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This Chef Puts Mac ‘N Cheese & Pulled Pork Together In An EPIC BBQ Taco

Tacos are one of the eating vessels of choice when you’re in San Diego. Whether it be unique creations or straight outta a truck, tons of places are cramming their food inside of tortillas.

One of the more innovative ones is coming out of the minds of a local food star, who’s put together barbeque, mac and cheese, and tacos for a whirlwind combination of flavors.

This Smokey Pork & Mac Taco comes from the mind of Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien. A local and nationally recognized TV and online food show host, he has his own place, Not Not Tacos, where he brings his zany culinary creations to life.

For the taco, Zien brings together creamy mac and cheese, pulled pork, sour cream, Sriracha, and green onions for a zesty, creamy, and tangy bite.

If you’re interested in trying this taco out for yourself, it’s being given away on the Hubert’s Lemon A Go Go Truck on Saturday, November 17th, nearby SDSU. It’ll be paired alongside bottles of Hubert’s Watermelon Lemonade.

For more details on the giveaway, you can head to

Photos by Pete Pham

Created in partnership with Hubert’s Lemonade


These San Diego Arcade Bars are Adult Boozy Playgrounds and We’re Here For It

Press Play: Come For the Drinks, Stay For the Games

Written By: Jessica Gomes of Locale Magazine
Photographed By: Josie Gonzales of Locale Magazine

What do you call a place that has craft beer with good vibes, where you and your buddies can chill and play your favorite arcade gamesIt’s not your buddy Johnny’s house where you used to go to every weekend when you were a kid, but a new concept popping up all over San Diego. Cue “arcade bars,” aka hangouts where you can go solo or with friends to eat, drink, listen to music, mingle and, most importantly, play arcade games! #Throwback Thursday! Here are some of our top picks:

Best San Diego Arcade Bars

Have a Brewski With Your Broski

Brewskis Bar & Arcade

Game On: Aaron, the bar’s owner, rotates games in and out to keep his arcade new and fresh. You will find that the pool tables and air hockey zone are always busy, but if you’re there for the old-school games, the most popular are Daytona USA, NFL Blitz, Pac-Man and Galaga.

Drink Up: Before you start gaming, make a stop at the bar for one of their brews on draft, which are constantly rotating based on customer demand. They also offer classic cocktails if beers aren’t your thing. 

Foodie Fuel: For bites, the bar’s clientele influence the menu, creating personal bar food options that are must-haves for regulars. If you’ve been coming to Brewski’s for a while, then you know about the “secret menu.” If not, hangout for a while and discover what it’s all about!

Native Knowledge: Brewski’s is open seven days a week, hosting happy hour from 4-8 p.m. Plus, they hold monthly pinball tournaments!

Brewskis Bar & Arcade
8670 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92126

Bring Your Spare Change!

Coin-Op Game Room

Drink Up: Coin-Op pays attention to detail when it comes to their crafty cocktails. They even like to get fancy with the “beer cocktail” concept, with creations like the “1 Up,” which contains a pint of Stiegl Radler grapefruit beer and a shot of Mezcal.

Foodie Fuel: For nibbles, Chef Mark Bolton constructs the chef-driven, seasonal menu that is geared towards small bites and bar food that are in a league of their own. Chef Bolton opts for farm-to-table options, using local produce and game meats that make for cuisine that is enjoyable for their big kid demographic.

Game On: When you have your drink and nosh ordered, choose from the variety of games including Ms. Pac-Man, Pop-A-Shot, Street Fighter II, Big Buck Hunter and, of course, their pinball machines.

Native Knowledge: Coin-Op is open seven days a week, with happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. 

Living Like a Local: In addition to being an arcade bar, they like to call themselves an “industry bar,” constantly making friends with the locals that work in their neighborhood, creating relationships and exchanging business to support one another.

Coin-Op Game Room

3926 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104


‘Hop’ In!


Drink Up: Focusing on bringing what they call an “honest” cocktail to the table, their drink menu is all about creating modern, multi-step versions of classics and fresh, local and house-made ingredients. You won’t find any stemware in-house, as they like to keep their cocktail consumption casual, simple and focused on what is inside rather than the receptacle. 

