Pam Kragen


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

  • Wine bar brings Oceanside to the table

    Wine bar brings Oceanside to the table

    It only took a few months for Staci Miller to open the doors of her  Oceanside  wine bar and restaurant last fall, but it took 20 years of hard work to realize her dream. The Miller's Table, which opened Oct. 1 near the Hill Street Cafe, is the culmination of everything Miller has learned about...

  • Know fare: So many new restaurants, so hard to pick a fave

    Know fare: So many new restaurants, so hard to pick a fave

    As summer continues to sizzle, so, too, does the local dining scene. Here's a quick look at 50-plus new eateries that have opened in San Diego in the past couple months or are coming soon to a neighborhood nearby. Who knew there could be so much new?   Opened in May/June 10 Barrel Brewing Co.,...

  • Newly opened speakeasy back on ice

    Carlsbad 's just-opened speakeasy The Charles Kenneth, has slipped back into history - at least for a while - as the now-shuttered basement bar works out permit issues with the state. The old-fashioned, 44-seat cocktail bar held its grand opening celebration on the evening of July 7, but within...

  • 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...