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Friday, July 18,2014
The World Fare

Rosarito steakhouse is a carnivore’s delight

A meal at El Nido is a trip back in time

By Michael A. Gardiner
The steaks at El Nido are still the main draw. The carne asada is justly famous, with the bacon-wrapped filet mignon perhaps a step behind.
Friday, July 11,2014
The World Fare

Inconsistencies plague FuAn Garden

Convoy District Sichuan spot leaves a numbing burn

By Michael A. Gardiner
In the last half decade, real Sichuan cuisine has arrived. There are now at least four Sichuan restaurants on Convoy Street alone—Spicy City, Spicy House, Szechuan Chef and FuAn Garden (4768 Convoy St.).
Thursday, July 3,2014
The World Fare

Excellence at Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe

A BajaMed pioneer still stands tall

By Michael A. Gardiner
Laja restaurant in the Valle de Guadalupe (Carretera Ensenada-Tecate km. 83) was one of the first of the new Baja restaurants to gain international attention. 
Friday, June 27,2014
The World Fare

Mariscos Nine Seas is no roach coach

South Park food truck serves great ceviches and stellar fish tacos

By Michael A. Gardiner
Nine Seas' fish tacos are another highlight. Its shrimp Gobernador, octopus, fried and grilled fish tacos are all good.
Friday, June 20,2014
The World Fare

Across the Bosphorus -- and the tracks -- to Lezzet Café

Dumplings, kabobs and more at Barrio Logan restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
Lezzet Café sits below the point where Chollas Creek empties into San Diego Bay and Interstate 15 ends in the least fancied stretch of Barrio Logan (3586 Main St.).
Tuesday, June 17,2014
Drink Issue

Boozin' with Tracy Borkum

A Tractor Room conversation amongst strangers evolves

By Michael A. Gardiner
Tracy Borkum's Urban Kitchen Group owns Cucina Urbana and Fish Public (and their predecessors, Laurel and Kensington Grill), as well as two Cucina Enotecas, with a third to come. 
Friday, June 13,2014
The World Fare

Romesco is BajaMed deconstructed

Javier Plascenscia’s Bonita outpost shouldn’t work, but it does

By Michael A. Gardiner
Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro (4346 Bonita Road in Bonita) shouldn't work: a little bit Spanish, a little bit Italian, a tiny bit Asian and alotabit Mexican.
Friday, June 6,2014
The World Fare

Best Sandwich on the Planet, Part 3: Tip Top Meats

Headcheese, bratwurst and more at Carlsbad German deli

By Michael A. Gardiner
And that's what led me to Carlsbad's Tip Top Meats (6118 Paseo Del Norte) as part of my Best Sandwich on the Planet tour. More specifically, I went there for the presskopf—headcheese—sandwich.
Friday, May 30,2014
The World Fare

Tapas Picasso is more creative than dependable

Uneven execution of the classics at Hillcrest small-plates joint

By Michael A. Gardiner
I assess the quality of a Spanish tapas bar on two main criteria: creativity of its signature dishes and execution of the core classics. Tapas Picasso succeeds brilliantly on the first count.
Thursday, May 22,2014
The World Fare

Puesto: Mexican street food in an upscale setting

Its all about antojitos at the new Headquarters restaurant

By Michael A. Gardiner
Is the highest and best role of street food to be enjoyed on the street or as the inspiration for higher-end cuisine? Puesto (789 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown) tries to split the difference.