Game On: Now that you’ve settled in at the bar, indulge in one of the games they have lined up for you to slay. Here, you will find Big Buck Safari and Pop-A-Shot, the latter of which Sidecar host tournaments for if you’re feeling competitive. For the classic arcade lovers, don’t worry, they also have a set up with Pac-Man and Galaga.

Living Like a Local: Sidecar loves to support the community. They provide ingredients sourced from nearby farms, make their syrups and fresh-squeezed juices daily and carry local breweries’ products and spirits from SD favorite, Ballast Point. Another fun fact? They don’t have a kitchen to provide food for their hungry patrons. Instead, they partner with popular food trucks so you can grab some fare outside and bring it inside, so as to not interrupt your winning streak.

Native Knowledge: Sidecar is open seven days a week, providing happy hour Monday through Friday with $1 off all beer, wine and cocktails. 


1310 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110


Welcome to a Haus Party

Coin Haus

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Game On: The 2,400-square-foot venue is banking on your teenage nostalgia. With almost 30 throwback classics, isn’t everyone a winner? Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Pac-Man are a few of the classics that await you at this adult-only arcade. Plus, new challenges like Game of Thrones and Ghostbusters pinball are next to conquer. Let the games begin!  

Drink Up: Coin Haus also has the region’s first self-serving taps! With so many to choose from, the first game will determine who can try the most. Everything from Boochcraft Kombucha, Cold Brew Coffee, 40 craft beers on tap—like local favorites from Thorn Street Barrio and Modern Times Black House—and wine options are all readily lined-up for you to clink the night away.

Living Like a Local: For a delicious bite before heading over to this bar arcade,  you could stop by the Cohn Restaurant Group’s second spot on The Row—BO-beau kitchen + garden. CRG has over 25 locations in San Diego, plus two in Maui. For Coin Haus, they teamed-up with local designer Philippe Beltran to accomplish a modern industrial vibe by adding decor like recycled beer kegs, full-length garage-style doors and revamped chicken feeders as lighting.

Native Knowledge: Not only is Coin Haus open seven days a week, but they offer a daily ‘Hoppy Hour’ where you will receive 20 percent off beer and games.

Coin Haus

8361 Allison Ave
La Mesa, CA 91942

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10 Ridiculous Burgers in San Diego You Should Eat Now

These Patties Are Anything But Ordinary

Written By: Omar Velasquez of Locale Magazine

San Diego is a wonderful place to visit for some amazing eatery. From the beautiful coast of Oceanside to the Gaslamp District and back to North Park; San Diego has some the best restaurants, diners and pubs serving up some mouthwatering dishes. Brunch, lunch, dinner or whichever your choice may be, SD restaurants bring out a unique style of burgers. Staying away from the norm like In-N-Out or Burger King; this time we round up some different types of restaurants, in search of the best burgers in San Diego.

Famous Buns

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Order This: The Cowboy Burger

We could spend hours debating which local spot has the best burger in town. However, when you’re looking for a great, solid burger, you can’t go wrong with Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern’s burgers. A local legend for a reason! So, run, don’t walk, to try this burger.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
The Promenade at Point Loma
4990 North Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92106


Stack It Up, Stack It Up


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Order This: Build Your Own Burger

For all of you technology lovers out there, this spot is a real treat. iPads adorn the tables, placed there to provide an innovative ordering approach. Build whatever burger you want—stack on all of your favorites! I suggest bringing your picky eaters here, because there really is something for everyone.

7007 Friars Rd, Ste 356
San Diego, CA 92108


Only in America

All American Burgers

Order This: Grass-fed Sliders

Best way to describe All American Burgers located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter would be “scrumptious.” Serving up the all American Burgers made from 100 percent grass fed beef.

