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.
Juniper & Ivy is no mere “breath of fresh air”. Someone left the front door open and the gust was so strong, it knocked the dust off the plants and scared the cat. Take a look inside and you’ll see just what a big deal this is for the San Diego dining scene.
Yes, putting a fried egg, bacon, ham, and cheese between two halves of a cinnamon roll is crazy…but you know what else? It’s awesome.
This stylish new spot in the Gaslamp Quarter serves an awesome upscale burger that’s totally worth the investment at full price ($14, including fries), but if you go during lunchtime, you can order it as a prix-fixe “power lunch” with an appetizer and a Bellini for $20. I think you know what to do.
Seafood restaurants don’t need to have a burger on their menu (let alone put extra effort into making it better than average), but the ones that do have a special place in my fish-averse heart. Spike Africa’s is one of those places.
At just $5 during happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday), Isola’s margherita pizza would be newsworthy even if it was only average, but it’s not…it’s awesome.
Tart and tender Michigan sour cherries nestled beneath a lattice crust that’s as buttery and flaky as a shortbread cookie makes this individually sized pie from Betty’s Pie Whole a stand-out.