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


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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.
Friday, November 14,2014
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Emerald Seafood Restaurant is a Convoy District gem

Well-executed classic dim sum and the best tripe in town

By Michael A. Gardiner
The downside of getting paid to eat (and write about it) is not having enough time to enjoy favorite haunts on as regular a basis as I would like. Instead of weekly weekend brunches of dim sum—that
Friday, November 7,2014
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Baja food laid bare at Común Kitchen & Tavern

Chef Chad White brings BajaMed and street food to East Village

By Michael A. Gardiner
The most exciting development on the San Diego food scene is the ongoing Baja invasion—a distinct, high-end cuisine known as “BajaMed” and the influence of an equally exciting brand of street food.
Friday, October 31,2014
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Supannee offers farm-to-table Thai in Point Loma

Restaurant honors vegetables as much as proteins and sauces

By Michael A. Gardiner
The toasted ground rice in the pork larb was the first hint that there was something different about Shelter Island's Supannee House of Thai.
Friday, October 24,2014
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With a name like Wrench and Rodent, it’s gotta be good

Oceanside hole-in-the-wall has the power to astonish

By Michael A. Gardiner
The importance of first impressions is the stuff of advertising slogans and books about business motivation and self-improvement. Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub is the exception that proves that rule.
Friday, October 10,2014
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Street tacos don’t get better than Tacos Kokopelli

Deep flavors and bright salsas bring out the best in Tijuana street food

By Michael A. Gardiner
If, as Anthony Bourdain claimed, Ensenada's Mariscos La Guerrerense is "the best street cart in the world," then perhaps Tacos Kokopelli (Calle Ocampo at Blvd. Agua Caliente) is the best street cart in Tijuana.