Chef Chris Osbourne Leaves BIGA For Chef De Cuisine Gig At Mister A's

October 21, 2018
After cooking in the kitchen of downtown San Diego's BIGA Italian restaurant for almost a year, Chris Osborne has announced that he is moving on to the position of Chef de Cuisine at the iconic Mister A's in Bankers Hill, taking over the role last occupied by Chef Sean McCart.

San Diego Brewers Guild Present 10th Annual San Diego Beer Week This November 2-11 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win Brewers Guild Fest Tickets

October 20, 2018

A decade since the first-ever San Diego Beer Week, America’s Finest City is now regarded for its award-winning brewing community and has rightfully earned the nickname, Capital of Craft. This year, the San Diego Brewers Guild will bring back its 10-day celebration of all things craft beer from November 2-11, with a whole host of events including the 2018 Guild Fest on Saturday, November 3 and The Beer Garden closing pairing festival at The Lodge Torrey Pines on Sunday, November 11. We are raffling off two passes to the Brewers Guild Fest, as well as offering a way to save $10 on tickets!

Ramen Sensation Menya Ultra Grand Opens Second San Diego Location Next Week

October 19, 2018

Ramen sensation Menya Ultra, which opened its first U.S. branch in San Diego's Kearny Mesa neighborhood last year and was subsequently dubbed "best ramen in the U.S." by culinary personality Andrew Zimmern, will unveil its second area outpost next week in a 2,000 square-foot space within Mira Mesa Shopping Center.

The Land & Water Company Owner To Open Fast-Casual Hand Roll Concept In Liberty Station

October 18, 2018

One of the country's leading experts on sustainable seafood, Chef Rob Ruiz - who owns and operates The Land & Water Company sushi restaurant in Carlsbad - will open a 100% San Diego-sourced, hand roll-based, omakase restaurant in Liberty Station next year.

After Less Than 4 Months In Business, Casa Rústica Closes In Carmel Valley

October 18, 2018

Amidst juggling numerous new projects, Johan Engman's Rise & Shine Restaurant Group has pulled the plug on its casual Mexican restaurants in Carmel Valley. Casa Rústica has closed its doors after a short run and sister concept California Taco Club was announced but never opened.

National Geographic Channel To Release Four-Part Series On San Diego

October 18, 2018

Starting tonight, the National Geographic Channel is releasing a four-part series on San Diego. The San Diego Tourism Authority paid Nat Geo $3 million for the television exposure, plus an editorial spread in National Geographic Traveler and a San Diego Travel Guide on the National Geographic website. Check out the preview below and tune it to see the half-hour shows each Thursday starting tonight.

From Owner Of Poki One N Half, Kimae Ramen Will Soon Open In La Jolla

October 17, 2018

The team behind an expanding San Diego-based chain of poke eateries, Poki One N Half, is getting into the ramen game. Kimae Ramen will open later this month in La Jolla.

How A Restaurant's Bathroom Can Ruin My Meal

October 17, 2018

I enter the single-serve restroom of a popular Little Italy seafood restaurant and immediately notice there are no towels of any kind. Fortunately, I always carry a trusted handkerchief in my back pocket in case of such a situation. I use my foot to lift the toilet seat, then to put it down, then to flush it. I wash my hands using the automated soap dispenser and sink. I then dry my hands with my pocket square and use it to open the door, blocking it from closing with my foot as I discard my handkerchief Kobe Bryant-style and head back to my table. Then I begin to think about how everyone else confronts that same bathroom, including kitchen staff, and become disgusted. I can't stop thinking about it during my meal, which substantially decreases my overall pleasure in what would have otherwise been a wonderful dinner. As you may have gathered, I'm known to be a bit O.C.D..

Pure Project Brewing To Open Bankers Hill Tasting Room

October 16, 2016

San Diego's eco-friendly Pure Project Brewing, which first launched in Miramar in early 2016, will open a more central tasting room as part of The Park -  a new, luxury high rise being constructed adjacent to Balboa Park in Bankers Hill.

