Make a full day out of Liberty Station
Formerly a Naval Training Center, Point Loma's Liberty Station has recently undergone a full civilian makeover, becoming a top local destination for those partial to consuming delicious things. With great shopping, acres of grassy fields for revelry, tons of boozeries, and food for days, it's worth your time to explore the grounds.
My perfect day at the Station would start at breakfast with Thrillist's doyen of meat
sandwiches, Kevin Alexander, at the award-winning/confusingly named Breakfast Republic before heading to the Public Market to pick up a mint-infused Kryptonite cold-brew coffee from The WestBean Coffee Roasters. From there, we'd head to beerunch at the connected Mess Hall, which has a full bar, with rotating taps lorded over by the experts at Bottlecraft, and a killer selection of bottles to-go (stop here first so you can shop with a drink in your hand). Once we'd worked up an appetite, we'd cruise back into the Public Market to go HAM on some appetizers in the form of empanadas from Paraná, or maybe some grilled cheese sandwiches from Venissimo Cheese.
Properly whetted, we'd then head over to Soda & Swine for Jason Maitland's legendary meatballs and some of the city's best cocktails. Then, out of nowhere, meteorologist Chrissy Russo would send us shots from the bar, and we'd respond by high-fiving, teasing a couple of dance moves, and sending back a napkin scrawled with "Jimmy O's, 9:30pm," because it's been a long day already. From Soda & Swine, we'd walk to a special showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at THE LOT -- a swanky theater/restaurant combo where every screen is stocked with reclining lazy-boys and full food and drink menus. Properly hyped for a magical evening, we'd Accio an Uber to Jimmy O's to meet up with Chrissy for a '90s rap dance-off. Kevin would win.