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Breakfast at Tobey's 19th Hole Cafe

Restaurant at the Balboa Park Golf Course is a total hidden gem with a killer view and cheap eats.


Comicon: This place rings my bell

Tin Fish wins as Ed's most atmospheric eatery in Comicon, for the second year.


South Park's Buona Forchetta: See and be scene!

At last: A real sidewalk terrazza in 'Diego


Brunch at Heights Tavern

Normal Heights bar opens for brunch. Neighborhood hipsters have not had to run for cover.


Ethiopia, San Diego, Part Three: Harar

A strong showing heats up the competition in the contest to be the best Ethiopian restaurant in San Diego.


The Haven open in Kensington

New pizza spot along Adams Ave has architectural superiority and tasty pie to boot.


Allen's Alley Cafe

Vista breakfast spot has longevity and charm to spare.


Buona Forchetta opens in South Park

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


25 Forty on Thursdays

The weekly special at this Old Town bistro is a hit.


Tour de Cheesesteak: stage 2

The tour continues into North Park for "homestyle" sandwiches


Brunch at the Patio on Lamont

As we were being led to our table at the newly opened Patio on Lamont, our hostess pointed out the brickwork in one of three dining areas -- the bricks had been part of Lamont Street Grill before the extensive renovations, some of which are still underway. Despite the temptations ...


Beer Week Basics: Ballast Point

The low-down on Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits: who they are, what they brew, and where you can get it.


Pannikin La Jolla: Triumph through Patio Superiority

Easy question: what's the most important thing about a coffee shop? Easy answer: the coffee. That's also the wrong answer. Or at least, it's not always the right one. This is because there is no "correct" answer to such a question. That fact doesn't apply only to coffee shops, but ...


TGIF: Happy Hour at Truluck's

Truluck’s, just off the I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive, routinely tops various local polls for service, seafood, wine list and happy hour specials. Part of a Texas-based chain, and located at the Hyatt Regency at Aventine, it’s popular with expense account wielding road warriors and well-to-do tourists. It’s way ...


Lobsters on a Rooftop by the Sea

My friend had a birthday and he wanted to go to Mexico so we took a trip to Puerto Nuevo for some famous lobsters. I got all the travel info I would need from puertonuevolobster.com. Barring an immediate wrong turn just after crossing the border and some impromptu, map-less navigation, ...


Ice Cream and Hot Waffles

I have been seeing the sign on the side of Lighthouse Ice Cream in Ocean Beach for ages. "Home of the famous hot waffle ice cream sandwich," it says. I have yearned for that sandwich since first glimpsing the sign and my dreams finally came true in a moment of ...


First Look: KS4S

There was a time long ago when I drank Karl Strauss beer with greater frequency than suds from any other local brewing company. My location of choice was their Sorrento Mesa outpost (9675 Scranton Road). A buddy of mine worked close by, so many were the afternoon our circle of ...


$10 Lunch: Andiamo! in Tierrasanta

I was drawn in to Andiamo! in Tierrasanta by a sign in the window advertising "Express Lunch and Early Bird Specials." I decided to take a risk and ask for a table before I had a chance to look at their menu or visit their website. It turned out to ...


The Hidden Dangers of a Weekday Brunch at Parkhouse Eatery

When Sarah invited me out for a Friday morning brunch, I had no intention of drinking a mimosa and then blowing off the rest of the day, but that’s exactly how it went down. We met at Parkhouse Eatery, where we were seated at a perfect half-in-the-sun-half-out table on the ...


Rooftop Brunch to Usher in Year Two at Pizza Port OB

It takes some businesses a long time to get off the ground. The same can't be said for Pizza Port's Ocean Beach brewpub. Since day one, the place has been heavily patronized (in a good way) by people from all walks of life in search of doughy discs of piled ...

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