San Diego CityBeat - Grubby Bitch <![CDATA[The old soul of Harry’s Coffee Shop - La Jolla institution serves diner fare that’ll touch your heart]]> A visit to Harry’s Coffee Shop reminded me of many of the reasons why I love the blue-col-lar food beat. The family-owned, classic diner has been around since 1960, with Harry’s sons continuing to operate it much the same way, I’d imagine, that their father did during his lifetime.]]> <![CDATA[Leave these lame food trends in 2012 - A Grubby farewell to another year in food]]> In lieu of new beginnings, here are seven drinking ’n’ dining trends to recycle along with 2012’s Christmas tree]]> <![CDATA[Oscar’s tacos are a big deal - Pacific Beach Mexican joint doesn’t skimp on shrimp]]> Expect a tad more convenience from Oscar’s Mexican Seafood than you would from a mariscos truck: There’s a small patio out front with stools lining a counter and enough room inside by the cashier to seat a few more]]> <![CDATA[Don’t Su-mei, Plumeria is delicious - New healthy Thai joint in University Heights is up against a longtime favorite]]> More often than not, dishes with meat at Thai joints sound better on the menu than they actually are. One time, I wanted to impress a friend with what I thought at the time was the best hole-in-the-wall Thai food in town.]]> <![CDATA[Minh Ky Takeout pairs best with the couch - The secret ingredient at this City Heights joint, apparently, is ketchup]]> Chinese restaurants are fine places to eat, but sweet and sour pork pairs so much better with the couch. Chicken chow mein just tastes better when my feet are up and the bathrobe is on. ]]> <![CDATA[Giorgino’s burly Egg Roll - Eat it for breakfast and then go back to bed]]> I stopped reading the menu at “Pork Roll.” For some reason, it made me laugh. Not knowing what to expect, I ordered one, because, really—how bad could a sandwich be with a name like “Pork Roll”?]]> <![CDATA[Goodbye for now, Donut Star - One too many pastry orgies has tainted our love]]> A box holding the remains of a dozen donuts sits on a counter nearby. My stomach is angry—the usual morning-after effect—and yet, I haven’t brought myself to toss the tasty culprits into the trash. ]]> <![CDATA[Breakfast on Voltaire Street - Add these three haunts to your regular rotation ]]> At a party a couple of Friday nights ago, one of my Ocean Beach buddies started quizzing me on the food and drink joints I’ve been to in his neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Punjabi Tandoor’s magical oven - Mira Mesa Indian food is tasty for people and, apparently, dogs]]> As I searched for an eatery to write about this week, I was shocked to discover that one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego has yet to be covered by traditional media in more than just a two-line mention.]]> <![CDATA[Deli South Africa serves meat pies worth their weight in gold - Kearny Mesa place is hard to find, but unforgettable]]> Fact: Convoy Street is the most delicious stretch in San Diego. If you disagree, it’s time to put down the new-American Kool-Aid and venture away from North Park.]]> <![CDATA[Mustard and relish is for hot dogs - The tuna-salad-condiment police has arrived]]> Under no circumstances do mustard and pickle relish belong in tuna salad.]]> <![CDATA[A mixed bag of sugar at Cafe Zucchero - Early takeout is a good thing; dining-in later proves soggy]]> Like a Gremlin, food tempts me the most after midnight. I’m a slave to nocturnal feasting—meaning that during the day, I tend to nosh on this or that, reserving my stomach’s capacity for the main act.]]> <![CDATA[Brains for supper at Tacos el Gordo - Mainstream tacos mingle with more daring picks at the popular haunt]]> The second film in the Indiana Jones trilogy is to blame for my fear of Jell-O molds, monkeys and, until recently, Indian buffets. ]]> <![CDATA[Incredible pork at Carnitas Uruapan - The family restaurant is in La Mesa now and as good as ever]]> It was a sad day when Carnitas Uruapan closed its doors last year. The Lemon Grove sit-down restaurant always seemed busy when I’d drop by, sometimes just for my favorite snack food—a bag of meaty-crispy-crunchy chicharones, to which no other pig skins in San Diego can compare.]]> <![CDATA[Frozen treats that will drive you loco at Neveria Tocumbo - You may never want to leave this Chollas View establishment]]> If a spicy sundae sounds like the work of a prankster who swapped the contents of a strawberry-syrup bottle with hot sauce, think again; the mangoneada is a traditional Mexican treat.]]> <![CDATA[Bring your own wet wipes to El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas - This Chula Vista food truck stays put—and its delicious fare requires a spoon]]> There are trucks that were around before the Food Network deemed it a hot trend, and El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas is one of ’em. I’ll happily drive south for one of its authentic Guadalajaran sandwiches.]]> <![CDATA[The sandwich snobs of Rubicon Deli - After one of their originals, they say, there’s no turning back]]> A loud-mouthed regular was in front of me at the counter, raving to his friend about the best sandwich in San Diego—the Dapper Dipper. Piles of sliced prime rib, he said, are tender and juicy after a plunge in au jus—melted, stringy cheese and a slathering of horseradish mayo completing the deal.]]> <![CDATA[Las Hadas has an evil twin - Gaslamp restaurant is awesome one night and hideous the next]]> I was skeptical about Las Hadas Bar and Grill, half-expecting it to be a cross between nearby chain restos Rockin’ Baja Lobster and TGI Friday’s.]]> <![CDATA[Gelato morning, noon and night at Pappalecco - A truly Italian experience in Little Italy]]> Tucked away from the cheese that flecks India Street, Pappalecco is where the Italians go. ]]> <![CDATA[This O.B. deli will fill your belly - Poma’s Italian Delicatessen has been doing sandwiches right for decades]]> I must’ve stumbled past Poma’s Italian Delicatessen in Ocean Beach a hundred times without noticing it, and when an OBecian friend of mine found out, he ambushed me with two of the sandwiches that locals have been crazy-in-love with since 1965.]]>