‘Tis the season for tourists to take over our fair city, making it virtually impossible for locals to enjoy anything -- from our beaches to our favorite hangouts. Stay one step ahead of them and eat in these places that are too new for the tourists to have caught on yet!
Common Theory Public House (address and info)
Located amongst the typical Korean BBQ and ramen joints that you’d expect to find on Convoy St is Common Theory Public House. Despite the ever-growing beer scene in SD, craft beer bars are pretty uncommon in these parts. Even though their menu features mostly bar food creations like bourbon bacon-wrapped garlic corn dogs (wow...) and truffle mac and cheese, the Asian influences of the neighborhood aren’t totally foreign to their menu -- thanks to Korean-style seafood pancakes, "Galbi" short ribs, salt & pepper chicken wings, and a whole lot of that aforementioned beer on tap.
Wow Wow Waffle (address and info)
San Diego residents no longer have to wait for the weekly farmers market to get their hands on a scrumptious Nutella and banana Wow Wow Waffle. Everyone’s favorite mobile wafflers have opened up shop in a more permanent location that is open Tuesday-Saturday. While there’s no official sign out front yet, look for their chalkboard menu, then follow the driveway and the intoxicating smell of fresh made waffles behind 30th Street Laundry to find them around back. They are serving all of your sweet and savory favorites like chocolate infused with strawberries or candied bacon, goat cheese, and avocado, all atop a Liege waffle.
Bruxie (address and info)
San Diego is officially waffle crazy! Originally slated to open up in the Headquarters at Seaport Village, you can now find Bruxie making their waffle taco-esque sandwiches over at SDSU. The light, not-so-sweet Belgian waffles come made to order, wrapped around a variety of fixings, including buttermilk fried chicken, angus beef patties, and hot pastrami. Although the waffles themselves aren’t sweet, Bruxie has a selection of pure cane sugar sodas, sundaes, and Wisconsin custard shakes to wash them down with.
Stone Tap Room (address and info)
Petco Park/East Village
Stone Brewing Co. has expanded their craft beer empire yet again, this time with the addition of the Petco Park-adjacent Stone Brewing Tap Room. Decked out with gargoyles and their signature rustic design, the bar is pouring 16 frosty Stone drafts with tasters, flights, pints, bottles, and growlers available. They’ve utilized the pizza oven that was already in the space to make an entirely new menu built around a selection of flatbreads topped with stuff like duck confit, Arrogant Bastard-smoked pork, and cheddar bratwurst.
Rare Form (address and info)
Petco Park/East Village
The masterminds from Consortium Holdings are at it again. As if opening Ironside Oyster earlier this year wasn’t already enough to blow San Diego's collective taste buds, they’ve just opened the doors at Rare Form, a deli/bar hybrid in the East Village. The menu is a list of flavor-packed savory sandos stuffed with pork belly, grilled swordfish, chicken schnitzel, and other delicious proteins. There's also... waitforit... a selection of waffle sandwiches! Wrap your lips around a fried egg, bacon, and American cheese waffle sandwich or ditch the breakfast vibe and get your waffles with house-made knockwurst, caramelized onions, and roasted peppers. Along with the sandwiches, they are, of course, working magic behind the bar with a refreshing beverage program featuring several brews on tap and a selection of boilermakers that pair various beers with a shot of schnapps. While the downstairs is open for business, look out later this Summer for the location to expand with the addition of a rooftop bar.
Draft (address and info)
Belmont Park has added a new watering hole to their waterfront property. Sitting right on Mission Beach boardwalk with views of the ocean, Draft is an ideal spot for a post-beach drink, although you probably won’t be checking out the ocean view when there’s a game on their wall-sized 31.5ft television screen. There is a full bar but the place certainly lives up to its name with a selection of over 60 beers on tap and more than 50 bottles that will rotate seasonally. If you plan on keeping your beach body, you should probably bring a buddy and order from their shared plate menu which offers pork belly corn dogs with truffled mustard, Belgian cheese fries, and more.
Truckstop (address and info)
Truckstop has you covered for breakfast, BBQ, and beer by the beach. They start at 7am, serving hearty country-style breakfast plates of biscuits and gravy, coconut-crusted American toast (like French toast, but better), and breakfast skillets. Lunch consists of pulled pork sandwiches, 1/2lb burgers, steak salads, and more, lasting from 11am until they close at 4pm. They also have a strong selection of craft beers, specialty Bloody Marys, and mimosas.
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1. Common Theory Public House4805 Convoy St, San Diego
2. Wow Wow Waffle3519 30th St, San Diego
3. Bruxie5157 College Ave, San Diego
4. Stone Brewing Tap Room795 J St, San Diego
5. Rare Form793 J St, San Diego
6. Draft3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego
7. The Truckstop4150 Mission Blvd, San Diego
The kitchen at Common Theory Public House revolves around the theory of simplicity, offering a menu of ingredient-driven California dishes that focus on enhancing elements’ natural flavors using contemporary cooking sensibilities of Korean, Chinese, Mexican, and American cuisines. Hearty bar food creations include bacon-wrapped garlic corn dogs, hanger steak & IPA chimichurri, and blackened salmon steak with black beans, quinoa, corn, red bell peppers, poblano peppers, and Cajun sauce. The rotating draft list of 30-34 beers generally encompasses varieties from San Diego and up and down the coast of California.
Settled down in a brick and mortar, Wow Wow Waffle is dishing up what was previously only attainable at the farmers market -- you can get your hands on a delicious Nutella and banana Liege waffle whenever you want.
Get yourself some waffles the non-traditional way at Bruxie with creations involving buttermilk fried chicken, angus beef patties, and hot pastrami.
The empire has expanded to include a site adjacent to Petco Park, with 16 Stone brews on tap plus tasters, flights, pints, bottles, and growlers. Sip and and savor all your Stone Brewing favorites before, during, and after games, or just head here for a pie straight out the pizza oven.
From the geniuses at Consortium Holdings comes Rare Form, an upscale deli meets neighborhood bar where sandwiches are stuffed to the brim with pork belly, grilled swordfish, chicken schnitzel, and more gourmet fillings. The Gaslamp Quarter spot operates on the principle that there's a cocktail for every sandwich -- or that the Rare Form Whiskey Cocktail, a spin on the Old Fashioned, pairs with every sandwich. West Coast craft beers round out the menu, as do a few boilermakers.
This Pacific Beach spot has approximately 70 beers on tap and over 50 bottles of beer, making Draft a great place to kick back on your way home from the beach. While you're sipping, try some snacks from the menu, which is comprised of sharing plates, like mustard dusted pretzel bites; grilled items, like the bison burger with poblano pepper and cumin mayonnaise; greens, like the seared ahi salad; and sweets, like key lime pie. Draft’s boardwalk patio is a picturesque spot to grab a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner bite with an oceanfront view, but if you want to catch the game, you’ll want to head inside to watch on one of the flat-screens.