Edit ModuleShow Tags

Best Things I Ate This Month: March 2018

Ahi at Oceana Coastal Kitchen, pho at Shank & Bone, and plantains at Pisco


Ahi @ Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Oceana is in good hands. As locals, we know the Catamaran. A classic. Your friends got married there. But a few years back the owners invested big into the signature restaurant, hiring chef Steven Reimer, who’d spent time at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, and as the pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton. He knows his way around desserts (his banana “pudding” is one of those dishes he’ll never be able to take off the menu), but his sushi program is excellent, too. Try the seared tuna roll with togarashi (Japanese spice). The spice is perfect, delicious, judiciously done.

3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach


Pho @ Shank & Bone

Shank & Bone is a welcome new spot in North Park. The owners (who’ve owned Ebisu Sushi for years) are betting that Vietnamese food is ready for a little gussying up. Sure, you can get a cheap bowl of pho (traditional Vietnamese soup, one of life’s great pleasures, seasoned with star anise and coriander and bones). In lesser restaurants, they won’t use many bones to flavor the stock, or they’ll cheat with bouillon cubes. But for S&B’s signature pho, they use twice the amount of bones, including oxtail, and the deep, rich flavor difference is stark. Yes, it costs more. Good food does.

2930 University Ave., North Park


Plantains @ Pisco

For an upcoming restaurant review, I checked into the Peruvian standout at Liberty Station. Of course you can get ceviches and lomo saltado, but the jaw-dropper is this dessert. Plantains are cooked and then caramelized until they have a near-banana flavor. The caramel is the real killer, flavored with star anise and a touch of orange juice. A bite of those with the scoop of ice cream will set you right.

2401 Truxton Rd., Liberty Station, Point Loma

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

10 Hot Plates: San Diego's Top Food News in June

Restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons

San Diego's Best Restaurants 2018

Dig into the 260 winners defining San Diego’s food scene in 2018

The No-Plastic Challenge

Traveling across the country eating at restaurants, I will try to avoid plastic
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

Edit ModuleShow Tags

SD Food News

The hottest thing in San Diego food right now just might be Tijuana.

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, by Food Editor and general good guy Troy Johnson.

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags


AquaVie: 10 Reasons It’s Downtown’s Best Kept Secret

The best workout and spa getaway around? It’s actually right underneath your nose.

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags