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FIRST LOOK: Bo-Beau Hillcrest

Cohn Restaurant Group's big Hillcrest idea, including S.D.'s first non-profit taco shop
May 17, 2017

Upgrade Your Saturday at the Surf Check

Editor's Rec: Archana Ram loves this retro trailer turned coffee stand on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
May 12, 2017

The Best Food & Drink Events in May and June

Mama’s Kitchen's Mama's Day, Eat.Drink.Read, and Dinner in the Valley in Ensenada
May 8, 2017

Best Things I Ate This Month: May 2017

Smoked Tuna Fries at TJ Oyster Bar, Bison Tartare at The Farmer's Table, Senor Croque at Crack Shack
May 8, 2017

Curadero Brings Mexican Street Food to Downtown

The vibrant restaurant is now open in downtown's Hotel Palomar
May 5, 2017

Inside East Village's Most Instagram-Worthy Distillery

You & Yours Distilling Co. serves vodka and gin in a stylish space
May 4, 2017

Very Important Taco: Karina's Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Taco

The local seafood empire debuts a Mission Hills location, with a delicious surf and turf taco to boot
April 25, 2017

FIRST LOOK: Waypoint Public

After finding success in North Park, Waypoint Public opens second spot in Del Sur
April 13, 2017

How an Encinitas-Based Olive Oil Brand Is Giving Back to Palestine

Organic, fair trade extra virgin olive oil company Harvest Peace is helping Palestinian farmers, one tree at a time
April 12, 2017

Best Things I Ate This Month: April 2017

Sugar Cookies at Prager Brothers, Salmon Crudo at Barbusa, and The Harpoon at Chris' Liquor
April 11, 2017

The Best Food & Drink Events in April

The Best of North County Party, Earth Day Dinner at Kitchen 1540, The Grass Skirt's Cocktail Release Party, and Spring Rendezvous at Grant Grill
April 10, 2017

FIRST LOOK: Curadero

Curadero brings Mexican street food, and drinks, to Hotel Palomar
April 4, 2017

Give Us Back Our (Pink, Himalayan) Salt and Pepper

Diners clamor for it, say chefs need to drop the ego
March 8, 2017

First Look: Hive

Kearny Mesa gets a massive new project from the Chorus Karaoke owners
March 3, 2017

You Can't Be Trusted With Salt and Pepper, and Here's Why

Local chefs are joining the conversation
March 3, 2017

Here's Where to Find the Best BBQ in San Diego

San Diego finally gets real-deal brisket at Grand Ole BBQ y Asado
March 1, 2017

10 Hot Plates

San Diego restaurant rumors, openings, & coming-soons in March
February 24, 2017

Where Are You, Salt & Pepper?

Salt and pepper have been banished from San Diego restaurant tables and it’s a crime
February 21, 2017

The Secret to Avoiding Food Guilt

Food delivery companies allow us to shame eat with abandon
February 7, 2017

First Look: Crack Shack Encinitas

The fast-casual chicken joint opens its first North County location
February 6, 2017

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
January 18, 2017

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

Trish Watlington launches San Diego Farm to Fork Week to combat local food fraud
January 10, 2017

The Best Food & Drink Events in January

Farm to Fork Week, Michelin-Starred Chefs Dinner at Civico 1845, and Filipino Flavor at JSix
January 9, 2017

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
January 9, 2017

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

Troy Johnson finally makes the trek to Planet Oceanside
January 6, 2017

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.
December 31, 2016

Hey, Troy

Ask food critic Troy Johnson any food- or drink-related question that's on your mind
December 29, 2016

A Wine Game-Changer?

