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Aug. 28 2015
The strongest proof of the blurring of that line was the fact I’d eaten at Little Itay’s Davanti Enoteca (1655 India St., there is also a location in the Del Mar Highlands shopping mall) multiple...
Aug. 21 2015
Heavy sits the yoke of expectations. Just ask a tiger mom’s child or a first-round draft pick. Or you might have asked Javier Plascencia before the opening of Bracero Cocina de Raiz (1490 Kettner...
Aug. 14 2015
The best fish and chips in town come from a Korean fine-dining-trained chef at a former fast food joint in the part of Lemon Grove where youre more likely to get a used car than a meal.
Aug. 7 2015
As Sovereign openedit is now, belatedly being called a "soft opening" supposedly because there is no liquor licenseword crept out that Huynh had left the place some time ago
Aug. 3 2015
Nosh isn't newa La Jolla location closed last yearbut it is a welcome addition to the downtown lunch scene. The terms "Jewish Deli" and "New York Deli" have become interchangeable.
July 24 2015
I'm not good with disguises and trying would have been worthless. I'd cooked with Ryan Steyn, chef-owner of El Jardin por Ryan Steyn (El Porvenir, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California), the week
July 17 2015
Sports commentator Jim Rome has the catchphrase "Have a take and don't suck." But when it comes to Punjabi Tandoor (9235 Activity Road, Suite 111) in Miramar, it's strangely difficult...
July 10 2015
As Normal Heights Burnside (3375 Adams Ave.) demonstrates, creativity need not come from more nor rely on structural engineering expertise
July 6 2015
One of the quaint rituals of our criminal justice system is that we generally give prisoners facing death the right to choose their last meal.
June 26 2015
You know it's a different kind of Chinese restaurant when there's no rice on the menu. And Xian Kitchen (4690 Convoy St.) in the Convoy District is definitely that: a very different kind of Chinese...
June 22 2015
It is Lachance's fine mess that gives Mess Royale (142 University Ave.) in Hillcrest its name. Mess Royale's poutine features hand-cut and twice-cooked French fries topped with imported-from-Wisconsin...
June 12 2015
Popotla isnt a restaurant. Its a fishing village, a beach and a bit of a tourist trap clinging to the Baja shoreline behind a decrepit arch
June 5 2015
Ramengood ramen, real ramen (as opposed to late night college drinking fuel)is all about balance. It's a wonderful broth, sometimes deeply extracted, sometimes delicate.
May 29 2015
This article began its life as a pissing contest on Facebook. What started as a thread in which writer/blogger/TV personality Bill Esparza criticized the level of analysis in Thrillist.com's article on...
May 22 2015
Perhaps the best starting point is with Myung In's steamed dumplings with pork and shrimp. Essentially a Korean take on sui mai, this version's shaped a bit more like a "beggar's purse" and garnished with...
May 15 2015
The "French Dip" is Southern California's entry in the Best Sandwich on the Planet derby. The version at Rubicon Deli (3715 India Street, Mission Hills), the Dapper Dipper, may be the best I've tasted
May 8 2015
In Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964), Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart declined to define "hardcore pornography," writing, instead: "I know it when I see it." The same might be said of Middle...
May 1 2015
Authentic: It's a word we think we understand. Take "Chinese food," for example. We think we know "authentic Chinese" right up until we realize that deep into the '60s, chop suey was the hallmark,...
April 24 2015
Street food stands, stalls and trucks are everywhere in Mexico. It's fast food of a very different sort. Unlike their stateside counterparts, with corporate design and homogenized menus, in Mexico you...
April 17 2015
There's something about sushi. Maybe it's the simplicity: an itamae, a cutting board, a knife and some fish. Perhaps it's the minimalist aesthetic. It could be the spiritual sense, the connection...

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