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Bar Bodega Brings Tapas Culture to Little Italy

This little box in a bustling part of town is inspiring and unassuming
August 25, 2017

Officine Buona Forchetta Lives and Stalls by Simplicity at Liberty Station

Good, simple dishes are prepared without fuss, which is both the restaurant's strength and its weakness.
July 28, 2017

Lionfish Brings a Dash of Las Vegas Glitz to the Gaslamp

Dining at the Pendry's signature restaurant is like dining in a bottle of good scotch
June 23, 2017

Farmer's Table Is Surprisingly Excellent — and Disappointing

The La Mesa restaurant boasts farm-to-table recipes but the only person who is passionate is the chef
May 26, 2017

Barbusa Trades Old-World Italian Sophistication for Lively, Social Dining

The Little Italy eatery isn't perfect, but it's a huge hit for one of San Diego's top restaurant families
April 21, 2017

Ponsaty's Brings Master French Fare to Rancho Santa Fe

Master chef Patrick Ponsaty gets his own restaurant
March 24, 2017

The Hake's New View Steals the Show

La Jolla's tiny bistro gets a $2.5-million overhaul, and it works
February 24, 2017

Campfire Brings Some Inspired Ancient Cookery Back to Carlsbad

The name says it all: fire and smoke flavors served here.
January 27, 2017

Tajima Heads up San Diego's Ramen Empire

Ramen shops are taking over the city, and Tajima leads the charge
December 23, 2016

Top Belgian Chef Makes a Mark with Crudo

Chef-owner Pascal Lorange set up in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch
November 28, 2016

Cucina Sorella Works Its Magic in Kensington

Tracy Borkum finally finds the right fit with Cucina Sorella
October 28, 2016

Herb & Wood Shines in Little Italy

Chef (and target) Brian Malarkey does his best work yet at the stunning new restaurant
September 23, 2016

Civico 1845 Is Just a Few Dashes Away from Excellence

Troy Johnson reviews Little Italy's vegan-friendly Italian restaurant
August 23, 2016

Mess Hall Is Ambitiously In-The-Now

The concept of Liberty Public Market's signature restaurant pays off well, when it pays off
July 26, 2016

Restaurant Review: Trust

Chef Brad Wise and Trust are two reasons to return to Hillcrest
June 24, 2016

Restaurant Review: A.R. Valentien

After 14 years, A.R. Valentien is still a magical place for Francophilic carnivores
May 27, 2016

Restaurant Review: Madison

Madison is a stunning place to hit and miss in University Heights
April 22, 2016

Restaurant Review: Little Lion

Ocean Beach has an emerging star with Little Lion
March 25, 2016

Restaurant Review: Galaxy Taco

Top San Diego chef Trey Foshee fills a major gap in the Shores with Galaxy Taco
February 26, 2016

Restaurant Review: Bracero

Javier Plascencia takes Mexican food to the next level
January 22, 2016

Restaurant Review: Café Gratitude

San Diego vegetarian cuisine gets a lift with Café Gratitude
December 23, 2015

Restaurant Review: The Wooden Spoon

High-end chef Jesse Paul ditches cushy hotels for the tiny, inspiring Wooden Spoon
October 30, 2015

Restaurant Review: Water Grill

Water Grill is a stunning ode to a SoCal seafood icon
September 25, 2015

Restaurant Review: Catania

Catania takes the early risk at La Plaza, and it’s paying off for now
August 24, 2015

Restaurant Review: Double Standard

Young chef Chris Gentile pitches a near-perfect game at Double Standard
July 28, 2015

Restaurant Review: Sirena

Little Italy’s new Latin option is a hot, exciting mess
June 24, 2015

Restaurant Review: The Smoking Goat

How the Smoking Goat bistro became a neighborhood classic
May 22, 2015

Restaurant Review: Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange is where Little Italy celebrates its modern ascent
April 24, 2015

Restaurant Review: Table No. 10

Table No. 10 likes to gamble, with the occasional big payout
March 23, 2015

Restaurant Review: Bottega Americano

Bottega Americano is the new breed of highly ambitious American restaurant
February 23, 2015

Restaurant Review: Común

The East Village’s newest hot spot offers the equivalent of a Mexican food unicorn—light fare
January 27, 2015

Restaurant Review: Land & Water Co.

