nathanodom1_web
Aug. 4 2015
he reason I hadn't watched MasterChef Junior was that I thought the level of cooking would make for boredom: Worst Cooks in America, only cuter. Then I found out San Diegan Nathan Odom had reached MasterChef...
crabcake
Aug. 4 2015
I'm not a food snob. But I do get uppity when "Maryland-style crab cake" is written on a San Diego menu. I'm a Baltimore-born boy
durianshake
Aug. 4 2015
Durian smells like turpentine, baby diarrhea, rotten fruit, dirty feet-the list of stenches the exotic fruit emanates goes on. But if you can get past the pungent odor, the taste is thrilling
gluten_illo_shutter
Aug. 4 2015
Millions of Americans have some sort of sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. However, many more have cut down on eating gluten-filled foods for more ambiguous reasons.
20150729_215601
Aug. 4 2015
Oysters are rumored to be an aphrodisiac. Since Wednesday, August 5, is National Oyster Day, prepare for a shucking good time.
sardinesalad1
Aug. 4 2015
Anchovies get a bad rap. The small fish-which occasionally visit our shores in massive schools-evokes a strong, pungent flavor that can be a bit intense in heavy doses.
food-stage
April 1 2014
The stage (pronounced "stah-zh") is a time-honored restaurant-industry tradition. Depending on the context, it involves aspects of internship, job interview, exploitation, free education and/or...
food-pig
April 1 2014
If you're going to eat meat, you had best come to grips with the fact that the supermarket may be where you buy your food, but that market is not where it comes from
food-la-mesa
April 1 2014
La Mesa Bistro & Bakery: "It's just a place to come and socialize," Tony Jackson says. "Better than sitting in a bar somewhere; I get in trouble doing that."
newrestaruantsforweb
March 31 2014
A smorgasbord of restaurants have opened in the year since our last food issue-more than we could possibly list here-so, we went down the list of newbies, and picked one for each month.
IMG_2180
March 31 2014
Last year, The Food Chain almost died. Incredibly, getting restaurant people to cooperate with this recurring everyone-wins little feature of mine had become like getting them to stop putting fried
Salmon-Burger-Spike-Africas
March 31 2014
Here five non-beef San Diego burgers you need to put in your mouth hole right now
DSC_0349
April 3 2013
Soto, often sweetly referred to as "the tamale lady," is a longtime Barrio Logan resident. Originally from Colima, Mexico, the 59-year-old immigrated to the United States and established roots in the barrio...
IMG_7183
April 3 2013
There are two methods of obtaining food at Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle. One is pretty straightforward. Owner Dennis Borlek demonstrates the other by jumping over the counter of the bait shop, chopping...
IMG_1247
April 3 2013
Friends, The Food Chain is being held together not with sturdy metal, but, instead, a single frayed thread. It's a precarious situation, one that I don't fully understand
March 2013 014
April 3 2013
Though I'm no food snob, supermarket fare doesn't usually tempt my appetite. The beige and boxy grocery stores of my O.C. childhood offered too-sweet cookies, cupcakes and donuts in bright, fluorescent...
coverintro
April 3 2013
Each of the nine letters spelling out "Food Issue" on our cover is also a letter from a restaurant sign in San Diego. How many of the represented restaurants can you name?
foodryan
April 2 2013
Back in 2012, when we were talking about what trends we would like to see disappear in 2013, CityBeat editor David Rolland piped up with something along the lines of, "I would love to see restaurants...
ClubTengoHambre-2
April 2 2013
Baja California cuisine seems to be everywhere in San Diego. From the authentic to fusion to guest-starring chefs popping up in local restaurants, we have lots of ways to experience it. Yet, do we know...
foodkelly
April 2 2013
Dozens of restaurants have opened in the year since our last food issue-more than we could possibly list here. So, we went down the list of newcomers and picked one that opened each month

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