James Vernette


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Carnival food is like the punk rock of eating: It’s loud, in your face and not appreciated by everyone. more

Jun 12, 2017 4:11 PM Dishing It Out


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A few months ago, Farmer’s Table (8141 La Mesa Blvd.) opened up in the La Mesa Village in what was formerly the location of Sanfilippo’s Pizza, the type of Italian restaurant you go to before high school football games. more

May 26, 2017 4:02 PM Dishing It Out


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The Kumeyaay didn’t have hot sauce, but they did spice up their food with things like salt, sage (two different kinds), bladderpods (a small, flowering shrub), wild onions and lemonade berries. more

May 12, 2017 4:57 PM Dishing It Out


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When I saw pork parmigiana on the specials menu, I wanted to try it. It’s such an old-school dish that I wanted to see how a more new-school place might tackle it. more

May 1, 2017 5:03 PM Dishing It Out


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These are interesting times to be in the consumable cannabis business.Recreational marijuana is legal in California (yay!), but the state is still working on implementing the licensing process for businesses that want to sell weed. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:23 PM Dishing It Out


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A “ghost restaurant” is not a place where the food is served by apparitions (though that would certainly cut down on the payroll), but rather an eatery with no storefront that exists solely for food delivery services such as UberEats, Eat24, DoorDash more

Apr 3, 2017 3:53 PM Dishing It Out


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The vibe is casual but classy, the sort of place where you don’t feel rushed if you’re having a good conversation. There is one nagging problem: I can’t decide which pizza I liked best. more

Mar 20, 2017 4:00 PM Dishing It Out 1 Comments


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“Insects are served in bars and as street food all over Asia,” says local Cathlyn Choi, host of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen, which runs locally on Channel 4 on both Time Warner and Cox cable channels. more

Mar 6, 2017 3:43 PM Dishing It Out


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It helps that fish goes especially well with beer, and San Diego is certainly a beer burg, which might help explain why Beerfish (2933 Adams Ave.) puts beer at the front of its name. more

Feb 20, 2017 12:00 PM Dishing It Out 2 Comments


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I decided to ask local restaurateurs what feeds their soul about the local dining scene and also what’s eating them. What I found was certainly food for thought. more

Feb 3, 2017 2:40 AM Dishing It Out 1 Comments


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I like Brussels sprouts. I like bacon, and I like burgers. I like bacon on my Brussels sprouts, and I like bacon also on my burgers. However, I’m not sure if I like a burger with both Brussels sprouts and bacon. more

Jan 20, 2017 4:00 PM Dishing It Out


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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