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Restaurant Reviews

Drinking against the tide

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Dining Out, Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink It was a mellow afternoon at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, the international chain that rooted itself in San Diego’s beer culture more than a decade ago with German-style “biers” adhering to that country’s ancient purity laws. There’s only one location in San Diego among nearly 30 others spread throughout the country, plus […]

21st-century cantina

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Dining Out, Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | 1 Comment

By Frank Sabatini Jr. It was one of those nights when hubby and I couldn’t decide between Mexican, Italian, Mexican, Asian or Mexican. It soon became apparent we’d end up somewhere with chips and salsa under our chins. I suggested a place we hadn’t tried yet, Primos Public Corner, which opened in October with an […]

Beer and brats in the house

Posted: January 13th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Dr. Ink The last time I set foot into this quaint house-turned-restaurant, located comfortably off Old Town’s main drag, was when it operated as 25 Forty Bistro. I remember fondly a wine-friendly menu of progressive-American cuisine served within tight, but charming quarters. Much has changed since then. The property’s latest incarnation is Old Town […]

Indoor street food

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

I’ve never been to Thailand, but everyone I know who has traveled there raves about the street food, insisting it’s foolproof in terms of flavor and price.

Enter J&T Thai Street Food in Linda Vista. A friend of mine feels the fast-casual eatery encapsulates the basic soul of dishes he buys often from vendors lining the roads of Bangkok — clean, tasty and affordable.

Holy bulgogi!

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Ask any staffer at 356 Korean BBQ & Bar what the three-digit number in the restaurant’s name signifies, and you’ll be told in rehearsed fashion that it’s “the right temperature for cooking” — in degrees Fahrenheit, of course. Then, likely before you finish reading the menu, a parade of side dishes and dipping sauces arrive, encircling the grill built into the middle of your table.

‘Top Chef’ in the house

Posted: November 11th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. In various team matches on season 13 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” she cooked for a mass gay wedding; caused a solar oven tube to explode when adding water to it; and endured grueling hours taping other kitchen showdowns in cities throughout California. Then, during an elimination round in the fifth episode, […]

Around the world in 90 minutes

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

Frank Sabatini Jr. French onion soup, typically a precursor to beef bourguignon or coq au vin, was our gateway to the cuisine of several countries far removed from the hexagon nation. Not since visiting Hanna’s Gourmet in Normal Heights have I witnessed a menu so globally ambitious and well executed than what exists at Red […]

Seafood yearnings

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review The annual Maine “lobster festival” at King’s Fish House had sadly ended by the time I could no longer endure seeing yet another unrelated television commercial showing beads of fresh lemon juice bouncing off shellfish in captivating slow motion. So instead of succumbing to those compelling ads for Red Lobster, […]

A taste of Indonesia

Posted: July 8th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The widely rooted concept of a “gastropub” has arrived to Mission Valley, in a tucked-away segment of Camino del Rio South that dead-ends at TGI Fridays. Situated at the base of a low-rise office building, the Mission Valley Gastropub is the re-branded version of Bali Thai Café under the same ownership. […]