10 of our critic’s favorite San Diego restaurants to visit during Comic-Con and beyond
As Comic-Con attendees arrive in San Diego this week, plenty of restaurants in the city’s touristy Gaslamp Quarter will have dreamed up themed enticements — cocktail flourishes resembling Spider-Man’s web, say, or sushi in the shape of Yoda.
With the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, numerous Comic-Con panels have been canceled this year, so convention-goers might have more free time to dine through America’s Finest City than they originally anticipated. This is a concise list of personal favorites for tacos, burgers, seafood, coffee and finer-dining options — the places I’d send friends if they asked me for recommendations in San Diego, where I’ve traveled frequently over the last decade.
I’m so tempted to send comic fans who also happen to love food on journeys further afield; I want to urge you to the original location of TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita for aguachile and garlic shrimp tacos, and up the coast for Eric Bost’s French-Californian cuisine at Jeune et Jolie in Carlsbad. But I’m being realistic: Most of these restaurants are a few miles from the San Diego Convention Center. The one exception? A fantastic bakery in La Jolla that’s worth the trip for breakfast pastries before the festivities begin each day.
This guide was originally published July 15, 2022.
Juniper and Ivy
Wayfarer Bread & Pastry
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