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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 21

A major burger brand lands in San Diego, real restaurant talk with the owner of Breakfast Republic, and Troy shares the behind-the-scenes scoop from the Food Network


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This week hosts Erin Chambers Smith and Troy Johnson and producer Archana Ram share all the latest in dining and drinking news, like the opening of Harvest By the Patio in the East Village, the Hillcrest restaurant closing its doors this week, and a major burger eatery that will land in San Diego next year.

To celebrate his cooking debut on the Food Network, Troy gives us the scoop on what it’s like to cook four dishes in 22 minutes on a competition show and what his pal Guy Fieri is really like.

Plus, Johan Engman, owner of Fig Tree Café, Breakfast Republic, and Como Ceviche stops by to talk breakfast, the ins and outs of opening a restaurant, and why we should all be drinking his antioxidant shots.

We also talk “Small Bites,” including a great date night restaurant and the best things we ate this month. And if you’re scrambling with preparations for Thanksgiving, check out our handy guide and Troy’s 12 rules for Thanksgiving dinner success. Hint: Boxed stuffing is the best stuffing.

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