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Friday, April 11,2014
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Robata-ya Oton: home-style Japanese fare in Kearny Mesa

Go for the green-tea pudding

By Mina Riazi
There are no California rolls at Robata-ya Oton. For dessert, don't expect tempura-fried green-tea ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and dressed with a paper umbrella. 
Friday, March 21,2014
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Ariana Kabob House’s menu is more diverse than its décor

Scripps Ranch mom-and-pop shop delivers Afghan home cooking

By Mina Riazi
Well into its seventh year in Scripps Ranch, Ariana Kabob House shares a colorless strip mall with the usual suspects: a Pizza Hut, a donut shop and a smattering of medical offices.
Friday, March 7,2014
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Hake Restaurant & Bar goes beyond your average brasserie

La Jolla newcomer serves seafood in a subterranean setting

By Mina Riazi
For folks whose pockets run deep, downtown La Jolla provides a wealth of dining options. White-tablecloth restaurants like Nine-Ten and George's at the Cove prevail in the posh seaside neighborhood,
Friday, February 21,2014
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Surati Farsan Mart: dosas and Samosas

Exploring informal Miramar eatery’s spicy vegetarian fare

By Mina Riazi
The dosa offerings at Surati Farsan (9494 Black Mountain Road in Miramar) run the gamut from savory to sweet, plain to stuffed. 
Friday, February 7,2014
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The versatile coconut: Thai Grill’s most valuable player

You’ll love the tom kha gai at the quaint Hillcrest eatery

By Mina Riazi
Thai Grill's tom kha gai is terrific. Loaded with chicken, straw mushrooms and tomatoes, the light soup boasts serious flavor. It must be chicken noodle soup's suave and snazzy older cousin.
Thursday, January 23,2014
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Ristorante Kaz: two parts Italian, one part Japanese

Kearny Mesa newbie needs to turn up the creativity

By Mina Riazi
When the server at the newly opened Ristorante Kaz mentioned sea-urchin pasta among the eatery's most popular dishes, I couldn't help but recall tiptoeing through tide pools.
Friday, January 10,2014
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Hillcrest’s 100 Wines reinvents classics

Change is often good, but sometimes it’s just unnecessary

By Mina Riazi
Although far from the Quebec original, the poutine served at 100 Wines (1027 University Ave. in Hillcrest) is delicious.
Friday, December 27,2013
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Queenstown Public House is the newest kiwi in town

Little Italy restaurant offers a mixed bag of flavors

By Mina Riazi
Queenstown Public House is rooted in the peculiar. Located right across from the San Diego Firehouse Museum, the antiquated building—with its faded wooden façade and sprawling porch—seems better suited for a bucolic setting.
Friday, December 13,2013
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Sampling Balboa International Market’s hot-food counter

Don’t forget to ask for tahdig

By Mina Riazi
As its name suggests, Balboa International Market is mostly a grocery store. But beyond the aisles of canned veggies and boxed pastries and jugs of pomegranate syrup, there's a short strip of countertop dedicated to hot-food orders.
Wednesday, November 27,2013
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At Mama’s Bakery and Deli, it’s all about aubergine

Go for the fried-eggplant wrap in University Heights

By Mina Riazi
Years later, I'm reminded of my grandfather's gift for roasting eggplants while dining at Mama's Bakery and Deli in University Heights (4237 Alabama St.).