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Food & Drink

Destroying stereotypes

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

There is much to absorb at Kindred, a bustling plant-based restaurant and cocktail bar that pays exceptional detail to food, mixology and design.

Whatever your dietary preference, if you haven’t dropped in for at least a shrewdly crafted intoxicant to wash down a bowl of popcorn seasoned brilliantly with dill, chives and garlic-chili “cologne,” you’re about three years late — just as I was.

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Hard lemonade dilemma

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink For those who eschew chain restaurants, Wood Ranch Grill offers a little more style and plenty of breathing space, at least when dropping in for happy hour held on weekdays in the roomy bar lounge. In addition, the drink and food deals cover all bases, starting with a decent craft beer list. All of them — either drafts or by the bottle — are $2 off their regular prices.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – July 14, 2017

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs Restaurateur Frankie Terzoli, a former contestant of Bravo’s “Top Chef” (season two) who once ran the long-shuttered Big Easy in Hillcrest, will open a seafood-centric restaurant within 57 Degrees wine and craft-beer bar in Middletown by mid-fall. Tentatively named Fish Mongers Market, the venture will occupy a front section and back patio of the sprawling structure and serve lunch and dinner. Terzoli also plans on utilizing […]

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Beyond coffee and muffins

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Few cafes in San Diego are entrenched in the residential sections of the neighborhoods they call home. Mama’s Bakery & Deli on Alabama Street and El Comal on Illinois Street come to mind, although both sit a stone’s throw away from commercial thoroughfares.

Mystic Mocha takes you deeper into an area lined with houses, trees and sidewalks. It’s a colorful little place with a Bohemian feel famous for its crafty, homemade muffins and assorted coffee drinks using beans from Café Moto.

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Time-tested sangrias

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Although you can score reliably good wines from South America, Spain, California and even Hungary and Slovenia, the fortified sangrias at Wet Stone Wine Bar & Café are show stealers, especially when summer days parch your palate. Owner Christian Gomez, a seasoned traveler, wine connoisseur and self-taught chef, opened Wet Stone nearly 10 years ago in the front, ground-level section of a residential Victorian built in 1896.

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Food fest turns 17

By Jess Winans

Hungry? Come on down to the 17th annual Taste of Adams Avenue and take a bite, as 45 restaurants, wine bars, pubs and coffee houses open their doors to San Diego’s foodie community.

The event, which is always held on the last Sunday of June and hosted by the Adams Avenue Business Association, will take place Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stretching from Mississippi Street in University Heights to Vista Street in Kensington, the food fest also goes through Normal Heights.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – June 16, 2017

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs New and recreated dishes at Bull & Grain have been introduced in the wake of Chef Daniel Barron’s departure from the Hillcrest restaurant. Owner Simon Wolujewicz said a new executive chef will be announced “in the next month or two,” and that his kitchen staff has since added to the menu items such as gluten-free eggplant lasagna without pasta and hanger steak with blue cheese-peppercorn sauce.

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The power of garlic

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Two graduates of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) just took over the kitchen at Garlic Shack, a peculiar but alluring little eatery that makes no apologies for messing with your breath.

Garlic in one form or another finds its way into about 75 percent of the dishes across an American-Asian menu from which you’ll discover steamed burgers, the item that mainly led me here because of its obscurity — at least within San Diego.

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