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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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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. more

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

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

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Perhaps the best thing on Diot’s lunch menu is the Parisian classic croque monsieur sandwich. more

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If Tacos “Don Esteban” (Av. Sirak Baloyan 1236, Col. Centro, 22000) in Tijuana proves anything, it’s that there’s more than one way to do carne asada. more

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One thing we do badly in San Diego is preserve our history, particularly our culinary history. Lubach’s is no more and neither is Piret’s. more

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It’s a classic business conundrum: go for high quality and high margin or, instead, go for high volume at lower margins. Manna BBQ (4428 Convoy St., Suite #210) is challenging that notion. more

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Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cuisine has quite the reputation. It is, some have said, America’s only original cuisine. more

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It’s been one of my low-key career goals to be a judge on Chopped. For those who haven’t seen the show, contestants have to prepare restaurant-quality dishes with ingredients that sometimes make no sense. more

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High-end, creative sushi in Tijuana is not what anyone expects. Velardo almost seems surprised. Maybe he shouldn’t be. Maybe we shouldn’t be. more

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At the end of the day, it’s simply a far better bet that there are no tacos in town better than those at Lola 55 (1290 F St.), which recently opened in the East Village. more

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For years, Chinese food in San Diego meant different versions of watered-down Cantonese and the sort of Americanized “Chinese” one might expect from a late-night delivery place in New York. Sichuan? Not so much. more

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At worldwide prices around $80 per pound they can be the most expensive form of seafood in the world. They’re percebes, aka gooseneck barnacles. more

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Every foodie in town, it seems, is on an endless chase for the next “authentic” hole-in-the-wall ethnic spot. more

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