La Catrina Tapas & Cantina To Debut In North Park This Week

October 16, 2018

Opening this week in the space that last housed Tostadas in San Diego's North Park community is La Catrina Tapas & Cantina, a Baja-style bar & restaurant opened in partnership with the owner of City Tacos.

Buona Forchetta Opens Encinitas Location & New South Park Market With BBQ Restaurant On The Way

October 15, 2018

San Diego's ever-expanding Buona Forchetta group of restaurants will finally unveil its highly-anticipated Encinitas location today, as well as its new Enoteca Buona Forchetta - an Italian bodega and bistro that sits two doors down from its flagship South Park restaurant. In addition to numerous other projects currently in the works, including a Coronado offshoot and a non-profit breakfast eatery, the company also announced that it will be opening an upscale barbecue restaurant next year.

San Diego-Based Food Trucktopia Purchases Stuffed! Burgers & Frat Boy Donuts Concepts

October 15, 2018

The founders of Stuffed! Burgers and Frat Boy Donuts have moved on to greener pastures, but fret not, the San Diego-born concepts have been taken over by local food purveyor, Food Trucktopia, who will continue to operate the Liberty Public Market eateries and will be opening the previously-announced downtown branch of Frat Boy by month's end.

Ultimate Fall Festival Takes Over San Diego's Historic Julian On Saturday, November 10 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win VIP Tickets To HOODANG: Party In The Orchard

October 14, 2018

The San Diego Reader and Julian Hard Cider are teaming up to host the premier Autumn arrival party in San Diego's historic town of Julian. HOODANG III: Party in the Orchard will take over the Apple Lane Orchard on Saturday, November 10, from 12-4pm, for a fall festival filled with the best of what Julian has to offer. We are raffling off 2 VIP tickets, as well as offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings per ticket!

East Villages Modern Mexican Taqueria LOLA 55 To Kick Off Monthly Taco Tuesday Series On October 30 | Enter To Win 2 Tickets

October 13, 2018

The East Village's newly minted LOLA 55 is kicking off its monthly Taco Tuesday series on Tuesday, October 30, from 6-9pm, and we are raffling off 2 tickets to attend! Get a taste of San Diego's hottest new taqueria at this fun & festive event.

Cohn Restaurant Group To Replicate Coaster Saloon Concept In East Mission Valley | Coaster Tavern To Open By Year's End

October 12, 2018

Earlier this year, San Diego's Cohn Restaurant Group (Coasterra, Corvette Diner, The Prado) purchased the 5,485 square foot, 1950s-era building and adjacent lot that last housed Junk House Gastropub in East Mission Valley  and initially used it as a commissary kitchen for the company's 20+ restaurants. The space is now in the process of being transformed into a second incarnation of Coaster Saloon, a Mission Beach mainstay that the Cohn's purchased in summer 2017.

Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar Ends 7 Year Run In Hillcrest

October 11, 2018

After 7 years serving up traditional barbecue on the corner of 5th and Washington in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood, Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar has closed for business.

Chef Amy DiBiase Is Back And Better Than Ever At Downtown San Diego's Brand New Vistal Within InterContinental Hotel

October 10, 2018

After a two year hiatus from working as an executive chef at a San Diego restaurant, the uber-talented Amy DiBiase is back in the kitchen and better than ever, dishing out an innovative coastal menu at downtown's brand new Vistal at the luxurious, bayfront InterContinental Hotel.

Puesto Adds Talented New Pastry Chef To Its Arsenal

October 9, 2018

After three years with Puesto, Executive Pastry Chef Jessica Scott has relocated to the East Coast to pursue a new opportunity, but the popular modern taqueria has found a new talent in Chef Erik Aronow, who previously worked under a Food & Wine Best New Chef honoree.