Rejuvenate and relax while not breaking the bank at one of these affordable spas in San Diego. Photo courtesy of Karma Spa and Ed Alfaro
A spa experience is no longer considered just an indulgent day of pampering, as taking the time to de-stress and calm the body and mind has myriad health and wellness benefits. While not everyone can afford the high prices at many luxurious destination spas and hotels, San Diego has some reasonably priced gems tucked throughout town, where a little relaxation and rejuvenation doesn’t have to break the bank.
Off Convoy Street in Kearney Mesa, Happy Buddha specializes in Chinese reflexology. Eight comfy maroon recliners welcome guests to sit back and relax. After soaking your feet in hot water infused with Chinese herbs and enjoying a head, neck and back massage for 20 minutes, each foot receives 20 heavenly minutes of reflexology, believed stimulate elimination, improve circulation and support the immune system. All for $29.99. Afterward, drift next door to the famous Dumpling Inn for authentic northern Chinese fare.
At Massage Thai Way in Linda Vista and Mission Valley, an authentic 60-minute Thai massage only costs $45. White curtains separate long firm mattresses where expert Thai therapists perform deep massage and stretching techniques to elongate the body, improve posture, open up energy blockage and improve circulation.
Karma Spa has two locations, one in Hillcrest, the other in Carlsbad. These pretty spas, which incorporate colorful lighting and soothing water features, offer an excellent menu of deluxe treatments such as hot stone and couples massage, French facials, infrared sauna therapy and ionic detoxing footbaths. Brow waxing runs only $10 and their Foot and Body Fusion Massage is a mere $36. The friendly therapists are well-trained and the prices are more than fair, making it possible for many people to reap the benefits of a spa day.
In Ocean Beach, The Hidden Spa is another affordable sanctuary with some of the best deals on skin care in the city. Their European Facial, performed by skillful estheticians, involves a deep cleanse, exfoliation, gentle extractions, massage, aromatherapy, and mask, which costs only $60. Their mini-facial, a 30-minute skin refresher and hydration treatment is $40.
While Massage Envy are membership spas, they can be found all over the country, so it’s worth joining if you can commit to a monthly massage. These no-frills franchises are clean, home to good therapists and make it possible to get a solid one-hour massage for $59 and under.
A booming culinary scene awaits visitors to San Diego, with many of its restaurants headed by chefs and entrepreneurs from within the LGBT community. Add to the equation a host of other dining hotspots that regularly support LGBT events and fundraisers, and the result is a tapestry of endless options that capture everything from the latest and greatest farm-sourced meals to hearty casual chow and innovative haute cuisine.
The new makeover at Indigo Grill. Courtesy of Indigo Grill
Veteran chef-restaurateur Deborah Scott wows with dishes inspired by native-American and Latin cooking techniques. Since its sleek remodel recently, Scott has extended the menu’s global reach while maintaining her popular standbys such as Indian corn pudding and achiote flat-iron steak with chimichurri.
Amid a mini restaurant row that has emerged in the quiet neighborhood of Mission Hills, visitors will find some of the coziest farm-to-table meals at The Red Door. Sharing the same kitchen is the adjacent Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge, which brings classic beef Wellington back into vogue.
Artisan curds wink from the “cheese cave” at The Patio on Goldfinch
Also in Mission Hills, along a quaint block of Goldfinch Street, is the new Patio on Goldfinch, a former TV repair shop that underwent a dazzling, eco-conscious redo complete with living walls and an eye-popping “cheese cave.” The menu focuses on sharable plates that are both savory and detailed. The restaurant and its front patio fill up quickly on most days, so reservations are recommended.
Steve’s Garden pizza at Hillcrest Brewing Company. Courtesy of Mo’s Universe
Considered the nation’s only LGBT-owned brewing company, this casual hangout greets with provocatively named beers and pizzas. With nearly a dozen signature brews in the offing such as “Pearl Necklace” and “Banana Hammock” and a menu extending also to salads and wings, the atmosphere is consistently as festive as the brewery’s nearby sister restaurants, which include Baja Betty’s, The Gossip Grill and Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill.
Seasonal fruit tart at the cozy La Bonne Table. Courtesy of La Bonne Table
LGBT couples seeking a romantic dinner experience in Hillcrest should look no further than this elegant, cozy French newcomer to the restaurant scene, which knocks out some of the best bouillabaisse and duck confit in the gayborhood. With limited seating in both the dining room and outdoor patio, a feeling of exclusivity pervades.
