Budget-friendly eats are totally my jam, but whether they’re comfort classics like mac & cheese or steaming bowls of spicy Thai curry, what matters most is that they’re delicious. Check out my post on Serious Eats for 10 of my favorite meals under $10.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salt & Cleaver’s ribeye sausage burger is intense, unusual, and damn delicious. It’s made with the same filling that goes into the ribeye sausages, minus the casing: ground ribeye, puréed roasted onion and fennel, black pepper, chipotle, Worcestershire sauce, and pork fat for extra flavor.