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Photo by Michael Gardiner

Lebanese food is another one of those cuisines people tend to lump together with “Middle Eastern” food. Incorrect as that may be, it’s not without reason. more

Apr 3, 2017 4:01 PM The World Fare

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Hot pot is having its moment. It's a moment that was, perhaps, crowned when Anthony Bourdain sang its praises and wielded it like a weapon in Eric Ripert's direction on the Sichuan episode of Bourdain's Parts Unknown CNN show. more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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In Britain and many of its former colonies, pie brings to mind a world of robust, savory offerings. Pop Pie Co. (4404 Park Boulevard) in University Heights aims to get us in touch with our inner Brit. more

Nov 17, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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While we don't have many good tapas bars in San Diego, certainly not enough for a classic Spanish "tapas crawl," perhaps the one that best exemplifies the tapas spirit is Cueva Bar (2123 Adams Ave.) in University Heights. more

Nov 11, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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We pretty much suck at deli. There are many types of food and restaurants we do really well in San Diego but deli just isn't one of them. more

Nov 4, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

Once upon a time Cantonese cuisine was the shiny new thing. Then again, there was a Gold Rush going on back then. Now "regional Chinese" is all the rage (as if Guangdong Province's Cantonese were not one of China's eight great regional cuis... more

Oct 28, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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According to Gordon Ramsay, "Cooking today is a young man's game." But is cheffing? Ordinarily it takes over a decade to climb the back-of-the-house ladder. more

Oct 21, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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At one level, Sabina’s is an indoor incarnation of her iconic street cart. And it would truly be difficult to say that there is any dish there better than La Guerrerense’s most famous dish: the tostada de erizo con almeja . more

Oct 17, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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Before I noticed the painted "wall" ringing the top of the dining room I thought it might just be a silly name. But was "Great Wow" really a politically incorrect pun on "Great Wall?" more

Oct 7, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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Photo by Michael A. Gardiner

When TripAdvisor named San Diego the country’s best pizza city, many scoffed at the notion a place with no signature pizza style of its own (and one best known for fish tacos) could come out on top. more

Oct 3, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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The food at Sanvil reflects the heritage of its executive chef, Surinder Veer Singh Ortega: half Indian, half Mexican. more

Sep 23, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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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 blu more

Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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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. more

Sep 12, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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Boiling Passion offers 10 internationally themed options: Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese and a few with less distinctly national flavors (satay, curry, milk and seafood). more

Aug 26, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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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 to the table. more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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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. more

Aug 12, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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. more

Aug 5, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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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 add a choice of sauces and cheese. more

Jul 29, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare

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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 are there). more

Jul 22, 2016 12:00 AM The World Fare