Pam Kragen

Writer

Pam Kragen is a feature writer who specializes in writing human interest, dining, theater and opera stories. She joined the San Diego Union-Tribune staff in October 2012 after 27 years at the North County Times, where she served as the Arts & Features Editor, as well as the paper’s longtime arts writer and theater/opera critic. She is the president and co-founder of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from San Diego State University and completed fellowships in theater criticism at the University of Southern California and opera/classical music criticism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She reports from the U-T's North County office in San Marcos.

Recent Articles

  • Campfire cuisine heats up at 3 new restaurants

    Campfire cuisine heats up at 3 new restaurants

    Americans love the great outdoors, and a trio of new local restaurants are capitalizing on our affection for camping, fishing and cooking over an open fire. One Door North in North Park, Campfire restaurant in Carlsbad and Decoy Dockside Dining in San Marcos all feature design elements that celebrate...

  • Fare Enough

    Fare Enough

    As San Diego's dynamic dining scene continues to sizzle, an ever-increasing smorgasbord of new eateries has been opening countywide, with dozens more on tap for fall and winter. Here's a slice of what's been cooking since July 1, plus a generous serving of what's to come. COMING SOON Bar by Red...

  • A taste of two new spots on Park

    A taste of two new spots on Park

    This has been a banner year for foodies along the Park Boulevard corridor. Within five weeks, two impressive new eateries opened within a mile of one another: TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest and Madison on Park in University Heights. Here's a taste. TRUST TRUST wasn't the first name general manager...

  • Beard nod puts Polite Provisions in spotlight

    Beard nod puts Polite Provisions in spotlight

    The day before its third birthday last month, Polite Provisions got the best gift any bar could wish for. On Feb. 17, the old-fashioned cocktail saloon in North Park was named one of 20 nominees for the James Beard Foundation's 2016 Outstanding Bar Program award. While the Beard awards are the...

  • 15 in 2015: The year's top dining stories and trends

    15 in 2015: The year's top dining stories and trends

    If 2014 was a year of expansion for San Diego's restaurant community, then this year was one of rethinking and retrenching. New ethnic cuisines took center stage, beer pubs exploded, and dining "experiences" flourished. Here's a look at the 15 notable dining trends of 2015. 1) Restaurant of the...

  • Where to go for dinner and a show

    Where to go for dinner and a show

    If your night out at the theater includes an early dinner, here are some taste-tested options within a few minutes' walk of the box office. Diversionary Theatre Check out Parkhouse Eatery (4574 Park Blvd., University Heights ; parkhouseeatery.com), serving American ethnic grub in a charming venue,...

  • First Bite: Is Shack all it's cracked up to be?

    First Bite: Is Shack all it's cracked up to be?

    An hour before the hotly anticipated Crack Shack restaurant opened for business Nov. 11, a line of eager customers stretched almost a full city block through Little Italy . Customers patiently waited nearly two hours for food, and by 7 that night, the chicken-and-egg fast-casual restaurant sold...

  • An insider's guide to dining in Balboa Park

    An insider's guide to dining in Balboa Park

    Balboa Park has been in the limelight this year because of the centennial of the Panama-California Exposition, but for all its cultural, scenic and recreational offerings, its dining scene is woefully anemic. Although several new cafes have popped up in the park in recent years, there are few options...

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