Enjoy burgers and beer in San Diego during Comic Con.
Every year Comic Con takes over Downtown San Diego. Thousands of pop culture enthusiasts dress in costumes and fill the streets. Those with tickets to the event stand in line for a chance to meet stars and catch sneak peaks of upcoming movies and TV shows. When you’re not exploring the exhibits of Comic Con be sure to stop by some of the great craft beer breweries and burger joints in town. We have compiled a list of our favorite burgers and beer in San Diego to visit while you’re here.
Top 5 Burger Joints
- Hodad’s has long been a staple in San Diego’s cuisine since they first opened more than 40 years ago. It’s not uncommon to find a line wrapped around the original location in nearby Ocean Beach. Their burgers have been featured on a variety of TV shows and been included on national top burger lists. Hodad’s burgers are big, juicy, and made to order. In 2011, their newest location opened Downtown. It’s just a few blocks from all the Comic Con action. Try the Guido Burger. It is a pastrami burger that is smothered with swiss cheese, pickles, grilled onions and spicy mustard and inspired by Guy Fieri of the Food Network.
- Burger Lounge was started just north of San Diego in La Jolla. They pride themselves on being the first restaurant to serve grassfed burgers. Even the poultry and game are grass fed. Burger Lounge only uses locally sourced fresh produce. Consider this local hot spot if you’re a health conscious burger lover. Try the turkey basil burger at the 5th avenue store, adjacent to the convention center.
- The Counter boasts over 300,00 different burger combinations. Each customer can build their own burger how they like it. The options are limitless. This modern gourmet burger joint also makes a great place to socialize… Their menu has more than just craft beer and unique wine. Order your favorite specialty cocktail with the signature unique veggie burger.
- Slater’s 50/50 is the place to go if you’re a true bacon lover. They are best known for their half bacon and half beef burger patty. In addition to their delicious burgers, Slater’s features a wide selection of local beers on tap. It’s a great indulgence escape to unwind from a busy day at Comic Con.
- Smashburger is not your typical burger chain. This burger spot takes pride in serving fresh ingredients and giving guests the opportunity to create meals exactly how they like them. Custom orders are always welcomed at Smashburger. Meat lovers and vegetarians are sure to find something they like. They have some unusual combinations. Try a Baja Chicken Sandwich paired with fried pickles.
Top 5 Craft Beer Spots
- Stone Brewing Co. may be the most well-known brewery featured on our list. They recently opened their spacious 800 seat location in nearby Liberty Station. Their gourmet cuisine pairs perfectly with their selection of big flavor beers. The beautiful outdoor dining offers a great san diego experience that you don’t want to miss. Take a stroll through the garden and waterfalls while you swill an try ice cold Ruination IPA. it is a combination of .
- Mission Brewery first began in the early 1900’s and was soon shut down during Prohibition. In 2007, they reopened in the historic Wonder Bread factory in the East Village of Downtown. Ask the friendly staff member for recommendations and take a tour of the brewery. Don’t forget to try a Ship Wreck brew, it’s their most popular beer and one of our favorites. The Blonde ale is also a great choice. The refreshing blend of fruitiness compliments the taste of hops in every sip.
- Ballast Point is the third largest craft beer distributor in San Diego and a top choice by many locals. Their beer making team takes pride in using local ingredients to create a wide selection of light and dark beers as well as their very on line of spirits. Some of our favorites are Yellowtail and the Wahoo. Both are flavorful, lighter options and are full of flavor. The Ballast Point tasting room is just a quick drive from Downtown.
- Coronado Brewing Co. boasts an assortment of “abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales.” They do their best to stay true to the beach culture that is Coronado Island. When you stop by make sure you have an Islander IPA or the Coronado Golden Pilsner. The IPA offers the flavors of hops and a variety of fruits, while the Pilsner offers everything you love about a delicious lighter beer. Both are a great to enjoy during your summer vacation.
- Monkey Paw is a quaint brewpub in East Village. A Flight of beers pairs perfectly with their wellknown cheesteaks. The rotating list of beers ensures you will always have a new experience with each visit. A visit to Monkey Paw is a great way to end a long day at Comic Con.
We know you are going to have a great time exploring the burger joints and craft beer spots, so make sure you drink and drive responsibly.