The wildly popular “cake and shake” at D Bar. Courtesy of D Bar
Headed by pastry maestro and Food Network personality Keegan Gerhard, patrons witness fabulous desserts in the making when perched at the roomy dining bar. On the opposite wall is a fully stocked liquor bar with table seating available throughout the center of the bright, airy interior. The menu includes well-crafted savory dishes, but it’s the sour cream chocolate cake and “faux foster banana imposter” that keep some of us coming back regularly.
High glitz awaits at Lips Restaurant. Courtesy of Lips
Glitter and glam set the stage at Lips, a drag supper club located in San Diego’s “other Hillcrest” – in the neighborhood of North Park. The outstanding performers double as servers as they deliver a full slate of grilled specialties to your table with rousing doses of song and humor. Special late-night “taboo” shows are added to the schedule on Saturdays.
Truffle fries cooked in duck fat at The Smoking Goat
Also in North Park is the sure-footed Smoking Goat, where duck-fat truffle fries and slow-cooked pork belly are all the rage. The menu highlights well-executed meat and seafood entrees, some which are stamped with French flair. Situated in a double storefront, the restaurant flaunts a stylish, earthy interior and features a sizable front patio.
Colorful high-tech mood lighting adds a soothing touch to Lei Lounge. Courtesy of Lei Lounge
In the village center of University Heights, where the popular Bourbon Street Bar & Grill resides, visitors can enter into Lei Lounge’s light-splashed canopied patio for island-inspired small plates and titillating cocktails such as aloe vera Collins and basil-pineapple martinis.
Every table comes with an ocean view at The Marine Room
Among the highly reputable fine-dining restaurants in San Diego is The Marine Room, established in 1941 and located on the sands of La Jolla Shores. The food is exquisite and the view captures a good deal of drama during high tides and winter storms as ocean waves lap against the restaurant’s large, reinforced windows.
Bertrand at Mister A’s ranks as San Diego’s best penthouse restaurant. Courtesy of Bertrand at Mister A’s
Formality rules the day in this penthouse perch near Balboa Park, affording diners exquisite views of the bay and San Diego skyline. It’s one of the few restaurants in town that maintains a dress code, so leave your cargo shorts and sandals behind when arriving for such delights as Maine lobster strudel and rack of lamb.
The white anchovy salad at Buona Forchetta is a must-try starter
One of the most common dining questions visitors ask is, “What’s the best Italian restaurant in San Diego?” My answer: “There are many.” Reigning among the hottest lately is Buona Forchetta, which operates in a mostly residential section of South Park. The kitchen cranks out classic Neapolitan pizzas from a high-inferno oven as well as other authentic Italian fare that transcends spaghetti and meatballs.
If venturing into the Uptown neighborhood of Kensington, perhaps before catching an independent film at Landmark’s Ken Cinema, the rustic ambiance of Bleu Boheme is your ticket to Paris’ Left Bank with its classic and outstanding French cuisine. Although if you favor oysters and whole-roasted fish over beef bourguignon, Fish Public dishes up an array of oceanic gems with panache.
Grilled pear salad at Café 21. Courtesy of Café 21
With locations in Normal Heights and the Gaslamp Quarter, both kitchens serve extraordinary meals inspired partly by the owners’ Azerbaijani roots. The seasonally driven menus change frequently, although dishes such as kebab platters, apricot-braised lamb shanks and hand-made crepes filled with savory ingredients are among the dependably delicious standbys.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America. Along with narrative features, the nine-day Festival also showcases documentaries, short films, and animation.
Art San Diego 2014 returns with more than 50 leading galleries from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia will be taking part. In addition to the gallery booths, special features include gallery-curated exhibitions, contemporary furniture design, artistic interventions in public spaces “Art Labs”, San Diego focused exhibitions “Made in San Diego”, and the introduction of emerging artists and curators “Launchpad”.
Taste delicious cuisine from Royal India, drink Indian beer and IPAs, watch performances of Bollywood-style dancing, and receive beautiful henna body art. It will be an amazing night at the Museum of Man!
Dress in your best Vintage for the Del Mar Racetrack’s Bing Crosby Season Opening Day
After a thrilling summer of fast racing and huge events, the legendary seaside track will open again for its inaugural Bing Crosby Season with a Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest. Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.
From amazing craft beer to local dishes, San Diego Beer Week showcases why San Diego is the Capital of Craft!
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inviting people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. Join us and discover why San Diego is the Capital of Craft.
Union Bank Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.
