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Why Restaurants Are Adding a Surcharge, and Why Diners Should Gladly Pay It

Restaurateurs are finding ways to deal with the challenges of the minimum wage hike

The Foolproof Guide to San Diego Restaurant Week

Where to go, what to order—here's your GPS to food nirvana during SDRW

Farm-to-Table Gets a Farmer-Approved List of Restaurants

Trish Watlington launches San Diego Farm to Fork Week to combat local food fraud

The Best Food & Drink Events in January

Farm to Fork Week, Michelin-Starred Chefs Dinner at Civico 1845, and Filipino Flavor at JSix

Best Things I Ate This Month: January 2017

The meat at Grand Ole BBQ, Pork Ribs at Coop’s West Texas BBQ, and Tsebhi Dorho at Muzita Abyssinian Bistro

Taste Test: Wrench & Rodent's Sustainable Sushi Lives up to the Hype

Troy Johnson finally makes the trek to Planet Oceanside

Best Things I Ate All Year

After eating a few thousand dishes across San Diego, here are 21 of the best you should try right now for happiness.

Hey, Troy

Ask food critic Troy Johnson any food- or drink-related question that's on your mind

The Best Food & Drink Events in December

Feast of the Seven Fishes, Tamale Party at the Curious Fork, and The Wine Vault's Top 5 Reds Tasting Menu

Best Things I Ate This Month: December 2016

Red-Eye Rubbed Brisket at Campfire, Compart Duroc Pork Chop at Flying Pig, and Monchong at Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub

Cowboy Star Has the Ultimate Holiday Drink Experience

Sip a Scandinavian classic gone wrong out of a gnome head

A Wine Game-Changer?

With its invention, LJ Crafted Wines in Bird Rock is serving high-end wines straight from the barrel

How to Win Thanksgiving

Follow these simple food and drink rules for Thanksgiving dinner and we will not deport you to another, awfuller family.

Troy Johnson Makes his Television Cooking Debut on Food Network

How San Diego Magazine's food critic went from writing about restaurants to cooking on national television

Best Things I Ate This Month: November 2016

Polenta and Ragu at Cucina Urbana, Farro and Grape Salad at Herb & Wood, and Poke Tacos at Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge

The Best Food & Drink Events in November

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, Market 10-Year Anniversary Dinner, and Holiday Block Party

FIRST LOOK: The Grass Skirt

San Diego's tiki boom continues with this new spot in Pacific Beach

FIRST LOOK: Bar by Red Door

Top San Diego farm-to-table restaurant Red Door expands its ethos to the glass with Bar by Red Door.

In Defense of the White Tablecloth

The white tablecloth is the greatest stray-food detection program on the restaurant planet.

The Best Food & Drink Events in October and November

Abnormal Wine Dinner at Cork & Craft, Bitter Brothers Brewing Co. Family Dinner, and Bret Dennen's Wine Release

Best Things I Ate This Month: October 2016

Green Eggs and Ham at Searsucker, Heirloom Carrots at Cowboy Star, and Foie Gras and Smoked Duck Breast Canape at Crudo by Pascal Lorange

Stop Killing Restaurants, California

Raising minimum wage without a tip credit is dumb, dumb, dumb.

Fired Up

Open-flame cooking is now the biggest restaurant trend, and San Diego chefs explain why.

The Best Food & Drink Events in September

Taste of the Port, KAABOO Rock'n Chef Competition, and the History of California Wines

Best Things I Ate This Month: September 2016

Triangoli at Cucina Sorella, Pumpkin Waffle at Café 222, and Banh Mi at The Grill at the Lodge

FIRST LOOK: Campfire

Carlsbad gets one hell of a new concept in Campfire from Craft & Commerce vet John Resnick

FIRST LOOK: False Idol

San Diego is now home to a world-class tiki bar—False Idol

FIRST LOOK: Craft & Commerce

S.D.'s iconic cocktail bar reopens today with new look, new lions

FIRST LOOK: Decoy Dockside

San Marcos gets an ambitious, two-story gastro-lodge on the lake with Decoy Dockside.

Eat Food With Eyes

Eating food with eyes isn't a gross thing, it's how it should be done.

The Best Food & Drink Events in August and September

Ferragosto Wine Dinner, Farm Dinner at Juniper & Ivy, and Culture Through Cuisine

Best Things I Ate This Month: August 2016

Softshell Crab Lettuce Wraps at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, Lamb at Veladora/Pony Room, and Buffalo Octopus at Herringbone

FIRST LOOK: Ponsaty's

S.D.'s Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty finally gets his own signature joint

FIRST LOOK: Isola Pizza Bar

A hit in Little Italy, Neapolitan pizza joint doubles down in La Jolla

July's Best Food & Drink Events

San Diego Summer Feast at Suzie’s Farm, Coronado Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary, and Café Gratitude's “We Are One” Block Party

Best Things I Ate This Month: July 2016

Chicken and Dumplings at Mess Hall, Beef Tallow at your house, and Abalone Tostada at Manzanilla

FIRST LOOK: Pacific Standard

Exec chef and Top Cheffer Giselle Wellman comes home to head the new Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen in Little Italy.

