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Stories by Ian Anderson

Gnarly Girl Pizza trades in garlic knots, beer, and nostalgia

I made it nearly nine years and a thousand Feast stories without ever having to reference the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But that all ended the moment I walked into Gnarly Girl Pizza. The New ...

Zad in Casa de Oro introduced me to quzi

As a longtime food writer, I’d love to pretend that I have tried all the great traditional dishes of the world. But as I eat my way around San Diego every year, I inevitably meet ...

October 5, 2022
Ceviche and Secrets at Coya Peruvian

It’s not the ceviche we’re most accustomed to seeing around these parts. Most of the ceviche in San Diego draws its influence from a Mexican variation: citrus-cured seafood served with a tostada or tortilla chips, ...

Donutopolis and the three-tier donut birthday cake

I first caught on to Donutopolis a few months ago, but I had to wait for a special occasion to justify visiting the Poway donut shop. That’s because I needed an excuse to order the ...

Drag yourself to East Village for Sovereign Modern Thai

I pretty much had to be dragged to Sovereign Modern Thai Cuisine. Despite strong recommendations — from trusted foodie friends, the Michelin guide, and even my wife — I harbored reservations toward trying the East ...

Normal Heights now brunches at Madi

It is known that, since the day it opened, University Heights restaurant Madison on Park has been one of the best places in the city to start, finish, or spend your evening. Especially when said ...

San Diego burgers that play faster and looser

Prevailing wisdom tells us the classic burger cannot be made better. That, once you move past lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and any of your thousand island condiments, the only topping that improves a hamburger is ...

Mike's Red Tacos expounds upon birria in Clairemont

Seems like only last year I was writing about a plucky birria food truck that drummed up all its business on a single afternoon each week. In fact, it was only ten months ago that ...

Taco Machin brings estilo de Tijuana to Bonita

You can probably be forgiven for thinking the new taco shop in Bonita is called Taco Machine, because with only a quick glance at the sign, it reads close: Taco Machin. Don’t bother consulting Google ...

Nom’s dim sum rolls by on a different set of wheels

Most of us have eaten dim sum off a pushcart, so how much different could it be eating it off a food truck? Depends on the food truck. When I spotted the Nom food truck ...

August 20, 2022
Barefoot Bar & Grill, six decades and counting

Idling into the golden hour of another sunny afternoon on Mission Bay, we sat down to dine at a prime table, only a few feet from the water. “What’s popular here?” I asked, out of ...

Inglourious Bagels proves there's always more of everything

“Don’t notorious and inglorious kind of mean the same thing?” The question’s come up thanks to the quirky pairing of restaurants on a stretch of El Camino Real in Carlsbad’s La Costa neighborhood. The first ...

Monnani Kkwabaegi offers a Korean donut twist

Would a donut by any other shape taste as sweet? A new food addition to the Zion Market food court makes the case that’s an emphatic yes. Unless, that is, you prefer it salty and ...

Tacotarian dishes tortilla wrapped favorites without the meat

Once, when I was writing a news story about an early morning raid to arrest a drug dealer, a police officer explained to me that whoever who moved into the newly vacated house could expect ...

Jay's Southern Café brings BBQ and soul food to the outskirts

Driving around Alpine, it starts to dawn on me that there are a lot more restaurants out here than I thought. Chalk that up to a decade-plus of only going up that hill for beers ...

Kemmem puts Ethiopian on the take-out menu

The allure of Ethiopian food, I once wrote, has as much to do with presentation as it does spice. I was but a baby writer at the time, living in Los Angeles, visiting the restaurants ...

Roast ducks in a row at Tom’s Chinese BBQ

My plan for the day had been to check out a roast duck shop I wanted to write about, one that recently opened up in the suburbs. But first, my wife insisted, I needed to ...

Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters redefines casual

Despite a partly fishy name, Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters is not strictly a seafood restaurant. Items cooked on its wood fired grill most prominently include pork chops, steak, and fowl. But the menu ...

Invaders from Vermont Street bridge knock on our door

The first time he knocked, my wife and I were brainstorming dinner ideas. He must have approached cautiously, or the creaky porch would have given him away. As it was, our conversation choked to a ...

Dancing Yak makes familiar dishes exciting and new

The first time I walked into The Dancing Yak, I didn’t stay long. The Miramar restaurant opened this winter, an expansion by Taste of the Himalayas, the local Indian restaurant chain currently operating six county ...

Salt and Water at its best with traditional toppings

The past couple months, the name of a Canadian pizza shop has stared back at me from a perpetually growing list I keep of new restaurants to try. Steveston Pizza Company started out in a ...

