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Stop Cheapening Mexican Food

Just stop it.
May 17, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in May and June

San Diego Magazine's Best Restaurants Party, Andrew Bachelier + Travis Swikard Dinner at Jeune et Jolie, and Gospel Rose Brunch at Provisional Kitchen
May 13, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: May 2019

Ramen at HiroNori, camembert fig jam gelato at An's Dry Cleaning, and fried chicken at Louisiana Purchase
May 13, 2019

Rapid Review: HiroNori Craft Ramen

You’ve got to be special to survive in Hillcrest, and this shoyu is just that
May 9, 2019

First Look: Il Dandy

Michelin-starred Italian chefs open a stunner in Bankers Hill
May 6, 2019

The Lighter Side of Coffee

After the darkness, Seven Seas becomes first company to bet on Laos specialty beans
May 3, 2019

Eat This: Hawaiian Ahi Crudo at Death by Tequila

Jean-George protégé and Top Chef vet creates a summer version of a Thai classic
May 2, 2019

First Look: Extraordinary Desserts Bankers Hill

Karen Krasne brings a new cakes-and-things wonderland to Bankers Hill
April 26, 2019

The Contender: The Big Zac

A vegan fast-food chain impersonates the McDonald’s classic
April 17, 2019

The Contender: Peace Pies

The search for San Diego's best veggie burger continues
April 12, 2019

This Game of Thrones Cocktail Menu Wins Everything

Two of the top cocktail minds get appropriately obsessive for the final season
April 11, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in April and May

Eat.Drink.Read., Gator by the Bay, and Festival of Arts in North Park
April 9, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: April 2019

Hearth-roasted carrots at Fort Oak, frog legs at Jeune et Jolie, and short rib pappardelle at Cesarina
April 9, 2019

Rapid Review: Tribute Pizza

San Diego pizza joint is good enough to get a tribute of its own one day
April 5, 2019

Rapid Review: Cesarina

The fresh-made pasta is good enough to overcome their Des Moines-ish location
April 4, 2019

The Holes in the James Beard Awards

It’s a great award from a great organization, but it’s not a national award
March 29, 2019

First Look: The Florence

Suburban Sabre Springs gets a 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant with big-city talent
March 25, 2019

First Look: Sycuan's 260-Million Dollar Redo

Local chef Aldo Negrete maps out the long and winding road to his big gig
March 22, 2019

Restaurants Are Dying; Here’s the Solution

It’s simple math, but the state of California refuses to allow it
March 18, 2019

Why Tacos Are The Best Food on the Planet

Tacos are rule-breaking, explosive, democratic, hand-held things of righteousness
March 15, 2019

Goodnight, Urban Solace

Urban Solace and Solace and the Moonlight Lounge are closing on Wednesday
March 12, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: March 2019

Coconut Magic Bar at Waters, Cornish hen at Tahona and smoked turkey at Grand Ole Flinn Springs
March 11, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in March and April

Seasonal food dinners, Chef-Driven Bake Sale and Fundamentals of Blind Wine Tasting
March 11, 2019

Dinner with San Diego’s James Beard Nominee

She’ll share her most embarrassing stories, and I’ll share mine
March 8, 2019

First Look: Louisiana Purchase

A former beach guy and a real-deal Louisiana chef grow up together in North Park
March 5, 2019

The Contender: Vegan Royale

An OB burger joint is in the running for the best veggie burger in San Diego
March 1, 2019

I Don’t Believe You Like That Burger

Did we really enjoy that dish, or do we really need people to think we did?
February 22, 2019

Small Bar Taps Its Talented Friends

The University Heights pub works with some of its industry regulars to survive, and even better than that
February 21, 2019

Your Restaurant Promiscuity Is Out of Control

How social media is making, and breaking, our neighborhood restaurants
February 15, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: February 2019

Braised beef noodle soup at Din Tai Fung, octopus salad at Biga, and smoked carnitas taco at Lola 55
February 11, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in February and March

Carruth Barrel-Tasting Party, Cakebread Wine Dinner, and Best Coast Beer Fest
February 11, 2019

First Look: Cesarina

A trio of highly Italian men open a fresh pasta oasis in Point Loma
February 11, 2019

Rapid Review: Crème & Sugar

The Instagram-famous sweet shop is what’s wrong with America, and right with it
January 25, 2019

First Look: Gravity Heights

Whisknladle teams with iconic brewer Skip Virgilio for a gourmet brewpub, and tears
January 23, 2019

The Best Soup Dumplings in San Diego

My hunt for the best xiao long bao in the city unearthed two surprising winners
January 18, 2019

First Look: Fort Oak

The team behind Trust launches its most ambitious concept yet in Mission Hills
January 14, 2019

The Big Gripe: Your Cell Phone

Restaurants would like you to put down the phone and just enjoy your meal, please
January 11, 2019

Endangered Species: The Restaurant Cook

Thanks to low pay and grinding work, the restaurant industry is suffering a massive shortage of cooks
January 9, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in January and February

Chef Susan Feniger Dinner, Casa Noble Tequila Dinner with Travis Swikard, and Blind Lady's 10-Year Anniversary
January 7, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: January 2019

Short rib fondue at WhipHand, maple pecan crème brûlée at Trust, and smoked shrimp tacos at El Jardín
January 7, 2019

What Really Happened in 2018: Minimum Wage

Chefs, bartenders, and owners talk openly about this year’s restaurant world
December 24, 2018

Best Restaurants of 2018

San Diego's top restaurant owners, chefs, and bartenders name their favorite San Diego restaurants of 2018.
December 21, 2018

