As much as I love a 99 cent taco off a food truck, the best place to munch on mariscos is in Baja. There are a few tasty options right across the border, in Tijuana, and lots more about an hour south, in Ensenada. I spent 48 hours feasting on fish tacos and tostadas, ranging from deep-fried filets of shark covered in crema, salsa, and slaw, to fresh octopus ceviche. Check out all of my top picks on Serious Eats.

Ensenada Fish Taco

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).

Banh Mi from The District

Saturday’s brunch is the reason why I’ve been eating “air sandwiches” the last couple of mornings… but I have no regrets. The meal started with “Coffee and Doughnuts” (a plate of beignets with Belgian chocolate dipping sauce and raspberry compote), followed by a BLT salad (with crispy pork belly, poached eggs, and heirloom tomatoes), and ended with a plate of French toast with Chambord reduction, mixed berry compote, and quite possibly the best topping to ever grace French toast: raspberry mascarpone.

Beignets from Leroy's Kitchen and Lounge in Coronado