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A Decade of Restaurant Lessons at The Smoking Goat

The restaurant's owners share what they’ve learned after 10 years in North Park
January 22, 2020

Destination: Tuetano Taqueria

A chef with a famous taco struggles to sell it to her own neighbors
January 15, 2020

Eat This, Drink That: January 2020

Carne asada taco at Teutano, Queso Taco Extremo at Ed Fernandez Restaurant, and quesabirria at TJ Birrieria
January 13, 2020

The Best Food and Drink Events in January and February

San Diego Brew Festival, Super Bowl at Theatre Box, and 2100 Kettner Fete & Feast
January 13, 2020

Destination: Fernandez Restaurant

Mind-blowing tacos and projected guilt at one of SoCal’s most famous birria spots
January 10, 2020

The Hunt for San Diego's Best Birria

Food critic Troy Johnson starts his spiritual quest for the iconic Mexican dish
January 7, 2020

Three Food Trends to Watch in 2020

What the statistics behind how we eat predict for 2020
January 3, 2020

The Must-Try Dishes of 2019

SD Mag food critic and Food Network judge Troy Johnson names his top dishes of the year
December 30, 2019

San Diego's Best New Restaurants of 2019

From a 200 million-dollar renovation project to a dirty little burger, these made a dent
December 18, 2019

The Best Chicken Wings In San Diego

The results of food critic Troy Johnson’s epic quest for the city’s best tiny chicken
December 13, 2019

The French Laundry Experience, Part II

Was it worth it, was it mind-blowing, was it good as god?
December 10, 2019

The French Laundry Experience, Part I

What it’s like to dine in one of the most famous restaurants in the world
December 10, 2019

Eat This/Drink That: December 2019

Dragon Wings at City Dragon, Vegan tacos at Good Seed Food Company, and Shanghai Wings at Shank & Bone
December 9, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in December and January

Winter Waters at Serẽa, and New Year's Eve dinners at Fort Oak and Nine-Ten
December 9, 2019

Six Food Things I’m Grateful For

San Diego people, places, and trends I appreciate the heck out of
November 27, 2019

The Contender: Canyon Sports Pub & Grill

A zero-frills watering hole in Chula Vista has a little magic with its Buffalo-style wings
November 15, 2019

My Favorite Restaurant Bathroom

At Pamplemousse Grille, the chef-owner takes time to mock my manhood
November 12, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events In November and December

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Chefsgiving, and Wreaths Across America
November 11, 2019

Eat This, Drink That: November 2019

Octopus at Serea, California Citrus kombucha from MightyBooch, and Philly cheesesteak at Gaglione Brothers
November 11, 2019

First Look: Park Commons

Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets the gourmet generation at Sorrento Valley’s new food hall
November 7, 2019

The Contender: Royal Mandarin

The salt-and-pepper wings at National City favorite will knock your socks off
November 1, 2019

Four Types of Foodies

From truffle-sniffers to food truck warriors, here are a few of the people I’ve met
October 29, 2019

The Contender: Dirty Birds

With 30-plus sauces, the P.B. success story is in the running for best wings
October 21, 2019

The Contender: Buffalo Wing Star

A Mexican riff on Buffalo wings is near the top of our search for the city’s best
October 14, 2019

The Contender: Epic Wings-N-Things’ Lemon Pepper Wings

The hunt for the city’s best wings finds an unlikely entry at the longtime S.D. chain
October 11, 2019

The Hunt For San Diego's Best Chicken Wings

How wings became the No. 1 kickoff food in the U.S., and our hunt for the best
October 10, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in October and November

Feast in the Field, Califino Tequila Dinner and Revive Our Roots
October 8, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: October 2019

Palak Paneer at Taste of the Himalayas, Drugstore Burger at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, and Escargot at Born & Raised
October 7, 2019

Jason Mraz and his Historic Coffee Bean

The singer and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters unveil the first California-grown Geisha coffee
October 4, 2019

Dear Restaurant FaceTimer

A love letter to the most important person in the room
October 3, 2019

First Look: Blade 1936

Two of San Diego’s top Italian chefs put new concept into historic Oceanside building
September 26, 2019

