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Eater San Diego's Top Posts of 2015

Take a look back at the last 12 months.

Allbie's Beef Inn
Allbie's Beef Inn
Bradley Schweit

As 2015 comes to a close, let's take a look back at some of our most-read posts of the year. This collection of Eater's top coverage includes huge restaurant openings, sad moves and closures, and features on fried chicken, coffee and Asian food.

Terrible News: Albie's Beef Inn to Shutter After More Than 50 Years


One of the saddest stories of the year came in the way of closure news from Albie's Beef Inn, which finally shuttered last week after over 50 years in San Diego. A glimmer of hope remains; its owners say that they intend to look for a new location for the much-loved eatery.

Bracero Will Bring It Starting Thursday, Feast Your Eyes On The Menu

Bracero Mike Newton

Confidently taking the title for the biggest opening of 2015, Bracero has been amassing accolades since its summer debut, including scoring our coveted Restaurant of the Year award. Firmly establishing Little Italy as the neighborhood to watch, Bracero ought to be looking at a blockbuster 2016.

Crazy Popular Japanese Ramen Brand Lands Locally

Nishiki Ramen Now Serving Freshly Made Noodles at First Local Shop

The much-anticipated Niskihi Ramen finally launched its first San Diego outpost in Kearny Mesa this past September, drawing lines during its soft opening period for the ramen house's light yet flavor-packed broth and springy housemade noodles. More local shops are planned for next year.

The 16 Essential Coffee Roasters in San Diego Right Now


Even more new roasters have joined the San Diego coffee landscape since we first published this popular guide earlier this year. Our local community is fast becoming a leader in the craft coffee movement, to the delight of coffee-obsessed Eater readers.

Hop On the Sushi-Go-Round at Kula Revolving Sushi Bar


Though it's not quite the throng that first gathered when Kula debuted on Convoy earlier this spring, the restaurant still attracts a line of eager eaters waiting for the conveyor belt sushi experience — it's high tech, affordable and a bit gimmicky, but fun.

The Crack Shack Hatches in Little Italy; Behold Your New Addiction

The Crack Shack Hatches in Little Italy; Please Welcome Your New Addiction

With Juniper & Ivy celebrating a stunning sophomore year, Top Cheffer Richard Blais and team rolled out a casual counterpart, an all-outdoor counter-service eatery with a menu that has fried chicken fiends flocking to Little Italy.

Famous Filipino Fried Chicken Chain Opening Three San Diego Shops

max’s of manila

Fried chicken emerged as a serious food trend in 2015, and next year promises more of it for San Diego, as a well-known Filipino chain Max's Restaurants shared that it will open at least three outposts here. The first will open by mid-2016.

Chad White Announces Move; He'll Swap San Diego For Spokane

chad white

Among the many Top Chef rumors that were confirmed by the time the first episode of season 13 aired earlier this month was the inclusion of local chef Chad White as part of this year's roster of competitors. White, whose Comun Taqueria shuttered in November, shocked the food community by announcing that he would be leaving San Diego to return to his hometown in Washington.

CH Projects' Craft & Commerce Adds New Tiki Bar From SF's Smuggler's Cove

craft & commerce

2016 bodes to be another trend-setting year for the CH Projects hospitality collective, with two eagerly-awaited debuts in Little Italy — a new restaurant that will slot into the former Nelson Photo space and a grand redo of Craft & Commerce that'll include a tiki bar from Smuggler's Cove legend Martin Cate.

25 Classic Restaurants and Bars That Shaped San Diego

Sneaky Tikis & Seared Meat: A Night at the Turf Supper Club Bradley Schweit

Though much of our focus is on new restaurant openings, Eater never forgets the local restaurants and bars that have survived and thrived for decades. From hipster hangout the Turf Supper Club to the tiki-influenced Bali Hai, use this guide to get a taste of San Diego's food and drink history.