With its invention, LJ Crafted Wines in Bird Rock is serving high-end wines straight from the barrel
December 7, 2016

How to Win Thanksgiving

Follow these simple food and drink rules for Thanksgiving dinner and we will not deport you to another, awfuller family.
November 21, 2016

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
November 21, 2016

FIRST LOOK: The Grass Skirt

San Diego's tiki boom continues with this new spot in Pacific Beach
November 7, 2016

La Vida Vegan: Taco to Me

Bracero’s plant-based taco nods to street food indulgence
October 28, 2016

10 Hot Plates

San Diego restaurant rumors, openings, & coming-soons in November
October 28, 2016

Ina Garten Unveils New Cookbook in San Diego

The Barefoot Contessa chef will talk career, cuisine, and Jeffrey at Balboa Theatre in November
October 28, 2016

False Idol Brings Tiki Back

This partnership between Consortium Holdings and tiki expert Martin Cate was one of the country's most anticipated openings
October 28, 2016

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.
October 20, 2016

In Defense of the White Tablecloth

The white tablecloth is the greatest stray-food detection program on the restaurant planet.
October 11, 2016

Stop Killing Restaurants, California

Raising minimum wage without a tip credit is dumb, dumb, dumb.
October 3, 2016

Fired Up

Open-flame cooking is now the biggest restaurant trend, and San Diego chefs explain why.
September 16, 2016

The Best Food & Drink Events in September

Taste of the Port, KAABOO Rock'n Chef Competition, and the History of California Wines
September 12, 2016

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
September 12, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Campfire

Carlsbad gets one hell of a new concept in Campfire from Craft & Commerce vet John Resnick
September 9, 2016

FIRST LOOK: False Idol

San Diego is now home to a world-class tiki bar—False Idol
September 3, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Craft & Commerce

S.D.'s iconic cocktail bar reopens today with new look, new lions
September 1, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Decoy Dockside

San Marcos gets an ambitious, two-story gastro-lodge on the lake with Decoy Dockside.
August 30, 2016

Eat Food With Eyes

Eating food with eyes isn't a gross thing, it's how it should be done.
August 11, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Ponsaty's

S.D.'s Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty finally gets his own signature joint
August 8, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Isola Pizza Bar

A hit in Little Italy, Neapolitan pizza joint doubles down in La Jolla
July 28, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Pacific Standard

Exec chef and Top Cheffer Giselle Wellman comes home to head the new Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen in Little Italy.
July 12, 2016

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.
July 7, 2016

Game On

First person to create a Chuck E Cheese with good food and drink will make millions.
July 7, 2016

Dear Tostada, I'm Sorry

A journey through Baja, Mexico, to find tostada enlightenment
June 29, 2016

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.
June 13, 2016

Best Things I Ate This Month

Oxtail gnocchi at Herb & Wood, potatoes at Trust, and almond cake at Azucar
June 10, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Cucina Sorella

Tracy Borkum's new pasta boutique opens in former Ken Grill spot
May 24, 2016

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.
May 21, 2016

Making a MasterChef

MasterChef winner Claudia Sandoval on the life-changing ups and downs
May 18, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Carnitas' Snack Shack

San Diego's kings of pork, Carnitas Snack Shack, crack open their third location at Embarcadero Marina
May 10, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Herb & Wood

Brian Malarkey and Chris Puffer strike again in Little Italy
April 19, 2016

Rising Star: Boochcraft

San Diego's high-alcohol kombucha brand poised to breakout
April 14, 2016

Wasted: The Dinner

The Red Door’s Re-Source dinner sheds light on how much damn food we waste
April 5, 2016

Goodnight: Ra Sushi

Ra Sushi exits its Gaslamp location
March 22, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Flour & Barley

New brick-oven pizza joint now open in former Mozza spot in The Headquarters
March 15, 2016

The Rebirth of Fun!

The once-snobby craft cocktail scene enters its fun phase
March 12, 2016

Info Tapas

The most interesting tid bits—news, openings, closings—from San Diego's restaurant and bar scene.
February 23, 2016

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...
February 17, 2016

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.
February 15, 2016

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.
February 12, 2016

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.
February 5, 2016

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.
January 27, 2016

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.
January 6, 2016

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.
December 24, 2015

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.
December 17, 2015

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
December 7, 2015

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.
December 5, 2015

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.
December 4, 2015

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?
November 23, 2015

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
November 11, 2015

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?
November 10, 2015

Best Things I Ate This Month: November 2015

Pork Ribs at Thai Papaya, Mexican Bowl at Café Gratitude, Yellowtail Crudo at Bracero
November 9, 2015
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