Bad Hombres make better than good Mexican food

Good Mexican food. This is something San Diego has in abundance. In our part of the world, even the average taco shop glows with an aura of desirability, particularly when you’re hungry and it’s the ...

Tenkatori Karaage brings fried chicken lore to Miramar

Slowly but surely, a Japanese fried chicken outfit called Tenkatori Karaage has been making its way across Southern California. Since 2016, its opened a couple locations in greater Los Angeles and one in Orange County, ...

Da Kine’s Plate Lunches reappear in La Mesa

For a moment, the two big ice cream scoops of rice resemble eyes looking back at me, and I imagine my plate lunch sort of looks like a smiley face emoji. I must really be ...

Getting deep at The Shop: Pizza + Cocktails

“West coast deep-dish.” The very idea provided reason enough to hop in the car and drive to North County. The Shop: Pizza + Cocktails has been at it a couple years now, slinging pies out ...

El Viejon adds mariscos to the Convoy menu

What do yakitori, dim sum, soft tofu stew, and mariscos have in common? In general, not a lot. But when you find yourself hungry in San Diego, they have all turned out to be fine ...

Betting on a reservation at Callie

Callie truly doesn’t want you to miss your seating time. To begin with, the East Village restaurant charges a ten-dollar-a-person deposit when you make a reservation. And you’ll need a reservation, because the swanky eatery ...

The waterfront beckons at Quiero

Nobody seems sure when a proposed three-billion-dollar overhaul of Seaport Village may eventually break ground. But a funny thing happened as the “mega redevelopment” has inched through many years of planning bureaucracy: the forty-year-old plaza ...

Dog Society, a place to sit and stay

Usually, I’m in it for the food. When the food’s not good, I’m happy to keep my mouth shut, pretend I never heard of the place. Worst burger spot in San Diego? You didn’t hear ...

A refreshing escape to Calypso Café

For most of the county, the sun was out and temperatures rising. The predicted heat wave had settled in to cook away our customary June gloom. However, isolated on its narrow strip of land between ...

In a town rich with Italian food, Parma Cucina stands out

In the greater San Diego area, you could visit three different Italian restaurants every week for a year and still not try them all. More like five a week if you include pizza counters. And ...

The many charms of Duke’s Old Fashioned Onion Burgers

Considering it’s shaped like a sauce pan, we rarely see a cooking tradition attributed to Oklahoma. Yet, sure enough, when I google the term “onion burger,” all results credit the Sooner State. I might never ...

Grand Ole BBQ’s return to North Park

Most of the time, I hunt around for new or under the radar eateries to highlight for Feast. If a restaurant already attracts long lines, or a has a dozen articles about it this week, ...

Sushi Yorimichi worth a detour thru Linda Vista

This place is familiar. I used to come here back when it was the Original Sab E Lee, the locally beloved Thai restaurant that moved to a larger space across the street years ago. There ...

The Lab Collaborative basks in Oceanside’s attentions

If you’ve paid attention to travel media in the past year, you might have noticed a newfound appreciation for that three-mile stretch of surf and sand called Oceanside. Never mind those singing its praises are ...

2022 Summer Fun Issue

The other night at dinner, the Young People asked the Old People, “How do you know when you’re an adult?” Your humble Editor’s answer: “When you realize that life is no longer play that gets ...

El Peladito imports a better sports bar menu

Baseball rules at El Peladito. Its entire back wall creates the illusion the Otay Ranch bar and grill sits on the first-base line of a baseball stadium, complete with lawn stripes and a replay screen ...

Hayes Burger built a burger hub beside Chicano Park

Hayes Burger is the first shop on Logan Avenue, coming out of Chicano Park, and as I approach on foot, I can see a few other people have the same lunch plan I do. A ...

Gorilla Eats Sushi, but that’s not fish

Over the past few years, plant-based sushi has become a fixture of San Diego’s restaurant landscape. That’s a big win for vegans and the vegan-adjacent, because there’s a distinct pleasure to the ritual of dining ...

Algo Bueno grows in Chula Vista

Usually, we see this go in the other direction. Somebody with cooking talent tests the market with a food truck, then works to make the dream of a brick-and-mortar restaurant a reality. For Silvia Loya ...

San Diego resists – but not completely – the invasion of Austin breakfast tacos

Is San Diego finally becoming more of a breakfast taco town? Nobody’s suggesting that tacos haven’t long been a part of San Diego’s balanced breakfast. They may not be what middle America would call breakfast ...

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