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Friday, April 18,2014
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Andrés Restaurant is as comfortable as old clothes

Cuban joint in Linda Vista offers a nearly perfect ethnic dish

By Michael A. Gardiner
If all of the food at Andrés Restaurant in Linda Vista were as good as the ropa vieja ("old clothes") dish, the restaurant would be near the top of my list of the top 10 ethnic places in town.
Friday, April 11,2014
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Tabe BBQ: Korean-Mexican fusion, street-food style

This taco truck definitely isn’t a ’bertos on wheels

By Michael A. Gardiner
The food at Tabe (pronounced "tah-bay") is at its best when it's closest to the core idea: Korean-barbecue fillings inside tortillas.
Friday, April 4,2014
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Too much smoke at Jones Brothers BBQ

The soul food is better than the barbecue at Jamacha Lomita restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
My mother always told me that if the meat is high enough in quality and properly cooked, there's no need for a sauce. It's a lesson that Jones Brothers BBQ (6911 Imperial Ave. in Jamacha Lomita) ought to learn.
Friday, March 21,2014
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Discovering Palestinian cuisine at Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant

Familiar Mediterranean flavors to be found in La Mesa

By Michael A. Gardiner
An excellent place to explore the cuisine is at Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant in La Mesa.
Friday, March 14,2014
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New Orleans Cuisine & Catering truck is all-American

Give the fried-oyster po’ boy a try

By Michael A. Gardiner
Cajun cuisine traces its roots to French-speaking immigrants to Nova Scotia, driven out after the French and Indian War, subsequently settling in French-speaking Louisiana.
Friday, March 7,2014
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Halphen Red Burgers shows why the hamburger is our national dish

Chula Vista joint started as a sauce-maker

By Michael A. Gardiner
The hamburger is our national dish because of backyard barbecues, neighborhood diners and family-run burger joints—places like Halphen Red Burgers (1550 E. H St. in Chula Vista).
Wednesday, February 26,2014
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Ota protégé shines at Shino Sushi + Kappo

High-end lunch specials at reasonable prices in Little Italy

By Michael A. Gardiner
San Diego has a lot of sushi: high-end stuff, like Sushi Dokoro Shirahama or Sushi Ota, as good as anyone's; see-and-be-seen bars, like those at Nobu or RA; and that strangest of concepts, "budget sushi."
Friday, February 21,2014
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Kous Kous: not one of the usual suspects

Familiar food with exotic differences in Hillcrest

By Michael A. Gardiner
There's only one good reason not to order the b'stilla roll appetizer at Hillcrest's Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro & Lounge: It would be difficult for any meal to go uphill from there. This tapas-s
Friday, February 14,2014
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Shabu World’s do-it-yourself hotpot

Convoy District restaurant offers Japanese version of Mongolian mainstay

By Michael A. Gardiner
One of the best places to get shabu shabu in San Diego is at Shabu World (3904 Convoy St., Suite 117, in Kearny Mesa). 
Friday, February 7,2014
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French Concession: A piece of Convoy in Hillcrest

The food is great, but will it last?

By Michael A. Gardiner
In late 2013, Alex Thao closed his Thai restaurant in Hillcrest, Celadon, and reopened it as a dim sum stop called French Concession. It's a little piece of the Convoy District six miles south.