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Homestyle Somali food

Faridas makes it easy for a first-timer to eat well

To my knowledge, I had never eaten Somali food prior to walking into Faridas Somalian Cuisine a couple weeks ago. Had anyone bothered to ask, I would not even have been able to identify a ...

Horus Aged Ales gone in two seconds

50,000 vie for 480 bottles

One of Oceanside's newest beer companies sold its first bottles of beer to the public this week, but you probably didn't get one. Horus Aged Ales doesn't have a public tasting room, nor even the ...

Beyond great beer, good people

San Diego brewers' reputation for philanthropy

In late 2014, local journalist (and former Reader “Beer News” columnist) Brandon Hernández was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic, inflammatory disease affecting 1.5 million Americans. When Hernández looked around for information and support, he found ...

Vegan Americana

Anthem goes from farmers market stand to roadside diner

The distinctive A-frame storefront design of 2611 El Cajon Boulevard gives it the appearance of a mid-century motor lodge or roadside diner, and a diner is what it has been for decades, even as the ...

The new jefe of San Diego beer

San Diego Brewers Guild president Paul Sangster

With each coming new year, the San Diego Brewers Guild elects new leadership. For 2018, local craft beer's trade association will be led by Rip Current Brewing cofounder, Paul Sangster. 1. What are the top ...

The Shake Shack debate reaches So Cal

Thanks, New York

Shake Shack has landed in San Diego, and appears to be multiplying. The East Coast burger chain launched in the UTC mall last summer and opened its second Mission Valley location at the end of ...

Stone Brewing goes after MillerCoors

"The Gargoyle does not countenance such misdirection of consumers."

The battle between San Diego independent breweries and Big Beer continues, and this time the fight is going to federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Escondido-based Stone Brewing, long one of the most ...

Pad Thai three ways

There's more than one road to authenticity

Look near the top of any Thai restaurant menu in America, and you're sure to find one Thai dish in particular: Pad Thai. However, as chef Nattapon "Nat" Thitathan explained to me in a recent ...

The Eppig saga continues

North Park brewer sails into Point Loma waterfront

San Diego's got no shortage of bay views or craft breweries, but until now we've been short a bay-view brewery. Enter the Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten, an indoor/outdoor tasting room that directly overlooks America’s Cup ...

Local fish and the people who catch them

Ironside's Dockside Dinner

While snappy terms such as "farm to table" have gone from trendy to passé due to misappropriation and overuse, the locovore movement remains relevant. Personally, I find comfort in the simplicity of knowing where my ...

Beers they see fit

Bell Marker brewers won't be married to particular styles

The Bell Marker brewpub opened in the Gaslamp Quarter late January, having polished up the brewhouse and restaurant space of defunct downtown brewery known as the Beer Company. The Bell Marker is part of Artisanal ...

Foie gras served with strawberry pickled mangos

Pizza and burgers — high minded and friendly

When North Park's D’Angelo Pizzeria closed in late 2017, I failed to notice. The small pizza shop on 30th had a mostly hyper-local following for at least the last decade, and though I must have ...

The Beaver has more to belch about

Vista brewery's Pub 980 revamp features restaurant as star

Belching Beaver Brewery debuted its new Pub 980 concept in January, taking the unusual step of converting the tasting room of its original Vista brewery location into a casual eatery with a taproom bar. Since ...

200 million fish tacos

After 35 years, Rubio's is everywhere

Rubio's Coastal Grill turns 35 this year. I've always known it better as Rubio's fish tacos. Some might also remember a time it was called Rubio's Baja Grill. When the first location opened back in ...

Medal-laden local wineries from the bay

Haul includes triple-double-gold for Caruth Cellars

A large group of San Diego beverage producers have brought home a pile of medals from a prestigious national competition, and this time we're not talking about beer. The San Diego County Vintners Association reports ...

A second chance at Coop's chicken

Lemon Grove fried chicken counter returns from hiatus

I would spot Da Chicken Coop across the narrow parking lot as I approached Coop's West Texas BBQ. Both Lemon Grove restaurants are the work of namesake owner Bradrick "Coop" Cooper, which made me hesitate ...

Mezcla comes in from the cold

Out of the taco truck, and into a rich bowl of pozole

I'm always glad to see a good food truck make the move into a regular restaurant. I'm doubly glad when it's one of my favorite taco trucks, triply happy when it moves into a fixed ...