A Critic's Take: Seven Restaurant Trends That Defined 2018

Poke exhaustion, the arrival of plant dishes, and a shortage of cooks are some of biggest restaurant trends of the year
December 14, 2018

First Look: Jeune et Jolie

The Team Behind Campfire Brings a New French Concept to Carlsbad
December 10, 2018

The Best Food and Drink Events in December and January

New Year's Eve at Barbusa, "Low Life" NYE at Hundred Proof, and Make Cheese, Drink Wine at Venissimo
December 10, 2018

The Best Things I Ate This Month: December 2018

Smoked fish bánh mì at Mitch's Seafood, trio of moles at Tahona, and Japanese sea bream at Hidden Fish
December 10, 2018

Why Holiday Meals Matter

Full of warmth and mortification, the holiday eating season is still a vital ritual
December 6, 2018

First Look: Realm of 52 Remedies

Wildly imaginative speakeasy cements the arrival of design to San Diego’s Asian food haven
November 30, 2018

Incoming: Bantam's Roost

The owners of Flying Pig Pub + Kitchen are opening a spinoff in Bressi Ranch
November 19, 2018

A day at Tuna Dockside Harbor Market

The first in a series documenting San Diego's local fishing community
November 16, 2018

The Best Things I Ate This Month: November 2018

Maple-glazed root vegetables at The Cork & Craft, Wagyu fillet with parmesan risotto at Maestoso, and local halibut ceviche at Locale
November 13, 2018

The Best Food & Drink Events in November and December

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival Grand Tasting, Prisoner Wine Dinner, and Kettner Exchange/You & Yours/Catalina Offshore Dinner
November 12, 2018

Big Changes at Urban Solace

A North Park favorite reinvents itself amid changing climate for California restaurants
November 8, 2018

Eat This: The Abnormal Experience

Chef Scott Cannon shows off skills beyond his years for this 12-course marathon
November 7, 2018

It's Time For Diners To Give Opah A Try

How the sustainable moonfish can help solve the future of seafood
October 31, 2018

Taste Test: Maestoso

Roman chef Marco Maestoso is cooking some of the best Italian in San Diego
October 30, 2018

First Look: Rendezvous

Downtown gets a 1930s French bar from two of the city’s top cocktail minds
October 25, 2018

Incoming: The Hold Fast

One of the country’s top sustainable sushi chefs is opening a handroll bar serving 100-percent local seafood
October 22, 2018

A Sake Master In Craft Beer Land

Craft sake is booming in the U.S., and Ayaka Ito is doing her part in San Diego
October 12, 2018

California's weak plastic-straw ban

With fast-food restaurants exempted, it's just a feel-good measure
October 8, 2018

Best Food & Drink Events in October and November

Spiny lobster dinner, Lieu Dit wine dinner, and ChefsGiving
October 8, 2018

Best Things I Ate This Month: October 2018

Cider braised pork cheeks at Vistal, ube panna cotta at Bivouac, and chilaquiles at El Carrito
October 8, 2018

Rapid Review: Single Fin Kitchen

Little Italy Food Hall’s pan-global seafood concept puts a fresh spin on raw goods
October 4, 2018

Spot Check: The Chipotle of Shawarma

Kearny Mesa’s new arrival SimSim is immaculate, and decent
September 28, 2018

Vistal’s Corn Pound Cake is One of the Best

Chef Amy DiBiase walks me through her Mexican riff on the classic
September 26, 2018

I Can’t Read Your Menu

Your mood lighting and small font are making my bad eyes worse
September 21, 2018

El Carrito in Barrio Logan Preserves a Little History

As gentrification dawns in San Diego’s heart of Latino culture, these locals heat up some breakfast nachos
September 13, 2018

Best Food & Drink Events in September and October

Taste of South Park, Seany’s Chef Fest, and Valle Food & Wine Festival
September 10, 2018

Best Things I Ate This Month: September 2018

Lemon pepper wings at Cross Street Chicken and Beer, walnut pesto gnocchi at Ulivo, and soft-shell crab at Himitsu​
September 10, 2018

New in Town: Imperfect Produce

How googly eyes helped an “ugly fruit” company save 30 million pounds of food
September 7, 2018

Review: Cross Street Chicken and Beer

The Korean fried chicken is good, but I think we should see other chicken
September 6, 2018

First Look: Clara

Carlsbad gets new healthier gourmet project from Moto Deli chef Alex Carballo
August 30, 2018

First Look: Vistal

Top local chefs Paul McCabe and Amy DiBiase team up for InterContinental’s show pony
August 29, 2018

First Look: Lola 55

A top restaurant industry strategist brings a chef-driven taco shop to the East Village
August 17, 2018

First Look: Duck Foot East Village

San Diego's gluten-reduced brewer, Duck Foot, opens gluten-free restaurant and brewery in East Village.
August 16, 2018

Cowboy Star Launches a Line of Gourmet Beef Jerky

A San Diego steakhouse brings American Wagyu to the growing beef snack market
August 13, 2018

Best Food & Drink Events in August and September

San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego Party, Summer Herbal Tea & Blending Class at Cafe 21, and Water Bill Dinner at Cyclops Farms
August 9, 2018

Best Things I Ate This Month: August 2018

Smoked salmon rillette at Addison, Tangerine Express IPA Nutista at Stone World Bistro & Gardens, and the tuna melt at Royale
August 9, 2018

Sam the Cooking Guy Lets Loose

San Diego’s celebrity cook talks horror stories, Today show etiquette, and his weird taco joint
August 8, 2018

Carin de Ria Opens a Second Location in Encinitas

The new location offers a taste of Filipino culture and some exceptional lumpia
August 6, 2018
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