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.
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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.
It starts differently each time, but always ends the same. I’m in Toronto, or Vancouver, or Montreal. People around me are immersed in conversation, but to my ears, it’s muted. Words are indistinct murmurs that I don’t even strain to hear. My focus has narrowed to one startling realization: I’m in Canada. That can only mean one thing: Timbits. Timbits immediately. Timbits forever.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai in Portland serves the best Thai-style chicken and rice I’ve had anywhere… though, strictly speaking, I’ve only had it one other place. BUT, is it the best thing on the menu?
Don’t move to San Diego. The weather is too nice. It’s sunny 267 days out of the year and almost never uncomfortably hot. Rain is rare, and when it does happen, it’s legitimately exciting (and sometimes leads to remarkable conditions for surfing). Snow, slush, and sleet are abstract concepts that happen elsewhere. Hoodies are outerwear. Scarves are purely cosmetic. Layering is a fashion statement.
2013 was a year fully stocked with great eats, new discoveries, and multiple visits to beloved standbys. Click through for some of the biggest highlights.
With the upcoming opening of The Headquarters, a shopping and dining complex near Seaport Village, the downtown food scene is set to get pretty damn exciting. Anchor tenants like The Cheesecake Factory and Seasons 52 have the largest spaces, but I’m most excited about the second outpost of Puesto, and Pizzeria Mozza.
Puesto’s new space is expansive and impressive. There are two large patios that serve up courtyard views, an upstairs mezzanine that looks into the bar area below, and a stylish dining area decked out with a splashy mural by Chor Boogie (pictured above). Inside the restaurant, you can go one of two ways: grab some tacos, a bowl, or a salad from the quick-service line (and eat in dedicated indoor dining area or patio space) or order off the full menu.
Whether you like yours cheap and cheerful or complicated and cheffy, burgers are a big part of the San Diego food scene. Here are 10 of my favorites.
Darlene and I set out on an early morning mission: to conquer Taco Bell’s new Waffle Taco, a deep-fried waffle lined with a sausage patty, filled with scrambled eggs, and served with a little packet of maple flavored syrup.
Everybody needs a few “go-to” places. They’re the restaurants you turn to when you’re craving something specific, or are in an area of town where you’ve never found another place that more consistently satisfies. In Coronado, for me, that place is Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge.