Blog: Feast!

Entries for March, 2013

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Marine Room: The restaurant that time forgot

Fine dining tradition keeps on keeping on for the better part of a century in La Jolla

The Lobby: Happy hour in a museum?

This must be the most historic room downtown, and I’m munching $3 fish tacos in here.

The Rocking Tanuki

Mission Valley Japanese restaurant has a cute name, but it's no hidden gem.

Baja nights: At Los Cristales you eat while you're riding the wave

The restaurant on the rock serves the rich, the famous, and Ed

Box'd

It's a box! With waffles!

Swordfish at a gas station? El Venado, Chula Vista

Down by the Otay river, swordfish plays with Ed’s taste buds

One piece at a time at Sushi Tadokoro

Ordering Edo-style sushi in an Old Town mini-mart at $4/bite is a beautiful thing.

Monkey see, monkey brew: Center City’s Monkey Paw

For Guinness’ sake: Straight burger and no monkey business!

Las Morelianas Carnitas Estilo Michoacan

Michoacan-style carnitas in City Heights

Little cookies, long story at El Cuervo

Hillcrest taco shop serves shortbread cookies with history baked in.

Snooze you can use: Ping Pong tonight at Snooze, Hillcrest!

The breakfast eatery is staging its 2nd annual ping pong face-off. No food, plenty of booze

Phuong Trang

Inexpensive Vietnamese family-style dining in Kearny Mesa.

Golden Hill’s Kafe Sobaka: What size borscht? Communist or Socialist?

Mark Djugashvili’s latest Georgian eatery has a funny take on East Meets West.

Coronado: Healthy burgers at the hospital?

Well, there is plenty of lettuce...

Cauliflower ceviche at the Vegetarian Cuisine & Arts Festival in Tijuana

The second bi-annual veggie fest at Margarita's Village offered clever Baja Med cuisine

Ignoring family ties at Monello

Taking the sister act next door to Little Italy's Bencotto

Dinner at Heat

Working through a very full meal from the new Hillcrest restaurant.

Last call for Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Sunday's MVCBF will be the last, but The Handlery's not done with beer

East Village: Pakistani food has landed!

Chicken tikka masala competes with pizza at 10th and Broadway

Tartine and the two coffee cakes

Remembering the weirdest fight over food I've ever had at a most precious Coronado cafe.

Coronado: Red corned beef, green beer

Crazy St. Paddy's day at McP's, but the Irish food's still good, and it's always on the menu

Huevos de toro at Café Europa downtown: Thanks for the tip!

Ed eats meatballs, drinks Chianti for $10.15 -tip included

Oani shoring up The Shores

Former Roy's La Jolla chef fills clogs at The Shores

Duck Dive and the duck fries

Fries so good they make strangers friendly at a Pacific Beach bar.

A return to Paradise for DiBiase

The Shores chef sets sail for familiar digs at Paradise Point

California Kebab announces SDSU location closure

Mediterranean restaurant focuses on newer beer garden & eatery in Pacific Beach

Breakfast at El Borrego

City Heights Mexican eatery may be best known for barbecued lamb, but don't overlook the early bird specials.

Zia: Pizza is a wrap unrolled

Son of an Afghan immigrant creates fusion pizzas: Taste the old country in his toppings

Gaslamp: Desperation eats at Ciné Café

When all else is closing down, you can rely on Haitham

More Bang for Your Buck on International Restaurant Row

Wine Vault & Bistro Offers a Deal You Shouldn't Refuse at the Foot of Mission Hills

Party 'til your belly aches at Alchemy's 4th Anniversary Bash

For a small fee, Alchemy promises booze, photos, music and a lot of food at their birthday party on Thursday.

Swoon is brilliant

At the new dessert bar in North Park, the pastry cooks are doing some smart things with sweets.

Normal Heights: Chicken, wine, custody battles

At Proprietor’s Reserve, Ed finds wine, HH deals and a warning: Don't bring your ex. It's too small for hissy negotiations

Three-Way Dinners' inaugural meal at Cusp

The first of three dinners from this new chef series has the head chefs from Jsix, Cusp, and Saltbox cooking together.

Prodigy-to-protégé hand-off at San Diego Brewing Co.

A changing of the brewhouse guard for long-time local brewing bastion

Afternoons at Brooklyn Girl

The popular, Mission Hills spot has a quieter, more reserved lunch scene.

Sustainable Seafood Week swims into San Diego; swims out March 15

Over 75 regional restaurants offering sustainable seafood options during week-long event to benefit San Diego Oceans Foundation.

Allen's Alley Cafe

Vista breakfast spot has longevity and charm to spare.

Belching Beaver migrating south

Belching Beaver Brewery using tasting rooms, bottles to reach consumers

PB: Drink your greens!

Greenfix is the pause for your pores at all the farmers' markets

Taking salt and pepper off The Counter

Fried avocado and olive spread are fun, but salt and pepper are burger essentials

Checking out the Heights Tavern

Normal Heights gets its very own giant sports bar/nightclub.

Fiji Yogurt and Ferran Adria

Finding molecular gastronomy at a Hillcrest fro-yo parlor.

Just for the halibut: Chip's Beach Eatz makes PB fish delish

Locally sourced, locally sauced! This halibut was trawled 100 yards offshore. Now Chip works his saucy magic

First look at Great Maple

Hillcrest's new eatery has red light specials and a sprawling menu, but does it work?

Eureka! I've found a Grade F veggie burger!

A disappointing experience at UTC’s posh new burger and beverage den

Mission Beach’s Better Buzz: But from oatmeal?

While Mad Scientists from The Lab make your coffee, ask about their jar of oatmeal.

Amaya's chance to shine in The Jewel

The Grand Del Mar’s hidden gem stepping out of Addison’s shadow

Shattered prejudices against OB Noodle House

This is me admitting to being wrong about a restaurant based solely on not wanting to believe the hype. I stand corrected.

Reading the coffee grounds: Breakfast in Mission Beach

Olive Café has all-day breakfasts, and Turkish coffee, so you can read your future…

A Late Saturday Afternoon Lunch at Mikko in Carlsbad

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/05/41168/ Mikko, an “authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine” restaurant, sits just off the 5-freeway, at Carlsbad Village Drive (Elm Avenue to older locals). Many Carlsbad residents and others have been offering their patronage to the establishment quietly occupying a space in the Albertson’s shopping center for about 15 years. Though ...

Sloppy's Burritos opens in Hillcrest

The plaza at Fourth and University is exploding with new restaurants (sorry, Subway!) and the newest one is an alternative burrito place.

Beers of the Week: Churchill's Pub's Renaissance Brews

North County pub puts on six custom-made, high quality craft beers

Eat hearty, eat arty: gyros hit Coronado

Salah learned his art in Baghdad and Damascus. Check it out as you chomp cheap

International Women's Day

Festa Della Donna at Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill

9 + 2 + 6 = Yum!

PB’s Table 926 solves elusive equation for producing a complete restaurant

Bailiwick Brunch

Downtown San Diego's new hot spot is long on booze and short on food.

Amplified Ale Works announce Sunday beer & bacon brunch

Pacific Beach brewery at California Kebab and Beer Garden pairs farm-to-table meal with flight of beer.

Animalized! First Bar Downtown delivers $1 IPAs, sensational sprouts

Happy hour deals in the finest bar you’ve never heard of.

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary Flanders-Style Ale

Uncle Karl celebrates the big two-four with a celebratory sour

Whole horse mackerel, you say?

Seeking conciliatory sushi in Liberty Station, I found some true delights at Sushi Mura.

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