With food and ethics, Land & Water Co. is multiple kinds of good.
December 23, 2014

Restaurant Review: Sea180

Getting lost in the shuffle at a nice waterside restaurant
November 26, 2014

Restaurant Review: The Patio on Goldfinch

At the Patio on Goldfinch, plant walls and missing rooftops are pure magic
October 23, 2014

Behind the Scenes Video: Making the October issue

Go behind the scenes of our shoot at Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy
October 1, 2014

Restaurant Review: Ironside Fish & Oyster

Ironside Fish & Oyster is the crown jewel of Little Italy (bring pillows)
September 25, 2014

Restaurant Review: Tidal

Paradise Point and chef Amy DiBiase resuscitate a classic with Tidal
August 26, 2014

The Ivy League

Under star chef Richard Blais, Juniper & Ivy is in an elite class
July 25, 2014

Best of Tijuana

Border Report
July 22, 2014

Restaurant Review: Mixed on Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza is as successful with food as it is a failure with service.
June 27, 2014

Paradise Found

Amy DiBiase found her paradise as the chef of Paradise Point's newly redesigned restaurant, Tidal.
June 27, 2014

Land & Water Co.

Where to Eat in Carlsbad
June 27, 2014

FIRST LOOK: Tacos Perla

The gentleman behind The Pearl Hotel serve crickets in North Park
June 27, 2014

Restaurant Review: Croce's Park West

Squeezed out of downtown, Croce’s has never looked more alive
May 19, 2014

The State of Restaurant Criticism in the Age of Half-Stars

A Yeti makes a list
May 19, 2014

Food Blogger Favorites

From fish tacos to focaccia, eight San Diego foodies share their favorite dishes around town.
May 19, 2014

Waypoint Public Review

Waypoint Public makes once-novel beer pairing dinners an everyday thing
April 14, 2014

Puesto at The Headquarters

Puesto elevates the street taco with help from designer Thomas Schoos
March 14, 2014

Market Del Mar Review

Beard nominee Carl Schroeder gives his Del Mar attraction a face-lift
January 22, 2014

Review: Sea & Smoke

Chef Matt Gordon helps alter the course of mall-food infamy
December 13, 2013

Troy Johnson Reviews Avant

The mercy killing of El Bizcocho clears the way for a new era at Avant
November 15, 2013

On The Hake

Mexico City group makes its stateside debut in tough La Jolla space
October 16, 2013

New Restaurant: Sea & Smoke

Smoke 'Em
September 20, 2013

Oscar Winning

How Oscar's Mexican Seafood, a tiny hole in Pacific Beach became the new name in SD street tacos
September 20, 2013

Diner's Club: Great Maple

Local guy saves well-loved diner from chain-ification
August 15, 2013

Grand Cuisine at Bellamy's

A Master Chef of France is quietly flooring the locals in Escondido
July 18, 2013

Gang Kitchen Reviewed

Troy Johnson reviews Gang Kitchen in San Diego.
June 14, 2013

Where the Freeway Ends

Chaplos is a fine restaurant with a problem Primm, Nevada, understands
May 10, 2013

When Pigs Fly in O'Side

Whaddya know, farm-to-table bistro dining has landed in O-Side
April 29, 2013

Mangia at Monello

Bencotto’s offshoot takes it to the streets
March 15, 2013

Changing Tide

The Hotel Del’s big hire pays off at 1500 Ocean
February 28, 2013

No-Beau

100 Wines is a beauty queen with questionable taste
January 29, 2013

Rancho’s Rebirth

Rancho Valencia’s newly remodeled dining rooms are world-class
January 11, 2013

Top 10 Restos of 2012

Another year of eating, another year of taste memories—topped by these SD restaurants*
December 4, 2012

Kinda, Sora

Half of downtown’s new Japanese-Italian restaurant is very good
November 15, 2012

Swelter Me

The new Cusp restaurant is one hot ticket
September 14, 2012

Vintana Reviewed

This restaurant rules the northeast
August 17, 2012

Saint Paul

Chef Paul McCabe’s devotees follow him to Rancho Santa Fe
July 20, 2012

Girl Next Door

Brooklyn Girl opens with a bang
June 21, 2012

Fully Loaded

Kitchen 1540 makes a comeback
May 18, 2012

Katsuya at The Andaz Hotel Review

Review: Katsuya at The Andaz
April 13, 2012

Prep School

Troy Johnson reviews Prepkitchen
March 16, 2012

Under the TBL in La Jolla

Trey Foshee uncensors himself at TBL3
February 17, 2012

Prime Time

Donovan's enters the chef-centric world with Addison protégé, Kemar Durfield
January 20, 2012

Gordon Goes Gourmet

Solace & The Moonlight Lounge brings a little turf to the surf
December 15, 2011

Saltbox

Sharing plates at Hotel Palomar’s new restaurant is like a gastro-tour from the Big Easy to the California coast
November 18, 2011

Mision 19

A Tijuana chef—with ties to San Diego—is quietly becoming an international culinary darling with a daring new menu
October 12, 2011

Kitchen 1540

Chef Paul McCabe’s new menu encourages diners to wave the white flag
September 11, 2011

Grant Grill

A critical taste of the city’s flagship fine dining experience reveals a sense of San Diego’s culinary history
August 18, 2011

Kaito Sushi

Throw caution to the wind and let the chef surprise you at this casual Encinitas sushi restaurant
July 20, 2011
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