One sexy plate

I was on my way to see Greensky Bluegrass – a five-piece “newgrass” band known for their improvisation and multi-set shows – at the Observatory in North Park and decided to grab a bite before the show. I dashed across the street to Tamarindo, a place I’d never been before but was recommended by trusted […]

The best wiener

Heart and Trotter is a whole animal butchery in a nondescript North Park strip mall. Owned and operated by James Holtslag and Trey Nichols, Heart and Trotter is San Diego County’s only local sourced, sustainable and humane butcher shop. Their proteins come from personally selected ranches in Newman, Bakersfield, Riverside and Julian, California to assure […]

Go for the music, stay for the food

KAABOO, the three-day multifaceted entertainment and lifestyle festival featuring the best in music, comedy, contemporary art and cuisine, returns for its third year to the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17. Headliners include Pink, Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers, Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Impressive, yes, but what […]

I love that new hotel smell

The InterContinental Hotel occupies the top 30 floors of the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles; the tallest skyscraper west of Chicago. Everything about the hotel is marvelous, modern and new. Including La Boucherie on 71. La Boucherie on 71 is a sophisticated steakhouse with a French twist, offering premium steaks and seafood, a cheese […]

Leave your passport at home

There’s a lot to love about Barrio Logan; the rich history, the vibrant culture, the burgeoning art scene (Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month is not to be missed). And of course the food! You don’t need a passport to experience authentic Baja-style seafood. Just grab a seat at Mariscos el Pulpo. […]

A cocktail bar with food

Hundred Proof is a cocktail bar with food. To be clear, Hundred Proof is a cocktail bar. With food. As previously reported (“Something wicked good is coming”, issue #227), Hundred Proof is the latest brainchild of the white-hot Trust Restaurant team. The shiny new bistro exudes a playful sophistication: a wall-sized reproduction of an iconic […]

Booze and bites with a view

The Nolen is a breezy rooftop bar on the 14th floor of the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown San Diego. I stopped in one balmy afternoon enticed by their happy hour prices. The Nolen is named for John Nolen, a city-planning visionary who mapped out San Diego’s early development. As a former planner for the […]

Good tacos for a good cause

¡Libertad! Tacos a la Brasa is San Diego’s first not-for-profit restaurant and it’s located in the heart of Hillcrest. A member of the Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG), the casual eatery is one of three new venues opened in the space formerly occupied by 100 Wines. David and Lesley Cohn, founders of CRG, will donate 100 […]

A bit of Boston in our backyard

Pete’s Seafood and Sandwiches is an unpretentious diner serving great food in North Park. Owner Peter DeCoste, with 30 years’ experience operating seafood restaurants in Boston, decided it was time to “bring those flavors to San Diego” and opened his casual eatery 18 months ago. Good for us he did. There are two dining areas […]

Something wicked good is coming

wicked, adj. 4) going beyond reasonable or predictable limits: of exceptional quality or degree Hungry readers know I adore Trust Restaurant and the creative team behind its success. They were recently recognized as San Diego’s best new restaurant and with good reason; the contemporary open-kitchen eatery has been white hot since opening their doors a […]

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