A Comic-Con​ Foodie Pass


A Comic-Con, Foodie Pass, don’t we wish? Because after all, you gotta eat.   After those long lines and people watching those varieties of ambitious costumes of caped crusaders or out of this world heroes, it is time to sit at the table with a friend for some delicious bites of food from the city of San Diego.

My friend and I debated whether the self admittedly described, “Comic Book Nerd” would dare leave downtown to hit the beaches in the surrounding area and dine out.  I said yes they would.   My friend said no that wouldn’t.   You be the judge.  Nevertheless, whatever the answer, I have a go-to plan for you for dining and drinks.


Let’s start with the downtown area cuisine, what is central to Comic-Con and San Diego visitors.   The Water Grill is where we sat down to dine.  Our tall, long and communal style table creates an opportunity to chat with strangers or pretend you don’t notice them.  A friendly bearded waiter greeted us and took our orders.


I picked out the Manilla clam dish cooked in a saffron broth and chopped nuggets of chorizo.  It burst with flavor and a hearty French Baguette accompanies the dish it to sop up all the juice.  Each clam was a tender.    The other dish ordered, was the crab cake.  Unfortunately, with the experience of living in Virginia and Maryland where crab cuisine rule, the crab cake didn’t win us over.  It wasn’t offensive in taste.   Nor did it suffer from filler.   For many people in the area, the representation may be all they know.  Thus, I will simply say it was for me and I’ll venture to say not for any with a taste for east coast crab cakes.  This crabcake may be California typical.

Later in the evening, we caught the end of happy hour at a San Diego staple for brews, Karl Strauss Brewing Company.   Albeit small, the appetizer menu ranged from the run of the mil to innovative.   With items like Duck Fat pretzels.  I was so tempted but not in the mood for a bready carb.   For my friend, I ordered the classic boneless buffalo wings and for me,  I opted for a unique concoction of watermelon and feta, topped with peppers, pickled red onions drizzled with olive oil and Tajin seasoning.   37582223_10160511220930368_9134781580391219200_n

In the morning my friend to me to the Broken Yolk, which he told me is a San Diego breakfast staple.  I absolutely did not enjoy my breakfast.  The best item ordered was the messy caramel latte.  I ordered standard blueberry pancakes, eggs, and sausage.  I took one bite into the sausage and the oil splashed on my arm.  The eggs had no flavor.  The hash brown was more like hash burnt and the pancakes were flavorless.    The Broken Yolk clearly have people who love the establishment as it started in 1979 in Pacific Beach and has spread to locations throughout the area.   In fact, we walked past one near the Water Grill in downtown San Diego.   My experience is a subjective take.  I found the food flavorless, greasy, and cold.   My name is Crystal Jay, MCCN’s Food Scene Editor.

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Review of Crest Cafe in San Diego

Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day, or so I hear…so shouldn’t it be scrumptious? If you agree, head on over to Crest Cafe, an urban and hip delectable eatery in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, California.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a cheery waitress who seated us instantly. Although the restaurant is quite modest with close-quarters seating, the food selection and taste were rather large.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a cheery waitress who seated us instantly. Although the restaurant is quite modest with close-quarters seating, the food selection and taste were rather large.

While perusing the menu, my hubby and I enjoyed a generous Mimosa and a fresh fruit bowl. I had a difficult time making a decision between the Creme Brulee French Toast and the Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes. I decided on the French Toast and added a side of bacon while my hubby chose the AppleCinnamon French Toast and sausage. The Creme Brulee French Toast was cooked to perfection! It came adorned with freshly sliced strawberries and a Creme Brulee sauce. The dish was hearty and delicious. I did not get that distinct Creme Brulee flavor I was hoping for, but it was delectable. The tasty side of the thick-sliced bacon was plenty to share! Even though I really enjoyed the French Toast, I do believe my hubby enjoyed his Apple Cinnamon French Toast more! Of course I tried a piece and was surprised by the unexpected bold flavor. It was a cinnamon ooey gooey experience with large amounts of sliced apples atop the french toast slices. My hubby really enjoyed it and said he would recommend it to everyone!

Despite the fact that our bill was roughly $50, the portion sizes and taste made it well worth it. I would highly encourage you to visit Crest Cafe and give this surprisingly yummy and mellow restaurant a try.

Where: 425 Robinson Ave
(between 4th Ave & 5th Ave)
San Diego, CA 92103

Parking: They offer validated parking for the lot on 4th Avenue in the middle of Robinson and University Avenues.

Telephone: (619) 295-2510
Website: http://www.crestcafe.net

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