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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

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: November 2015

San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival, San Diego Beer Week, SOMMCON
November 9, 2015

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.
November 5, 2015

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.
November 4, 2015

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
October 20, 2015

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

Celebrate the Craft, San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
October 13, 2015

Best Things I Ate This Month: October 2015

Lamb Burger at Café 21, Vermicelli Noodles at Sovereign Kitchen, Ahi Tacos at The Hake
October 13, 2015

Incoming: Liberty Public Market

San Diego's big public market unveils three big new concepts
September 29, 2015

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.
September 10, 2015

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
September 9, 2015

Best Things I Ate This Month: September 2015

Carnitas Taco at Bracero, Crema de Elote at Coasterra, and Goat Cheese Ravioli at Water Grill
September 9, 2015

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.
August 14, 2015

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.
August 5, 2015

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...
July 27, 2015

FIRST LOOK: Blush

Next week, San Diego's Gaslamp District gets its newest concept—Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, headed by chef Daniel Barron. An oyster bar, raw bar, frosted ice cocktails and an East-West menu that's not shy. Check out the first known photos in the universe.
July 23, 2015

FIRST LOOK: Rustic Root

Somehow, San Diego's Gaslamp District didn't have a single, fully-dedicated rooftop restaurant. Until now. Meet Rustic Root.
July 22, 2015

The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: July-August 2015

All-American Backyard BBQ at Kettner Exchange, Ales & Acoustics, Farm to Bay
July 10, 2015
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