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

  • San Diego's best French fries

    San Diego's best French fries

    The Smoking Goat Chef Fred Piehl's hand-cut duckfat truffle fries are pretty much the standard appetizer most diners order before their meals at the Goat. They're lightly fried, topped with a healthy toss of salt and herbs and served with a side of aioli. It's a good-size serving but you'll probably...

  • Encinitas duo make Brekki their big break

    Encinitas duo make Brekki their big break

    While training for an ultra-marathon in Australia a few years back, Russell Radebaugh discovered an oats, milk and grain breakfast dish that was not only healthy but kept him full for hours. Three years later, Radebaugh, 35, and his longtime friend and now partner, Greg Peyser, 33, launched Brekki,...

  • Speakeasy reclaims its secret space in Carlsbad

    Speakeasy reclaims its secret space in Carlsbad

    Editor's note: Details are still emerging, but after our story was posted on Friday, July 7, and The Charles Kenneth opened that day, the speakeasy was closed down later that night. A manager at Land & Water Company, the restaurant above the speakeasy, said the team is working with officials to...

  • Ponsaty's unwraps secret dining room

    Ponsaty's unwraps secret dining room

      In what may be a first for San Diego, a secret dining room has opened in  Ponsaty's restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. The small brick-lined room - which comes with its own waiter, door to the outside and parking space - was designed for VIP clients who may want to pop the question or close a big...

  • Vista native opens hometown bar

    Vista native opens hometown bar

    Since it opened two months ago, 508 Tavern has been drawing a strictly hometown crowd for its beer, wine and award-winning Korean-style tacos. That's just fine with Shelly Kentner, 29, a  Vista  native who opened the pub May 5 with her boyfriend and partner Hector Estrada, 36. "We're not trying...

  • First taste of the Pendry

    First taste of the Pendry

    When the $120 million Pendry Hotel opened on J Street in the Gaslamp in February, it was big news for luxury travelers. But it was equally exciting for locals, who were hungry to sample the 317-room inn's six different dining and drinking establishments. The options include a fine-dining restaurant,...

  • Chef at Concept Two Seven Eight has a gritty side

    Chef at Concept Two Seven Eight has a gritty side

    Rachel Snyder may pride herself on preparing refined cuisine as chef de cuisine at Concept Two Seven Eight restaurant in Hillcrest, but she's got a gritty side. The 27-year-old Vista native loves riding quad racers in the desert with her boyfriend, enjoys camping in the outback and proudly skates...

  • What the fork (WTF?): The answer is more adventurous dining

    What the fork (WTF?): The answer is more adventurous dining

    If watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern tickles your pickle, then this is the list for you. If you're up for the challenge, these daring San Diego dishes are sure to delight. Bice San Diego: Exotic cocktails Bice adds a show to the dinner experience on Fridays and Saturdays by preparing exotic...

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