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.
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.
Where to dine outside of the downtown area when you visit San Diego: