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Friday, January 23,2015
The World Fare

Argentinean empanadas in downtown San Diego

Papa Luna’s offers sustenance for the salt mines

By Michael A. Gardiner
Wherever there are working stiffs, there are empanadas. Oh, they may not be called that. In Italy, they’re called “calzones.” In England’s western reaches, Cornish wives sent their husbands into the tin mines with meat-filled pasties.
Friday, January 16,2015
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Big flavors and big comfort at Convoy Tofu House

Winter stew, Korean style, at Kearny Mesa restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
It definitely wasn’t Hell freezing over—more like Heaven. As the calendar turned, San Diegans had to contend with the unfamiliar: winter coats, warm boots and, in some far-flung reaches, snow. It brought me back to my East Coast college days and the comforts of a warming stew.
Friday, January 9,2015
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Getting to the heart of the Valle at Corazon de Tierra

Diego Hernandez and his restaurant gardens make flavors pop

By Michael A. Gardiner
Corazon’s menu changes almost daily, so the dishes we tasted will likely not be yours. But those superlative gardens and Hernandez’s talent for using them to make flavors pop and dishes surprise are the reason to hazard those roads to get there. 
Saturday, January 3,2015
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The Village House Kalina’s hearty cuisine transcends borders

Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu

By Michael A. Gardiner
The vareniki-pirogy at La Mesa’s The Village House Kalina (8302 Parkway Drive), which bills itself as a Ukrainian-Russian restaurant, are nearly indistinguishable from the pirogi my wife and I make for the Wigilia
Friday, December 26,2014
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Finca Altozano isn’t just in the Valle de Guadalupe

It is the Valle de Guadalupe

By Michael A. Gardiner
It’s tempting to think about the new Baja food scene in dualistic terms: tacos, mariscos and birria sold from roadside stands on one hand, and BajaMed.
Friday, December 19,2014
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Consortium Holdings puts it all together at Underbelly North Park

Great modern ramen, excellent appetizers, craft beer and a brilliant design

By Michael A. Gardiner
A guy still can’t get a soupspoon at Underbelly. Not at the original Little Italy location and not at the new one in North Park (3000 Upas St.). 
Friday, December 12,2014
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Get your goat at El Rincon del Oso in Tijuana

Birria, menudo and nopales headline a menu that makes much from little

By Michael A. Gardiner
As we in San Diego mount our second major effort in two years to establish a permanent public market, Tijuana already has a world-class example: the Mercado Miguel Hidalgo de Tijuana. 
Friday, December 5,2014
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Its owner’s focus back, Dumpling Inn excels again

Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town

By Michael A. Gardiner
Once upon a time, Dumpling Inn was a cult Chinese spot hiding in a troubled strip mall (4619 Convoy St.) around the corner from Jasmine Restaurant, one of San Diego’s great dim sum palaces.
Friday, November 28,2014
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Paul Dobson and Martin San Roman bring Dobson’s to new heights

Televisa celebrity chef adds Mexican touches to Downtown legend’s French menu

By Michael A. Gardiner
The moment you cross the threshold at Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant the first thing you see is Paul Dobson. So it was in 1984 and so it seems it always will be.
Friday, November 21,2014
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Have rolls your way at Downtown’s Sushi Freak

Be careful what you wish for, because it will come to you

By Michael A. Gardiner
The program at Sushi Freak (1071 Sixth Ave. with another location in Linda Vista) can result in excellent rolls. My salmon roll in nori with avocado and green onion and a spicy-tuna topping was superb.