James Vernette


Photo courtesy of JSix

No, JSix isn’t a Filipino restaurant, but a few of the dishes are Sinsay’s riffs on food that he grew up with in the Philippines. more

Jan 9, 2017 1:55 PM Dishing It Out


Photo by Nicole Lazar

Yeah, RB is a bit of a haul for a hop-head living in O.B. or North Park, but The Cork & Craft is a step up from standard bar food, and Abnormal Beer Company has great beer (I didn't try its wine). more

Dec 27, 2016 10:45 AM Dishing It Out


Photo by James Vernette

On the rare nights when I am out and about, my lack of knowledge forces me to go to diners or taco shops. There's nothing wrong with those, but it's always good to have options. I'm glad I found one with West Coast Tavern (2895 University Ave.). more

Dec 12, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo by James Vernette

I never thought I'd wish my 10-year-old son could drink wine until we ate at Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse (314 5th Ave.) in the Gaslamp. more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


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San Diego's food scene is like a young teenager: It still needs to mature, but has lots of promise and hope. Still there are many reasons to be thankful for the San Diego food scene. more

Nov 11, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo by James Vernette

Cat Eye Club’s bacon and shrimp machetePhoto by James Vernette So, if all goes to plan on Election Day, California may finally legalize marijuana for recreational use. It's about time. I never more

Oct 28, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


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"There's a cheese bar in San Diego and you didn't tell me?" my daughter said indignantly. Jeez, call Child Protective Services on me. more

Oct 21, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out

Florent Restaurant (672 Fifth Ave.) is one of those places that locals often pass by while going to other places in the Gaslamp. more

Oct 7, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


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Slater’s 50/50 (2750 Dewey Road #193) in Liberty Station can be a polarizing place. On one hand, the often-decadent burgers are designed for people who want to jump on Guy Fieri’s train to flavor town, a place where bigger is always better ... more

Sep 23, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo by James Vernette

As a family guy foodie, my pet peeve is when a restaurant has a good menu for adults, but slacks off on the kids menu (if they have one). I understand why: Kids are rotten judges of what makes good food. Why else would dinosaur-shaped chick... more

Sep 12, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo courtesy of Sahara Express

If you're one of those people who shudders at the thought of driving farther east than San Diego State University, you're probably missing out on one of San Diego's most tasty food trends. more

Aug 26, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


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Jul 29, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo by Urban Kitchen Group

San Diego's food culture is a lot like a beautiful teenager: You can see the future and it looks bright, but it still needs seasoning and maturity. more

Jul 18, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo courtesy of the Lot

As much as I love going to the movies, there's a lot that can be improved about the overall experience. more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo courtesy of Chicken Charlie Boghosian

I come to praise Chicken Charlie, not to batter him. Though, he might like that. Chicken Charlie is the name given to Charlie Boghosian, the guy who appears at the San Diego County Fair every year offering some bizarre-sounding, usually dee... more

Jun 17, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo courtesy of Small Bar

Sure, it might be fun to try a hip bar once or twice, but it doesn't beat the feeling of comfort that comes when you find a dive you can call your sanctuary. more

Jun 14, 2016 12:00 AM Drink Issue


Photo by Eric Louie

James Saito and Tim Chiou aren't sushi chefs, but they play them onstage. Saito and Chiou are the stars of Tokyo Fish Story, a play running until June 26 at The Old Globe and takes place at a sushi restaurant in Japan. more

Jun 3, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out

If you poked around San Diego raw bars over the last decade, you might have noticed a greater presence of poke, that wonderful raw salad consisting of cubed fish, sea salt, onions, shoyu, sesame oil and seaweed. more

May 20, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out

Think of San Diego's hippest dining neighborhoods and, chances are, Little Italy, North Park and University Heights come to mind. Very few people will say Lemon Grove—but maybe they should. more

May 9, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out


Photo by Mike Pawlenty

When restaurateur David Spatafore was invited to come up with a concept for Liberty Station two years ago, he admits he wasn't inspired by the space. more

Apr 22, 2016 12:00 AM Dishing It Out