Where's the Beef?

As the science on beef production mounts, a sustainable restaurant owner nixes her steakhouse, turns it into Bar by Red Door.

Game On

First person to create a Chuck E Cheese with good food and drink will make millions.

Dear Tostada, I'm Sorry

A journey through Baja, Mexico, to find tostada enlightenment

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: June-July 2016

True Food Kitchen's Sustainable Seafood Dinner, Best Restaurants Party, North Eats, and Collections by Addison

FIRST LOOK: The Grill

Jeff Jackson gets an outdoor griller's dream with a 2.5 million-dollar overhaul of The Grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Best Things I Ate This Month

Oxtail gnocchi at Herb & Wood, potatoes at Trust, and almond cake at Azucar

FIRST LOOK: Cucina Sorella

Tracy Borkum's new pasta boutique opens in former Ken Grill spot

Goodbye: Christian Graves

Christian Graves has been a star at Jsix for 10 years. Now he's leaving and shares his thoughts on S.D.'s food scene.

Making a MasterChef

MasterChef winner Claudia Sandoval on the life-changing ups and downs

FIRST LOOK: Carnitas' Snack Shack

San Diego's kings of pork, Carnitas Snack Shack, crack open their third location at Embarcadero Marina

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month

Dinner with Cookie Dutch, Craft Beer + Bites, and Outstanding in the Field

Best Things I Ate This Month

Meyer Lemon Risotto at A.R. Valentien, Macarons at Le Parfait Paris, and Lupini Beans at Monello

FIRST LOOK: One Door North

Owners of Smoking Goat launch big new concept right next door

FIRST LOOK: Herb & Wood

Brian Malarkey and Chris Puffer strike again in Little Italy

Rising Star: Boochcraft

San Diego's high-alcohol kombucha brand poised to breakout

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month

When the Sea Meets the Farm Dinner, Chef-Driven Bake Sale, and Cincoteca Dos

Best Things I Ate This Month

Grapefruit Liqueur at Vom Fass, Pork Chop at Madison, and Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen at RakiRaki

Wasted: The Dinner

The Red Door’s Re-Source dinner sheds light on how much damn food we waste

Goodnight: Ra Sushi

Ra Sushi exits its Gaslamp location

First Look: Liberty Public Market

It's not Pike Place. It's not the Ferry Building. But it's the same idea.

FIRST LOOK: Flour & Barley

New brick-oven pizza joint now open in former Mozza spot in The Headquarters

The Rebirth of Fun!

The once-snobby craft cocktail scene enters its fun phase

A National Treasure

Olivewood Gardens transforms the diets of a fast-food neighborhood

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: March-April 2016

Sabor Latino Beer, Wine & Food Fest, Dinner with Tablas Creek Winery, Rhythm and Brews

Best Things I Ate This Month: March 2016

Belgian Waffle at Little Lion, Brisket Sandwich at Westgate Hotel, and Cocoa Krispy Toast at Waypoint Public

Info Tapas

The most interesting tid bits—news, openings, closings—from San Diego's restaurant and bar scene.

San Diego's James Beard Nominees Are...

The James Beard nominees were announced today. And San Diego's restaurant scene grabbed three. And the nominees are...

Goodnight, Claire de Lune

For 19 years, Claire de Lune was the come-as-you-are cultural hangout for North Park. Today it closes. Owner Claire Magner looks back.

The Noisy Restaurant Epidemic

Notice a volume spike in restaurants lately? There are so many reasons today's restaurants are louder than ever. Award-winning architect Matthew Ellis explains.

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: February-March 2016

The Cheeses of Europe, Festa Della Donna, San Diego Masters Cocktail Challenge

Best Things I Ate This Month: February 2016

Beet Steak at La Valencia, Superfood Bowl at Little Lion, Sandwich at Biga

The Drink of 2016

Rum is poised to be the next breakout spirit in 2016. So much so that people will start drinking it straight. Or in something like this Rum Old Fashioned from Kettner Exchange.

Goodnight, Croce's

Croce's, the live music venue and restaurant dedicated to Jim Croce, has closed for good. Ironically, live music killed it. But it's not an entirely sad song.

Huge News for Your Mouth

When asked to name my favorite chef in San Diego, I name three. One of them is Patrick Ponsaty. Now he's taking over the former Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe.

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: January 2016

Galaxy Taco Tuesdays, Center Stage Dinner at La Valencia Hotel, Chocolate Threeway at Eclipse Chocolate

Best Things I Ate This Month: January 2016

Jackfruit “BBQ” Sandwich at Kindred, Chicago Deep Dish at Regents Pizzeria, Pho at OB Noodle House Bar 1502

TASTE IT: Regents Pizzeria

People had always told me about Regents Pizzeria near UTC. I finally tried it. Now I get it, UCSD students. Now I get it.

