For years, every time I passed the vacant building at the corner of 14th and Island, I hoped someone would turn into a restaurant or café. Last week, that finally happened, and it’s way cooler than I could have possibly imagined.
Looking at this photo takes me way back. Well, back to 2009, and my second visit to Hodad’s. A few days earlier, I had my mind blown by my first-ever Hodad’s cheeseburger and was already craving another fix. I was visiting San Diego to see my first love, over a decade after we connected on IRC as angst-filled suburban teenagers (and then reconnected on Facebook as mostly responsible adults).
For the winter issue of Dining Out San Diego, I interviewed Phil Pace, owner of Phil’s BBQ, to get details on the restaurant’s 16-year history of slinging sauce-slathered ribs and barbecue chicken in San Diego.
I crave pasta year-round. It’s one of the few things I’m awesome at making, and I’m always hunting for exciting new dishes at local (and not-so-local) restaurants. For the winter issue of Dining Out SD, I tasked myself with finding four delicious pasta dishes, covering a range of noodles and sauces.
In recent months, Little Italy has cemented itself as San Diego’s hottest dining ‘hood. With everything from ramen to classic standbys, deciding where to eat is now a daunting proposition. To help narrow down the options, I consulted a panel of food experts for Dining Out SD’s winter issue.
For the Summer/Fall issue of Dining Out, I made it my mission to track down five of the best salads in San Diego. From a Mexican take on an Italian standard to a fruit-forward salad ringed with grilled pear slices, they’re all delicious and reasonably good for you. If you’re looking to get more leafy greens in your life, take a look at all of my top picks.
The most recent issue of Dining Out San Diego features a cover story on one of my favorite spots for tacos in town: Puesto. If you haven’t picked up your copy, take a look at the article online for some intel on Puesto’s game-changing approach to Mexican cuisine, along with beauty shots by Chantelle Photography that are guaranteed to get your stomach rumbling.
I’ve critiqued a lot of burgers, both as a reviewer for Serious Eats and as a judge at the Sacramento Burger Battle and the Burger finals of the World Food Championships. And while what makes a “perfect burger” is entirely subjective and there’s no magic beef bullet, these five tips could give you an advantage at the judges’ table.
Budget-friendly eats are totally my jam, but whether they’re comfort classics like mac & cheese or steaming bowls of spicy Thai curry, what matters most is that they’re delicious. Check out my post on Serious Eats for 10 of my favorite meals under $10.
Looking for some top restaurant picks for Comic-Con? I’ve assembled 10 of my favorite spots, all of which are within walking distance from the Convention Center and easy on your budget.