Food & Drink

The Best Places to Sate Your Munchies in San Diego

Published On 04/20/2016 Published On 04/20/2016
chicken lollipops at The Crack Shack
The Crack Shack | Monica Hoover
Courtesy of Slater's 50/50

Slater's 50/50

Liberty Station (& other locations)

"Dude, but, like, how did they get the mac & cheese inside of the balls?"

Natalie Holtz/Thrillist

Cheba Hut

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.

Monica Hoover

The Crack Shack

Little Italy

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. 

Courtesy of The Cravory

The Cravory 

Point Loma

Pancakes, bacon, and a cookie... as one. You can find this baby carried at different locations all over SD.

Courtesy of BASIC


East Village

Mashed potatoes, bacon, and pizza... also, as one.

Baltimore Snowball

San Marcos

"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.

Betty's Pie Whole

Betty's Pie Whole


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.

Erin Jackson/Thrillist

Soda & Swine

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.

Jasmine Seafood Restaurant  

Kearny Mesa

Not dim sum. Dim all. You should probably hit up Dumpling Inn (in the adjacent shopping center) at some point, too.

Sara Norris/Thrillist

Carnitas' Snack Shack

North Park

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.

StreetCar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee

North Park

These guys deliver hot chicken donut sandwiches all over San Diego if, understandably, you can't deal with lines and people right now.  

Courtesy of Donut Bar 

Donut Bar


You guys, there's a donut with a Pop-Tart in it. You guys...

Courtesy of Rita's


Mission Hills (& other locations)

"Dude, like, what is custard, anyway?" 

Sara Norris/Thrillist

Phileas Foggs

Scripps Ranch

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... 

Sara Norris/Thrillist

The Baked Bear

Pacific Beach

It seems we and this bear have something in common. 

Courtesy of ¡Salud!


Barrio Logan

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).

Erin Jackson/Thrillist


Ocean Beach

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.

Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream

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.

Lighthouse Ice Cream

Ocean Beach

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.