An L.A. brewery now open in La Jolla

Absolution finds its way back into town

Back in 2013, Reader Beer News reported that a planned local brewery, Absolution Brewing Company, had made the decision to join the unsaturated Los Angeles beer scene, rather than San Diego. Having thrived in its ...

Be quick to get Prodigy brews

"We'll have 10 kegs and sell it the same day we get them."

With the explosion of San Diego breweries opening over the past three years, most of the new crowd of beer businesses have tenaciously sought to market their brands and attract beer fans to their tasting ...

Bivouac Cidery opens thoughtfully

The restaurant wasn't always part of the plan

Bivouac Ciderworks has opened in North Park. San Diego's latest craft-beverage business becomes the tenth in San Diego to make hard cider and the first to follow a sort of cider brewpub model. It doubles ...

Is this America's next top food trend?

L.A. fast casual concept introduces Filipino dishes to Barrio Logan

All last year, I kept seeing food stories predicting Filipino food would the next great American food trend in 2018. Celebrity foodies such as Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain said so, and their claims were ...

Ballast Point joins forces with Disney

A Sculpin house for the Mouse

They took San Diego beer to the World Series, and now they're going to Disneyland. Ballast Point Brewing has announced plans for later this year to open the first-ever brewery at the Disneyland Resort in ...

Beer Choir requires no talent

Big, sudsy swell of interest in singing the brews

From Irish pubs to German beer halls, European cultures have a deep history of breaking into song when they drink beer. That hasn't been the case within the American craft-beer movement, but one very loose ...

It's not about the bun

Thai inspired burgers put sticky rice in your hands

We'd gone to Clairemont Mesa looking for Vietnamese sandwiches, and wound up finding Thai burgers. We stopped first at K Sandwiches, which has reopened two years after being destroyed by fire. I'm not sure whether ...

Everything gets better at Ceviche House

The move to Old Town proves more than photogenic

When we last saw Ceviche House, chef Juan Carlos Recamier's business had graduated from farmers market stall to a tiny counter service shop in North Park. Not even two years later, Ceviche House took another ...

Green Flash cuts staff, stops shipping to 32 states

"The market is nothing like it was when we started."

Amid a new round of layoffs, the first San Diego craft brewery to sell beer in all 50 states has announced it will no longer distribute to 32 of them. Green Flash Brewing gives the ...

Historic ginger beer recipes in Oceanside

Moonglade nonalcoholic brews were first sold at farmers' markets

A different sort of brewery tasting room has opened in Oceanside. Since November, Moonglade Brews has been serving nonalcoholic ginger and root beers out of the front of its brewing space off Highway 76 (102 ...

Kilowatt thriving off O.B. energy...and foot traffic

Taproom sales and an AleSmith brewer fueling brewery's growth

It's been nearly a year since Kilowatt Brewing opened a colorfully lit taproom and patio along the main commercial strip of Ocean Beach, and Kilowatt's owners say it's outperformed expectations. "We knew that we needed ...

A spicy jerk offers tenderness

The only Jamaican food between Orange County and the 56

As I sat in my booth at One Love Island Cuisine in Oceanside, I watched as fellow customers entered the shop and approached the counter to order. Most of them had a story to share ...

Hops and avocados meet ice cream

All sorts of specialty flavors — even vegan — at Salt & Straw

Portland's hippest ice cream shop has made its way to San Diego. Salt & Straw recently opened a shop in Little Italy, and as it's done in previous expansions to San Francisco and Los Angeles, ...

Stone serves the impossible

The latest meat-free burger lands in San Diego

It was last February I first read an NPR story about the Impossible Burger — a meatless burger patty that "bleeds like the real thing." The sizzling, plant-based burger apparently debuted to rave reviews in ...

Partner dispute spells the end of Oceanside Ale Works

Third SD brewery to close in 15 days

Officially, Oceanside Ale Works has closed. But the brewers at 1800 Ord Way expect to be making beer again soon. On January 5th, Oceanside's first brewery used social media posts to announce it would close ...

The elusive mid-range of curry heat

In search of khao soi

"Hey, what's the name of that Thai spot we liked?" my friend called to ask. Good question. I'd found its menu on a web delivery service, and I'd never once had to pronounce the restaurant's ...

