Blog: Feast!

Entries for February, 2013


Ali Baba’s in Sorrento Valley: Fast company, fast fish

Ed discovers a bar in the middle of nowhere, packed with the IT in-crowd

Approaching a new brewing Benchmark

AleSmith alum setting up shop in Grantville

Heat Bar and Kitchen

New restaurant for North Park outdoes itself for happy hour.

Little Italy Waterfront happy hour: Free is good

And this HH is specially hard to beat when it includes free crab legs

There's Culture brewing on Cedros

New brewery brings Solana Beach’s design district customized suds

Next Door: wine for La Mesa

A charming wine bar on an unexpected stretch of El Cajon.

Chiquibaby's, Logan Heights: Tostada and Karaoke

Neighborhood bar brings out the (Mexican) musician in you. And the appetite

Ai Sushi and Teriyaki

Downtown Japanese hole-in-the-wall is "good enough."

Pizza Port Solana Beach: The next generation

The new brewer (wo)manning one of San Diego’s classic brewhouses

Project Pie making progress in Hillcrest

"Build your own pizza" lands at 4th & University

Broadway bargain: Taking Time Out for a quesadilla

Surprising food and drink deals at language students’ downtown hangout

Home Brew Mart to debut The Homework Series

Ballast Point taps its homebrewing component for a new line of suds

Beer of the Week: Celebrator 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale

Debuting a beer with personal local ties from Sierra Nevada

Espresso on the go at Ride On

Bay Park's drive-through coffee is as good as most full-sized shops and twice as convenient.

Santee Anny’s: The burger at the end of the line

Do South Koreans make the best burgers in California?

Piatti Ristorante, La Jolla classic

This restaurant may not have changed much in recent years, but it doesn't seem to need it.

Stout downtown: It’s hockey time. Eat your poutine!

Ice hockey season brings the annual pilgrimage of puckista fanatics

Martinis Above Fourth

Stick with the silly drinks and you'll be OK.

Aphrodisiac? Sexy pupusas at I.B. Farmers’ market

El Salvador's Gastro-Embassy's right by the pier...

Homebrews for guide dogs

Local Habit hosting homebrew-driven fundraiser for service dog trainers

Korea BBQ House

Enduring Kearny Mesa BBQ spot is long on portions, short on excellence.

Tent City Intensity: Harry D’z BBQ sets I.B. nostrils a-twitch

Harry’s reinvented the BBQ sauce, and the nation's most SW farmers' market is richer (in aromas) for it

Big-time brewhouse additions

New brewers for Modern Times Beer and Monkey Paw

First look at Soda and Swine

North Park's new "concept" restaurant is here, but it's a tough meatball to swallow.

Beer of the Week: Sweet Tea Session IPA

Monkey Paw brews up a beer for Hillcrest farm-to-tablers

Beer Touring: Thorn Street Brewery

New North Park brewery has all but one element for success

Acoustic in Middletown: Unplugged beer comes to oldest brewery!

Expect noise. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment about to rock old Mission Brewery

Bread Canyon turns up the heat

An update on the "bread CSA" that I found out about last year.

Beer Touring: Coronado Brewing - Tecolote Canyon

Off-island offshoot offers expanded look at Crown City operation

Beer Touring: Helm's Brewing

Dark side of the equation is brightest at Kearny Mesa newbie

Buona Forchetta opens in South Park

New pizzeria occupies long-empty building and brings Neopolitan style gusto.

Gaslamp: Oceanaire on the cheap

Happy hour opens the gates to another swank eatery

Gaslamp: Red Pearl Kitchen's woks go cold

Hollywood-style Chinese eatery closes just before Chinese New Year

Beer Touring: Belching Beaver Brewery

New Vista brewery offers more than nomenclature would suggest

<em>Haute caffeine</em> at Better Buzz Coffee Lab

The coffee's super serious, but the atmosphere is pretty chill.

Free tea! And $4 hummus: Darband in Center City

Persian food and games at Cedar and Fifth

Beer Touring: Offbeat Brewing

A progress report on Escondido’s other craft brewery

Lofty Aspirations at Chaplos Restaurant and Bar

Downtown restaurant was nicer than I'd expected...and a little snooty.

Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar Presents a Stone Brewing Company Dinner

Move over wine, beer is looking for a place at the table! Paon Restaurant in Carlsbad hosted a pairing dinner this past week with beers chosen by the Stone Brewing Company. I attended not as a beer connoisseur, but as a food lover who wanted to see how beer would ...

Adam's Steak 'n Eggs

Fifty years of sirloins and booze breakfasts in Hotel Circle.

Beer of the Week: Silva Stout

Green Flash’s brewmaster explains his renowned namesake beer

Crawfish & Euphoria Brass Band highlighted at Saltbox and Local Habit

Both local eateries host separate Crawfish Boils this weekend complete with signature beers and music by Euphoria Brass Band.

Stand Bayou? Lincoln Park has Louisiana frogs a-fryin’

At last! Red Rooster’s specialty: Toad in the Hole-in-the-Wall…

Downtown’s Local: Simple soup’n suds

If in doubt, tortilla soup will fill you out

Isola serves lovin' from the oven

Pizza’s the focus, but its upstaged by unexpected stars

Lemon Grove: Best California steak?

For forty years, people have been trekking here for the steak-avo-cheese sandwich

Pop-ups taking over Market

San Diego Public Market fundraiser realizes chef’s makeshift resto concepts

Louisian style at Red's Espresso Eatery

Point Loma coffee shop might be a little weird, but it has a certain kind of charm.

Richman’s food, poorman’s prices: Late luncheon at the Westgate downtown

Hidden bargain at the palace built for Richard Nixon

Incoming on Washington!

The old Brian's building is finally getting a makeover after a long dormancy.

Is everything still tasting great?

A call for an end to an ill-advised yet ubiquitous service question

Voyou: Great little wine bar but…

Looking for best bang for Le Buck at Hillcrest's French wine bar

Lunch at Saigon on Fifth in Hillcrest

The Vietnamese food place that's Actually on University Avenue

Non-native Native Foods in Encinitas

Newly arrived veggy-vegan chain committed to speedy delivery

Wackness at the Joint

Ocean Beach sushi bar is best when things get weird.

Beaucoup Banchan at Grandma's

Endless array of tastes at Grandma Tofu & B.B.Q. on Convoy

Lincoln Park: Red Rooster’s got catfish, if you can find it

It’s a hole in the wall, but the word is out: for catfish, frogs’ legs, call Frank

Pacific Beach eateries cook up culinary tribute to Super Bowl

California Kebab and Papa Luna's Empanadas pay homage to 49ers and Ravens

Beer of the Week: SD TapRoom Coconuts on Rye

Vista’s Latitude 33º goes ‘nuts over PB’s SD Tap Room

New wine bar in Talmadge

Romeo and Julieta's Wine Cafe is open for business.

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