All American Burgers
409 F St
San Diego, CA 92101


Come On Down to Ruby’s

Ruby’s Diner

Photo By Ed Visions

Order This: Hickory Burger

You can walk in, put some money in the jukebox, and enjoy yourself a nice juicy Hickory Burger. The ½ pound Hickory burger is made with two slices of melted cheddar cheese with sizzling thick-cut bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, Rubysauce (yum!) and crispy RubyRings (double yum!). Oh, and all topped with zesty barbecue sauce. If you want to keep it strictly original, Ruby’s Diner is where it’s at.

Ruby’s Diner
1640 Camino Del Rio N #360P
San Diego, CA 92108


It’s Going Down; I’m Yelling, “Timber!”

Lumberyard Tavern

Photo By Josie Gonzales

Order This: Lamb Burger

If you are looking for a “one-of-a-kind experience” restaurant the search is over. Located right off the Coast Hwy 101, Lumberyard Tavern serves a variety of comfort food. One tasty burger you will find that is different from the norm is the Lamb Burger. A juicy ground lamb filled burger with Tzatziki sauce, spinach, feta, pickled onion and tomato will have you coming back for more.

Lumberyard Tavern
967 S Coast Hwy 101, Ste 101
Encinitas, CA 92024


Going Coconuts for This Burger

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Nice buns. 😎 Enjoy a 🍔 + 🍺 for just $11.75 all day in #MissionBeach!

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Order This: Coconut Club Burger

Can’t go wrong with some Caribbean-inspired American food overlooking the sunset on a summer afternoon—sounds beautiful doesn’t it? Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is calling your name. From Cubano roasted pork to their delicious Coconut Club burger, Miss B’s has the rhythm to soothe your taste buds.

Miss B’s Coconut Club
3704 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109



Duke’s La Jolla

Order This: Duke’s Sliders

A tribute to Hawaii and the Southern California beach lifestyle, Duke’s welcomes guests to become part of their ohana. Stop in for lunch where you can never go wrong with their Wave Slider Wednesdays—choose between two Kahuna beef, Kalua pork or jumbo crab cake sliders.

Duke’s La Jolla
1216 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037


Here for the Beer…and Burger

Nason’s Beer Hall

Order This: Nason’s Burger

Whether in town for business or pleasure; plan on staying at the Pendry San Diego for the views, scenery and restaurants. Inside the luxury hotel you will find Nason’s Beer Hall. Sure, you can go for the craft beers but when in Rome; the Nason’s Burger with Monterey Jack, avocado mash, bacon jam and mustard and house pickles on a pretzel roll with a side of some amazing house made barbecue chips or fries. After one bite, it will have you book another night.

Nason’s Beer Hall
570 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

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The Champ is Here!


Photo By Adam Gentry

Order This: The Champ

At barleymash, we were served The Champ, and the name is suitable for describing the burger, too. Own it with both hands and dive in!  They bake their barley-beer bread daily, and between their buns, they’ve stacked a grilled beef patty, juicy mouth-watering pulled pork shoulder, pepper jack cheese, habanero jelly, bourbon-bbq ranch and tobacco-fried onions.

600 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


A San Diego Classic


Photo By Valerie Kon

Order This: Single Bacon Cheeseburger

They say it’s lunch and dinner, not life or death. Customized license plates adorn the walls amongst other interesting things to look at. We tried the single bacon cheeseburger with frings—a classic. The bacon was crispy, cheese melted to perfection, and the patty was deliciously juicy.

5010 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
619.224.4623 | *Visit Hodad’s other locations downtown and at PETCO Park


A Museum Dedicated Entirely To Avocados Is Opening This Summer

When the Museum of Ice Cream first opened, everyone went nuts trying to get their tickets and capturing that sweet experience for all to see on social media. It seems we might be in for a similar treat this summer, especially if you’re a fan of avocados.

The Cado is said to be an immersive pop-up museum experience dedicated to California Avocados set to open this June in San Diego, CA.

At 6,700 square feet, the museum will feature seven rooms each boasting large-scale interactive art installations. Created from 16 shipping containers, the Cado will be entirely mobile.

The entire experience is described as traveling through the entirety of an avocado from skin, to fruit, to core — hopefully similar to The Magic School Bus. I can dream, can’t I?

