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Michael A. Gardiner

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.

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One of the dishes that wowed at Village Kitchen was that eggplant dish and it’s every bit as good, if not better, at Taste of Hunan. Read more

The World Fare

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Ryoma claims to make “Sapporo-style ramen.” That generally means miso ramen with thick, robust noodles. Read more

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The beauty of this approach to Valentine’s Day is simple: it’s high quality, delicious and genuinely easy. Boiling pasta isn’t tough. Heating sauce is easy. Plus, mixing it all and plating it isn’t much tougher. Read more

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Street food has long been a part of the Tijuana scene, from the hipster vibe at the Telefonica Gastro Park to the more upscale feel of Foodgarden. Read more

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Bane Phonkeo’s is, frankly, exactly the type of place I want to support: a little mom-and-pop shop cooking up dishes as if they were making them for someone just returning home from work in the old country. Read more

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When word got out that Village North had closed, those who’d enjoyed its Northeastern Chinese dishes were naturally disappointed. Read more

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Carve’s owner, Chris Karetas, is a chef by training as well as heritage (he’s second generation in the industry) and he brings that approach to the world of deli. Read more

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There was, indeed, a time when China Max offered dim sum and Cantonese cuisine as good as any in San Diego. Read more

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A year in which I couldn’t name Oceanside’s Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub (1815 S. Coast Hwy.) restaurant of the year will probably be the first. Read more

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Back in 2016, we wrote, “2017 surely has to be better, right?” Then, in our 2017 New Year’s Eve Guide, we wrote,“2018 surely has to be better, right? Right?” Eh, OK, well, 2019… yeah, OK, whatever… bring it on. Read more

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Hidden Fish (4764 Convoy St.) describes itself as “San Diego’s first omakase-only sushi restaurant.” Read more

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It’s been said there are three parts to every taco: tortilla, filling and salsa. There’s a fourth, however, and it may be the most important one: balance. Read more

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Tacos El Chino isn’t some high-end restaurant. It’s one of innumerable taco joints on a touristy stretch in one of Baja’s most touristy towns. But it also just happens to be a step above the others. Read more

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At Yummy House, the skin truly was the dish’s greatest glory. The meat was slightly under-seasoned, but still juicy and tasty. Read more

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What Tufnel was doing with Spinal Tap’s sound, BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar (1288 Market St.) in the East Village appears to have achieved with the flavors of their soup. Read more

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Hit a shawarma stand in the Middle East and two things will happen: First, the customer will always end up happy and, second, the most important choice is which protein will fill the pita. Read more

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And just as there’s plenty of history to explore when it comes to the origins of the fish taco, part of Tacos Marco Antonio’s charm is its history. Read more

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What’s that ominous sound San Diego’s dim sum restaurant owners are hearing? Well, it’s the drumbeat announcing the arrival of Din Tai Fung (4301 La Jolla Village Drive) at Westfield UTC. Read more

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Chicken feet? Farm-to-table Thai? The best spots for Asian cuisine that aren’t in the Convoy District Read more

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Tubular hand rolls? Gizzard shads? From Serra Mesa to Tijuana, the best spots to fix that sushi craving Read more

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