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San Diego's Best Restaurants 2019

Nearly 7,500 of our hungriest readers voted in our annual poll—and the results are served
May 20, 2019

We chat with Mark ‘Mud’ Grant at Petco Park, plus some exciting restaurants come to Liberty Station

We also discuss whether fake meat is taking over real meat on Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 144
May 16, 2019

The SoCal (Social Calendar!)

From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good
May 16, 2019

Sweet Spot: Churros at Cocina 35

The owner of the popular Mexican restaurant crafted the beautifully simple dessert from her grandmother's recipe
May 15, 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

Very Important Taco: Bone Marrow Taco at Tuetano Taqueria

These birria tacos topped with 'meaty butter' are worth driving to San Ysidro for
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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 143

Happy hour at Petco Park, a Michelin-starred chef is coming to San Diego, and is the Instagram aesthetic over?
May 9, 2019

First Look: Il Dandy

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

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

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 142

Meet the San Diego Padres’ executive chef, Roscoe’s first San Diego location, and Troy Johnson is engaged!
May 1, 2019

First Look: Extraordinary Desserts Bankers Hill

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

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

The latest restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons
April 26, 2019

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 141

A taqueria in San Ysidro gets national attention, a modern Filipino restaurant to open in Hillcrest, and are millennials sick of drinking?
April 24, 2019

The Florence Makes Its Debut in Sabre Springs

The new $4 million restaurant may be the best thing that happened to a suburban office park
April 23, 2019

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

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

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 St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2019

Where to eat, drink, and party like the Irish
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

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

How One Chef is Sharing San Diego’s Fishing Culture with a Few of America’s Top Chefs

Ironside Fish & Oyster Executive Chef Jason McLeod kicks off a new iteration of his famed Chef’s Catch Dinner Series
February 25, 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

Experience Estancia’s newly revamped restaurant as an Insider

Toast the new Mustangs & Burros with craft cocktails and charcuterie
February 19, 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

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

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

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
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