Photo: Peter Pham

Some sensory highlights from the museum include: sight (a 40-foot wall of cassette tapes to take Instagram photos with), sound (a grove-to-grocer audio experience through a vintage Walkman), touch (the textured walls of the ‘Ripe Room’ stimulate what it’s like touching a real avocado and determining ripeness), smell (taking in the fragrance of a real California Avocado grove), and taste (California-inspired avocado foods from local San Diego restaurants in the middle of an avocado grove).

Tickets for the summer Cado opening are now on sale through their website. Part of me hopes there will be a giant guac pool in one of the rooms. It’d be like living out a childhood dream.


Instagrammer Launches Kickstarter For ‘Mexican Fruteria’ With Culturally Tone Deaf Video

When it comes to food and culture, people take things very seriously. Lately, several culinary controversies have been fueled by aspects of cultural appropriation. From Kylie Jenner cooking soul food for Tyga, to an Oregon-based burrito shop closing down after people accused the owners of stealing a tortilla recipe. Let’s not forget about the two bros who tried to add “bodegas” to our lives a few weeks ago.

Now, thanks to a racially tone-deaf and culturally insensitive Kickstarter campaign, Jenny Niezgoda, a wellness and travel blogger known as @TheBarefootBohemian on Instagram, has canceled funding for her project less than three days after the initial launch.

Shortly after the project launched, the video became a focal point of ridicule on Facebook, gaining unwanted attention for passively promoting gentrification, while “whitesplaining” the concept of a “Mexican Fruiteria.” The video was removed from the crowdfunding site within 48-hours.

However, FOODBEAST was able to find a downloadable link to the video that was still available on The Crowd Funding Center’s website.

“I always dreamed of opening my own cafe, to create something from the ground up – that I could truly call mine. And now, that will be a reality.” — Jenny Niezgoda, Kickstarter

La Gracia is slated to open in San Diego’s Barrio Logan, a region plagued by aging infrastructure and a large homeless population. However, Niezgoda claims it has become, “the most vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhood of San Diego.”

Niezgoda planned for La Gracia Fruteria t0 become a, “plant-based cafe that nourishes community, conversation, respect, positive thinking and togetherness,” according to the Kickstarter campaign page.

As innocently as Niezgoda tried to present her concept, the project remained largely ignorant of the fact that this could be accomplished anywhere in America — without the misappropriation of Mexican culture.

Nothing about this project, other than the name — and the theme created by Niezgoda — felt rooted in Mexican tradition.

Adding to that, Niezgoda claims she gained inspiration for this entrepreneurial venture by traveling to “Mainland Mexico,” after leaving the security of a full-time job in the hospitality industry.

Despite removing the video, La Gracia Fruteria’s Kickstarter campaign was still accepting pledge donations for a day, or so — with a pledge goal of $35,000. However, as of Friday Oct. 27, the funding had been canceled — with a total of $812 from 14 backers.

While the video itself established a sense of entitlement, the Kickstarter page was also plagued with culturally misrepresented words and Spanish 1 level phrases that were included within the pledge incentives.

For example, by donating at least $175, La Gracia Fruteria supporters become “Especial,” which includes two La Gracia Fruteria T-shirts, a smoothie, and a sticker.

For $500, supporters are considered “Tu Eres un Big Deal.”

“La Gracia will work with you to create a special menu item named after you! Menu item will be up of one month [sic] and you will get 10 bowls of it for free + one La Gracia signature pineapple sticker + invite to our pre-grand opening fiesta,” according to Kickstarter.

This campaign seemed like the quickest way to commit entrepreneurial suicide, and essentially, since funding has been canceled, it was. I find her disregard for racial sensitivity offensive. As someone raised in a Mexican-Italian culture, but is identified as “white,” it’s sad to see a cultural disconnect so drastic, someone actually tries to profit off it.

Regardless of her inspiration, her concept is equivalent to a smoothie bar that could exist anywhere in America. Why does this project belong on Kickstarter to begin with?

Race aside, this is lazy entrepreneurialism that shouldn’t be condoned — nor supported.