National City says yes to beer

New rules make tasting room permits a sure thing

By unanimous vote of its city council, National City has made itself more welcoming to beer manufacturers. The December 19th vote amended its municipal code to allow breweries and tasting rooms to open in mixed-used ...

Lost in meat sandwiches

Meatballs with green chili and tomatillo — yum

I never seem to wind up where I mean to at Liberty Public Market. Once I get caught up in the crowd, I just roll whichever way it carries me, hoping there will be something ...

Crudo, clam chowder, and salmon candy

Euro seafood off I-5

I'm never sure how many San Diegans have discovered Fifty Seven Degrees. The huge wine bar and art gallery offers tasty wine and beer, and enough space that I've never failed to find an open ...

SpecHops the last brewery closure of 2017

Founded in 2010, but Vista tasting room opened last year

As 2017 came to an end, so did another San Diego area brewery. On the afternoon of December 31st, Vista-based SpecHops Brewing Company announced via Facebook that it was closing its doors. The post reads: ...

San Diego wort workers wanted

Brewers far and wide seek those who've run with the big dogs

Back in June, Copenhagen brewery Mikkeller introduced a new hire for its 12-foeder, wild-ale brewhouse, Baghaven: "This is Ehren Schmidt, our new Master Blender," the announcement read, "A man that knows his shit." Schmidt had ...

On the closure and reincarnation of Kuracali

Craft sake and beer maker shuts down San Marcos tasting room

It may be temporarily, but San Diego has lost another craft brewery, and with it the county's first craft sake brewery. With identical posts to its social media accounts on the afternoon of December 23rd, ...

Hot pastrami in the heart of Logan

New York beef and local bread

I can't say how long the misspelling painted on the side of Ponderosa Market has been making me wonder, but it does claim the place has been serving hot subs to Barrio Logan since 1984. ...

Triglycerides with your coffee?

Best of San Diego cold brews

At the end of September, a new coffee roaster opened shop in Imperial Beach. However, customers won’t find an espresso machine, pour-over gear, or even a drip coffeemaker. Trident Coffee specializes in one type of ...

Beer cheer in the new year

Suds-centric businesses celebrate in three time zones

San Diego beer enthusiasts get their choice of time zones to celebrate the end of 2017 — I mean, the beginning of 2018. Here are a few of the notable events scheduled at breweries and ...

Biggest San Diego beer and booze news of 2017

A year that tested local beers' metal/mettle

1. San Diego beer's unchecked growth Thirty-two new breweries started operating in San Diego in 2017, the most yet in a single year. Twenty-two of them were new enterprises, and two others returned from hiatus. ...

New tax bill a win for craft brew biz?

"This is a huge deal for small distilleries."

A part of the federal tax overhaul that passed through Congress this week was a provision likely to impact local craft-beverage business. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act lowers the federal excise tax ...

San Telmo's empanadas sold out, but I waited

The sandwich not what I expected

Minus a few empanada shops, there are only a handful of Argentine restaurants around San Diego, so I perked up when I heard that San Telmo Argentine Café had opened in the Gaslamp. Argentine cuisine ...

Liberty Station just for the uni

Started by Catalina Offshore vet

It's fair to say Liberty Station has become a good place to find yourself hungry. I did on a recent Saturday afternoon, and since I only had a short window to remedy the situation, I ...

Christmas fizz for friends and the fat elf himself

Giftworthy barrel-aged and special-release beers include Santa's Little Helper

By definition, beer enthusiasts buy themselves beer all the time. So, if you're looking to make the gift of beer count, it has to be a special beer. Here are a few good bets produced ...

Pies take patience

Is chicken pot pie with bacon cheating?

The only problem I have with dedicated pie restuarants is there are not enough of them. The recently opened Pie Joint aims to fix that around Point Loma's Midway District. Originally a farmers market stand, ...

California craft beer leads the nation

The nation tops 6000 breweries as San Diego tops 150

A new report by the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) reveals the myriad ways our state leads the nation in craft brewing and puts the continued growth of San Diego beer into context. According to ...

Nom Nom, nom some more

Go to Pacific Beach for next-generation bento

I'm a huge fan of bento boxes, and perhaps a huger fan of Supernatural Sandwiches, the seafood specialist in Miramar I consider my favorite sandwich spot in the county. Imagine my excitement when I learned ...

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