Food & Drink


By Ron Stern | Global Gumshoe The cosmopolitan city of Germany Located in the East German state of Saxony at the confluence of three rivers, Leipzig has always been a historically important city. Many notable figures have lived here, and its citizens were instrumental in bringing about the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

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 | 2 Comments

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 […]

‘Teen Iron Chef’ finds a new home in Mission Valley

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

For the first time in its 13-year history, a culinary competition open to local high school students, and tailored after Food Network’s high-energy “Iron Chef America” series, was held Jan. 19 in the spacious, gleaming kitchens of Mission Valley’s Art Institute of California – San Diego.

The annual event, Teen Iron Chef, tests the cooking skills of students from San Diego Unified District high schools as each team prepares three-course meals for a panel of judges from the food and restaurant industries. The challenge is further intensified by a secret ingredient students must use in at least one of the courses.

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.