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Andrew Zimmern Says This Is The Best Ramen Spot In America

For years, we’ve been chasing the best bowl of tonkotsu ramen here in the United States. It seems we found a pretty big lead in the search, as world-acclaimed food travel host and chef Andrew Zimmern dropped some major ramen praise.

A recent visit to Menya Ultra prompted Andrew Zimmern to exclaime that the:

Best tonkatsu ramen in America might just be in San Diego!

This praise should not be taken lightly as Zimmern himself has been around the block a few times. The culinary authority has hosted such Travel Channel series’ as Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America, and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World.

It might be pretty safe to say he knows what he’s talking about.

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Tonkotsu is a type of ramen broth made from pork bones which originated from the Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan. It’s arguably one of the best and iconic variations of the Japanese ramen dish.

Looks like we’re going to San Diego this weekend.


S’moreo Donuts And All The 2016 Fair Foods That You Need To Know About

Summer has officially kicked off now that fair season is upon us. The San Diego Fair has just opened its doors and quite a few dishes have caught our eyes. Taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, some of the new offerings at the fair has us drooling.

Like with most fair foods, a huge chunk of these delicious dishes are deep fried. Last year, we were blessed with deep-fried Starbucks coffee, chicken waffle cones, beer gelato and a ton of other greasy goodies. So much for that summer body.

While these items can only be found at the SD Fair, at the moment, some will be carrying over to the Orange County fair in mid-July.

We’ll be updating as fair season gluttony goes on.


Philly Mac & Cheesesteak

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Pull-pork Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese

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Deep-fried Lemonade

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Lasagna Sandwich


Photo: 100eats || Pignotti’s Pasta 

Psy Fries

Mad Hatter Dog

Mad Hatter Mad Mashup Burger

S’moreos Donut


Photo: 100eats || Texas Donut

Bacon wrapped baked potato


Photo: 100eats || Bacon A-Fair

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Here’s How To Taste San Diego’s Hottest Restaurants All In One Night

As March draws to a close and April is more than ready to spring into action, our anticipation for Foodquart is intensifying by the second. You can practically feel the heat coming from the fire that’ll be going down in San Diego this Saturday.

If you need catching up, we’re teaming up with LOCALE Magazine to celebrate the release of their latest issue, with an evening of food, music, and fun fun fun.

Food—20+ restaurants from San Diego offering tastes of what they can do, plus drinks provided by cool people like Sailor Jerry and Mike Hess Brewing (and did we mention the Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar?).

Music—including a DJ set from Bag Raiders, and special guest Jason Bentley from KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Fun fun fun—fine folks such as yourself will be there (assuming you’re in SoCal, but hey, come from near or far) that you’re going to want to party with.  


Right now we’re taking a look into a few of the younger Foodquart participant restaurants: San Diego Poke Co, Pop Pie Co, Supernatural Sandwiches, and The Baked Bear. These four have only opened within the last few years but have already found huge success among the competitive snacking scene in San Diego—and they’re only growing bigger, each looking into opening in additional locations. You’ll have the delicious opportunity to check ‘em all out at Foodquart:

San Diego Poke Co

Bringing  “…a mix of traditional and new style of poke,” you can often find San Diego Poke Co. serving bowls at Scripps Ranch Farmers Market or Hillcrest Market. Their first brick and mortar location will open in Mission Bay this April, so there’s a fair chance you might get to taste a menu exclusive at Foodquart!

Pop Pie Co

Coming to University Heights this spring: Pop Pie Co! Pop Pie specializes in handcrafted meat, vegetarian, vegan, savory and sweet pies, and you can have them for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. WOO!

Supernatural Sandwiches

Both a foodie favorite and San Diego staple, the thick seafood-stuffed sandwiches are named after the likes of mystical goddesses. It’s only a matter of time before they open their next location.

Baked Bear

Bear Bowls rule everything around me. 🙌 #thebakedbear

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Baked Bear is making plenty of noise: 4 locations in San Diego alone, plus a newly debuted San Franciscan location, and a soon-to-be debuted Scottsdale location. Though, their website says they’re expanding to multiple locations nationwide. Get your taste exclusively in San Diego’s Foodquart before the rest of the world can!