"I grew up in San Diego but spent a lot of time with family in Texas.
When I was a teenager, I bought my first smoker to try and get that smokey Texas flavor down.
I'd stick something in the smoker, drink a beer and let it cook for twelve hours and all of a sudden you'd have magic at the other end of the rainbow. It was just fun to do and it was nostalgic.
The restaurant business always enthralled me. I was working as a traveling tour manager for rock bands and always wanted to start a restaurant. People will say, 'So you went from the music business to the restaurant business? You don't seem like a very smart person.' But I love it. The whole food scene, everyone knows each other and supports each other. We're two years in, and it's going great."
My Advice for Others
"Don't fuck with the BOE. The Board of Equalization. It's not the IRS, they're gnarlier than the IRS."
What I Love Most about San Diego
"San Diego is getting expensive. I wish I was from shit hole Ohio and could buy a $40,000 house. But I'm from San Diego, I'm screwed. This is my home and it's beautiful. I've been all over the world and I will always come back to San Diego. You just can't beat this living, the weather is perfect, we have good food, and it's kind of a big town but it does still have a small town vibe a smidge."
My San Diego Musts
"As far as classic San Diego establishments, one is called Las Cuatro Milpas and it's over in one of the oldest Mexican neighborhoods in San Diego called Barrio Logan. Las Cuatro Milpas is something that everybody should try. It's the best Mexican food in town.
There's another one called Super Cocina. Now these aren't tourist places, you're not going to be dazzled by the scenery, but you're going to get honest to god, amazing food.
Obviously, San Diego is beer-centric, so breweries are driving the restaurants too. We're next door to Thorn Brewery, which is amazing, and so is Fall Brewery. Fall's a really cool brewery. The Small Bar in University Heights has every single beer on tap and from the time I was 21 to 31, I'd visit The Red Fox and Live Wire pretty much five times a week."