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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

Robot! Another Round of Martinis!

Robot bartenders are here, and are a terrible idea for humanity
August 2, 2018

A Guide to San Diego’s Best Corn Dishes

The city’s world-class corn is peaking right now, and here’s what top chefs are doing with it
July 27, 2018

Javier Plascencia Eyes Barrio Logan

The award-winning chef is all over Mexico, but looks to make a San Diego comeback
July 25, 2018

Eat This: A Magical, Fake Lemon Dessert at 1500 Ocean

Patrick Ponsaty shows why he’s a Master French Chef at Hotel Del
July 20, 2018

3 Lessons Learned from 'Seven Days in the Valle'

Author Scott Koenig shares three key insights into Mexico’s wine region
July 18, 2018

Best Food & Drink Events in San Diego in July

Sunset Poolside Jazz Series at The Westgate Hotel, Agave Festival at Bagby Beer Company, and Goonies at Street Food Cinema
July 10, 2018

Best Things I Ate This Month: July 2018

Biscuits w/ miso maple butter at Crack Shack, creamy chorizo mussels at Jrdn, and vegan taquitos at El Tianguis
July 9, 2018

Chain Restaurants Will Rule California

The state is killing off chains’ competition, paving the way for dominance
July 2, 2018

Stop Killing Chloes

How California is very knowingly killing the mom and pop restaurant
June 28, 2018

Good Night, Cafe Chloe

San Diego’s beloved French bistro is closing due to California’s unfair labor laws
June 27, 2018

The Taquito Makes a Comeback

The family that froze taquitos is back to save them at El Tianguis
June 22, 2018

First Look: El Jardin

Native chef Claudette Wilkins goes from Bracero to Top Chef and, finally, to her own dream
June 21, 2018

How San Diego Restaurants Are Dealing with the Plastic Problem

The final piece in the single-use plastic series harnesses insight from local restaurateurs
June 14, 2018

Best Things I Ate This Month: June 2018

Abalone at Cloak & Petal, Mermaid Bowl at Little Lion, and Polenta with Ragu at Cucina Urbana
June 12, 2018

Best Food & Drink Events in San Diego in June

San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party, Terra’s 20th Anniversary, and Summer Grain Dinner at Catania
June 11, 2018

First Look: Punch Bowl Social

The award-winning super-eatertainment venue lands in San Diego
June 7, 2018

San Diego, It's Time to Ban Plastic Straws

Lessons learned from my 10-Day No-Plastic Challenge
May 30, 2018

Behind the Best Restaurants Issue

The method to my madness in picking some of this year’s winners
May 25, 2018
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