eats
Feb. 9 2011
To goofily paraphrase chef Anthony Bourdain, if half the food in the world that's touted as an aphrodisiac really did have those properties, then everybody would be walking around with a boner. That said,...
eats
Feb. 2 2011
There's eating a good meal in a restaurant, and then there are dining experiences. There's a vibe, an atmosphere and the feeling that you're sharing something special with the diners at the next table....
eats
Jan. 26 2011
Harar, a city in eastern Ethiopia, is known as “the walled city.” Harar the restaurant, hidden in plain sight on El Cajon Boulevard, just off Texas Street (2432 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park),...
eats
Jan. 19 2011
Even more than crickets, walnuts and Lesley Stahl, one of the things I really, really can't stand in this world is bad customer service. (I'm sure Lesley is a lovely woman. But she was mean to me once.)...
eats
Jan. 12 2011
I wasn't expecting to have one of the best cocktails I've ever had at Jimmy's Famous American tavern (4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma). It's large and boisterous, perched on the marina between the airport...
eats
Jan. 5 2011
As a former Pacific Beach resident, I will knowingly roll my eyes and turn up my nose at the drunken debauchery that understandably repels so many people. However, the P.B. community I enjoyed is also...
eats
Dec. 29 2010
The bright bunch of orange balloons was key. I was stumbling around Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach doing some Christmas shopping and was quickly descending into low-blood-sugar crankiness. I'd seen enough...
aquamoree
Dec. 22 2010
Aquamoree1250 Prospect, #B10La Jollaaquamoree.comThere's nothing like a little Taj Mahal or Stevie Ray Vaughn for dinner music—particularly on Prospect Street in the heart of La Jolla, where upscale...
cityeat
Dec. 15 2010
Tucked into a quiet corner of University Heights are the stony echoes of Mission Cliff Gardens, a former public garden and ostrich farm that faded away (or was subdivided into saleable lots by a developer)...
eats
Dec. 8 2010
Some robots are really cute. Wall-E, R2-D2, Johnny 5. (Not so fast, girl from Small Wonder! You're creepy.) The jolly robot mascots of Encinitas' East Village Asian Diner are no exception. And it's a good...
eats
Dec. 1 2010
I knew I was going to like Café 21 when we walked in to find the annual WTF-fest that is the Eurovision “music” competition playing on the TV above the bar. If you're like me, and you...
cityeat
Nov. 24 2010
Families and sports bars don't always mix. But if any neighborhood can pull it off, the funky enclave of South Park would be the place. The new owners of South Park Abbey (formerly South Park Bar &...
eats
Nov. 17 2010
There's something arresting about a brightly colored door. From Elizabeth Arden to the Georgian doors of Dublin, a red door speaks of invitation and creativity. The crimson entrance of The Red Door in...
eats
Nov. 3 2010
Can we all just agree that smooth jazz is terrible? Particularly while eating? I realize it's an easy target—a cheap laugh at poor Kenny G's expense. But, seriously, it's some awful music. I'm reminded...
cityeat
Oct. 27 2010
The test of a good eatery is how it's doing a few years into its run. Opening a restaurant and getting it to survive past its first year or even two is a feat unto itself. But after the initial fervor...
cityeat
Oct. 20 2010
Barrio Logan: culinary hotspot! OK, maybe that's overstating it a bit, but the neighborhood known for Chicano Park, Las Cuatro Milpas and its location under the belly of the Coronado Bridge is seeing some...
cityeat_1
Oct. 13 2010
I'm wary of restaurants that spend too much time on just-so décor. Perfect design and attention to the hippest of trends often means food is an after-thought. However, if you're lucky, you find...
cityeat
Oct. 6 2010
I'm not a pizza snob. I'm not from New York or Chicago, and I don't wax on about where to get "the best pie," rhapsodizing about how real pizza is made with imported East Coast water and angel...
cityeat
Sept. 29 2010
This was the conversation that amused me: Old guy: “Can I get more coffee?” Prepkitchen hostess: “Yes, it's counter service.” OG: “What?” PKH: “Counter service.”...
eats
Sept. 22 2010
Lunch and me—we have issues. Maybe it was years of the same slimy Vons “wafer” turkey sandwiches in my school lunch, but, to me, lunch represents boring fuel to get me through the work...

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