FIRST LOOK: Madison

When Lei Lounge in University Heights closed, many mourned the loss of that patio. Now it's redesigned, and it's back as Madison, the new venture from one of the owners of FLUXX nightclub and the chef from Bice Ristorante.

The 12 Days of Christmas

From loud restaurants to ancient cocktails to cold brew, here's a look back at the restaurant trends of 2015. Done through the power of Christmas song.

FIRST LOOK: Kindred

Death metal vegan has arrived in San Diego. From the creative minds behind Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment, LOVELIKEBEER—plus one of the country's top vegan chefs—comes Kindred. It's in South Park. It's gonna blow some minds.

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: December 2015

Antojitos Dinner, Chef Catch Dinner Series, Best Reds of 2015 Dinner

Best Things I Ate This Month: December 2015

Chicken Oysters at The Crack Shack, Lamb Neck Barbacoa at Bracero, Burrata Bruschetta at Little Italy Farmers Market

TASTE IT: Crack Shack

Chefs Richard Blais and Jon Sloan, fresh off the success of Juniper & Ivy, have opened fried-chicken joint, The Crack Shack. Here's what to order.

The Ballast Point Effect

The Great Craft Sale is on. Constellation Brands recently bought Ballast Point for $1 billion. Heineken bought Lagunitas. MillerCoors bought Saint Archer. What does that mean for the craft beer industry? Experts weigh in.

Sell Outs!

First Saint Archer sold to MillerCoors. Now Ballast Point has sold to Constellation Brands for one billion dollars. Is San Diego's craft beer scene being co-opted? Are we sell-outs?

Holiday Classes at Bake Sale Bakery

‘Tis the season! Learn how to make seasonal sweet treats at the East Village dessert spot Bake Sale in San Diego

FIRST LOOK: The Crack Shack

After the huge success of Juniper & Ivy, chef Richard Blais and owner Michael Rosen launch all-day, ethical-chicken breakfast joint called The Crack Shack. Could this be the McDonald's for the food- and ethics-conscious foodie generation?

Best Things I Ate This Month: November 2015

Pork Ribs at Thai Papaya, Mexican Bowl at Café Gratitude, Yellowtail Crudo at Bracero

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: November 2015

San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival, San Diego Beer Week, SOMMCON

FIRST LOOK: Duke's La Jolla

For decades, Top of the Cove in La Jolla held one of the most iconic restaurant spots in San Diego. Now they've finally filled that space. Take an exclusive first look at Duke's La Jolla.

FIRST LOOK: The Nolen

San Diego's Bluemotif Architecture builds pretty places. And The Nolen is their newest—an open-air craft cocktail den atop the Courtyard by Marriott in the Gaslamp.

FIRST LOOK: Bistro du Marche

When Tapenade closed last year, some thought San Diego was losing a French classic. Instead, it gained a classic, new French bistro in the form of Bistro du Marche by chef Jean-Michel Diot

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: October-November 2015

Celebrate the Craft, San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

Best Things I Ate This Month: October 2015

Lamb Burger at Café 21, Vermicelli Noodles at Sovereign Kitchen, Ahi Tacos at The Hake

Incoming: Liberty Public Market

San Diego's big public market unveils three big new concepts

Saint Archer Sells to MillerCoors

Beer giant MillerCoors buys a majority stake of SD craft brewer, Saint Archer. Plus, Alex Thao closes Rama, and Perdue buys Niman Ranch.

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: September 2015

Mama’s Kitchen 25th Anniversary Party (“Food Is Love”), Rock’n Chef Competition, Enrique Olvera & Trey Foshee

Best Things I Ate This Month: September 2015

Carnitas Taco at Bracero, Crema de Elote at Coasterra, and Goat Cheese Ravioli at Water Grill

FIRST LOOK: Coasterra

Eight years in the making, the Cohn Restaurant Group unveils the 15 million-dollar, 28,000 square-foot modern Mexican restaurant and event space, Coasterra.

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: August 2015

Guadalupe Valle Grape Harvest Season, Brew & Food Festival, Treasure Chest Fest 2015

Best Things I Ate This Month: August 2015

Yellowfin Crudo at Catania, Chicken Wiener Schnitzel at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, Grilled Avocado at Galaxy Taco

Health Food Is Terrible

Food critic Troy Johnson explains why health food deserves its bad rap, and why it's the future of dining out. Plus a pocket guide to eating healthy food that doesn't suck in San Diego.

FIRST LOOK: Café Gratitude

Healthy gourmet is the future. L.A.'s Cafe Gratitude has become one of the breakout stars of the movement. They open their first San Diego location in Little Italy this week. San Diego Mag unveils the first photos...
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