The Problem With Bright Red Tuna

Many Americans still think bright red tuna means it’s fresher (it’s not)
September 20, 2019

First Look: Animae

Puffer Malarkey Restaurants unveil 5.5 million-dollar pan-Asian concept
September 19, 2019

Editorial: Fighting the Good

Protestors accuse San Diego fishing families of being sustainable
September 10, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: September 2019

Lamb barbacoa tacos at Luce Bar & Kitchen, ravioli di pasta kina at Il Dandy, and oxtail gnocchi at Herb & Wood
September 9, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in September and October

Mezcal Week at Tahona, Cork & Craft 5-year Anniversary Dinner, and Fall Harvest Wine Dinner at Fort Oak
September 9, 2019

First Look: Zinqué

L.A. success story brings the soul of French zincs to Little Italy
September 9, 2019

Rapid Review: Chiko

Two real-deal chefs fix America’s love-indigestion relationship with orange chicken
September 6, 2019

Making Calories Count at the Grand Chef Throwdown

The human side of the upcoming food event and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser at the Hotel Del
August 22, 2019

The Digest: Five Important Food Stories That Illustrate Major Issues

Bananas going extinct, seafood fraud, figuring out how to feed the world, and more
August 16, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: August 2019

Eggplant Parmesan at Cesarina, OB Noodle House Wings at Holding Company, and snacks at Kaneh Co.
August 13, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in August and September

Beau MacMillan and Brian Malarkey Dinner, Cooking Class with a Thai Food Master, and KAABOO
August 12, 2019

First Look: Black Rail Kitchen

Another indie restaurateur opts for suburbia over the sexy downtown streets
August 8, 2019

Behind the Big Feature

How a little story about a fish market turned into a highly political piece about the future of San Diego
August 6, 2019

Why Breakfast Is Hard

Richard Walker Jr. shares lessons learned as a third-generation pancake houser
July 26, 2019

First Look: International Smoke

Star chef Michael Mina tells a few war stories as he opens his new joint with Ayesha Curry
July 19, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: July 2019

Skirt steak at Cowboy Star, fried rice at Morning Glory, and Dutch baby at Richard Walker's Pancake House
July 9, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in July and August

Pacific Islander Festival, Best of San Diego Party and San Diego Magazine beer release parties
July 8, 2019

Welcome to our Fourth of July BBQ!

Festivities will begin once the spiders migrate out of the grill and we identify the vegetarians
July 3, 2019

First Look: Original 40 Brewing Company

From drive-by shootings to mood lighting—the story of a North Park entrepreneur
June 28, 2019

First Look: Serea

Serea is the star of Hotel Del’s 200 million dollar redo, and a big win for local, sustainable seafood
June 26, 2019

First Look: Ciccia Osteria

Husband-and-wife chefs take a break from high-end cuisine with a ‘little house’
June 17, 2019

The Best Food and Drink Events in June and July

Chefs Sake Dinner, Beer & Sake Festival, and Wing Fest
June 10, 2019

The Best Things I Ate This Month: June 2019

Nachos at 10 Barrel, tequila flan at Death by Tequila, and elote at Gravity Heights
June 10, 2019

The Best Veggie Burgers in San Diego

The citywide hunt for the best plant-based burger found a clear winner
June 7, 2019

San Diego's First Michelin Star Restaurant Is...

The Del Mar restaurant earned it years ago, and kept earning it until it arrived
June 3, 2019

Road-Trip: Pappy and Harriet’s

Troy is the last human in Southern California to visit Pappy & Harriet’s
May 31, 2019

Campfire, El Jardin, Juniper & Ivy earn Michelin Bib Gourmand honors

Eight restaurants in San Diego highlighted for high-quality, affordable eats
May 28, 2019

Brisket with Guy Fieri

A little backstory for tonight’s San Diego episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
May 24, 2019

How Blue Water Seafood built one of the country’s best fish markets

“You had to know how to fight”
May 22, 2019

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
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