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Taking On the $44 Grilled Cheese at Pamplemousse Grille

Coming to terms with the most expensive grilled cheese on the planet by Chef Jeffrey Strauss
October 21, 2019

Il Dandy's Great Expectations

The food at the much-hyped Bankers Hill restaurant is well executed—but occasionally too innovative for its own good
September 23, 2019

Cesarina Is a New Star of Pasta in Need of Some Supporting Dishes

The Point Loma ristorante has a packed patio almost every night and is a crown jewel for fresh-made pasta
August 26, 2019

Morning Glory Is a Millennial Wonderland

The Little Italy restaurant may finally break San Diego's aversion to brunch
July 26, 2019

Star Chef Angelo Sosa Creates Something Special at Death by Tequila

The restaurant model is not groundbreaking, but the revelation is in Sosa's execution
June 28, 2019

Fort Oak Is All About Smoke and Wood Fire

The Mission Hills restaurant is a masterful show of the cooking style that made us human
May 28, 2019

Jeune et Jolie Brings a Feminine Mystique and Frog Legs to Carlsbad

You can see Chef Andrew Bachelier's commitment to Franco roots in three dishes: the frog legs, the rabbit, and the bread
May 1, 2019

Tahona Brings New Blood into Old Town

The mezcaleria and Oaxacan restaurant quietly invigorates a historic San Diego street
April 4, 2019

Bao Down at Din Tai Fung in Westfield UTC

This world-renowned eatery excels at everything except what they’re famous for
March 6, 2019

Hidden Fish Marks the Arrival of Design in Convoy

The omakase-only joint marks a first for sushi in San Diego
February 6, 2019

Maestoso Is a Rewarding Taste of Rome, and Equally Confusing to Navigate

When you finally figure out how to order, the results are inspiring
January 7, 2019

A 'Top Chef' Star Has the Best Mexican Food in the City at El Jardín

The Liberty Station restaurant shines when Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins is on the line
December 11, 2018

Bivouac Ciderworks is an impressive temple to the emergence of craft cider

The North Park spot hails the arrival of craft cider with a surprisingly good restaurant
November 2, 2018

Sushi’s Next Gen Is Here at Himitsu

In La Jolla, a Sushi Ota protégé sticks to an age-old tradition of quality
October 2, 2018

The Bankers Hill Restaurant Making Ultra-French Cuisine Cool Again

French food may have fallen out of favor, but don’t tell that to Parc Bistro-Brasserie
September 5, 2018

Chef David Warner's a Talent, but Jrdn Needs Some Basic Training

Troy Johnson has renewed interest in the Pacific Beach restaurant thanks to a remodel and the return of Chef Warner
August 1, 2018

How Japanese Fusion Stacks up at Little Italy’s Cloak & Petal

The art and the bar take the lead at this venture from the team behind Tajima
June 22, 2018

Dija Mara Brings a Top Chef and Taste of Balinese Food to Oceanside

The Indonesian food hole in San Diego has been filled
May 28, 2018

Giardino Brings Charming Italian Ambience to Lemon Grove

The family restaurant is a sprouting wildflower in San Diego's culinary dead zone
April 20, 2018

Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria Brings Fusion Flavors to San Diego

An acclaimed Peruvian chef partners with an iconic San Diego restaurateur for this restaurant in Liberty Station and Carlsbad
March 23, 2018

San Diego's Hottest Restaurant Group Takes a Huge Risk with Born & Raised

Consortium Holdings is revolting against "gourmet fast-casual" with the Little Italy steakhouse
February 23, 2018

Red O Is Surprisingly Good, Even without Much Rick Bayless

Troy Johnson didn't expect much from the La Jolla restaurant but he was proven wrong
January 26, 2018

Two Seven Eight is Ground Zero for San Diego's Craft Spirits Movement

Troy Johnson works his way through the local craft spirits scene, one sip at a time
January 8, 2018

La Jolla's Masala Street Impresses with Its Creative Take on Indian Food

What the gastropub lacks in street appeal it makes up for with its famous chef
November 27, 2017

Tapenade's Sterling French Reputation Remains Near-Perfect at Bistro Du Marché

The name and the room have changed but the service and the food are impeccable
September 23, 2017

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
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