McCormicks and Schmick’s has one of the best burger deals in the Gaslamp, with a cheeseburger and fries for $3.95 during happy hour, but you’d better like your burger medium-well, because that’s the only way they cook ‘em.
Options for cheap eats near the San Diego Convention Center (and Comic-Con) abound, if you know where to look. Most of the spots on 5th, right across from the SDCC aren’t worth your dining dollar, but there are a few gems right on the strip. If you go a little farther north, or east, that’s where you’ll really strike gold. Here are my top picks for cheap eats near the Convention Center (and in downtown SD, in general).
A $5 burger is a good deal by any standard, especially in the Gaslamp Quarter. For the price, The Lincoln Room makes a solid burger at Happy Hour. Skip the turkey and stick with the beef.
5 suggestions for a tasty breakfast in downtown San Diego, including the Gaslamp Quarter, the East Village, and the Marina district, plus suggestions on what to order and a few insider’s tips.
As tempting as it might be to eat a cold slice of chocolate cake for breakfast (at least for me), most of the time, I do manage to make the first meal of the day count. Weekends are a different story, and call for indulgence. One of the best breakfast (or brunch) options I’ve found in the Gaslamp is Cafe 21, where you can get a plate of cream cheese and fruit-stuffed toast made from cakey egg bread for $9.
At this point, I’m totally confident in saying Jsix has the best lunch deal in the Gaslamp. For $15, you get a solid three-course meal that starts with soup or salad, and finishes with dessert. Options for mains include a grilled chicken sandwich, squash ravioli, or a hefty half-pound burger. For a closer look, check out my review on AHT.
IHOP recently opened its first ever “Express” outlet in downtown San Diego, a new concept they’re testing for possible roll-outs in college campuses and military bases across the country. I stopped by to try some of their exclusive items: dough bites, corn cake tacos, and “cup o’ pancakes”. Find out what I thought of these new creations on GrubGrade.
Who goes to the best burger joint in San Diego (according to San Diego Magazine, three years running) and orders a salad? This girl. And I have no hesitations about it. Burger Lounge may be known for cranking out some top-notch grass beef burgers, but for me, it’s all about the mixed veggie salad.
Burritos may be the most popular import from south of the border in San Diego, but tortas are gaining a foothold. A new torta shop downtown, mere blocks from the Convention Center is a good option for a quick lunch or late night bite.
At most snack bars, you’re going to find things like week-old hotdogs rotating on a squeaky rotisserie, or if you’re lucky, some lifeless french fries. In Sicily, snack bars (or tavola caldas) are stocked with much more appetizing eats. Cremolose, a new Italian eatery in the Gaslamp, seeks to recreate these grab and go goods.