Food & Drink

Fine-tuned vegan fare

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Another vegan restaurant that raises the bar on vegan food has sprouted in Uptown, joining a list of others such as Donna Jean, Kindred and the long-established Plumeria a quarter-mile away.

Grains, which launched five months ago, is still in its soft-opening as the kitchen develops new small plates to further complement 20 taps of craft beer.

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‘Project’ complete

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

A redesign plus new beers and a revised menu have turned The Brew Project into the kind of establishment it was probably meant to be for nearly the last two years.

Until recently it operated under a dual concept, as a full-service restaurant and drinking joint. Now you order at the bar and then hang out wherever you want – inside or outside the multi-level structure, which was built in 1902 as a Craftsman house.

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Uptown News Food Briefs – Aug. 11, 2017

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs

Lasting just shy of a year, Bull & Grain in Hillcrest has closed. In a brief phone conversation with owner Simon Wolujewicz, the New Jersey transplant told San Diego Uptown News, “I’m too upset to give a comment,” neither denying or confirming rumors that the restaurant and bar shuttered because of a rent increase, internal problems or lack of an executive chef.

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Mouths aflame

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Incorporate the name of a chili pepper into the name of a restaurant, and I’m there.

Countywide, we have places like Habaneros Mexican Food, Tacos El Poblano, Jalapeno Grill & Cantina, and Thai Pepper Cuisine. Their menus promise tongue-burning dishes while invariably interspersed by choices tailored for touchy palates.   

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In gin we trust

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

Various media outlets recently reported that Queen Elizabeth throws down four alcoholic drinks a day. Good for her. I would, too, if I lived within walking distance of Trust Restaurant or had the budget for daily car or carriage service.

Like the queen, I’m a fan of gin. She supposedly prefers hers straight up. I dig mine in a classic Bee’s Knees, a Prohibition-era elixir containing fresh lemon juice and a touch of honey — exactly how Trust makes them. It’s one of a dozen cocktails on the happy hour list that are reasonably priced at $7 each.

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Uptown restaurants reveal their off-menu dishes

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Forget the “secret menu” at In-N-Out Burger. It was fun and exclusive until the company posted descriptions of “animal style” burgers and other code-word items on its website a few years back. In a number of local restaurants, however, clandestine meal options exist for those in the know. Some are dishes that customers routinely request after they appeared as a special or vanished from the menu because revisions were made.

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Where ketchup and pineapple are sacrilege

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

I’m not from Chicago, but in repeat visits to the Windy City I’ve packed my gut plenty of times with its iconic deep-dish pizza, mustard-y Vienna Beef hot dogs and juicy Italian beef sandwiches. They’re the “big three” dishes (plus others) that Chi-town transplants Brendan and Lauren Hodson have been slinging with precision at Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria for the past 13 years.

Locally, nothing else really compares.

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