizarre then, and it’s bizarre now

One day in 1957, Philadelphia disc jockey Hy Lit fell asleep listening to a stack of new releases. The last single played repeatedly until Lit awoke, leading him to include it in his rotation at ...

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