You've Been Waiting Your Whole Life to Face San Diego's The Kraken Burger
Liberty Station (& other locations)
"Dude, but, like, how did they get the mac & cheese inside of the balls?"
Pacific Beach (& other locations)
First: the White Widow (an immaculate chicken ranch sub). Then: the Captain Crunch/Fruit Loops bar. Then: listening to The Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz.
This relatively new spot from Jon Sloan and Richard Blais (hahaha, Blais! Blaze, Blais, blaze...) in Little Italy offers everything from fried chicken, to a twist on poutine, to incredible off-menu ice cream sandwiches.
Pancakes, bacon, and a cookie... as one. You can find this baby carried at different locations all over SD.
Mashed potatoes, bacon, and pizza... also, as one.
"I don't know what you are, but I'm going to f*cking eat you, too." Relevant and wise words from Alex in Grandma's Boy regarding this delicious shaved ice and sandwich spot off the 78.
You could get an un-baked pie to take home and bake yourself (that's a thing here), but emphasis on the word "could," because dealing with ovens < watching Planet Earth right now.
Liberty Station (& other locations)
Not just a place for fried pizza knots, but apple pie, as well. And for that cotton mouth, a beer float. A BEER FLOAT.
Not dim sum. Dim all. You should probably hit up Dumpling Inn (in the adjacent shopping center) at some point, too.
It's a shack of snacks! And you will have ALL of the snacks today. And what is that monstrous snack above, you ask? Oh, just the Triple Threat Pork Sandwich.
These guys deliver hot chicken donut sandwiches all over San Diego if, understandably, you can't deal with lines and people right now.
You guys, there's a donut with a Pop-Tart in it. You guys...
Mission Hills (& other locations)
"Dude, like, what is custard, anyway?"
If you can find an angel to drive you to Scripps Ranch (good luck), order the wings. And maybe the fried artichoke hearts. And crispy spring rolls. And...
It seems we and this bear have something in common.
Try the ceviche, churro(s), and a few tacos, and hit up Border X Brewing afterwards (sit outside on the picnic tables under the ambient lighting for the chillest of vibes).
As if there's anything on Hodad's menu that wouldn't be good on 4/20... but that double bacon cheeseburger is just one of those things you have to get.
North Park (& other locations)
Stop it. STOP LICKING YOUR SCREEN. Also know Hammond's will be getting its very own Point Loma location very, very soon.
No one is judging you if you eat fish tacos at South Beach, and a whole hot waffle ice cream sandwich by yourself, OK? Stop being so paranoid.
1. Slater's 50/502750 Dewey Rd, San Diego
2. CHEBA HUT6364 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego
3. The Crack Shack2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego
4. The Cravory3960 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego
5. Basic410 10th Ave, San Diego
6. Baltimore Snowball148 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido
7. Betty's Pie Whole Saloon155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas
8. Soda & Swine2750 Dewey Rd #104, San Diego
9. Jasmine Seafood Restaurant4609 Convoy St, San Diego
10. Carnitas' Snack Shack2632 University Ave, San Diego
11. StreetCar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee4002 30th St, San Diego
12. Donut Bar631 B St, San Diego
13. Rita's of Mission Hills768 W Washington St, San Diego
14. Phileas Foggs11385 Poway Rd, #100, San Diego
15. The Baked Bear4516 Mission Blvd, San Diego
16. Salud San Diego2196 Logan Ave, San Diego
17. Hodad's945 Broadway, San Diego
18. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream3077 University Ave, San Diego
19. Lighthouse Ice Cream5059 Newport Ave, San Diego
Slater's 50/50 is a burger restaurant with a serious mission: providing San Diegans with burgers made from 50% ground beef... and 50% ground bacon. This unique burger patty is truly an explosive experience for you taste buds, and one that you likely haven't come across before. Slater's is also known from its selection of local and regional craft beers-- the ultimate burger accessory.
Cheba Hut is, believe it or not, a cannabis-themed and inspired restaurant that opened in 1998 by an ASU graduate with a habit for getting the late night munchies. The menu boasts over 30 signature toasted sandwiches, a variety of Rice Krispy treats, salads, and all the snacks you could ever want to munch on while, um, "under the influence." Plus, they have a variety of what they call "cotton mouth cures," simply put, a ton of craft beers. First: the White Widow (an immaculate chicken ranch sub). Then: the Captain Crunch/Fruit Loops bar. Then: listening to The Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz.
It doesn't matter which came first at San Diego's The Crack Shack: both the chicken and the egg are taken to new heights via an affordable, fast-casual menu featuring chicken & egg sandwiches, fried chicken served with scratch-made sauces, and specialities like Schmaltz-fried fries, biscuits with miso maple butter, and matzo ball posole. The outdoor spot is recognizable by a giant rooster statue, surrounded by a patio filled with group-friendly tables.
At The Cravory, you can be sure that all of your cookie needs will be met. This Midway bakeshop specializes in wacky flavors made just the way you like 'em: each cookie is at once soft with a gooey center and perfectly crispy edges for a truly satisfying treat. Flavors range from sweet Salted Caramel Cream, citrus shortbread, and toffee coffee, to savory options like a pancake and bacon flavored cookie.
This trendy East Village pizzeria and brewpub is serving pizza that's anything but basic: pies are super fresh and anything-but-simple. The quirky "Mashed" pie with mashed potatoes, bacon, and mozzarella, is a favorite. Converted from an old warehouse, this space boasts a 5,000 square foot lounge and restaurant, will a full bar and an open-air setup.
