Looking for some top restaurant picks for Comic-Con? I’ve assembled 10 of my favorite spots, all of which are within walking distance from the Convention Center and easy on your budget.
It starts differently each time, but always ends the same. I’m in Toronto, or Vancouver, or Montreal. People around me are immersed in conversation, but to my ears, it’s muted. Words are indistinct murmurs that I don’t even strain to hear. My focus has narrowed to one startling realization: I’m in Canada. That can only mean one thing: Timbits. Timbits immediately. Timbits forever.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai in Portland serves the best Thai-style chicken and rice I’ve had anywhere… though, strictly speaking, I’ve only had it one other place. BUT, is it the best thing on the menu?
When in Phoenix, eating ice cream is a physical necessity. So, where should you snag a scoop? Churn and Sweet Republic serve up some of the best ice cream and sorbet I’ve had anywhere, but the city’s frozen dessert scene doesn’t start and end there. Check out my post on Serious Eats for even more frozen treat finds, from retro sundaes to vegan soft serve!
This stunning dessert of coconut milk tapicoa pudding topped with tropical fruit and a vibrant fuchsia quenelle of dragon fruit sorbet surfing atop a crisp pineapple chip also happens to be dairy and gluten-free.
This relatively new restaurant in the heart of Hillcrest has a screaming lunch deal: a burger, drink, and house-made chips for $5.
Aussie-style burgers with “the lot” (i.e.: pickled beets, cheese, pineapple, a fried egg, aioli, and smoky tomato chutney) can be yours at three restaurants in San Diego (all of which share the same owners): Queenstown Public House in Little Italy, Bareback Grill in Pacific Beach, and Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach. Check out my review on AHT for a closer look at this magical mess of a burger.
Did you know that Ben and Jerry’s employees get three free pints of ice cream per day, every day (along with a free gym membership?) It’s true! Check out my post on Serious Eats—which made the front page of Reddit—for more fun facts about the company.
The bacon cheeseburger at the Marriott Marquis and Marina (downtown, beside the Convention Center) won’t change your life, but spending an hour sitting among towering palm trees and looking out on the sparkling pool just might. There’s also churros.
Don’t move to San Diego. The weather is too nice. It’s sunny 267 days out of the year and almost never uncomfortably hot. Rain is rare, and when it does happen, it’s legitimately exciting (and sometimes leads to remarkable conditions for surfing). Snow, slush, and sleet are abstract concepts that happen elsewhere. Hoodies are outerwear. Scarves are purely cosmetic. Layering is a fashion statement.