Michael Gardiner is a food writer and licensed California attorney living in San Diego. In addition to San Diego CityBeat he is the monthly food columnist for L’Chaim San Diego Magazine and the primary writer for the San Diego Food & Travel Blog, www.sdfoodtravel.com.
worldfare
Sept. 23 2016
The food at Sanvil reflects the heritage of its executive chef, Surinder Veer Singh Ortega: half Indian, half Mexican
worldfare
Sept. 19 2016
Sauerkraut dogPhoto by Michael A. Gardiner One of the most enduring images of Manhattan streets is food carts—not taco trucks—on every corner. Nothing’s more emblematic of that than the...
worldfareforweb
Sept. 12 2016
It crept up on us some time around the early 2000s—a growing recognition that P.F. Changs has little to do with "Chinese" food. Watered down Chinese? Perhaps
tortacarneasada
Sept. 2 2016
About the only thing you can't get at North Rosarito Beach's Sunday Mercado Sobre Ruedas "Los Panchos" is the thing for which they appear to be named: hot dogs.There is, however, no shortage of great food...
Lamb-Hot-Pot
Aug. 26 2016
Boiling Passion offers 10 internationally themed options: Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese and a few with less distinctly national flavors (satay, curry, milk and seafood)
Pork-Belly-App
Aug. 18 2016
Carnitas Snack Shack is named for Cavin's pet potbelly pig, not the Mexican pork dish. And while the restaurant has some of the trappings of a casual roadside shed eatery, it brings far more than that...
Spicy-Thousand-Year-Old-Eggs
Aug. 12 2016
Where Sab-E-Lee is more of an all-around Thai restaurant, Thai Papaya is focused on the regional foods of Northern and Northeastern Thailand
Soba-Noodles-at-Musashiya
Aug. 10 2016
We, in San Diego, are blessed with a wealth of ethnic options, many of the best of which fly under the radar. There is, of course, a part of me that really wants to keep them to myself, but such is public...
michael
Aug. 9 2016
Carrot aguachile of callo de hacha, ahi and smoked trout roePhoto by Michael Gardiner My parents always suspected it might come to this. It just didn't happen the way they thought. I mean, I've
Orange-Ginger-Fish
Aug. 5 2016
It was pleasant sitting in the courtyard patio of Susanna's Restaurant (Pueblo Plaza, 4356 Blvd. Benito Juarez) in Rosarito Beach listening to the pinging of the rock waterfall fountain
worldfare
July 29 2016
Soda & Swine is all about the meatballs: beef, smoked pork, chicken, chorizo and, curiously, quinoa. Pick a "style"—slider, sub sandwich, on top of spaghetti or in a skillet of three balls—and...
Ceviche-Mixto-1
July 22 2016
It is Peru's time to shine on the culinary stage. Three Lima restaurants—Central, Maido and Astrid y Gastón—are on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list (only five in the United States...
Torta-de-Lomo-al-Vapor-1
July 18 2016
The thing to have at Tortas El Turco is the torta de lomo de res, the steamed beef tenderloin sandwich that's where the place began
siumai_hargow
July 8 2016
Becoming an adult is one part taking on responsibilities, one part shedding foolish romantic notions. When it comes to dim sum restaurants, one of those "foolish notions" is the romance of rolling carts
Manchego Suprema
June 30 2016
Charles Kaufman started Bread & Cie in 1994 as a transition from a career in movies. He's best known as the writer, director and producer of cult classic slasher pic and Variety Top 100 grossing indie,...
Taco de Barbacoa 4
June 24 2016
Taco de barbacoaPhoto by Michael A. Gardiner In his concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964)—one of the most famous in Supreme Court history—Justice Potter Stewart said...
deviledeggs
June 17 2016
There was a part of me that didn't want to like The Crack Shack (2266 Kettner Blvd.) in Little Italy, Richard Blais' fast casual paean to the glories of (a) chicken and (b) commerce
biangbiang
June 10 2016
Less then a year ago I didn't even know Shaanxi cuisine was a thing. Then Xian Kitchen opened in the Convoy District and my eyes and palate were opened to Chinese flavors and textures I did not know
beeftartaretonnato
June 3 2016
Chef Brad Wise's food at TRUST can, perhaps, best be described as "New American" (if that term actually describes anything in the first place)
tunaville-bowl
May 27 2016
It is the Little Lion Cafe & Bar (1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.). It is in Ocean Beach and it is heir to a legend. It's one part tasty, one part funky, totally charming and, yet, perhaps not quite sure exactly...

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