Step back in time in the Gaslamp Quarter at the annual Fall Back Festival
Between old-fashioned festivities like pony rides and ice cream- and pie-eating contests, there are historical recreations and demonstrations with a “nineteenth-century” blacksmith plying his trade, prospectors teaching children how to pan for gold, butter churning and candle dipping demonstrations, and a Wild West shoot-out, to name a few.
Bring the whole family to the waterfront communities of Hillcrest and Bankers Hill for some safe fun in the streets at CicloSDias
CicloSDias San Diego welcomes everyone to walk, ride, stroll and enjoy. Come experience this free open street event where there will be activities along the route, shops and restaurants open for business and neighbors and friends from all over coming together to make our streets come alive.
San Diego Beer Week combines some of the best SD has to offer: sunshine, local food and amazing craft beer!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I am not talking about December (though I do like that as well). I am talking about the ten amazing days that make up San Diego Beer Week (SDBW). From rare beer tap takeovers at your favorite restaurant to a massive bottle share along 30th, there is something for every beer lover during SDBW.
Here are a few picks from the long list of San Diego Beer Week events:
Brewers Guild Festival
Now split over two days, the Brewers Guild Festival is the official kickoff event for San Diego Beer Week. The VIP Brewer Takeover on Friday night will showcase San Diego’s finest, rare and specialty beers, including beers brewed just for the event. Saturday Festival is the big event with more than 55 breweries pouring unlimited samples into your commemorative tasting glass while live music plays in the background and the smell of delicious smells emanate from local food trucks.
Now this is my kind of event! Green Flash Brewing Company has teamed up with Regal Beagle & Cal Coast Bicycles, and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association for an epic ride through Balboa Park and Florida Canyon. Beers and brats will be served at the after-ride-party.
The World’s Biggest Bottle Share on 30th Street will give you and your friends the chance to make history and enjoy sharing great craft beer in the process. From Polite Provisions in Normal Heights to Hamiltons in South Park, join in an awesome chain of craft beer lovers and help San Diego earn the Guinness Book Record for the World’s Biggest Bottle Share.
Have Monday off? Join some of San Diego’s best brewers for a day of fishing off the Shelter Island Pier. Don’t have a fishing pole? Don’t worry! Everything will be provided including a 6ft fishing pole you get to keep, hooks and weights, breakfast burrito bar, lunch, tshirt, and plenty of beer!
Wrap up San Diego Beer Week at the Beer Garden on the beautiful Arroyo Terrace overlooking Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Beer Garden brings together the best of San Diego’s breweries and chefs to celebrate the thriving craft beer movement in America’s Finest City.
From classic airplanes soaring overhead in East County to sail boats racing across the Big Bay, there is a ton of top things to do this weekend in San Diego.
Samuel Adams Brew & View
Nothing like a night under the stars with a tasty craft beer and a great movie.
Join us for Samuel Adams Brew & View, an epic summer party with cold Sam Adams beer, lawn games, food trucks, and live music! When the sun goes down, Wedding Crashers will start-up on an HD screen for a hilarious movie night under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and friends, and plan to stay awhile!
See beauties like Lady Alice (a P-51) soar high above at Air Show San Diego
Formerly known as Wings Over Gillespie, Air Show San Diego in San Diego’s East County features a representative collection of historic aircraft, amazing aerobatics, military re-enactors, paratroopers, and exciting mock battles. In addition to everything happening in the air and on Gillespie Field’s runway, Air Show San Diego also boasts a fun kids zone, amusement rides, education displays, a variety of foods and beverages, and a beer garden.
Get ready for rides, music and deep-fried-goodness at the San Diego County fair
San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar.
This year’s Ultimate Indulgence is the Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger with Bacon.
Make sure you go for a 20 mile run before you indulge on the Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger at the San Diego County Fair
The 3rd annual VC Music Festival features the Kansas City Barbecue Cook-off in addition to the beer and wine garden, 12 bands on 3 stages, door prizes, silent auction and more. Invite your friends, bring your beach chairs and blankets, come enjoy some live music and good food on the farm!
You never know what you are going to see at Art Around Adams
A free and family friendly event, Art Around Adams will showcasing nine performance areas (including the “Kensington Kids Zone,” now in its sophomore year) featuring music, performance art, community murals, circus performers, dance, theatre, projection art, intergalactic superhero wrestling, and comedians on the events very own “Comedy Trolley.”
Rock out in San Marcos with eight amazing bands and plenty of mouth-watering BBQ.
