San Diego has plenty of great ways to cool off, but the Pacific is kind of heavy on the salt, so if you're looking for a way to thwart the Summer heat while simultaneously experiencing deliciousness/ getting fatter, we have some fine ways to do so.
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.
Chef Norma Martinez serves up fare like apple ale pork ribs, chicken with polenta, and spicy cornbread at this throwback (re: Prohibition-era) resto.
Right on the Pacific Ocean, Shore Club's got great bar fare as well as boozy slushies sure to cool you down on any summer (or any other season) day. There's an open air rooftop patio, and the kitchen is open late night, slinging greasy yet elevated eats (think in terms of sauteed lobster tacos) from 9pm until close. It’s a good thing, too, because you can work up quite the appetite during those Wednesday night goldfish races, which don’t start until 10pm.
Just sprung open in the former Cafe Lavande spot and helmed by a couple back from a ten year stint in the world of New York finance, Finch's wrought iron entryway opens into a lush patio with fountain-side courtyard dining, which in turn accesses both a d
Wet Willie's has 30 different frozen daiquiri machines with flavors you can mix and match, like the 153-proof Shock Treatment or Call a Cab, which is what you’ll be doing the morning after mixing a Naked Willie and a Sex on the Beach with a Bahama Mama.