Escondido's Baltimore Snowball specializes in shaved ice snowballs done Baltimore Style--piled high with toppings and with over 50 flavors to choose from. Create your own or try a delicious and refreshing combo on the menu such as The Elvis with chocolate, peanut butter, and Wonder Bread. Either way, you can't go wrong with any scoop of hand dipped ice cream topped off with way more than just a cherry.
Betty's Pie Whole Saloon doesn't accept the notion that pies are for dessert only: Boyd's Break-The-Fast Pie gives you your morning fix of eggs, potato, turkey bacon, and more. Another solid choice, the Field Hand has cheddar cheese, broccoli, and chicken -- all wrapped in a handheld dough pocket for lunch on the go; and for a more robust Italian meal, Mama Jo's Meatball Pot Pie fills you up with turkey meatballs, house-made marinara, and three kinds of cheese.
Soda & Swine offers indoor and outdoor dining in a stylish industrial chic space. For eating and drinking, they have an extensive bar (where you can get a beer float) and a menu full of small plates, such as meatballs, fried pizza knots, soft-serve ice cream, and pies. The outdoor patio is equipped with heat lamps and overhead lighting.
Your run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant this is not. Jasmine offers authentic Cantonese-style fare that would fit right in in the heart of Hong Kong in a hip Mesa East locale. Its extensive menu specializes in seafood (hence the name) but they also offer a diverse array of dishes to satisfy any taste for any meal of the day. Dim sum brunch makes Jasmine's a popular spot to hit up on weekends.
At Carnitas' Snack Shack, just about everything is influenced by pork, from the menu of bacon-heavy fare to the big black pig that sits atop the roof. In true southern California fashion, 100% of the seating is in an outdoor area out back that's shaded by umbrellas and wooden roofs. The space includes a spacious bar serving up wine, beer, and snacks (also pork-focused) like chicharrones and pork belly.
This hip counter service spot in North Park serves exactly what its name claims it does, but with loads of unique varieties of each. Sweet and savory mash-ups make up the bulk of the menu; "The Southerner," a split cinnamon sugar doughnut sandwich with fried chicken, a fried egg, and maple glaze, is a prime example. Intelligentsia coffee and fountain sodas on tap are also available.
This Cortez Hill bakery is open from 7am to whenever they sell out, so get there early; you don't want to miss your chance at treats that have most of San Diego lining up outside the door. The menu changes daily but includes vegan and non-vegan options like buttermilk bites, Creme Brûlée donuts and Maple Bacon cinnamon rolls. Coffee and espresso drinks are also on order for when you do claim your spot first in line at 7am.
Flavored Italian ice, custard, and gelato are what's on order at this Cali mini chain's outpost in Mission Hills. Fresh, made to order cherry, blue raspberry and lemon frozen ices and "mistos" (Rita's take on the smoothie) are the perfect antidote for beating the heat and Rita's custards, in a variety of classic flavors and toppings, are rich and creamy delectable treat.
Phileas Foggs of Scripps Ranch offers traditional British fare like fish and chips, shepherds pie and Irish stew, as well as English meat pies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs. PF is best known, though, for its wings— try the spicy BBQ or garlic salt and pepper. Drinks options are equally solid: PF has well over 200 imported and craft beers and the 20 tap direct draw system has a high emphasis on local craft, specialty and one off production draft beers.
Serving up waffle ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, and other its-summer-somewhere treats, The Baked Bear is a Pacific Beach eatery (and mobile food cart!). Lucky for us, it's open late-- 'til 2am Thursday through Saturday. Don't leave without trying its signature menu item: an ice cream-filled donut. Pick whatever ice cream you want and they will cram it into a donut, then stick the whole thing in a hot press so you get a warm donut pocket full of cold, creamy ice cream.
This compact taco shop in Barrio Logan serves a small but diverse selection of tacos topped with tangy dips from the lauded salsa bar and paired with craft beer. The move here is to order at least three tacos, ensuring that one is the Taco de Barrio, which features stewed beef, black beans, and cactus in a handmade flour tortilla. Sides like fire-roasted corn with lime, queso fresca, crema, and chile complete Salud's Mexican street food-inspired menu.
A legendary burger dive, Hodad's has been serving face-sized burgers and even larger milkshakes to San Diego locals since 1969. You can choose to order your burger in mini, single, and double sizes, but be sure to pile on extras like cheese, bacon, and pastrami. The beachy interior is decked out with surfboard tables, memorabilia, and license plates. You'll likely have to wait in line, but it'll be time well spent.
Hammond's is a spacious neighborhood ice cream shop scooping up over 90 rotating sweet and savory flavors. Sample the goods with an ice cream flight: order between three and six different flavors served in mini cones on their own stand. Peanut Butter Guava Jelly, Kona coffee, blueberry cheesecake and vanilla rose make a solid pairing.
This popular ice cream stand in Ocean Beach offers a huge variety of malts, cones, sundaes, yogurts and sorbets, not to mention an extensive list of creative toppings. If you’ve got a real sweet tooth order the Big Olaf Special—it’s a lot, but death by a double scoop waffle cone sundae with whipped cream, nuts, a cherry and your choice of topping is not a bad way to go. Heads up: the spot is cash only.