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Friday, September 26,2014
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Unpretentious, home-cooked eats at Faridas Somalian Cuisine

An international menu—at the price of colonization

By Mina Riazi
Located in the southeastern San Diego neighborhood of Ridgeview-Webster (1754 Euclid Ave.), Faridas East Africa Cuisine is a family-run, self-labeled "bistro" that relies on the grit of its matriarch—a pint-sized woman whom I watched leave the eatery in a flurry of floor-sweeping fabrics.
Friday, September 12,2014
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Tacos Perla pairs inventive fare with Pinterest-approved digs

The salsas dance at this North Park joint

By Mina Riazi
Opened in late June, the Mexican-influenced restaurant (3000 Upas St.) offers traditional and non-traditional street-style tacos.
Thursday, August 28,2014
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Classic Greek recipes prevail at Barleyanfigs

Newly opened La Jolla restaurant fancies fresh flavors

By Mina Riazi
Husband-and-wife duo Constantine and Sofi Coss opened Barleyanfigs this past January. Chef Sofi helms the kitchen, preparing classic Greek fare like spinach-stuffed spanakopita and grilled gyros served simply with pita bread and tzatziki.
Friday, August 15,2014
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Vegetarian with a spiritual edge at Jyoti-Bihanga

Birthplace of the ‘neatloaf’ has a somewhat messy history

By Mina Riazi
The "neatloaf" served at Jyoti-Bihanga (3351 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights) is the restaurant's most iconic dish and its best seller.
Friday, August 1,2014
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New Orleans Creole Café specializes in old-school cooking

Old Town eatery serves great Louisiana cuisine, but don’t get excited about the bread

By Mina Riazi
Classic Creole dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish étouffée and shrimp creole are appropriately served with a wedge of French baguette.
Friday, July 18,2014
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Gastronomic globetrotting at Hanna’s Gourmet

University Heights bistro serves a solid Sunday brunch

By Mina Riazi
On Sundays, Hanna’s Gourmet in University Heights is open until 3 p.m., giving late risers a shot at microwave-free nourishment (2864 Adams Ave.).
Thursday, July 3,2014
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Don Carlos offers a burrito bonanza

La Jolla joint serves great fish tacos, too

By Mina Riazi
A La Jolla fixture since 1984, Don Carlos Taco Shop (737 Pearl St.) is a favorite among famished beach-goers and college kids sniffing out cheap, filling eats—oftentimes, they're the same people. 
Friday, June 20,2014
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Acme Kitchen brings Southern flavors to East Village

Terryl Gavre’s newest restaurant makes some mean fried green tomatoes

By Mina Riazi
Acme owner Terryl Gavre also helms Café 222 and Bankers Hill, and her penchant for laid-back elegance has translated to the shoebox-size restaurant.
Friday, June 6,2014
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Yu’s Garden blooms with home-cooked Taiwanese fare

Kearny Mesa eatery chooses tradition over trends

By Mina Riazi
I admire Yu's Garden for understanding its identity and sticking with it. Too many restaurants try blending tradition with trend in a panicked attempt to appear relevant.
Thursday, May 22,2014
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The spice is right at Island Spice Jamaican

Grant Hill eatery serves up heavenly barbecued chicken

By Mina Riazi
The aptly named Island Spice Jamaican Restaurant (2820 Market St. in Grant Hill) doesn't skimp on spices. Even the beef patty—a chubby, golden pastry that looks harmless—packs enough sinus-clearing heat to get you through two colds.
 
 
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