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The Contender: The Big Zac

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

Very Important Taco: Grilled Yellowtail at Galaxy Taco

How this La Jolla restaurant cooks up the top-shelf local catch
April 17, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 140

Meet the founder of the I Love Poke Festival, a $3 million brunch spot gets ready to open in Little Italy, and a new 60-second beer review
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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 139

Inside The Lion’s Share and a fine-dining pop-up, Cucina Urbana gets a new chef, and a restaurant is fined for surcharges
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

Tahona Brings New Blood into Old Town

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

Rapid Review: Cesarina

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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 138

The Porchetta Shack makes its debut, Neighborhood is getting a makeover, and a debate over the James Beard Awards.
April 3, 2019

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

The latest restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons
April 3, 2019

Earl Grey Citrus Tea Cake Ice Cream at Stella Jean's

The star scoop at Pop Pie Co.'s second biz combines cake and Earl Grey
March 29, 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

Cesarina opens in Point Loma

The fresh pasta concept has graduated from the farmer's market circuit to its own eatery
March 28, 2019

Pink Boots Beer Is Coming

Celebrate women in brewing by raising a few pints of collaboration beer
March 28, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 137

Meet the new executive chef at Born & Raised, Sycuan Casino’s major makeover, and a proposed law to regulate food-delivery services
March 27, 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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 136

We chat with the San Diego Tourism Authority about Michelin’s new guide to California restaurants, iconic restaurant closures, and we want to hear from you!
March 21, 2019

Restaurants Are Dying; Here’s the Solution

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

Sweet Spot: Puesto's Chocolate Mango Cremeux

It's sweet. It's sour. It's dessert at this elevated Mexican street food restaurant.
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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 135

Interview with a local culinary stalwart, One Paseo, and mail-order meal kits
March 14, 2019

Very Important Taco: The Birria Tacos at El Jardin

How executive chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins roasts these mouth-watering goat-filled tacos
March 13, 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

Fort Oak Opens in Mission Hills

Chef Brad Wise converts a former Ford dealership into an intimate dining experience
March 7, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 134

Small Bar’s second life, a contest seeking SD’s best taco recipe, plus lots of food news
March 7, 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

First Look: Louisiana Purchase

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

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

The latest restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons
March 4, 2019

Vote Now for San Diego's Best Restaurants 2019

From pho to fries, you can choose San Diego's best eats and drinks in 99 categories
March 4, 2019

The Contender: Vegan Royale

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

You’re Invited: Dinner With Our Food Critic

On March 21, Troy Johnson and El Jardin’s Chef and Partner Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins will team up for a one-time event for Insiders
February 28, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 133

The parking episode! Plus a rundown of new restaurants, the latest chef-hunter trend, and lots of La Mesa talk
February 27, 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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 132

What's behind the natural wine trend, plus new gelato shops and a debate over Instagram influencers
February 21, 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

Very Important Taco: Smokey Pork + Mac Taco from Not Not Tacos

Sam the Cooking Guys puts a comfort food spin on tacos
February 20, 2019

Sweet Spot: Mister A's Red Velvet Baked Alaska

A new pastry chef reinvents a Mister A's dessert staple
February 20, 2019

Your Restaurant Promiscuity Is Out of Control

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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 131

A new Moroccan Baja-inspired restaurant lands in North Park, plus loads of other food news
February 14, 2019

Jeune Et Jolie Opens in Carlsbad

The new concept from the Campfire team brings a mix of French, Caribbean, and Vietnamese cuisine to the village
February 12, 2019

Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize
February 12, 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

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

The latest restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons
February 7, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 130

Thorn Brewing talks tasting rooms and whether the Little Italy Food Hall really is one of the nation’s 10 Best
February 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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 129

A Michelin-starred chef is headed to San Diego, Metallica and Stone Brewing Co. make beer, and John Resnick from Campfire and the new Jeune et Jolie drops by
January 31, 2019

The Big Family in Little Italy

Troy Johnson pulls up a seat for dinner with San Diego's iconic Italian family, the Busalacchis
January 28, 2019

Rapid Review: Crème & Sugar

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

Sweet Spot: Pâtisserie Mélanie's Kouign-Amann

A school teacher turned Hillcrest pastry chef crafts a cross between a palmier and croissant
January 25, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 128

The Trust Restaurant Group opens Fort Oak, The Balboa and Luigi’s Pizzeria team up on a new project near downtown, and Moe Girton from Gossip Grill and Baja Betty’s drops in
January 24, 2019

First Look: Gravity Heights

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

Very Important Taco: The Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Taco from Second Nature

Vowing to eat less meat in the new year? Try this vegan taco even meat lovers will enjoy.
January 18, 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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 127

Hillcrest gets a BBQ spot, DIY pancakes are headed to North Park, and Land & Water Co.’s chef Rob Ruiz drops in
January 17, 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

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

The latest restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons
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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 126

Pisco Carlsbad makes a big pivot, Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins and Javier Plascencia team up for a one-night dinner, and the Convoy District Partnership talks expansion and staying authentic
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

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

Tahona Opens in Old Town

San Diego's first mezcal tasting room has arrived
January 4, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 125

Sidecar Doughnuts lands in Del Mar, a new pastry concept caters to gluten-free diners, and Urban Solace chef-owner Matt Gordon is back in the guest seat
January 2, 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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 124

It’s our 2018 wrap-up show, with the buzziest food news of the year, favorite guests, and our personal picks for the biggest restaurant openings
December 20, 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

Very Important Taco: Pork Belly Bánh Mì Tacos at El Roy's Tequila Bar + Kitchen

The Coronado eatery pulled inspiration from West Pac Noodle Bar's weekly special
December 14, 2018

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 123

Oceanside gets two new restaurants, more Asian fusion is headed to North Park, and the President of the Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank of San Diego explains how you can help hungry San Diegans
December 12, 2018

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
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