6 San Diego Restaurants To Try During Comic-Con

In town for San Diego Comic-Con? Take a break from all of the mayhem that is Comic-Con — panels, exhibitions, long lines, crowds and off-site events and refuel at one of these downtown San Diego restaurants, some even offering Comic-Con specials and discounts!

Puesto at The Headquarters
789 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Located in Seaport Village, Puesto’s colorful atmosphere makes it the perfect place to recharge during Comic-Con week. The eatery offers fresh takes on Mexican street food like tacos, bowls, and salads, as well as an extensive tequila, cocktail, and beer menu–Puesto has been recognized by San Diego Magazine as having the best tacos AND the best happy hour. TIP: We suggest ordering the Chicken al Pastor tacos and Puesto’s own Comic-Con-themed margarita, dubbed “El Héroe” (meaning “the hero” in Spanish). Bonus: Show your Comic-Con badge at Puesto and get one free taco!

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[Photo courtesy of BASIC urban kitchen + bar]

BASIC urban kitchen + bar
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Simplicity meets style in this downtown locale, where the Situated in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, BASIC’s menu brings a whole new meaning to pizza: go DIY-style by order one of their base pies with your choice of toppings, or try one of their signature pies, like the J Street. The combination of BASIC’s cool, contemporary ambience with their unique pizza pies makes this place ideal for a post-Comic-Con dinner. TIP: show your Comic-Con badge at BASIC and get an Urbn St. Brewing IPA for $5!


[Photo courtesy of Food Network

945 Broadway
San Diego, CA

For fans of culinary classics, take a break from the hustle and bustle of Comic-Con and dine in the California-cool Hodad’s, which has been featured on Food Network’s hit show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (also known as Triple D). TIP: If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the Triple D-inspired Guido Burger (pictured above), which comes with pastrami, ketchup, pickles, swiss cheese, grilled onions, and spicy brown mustard.

[Photo courtesy of La Puerta]

La Puerta
560 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

Located just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center, La Puerta serves excellent Mexican food and drinks in a cool and unique atmosphere. TIP: Order the Carne Asada Fries, these are not your ordinary Rigoberto’s drive-thru carne asada fries, they use high quality ingredients – grilled top sirlion, cheese, grilled onion & poblano, crema, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Wash down these “fancy” carne asada fries with a glass of Purple Haze–La Puerta’s signature version of sangria. ¡Buen provecho!

[Photo Credit: Soo H. via Yelp]

627 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Open from 8AM-2AM daily, Werewolf is the perfect place to fuel your body for breakfast or mellow out after your day at the convention center. The hip, buzzing atmosphere of this American pub is accentuated by colorful walls and an equally vibrant menu. TIP: Order the Triple Threat Burger – 1/3 lb patty, maple glazed pork belly, fried egg, blue cheese aioli on a fresh bun – with a side of garlic fries.

[Image credit: Luis Gutierrez]

Pokez Mexican Restaurant
947 E Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Mexican fare is the feature of this Chicano-punkish inspired downtown San Diego restaurant, where meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike can enjoy some grub in a casual, and cool setting. A majority of items on the menu can be adjusted to accommodate any diet and the beans and rice are vegetarian-friendly, low in sodium, and contain zero artificial ingredients. Tip: You can’t go wrong with any of the burritos from carne asada to tofu. Also, bring some change for the jukebox and rock out to the Sex Pistols or Dr. Dre.

These restaurants, as well as other places close to the Convention Center, may offer Grab-n-Go options and special discounts to Comic-Con attendees. To reap these rewards, make sure you’re wearing your Comic-Con badge!


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Allie Gallegos

Allie Gallegos

Allie Gallegos is a summer intern at La Jolla Blue Book and currently attends Emory University as an undergraduate student studying Creative Writing. Allie was born in New Mexico and moved to California at a young age and has since come to call La Jolla home. She enjoys writing about art, food, and the local happenings of La Jolla and the greater San Diego area.

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