San Marcos will be rocking this weekend with eight phenomenal bands, local craft beer and mouth-water BBQ. On Friday, Phil’s BBQ will be running the grills followed by a BBQ Competition on Sunday with smoked pork ribs, smoked tri-tip, smoked chickens, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled burgers and bratwurst.
Where: Walnut Creek Park – 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069 When: June 6-7, 2014 Cost: $5-$20
Find out more about the San Marcos Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival
2014 San Diego Bay Beer Can Series
Catch the excitement of the San Diego Bay Beer Cans Race Series from Harbor Island. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Sinclair.
Befitting San Diego’s role as the home of the best and most competitive sailing in the world, the annual Beer Cans Summer Series is one of the largest annual sailing events in Southern California, with more than a hundred sailboats of different sizes and handicaps taking to San Diego Bay each Wednesday throughout the summer.
Learn how to be a true seaman during the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Sailor Days
Come aboard and join the fun! There are lots of things to do aboard the Maritime Museum’s ships including scavenger hunts with prizes, making of brass rubbings, ferryboat steam engine demos, raising of the sail, rope making, knot tying, rowing and more.
The Annual Del Mar National Horse Show is composed of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competitions
One of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western US, the Annual Del Mar National Horse Show is composed of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competition. Over 3,000 horses take part, representing many breeds, at the equestrian complex at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in coastal Del Mar. Spectators will see reining, spins, sliding stops, elegant dressage moves choreographed to music, daredevil show jumping, trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and more.
Explore the lighthouse and historic WWII bunkers at the Cabrillo National Monument
A visit to San Diego’s “only” National Park offers tremendous views of San Diego and excellent opportunities to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the area including the old lighthouse and World War II bunkers. This weekend, the National Park Service is kicking off National Park Week with a fee free weekend that includes Cabrillo!
Celebrate the recognition of these beautiful murals with traditional music, dance and food at the Chicano Park Day Celebration
The theme for the 2014 celebration is “La Tierra Es De Quien La Trabaja: The Land Belongs To Those Who Work It.” Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, ballet folklorico, live music, classic lowrider cars, kids (all ages) art workshop, food, arts and crafts vendors.
Samples beers from more than 50 local and national breweries
The CityBeat Festival of Beers is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer. Over 50 brewers will be on hand to pour samples of their best beers while live local music plays in the background.
Theater choices in San Diego can range from Tony® Award-winning, Broadway-bound classic and contemporary plays to esoteric puppetry in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some of the goings-on in the dramatic world of San Diego theater.
The Old Globe
Time and the Conways at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park
Old Globe is a Tony® Award winning theater complex located in Balboa Park featuring Shakespearean classics, contemporary plays and popular musicals. Upcoming shows include:
Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley
This story opens in a gorgeous English country home in 1919 and later flash forwards to 1937 in the same house: the grown children have gathered to settle family accounts in a world not so bright as it was.
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This exciting new play from the playwright behind the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights follows Elliot Ortiz back in the States after serving in Iraq, reconnecting with family and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to intersect in unexpected ways.
Shakespeare goes vato in the La Jolla Playhouse’s WithOut Walls adaptation of Henry IV, Part 1 playing at the Makers Quarter in downtown’s East Village
La Jolla Playhouse, another of San Diego’s Tony® Award-winning theatre complexes, presents bold and innovative productions on the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla. Upcoming shows include:
Chasing the Song, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro.
The creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis follow the evolving American music scene into the early 1960s in this rock ‘n’ roll-inspired new musical in which the female lead, Ginny, strives to earn her place in the male-dominated world of songwriting and American rock ‘n’ roll finds itself under siege from the incoming British Invasion.
A Without Walls adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1 by Herbert Siguenza. El Henry is performed in San Diego’s East Village performance space called Maker’s Quarter and set in the year 2045 in a huge, run-down metropolis called Aztlan City (formerly San Diego), where political apathy and corruption run the city while violent barrio families run the streets. Written in a unique poetic cadence called Calo, which mixes urban Spanish and English slang, this world- premiere adaptation of Shakespeareexplores the universal themes of this classic through the lens of Mexican-American machismo.
Lamb’s Players Theatre produces timeless classics and lesser-known theatre gems year-round on their resident stage in Coronado and in their downtown San Diego space at the Horton Grand Theatre. Upcoming shows include:
Funny, moving, and gorgeous to look at, this musical celebrates the extraordinary, everyday women who settled the American West.
The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego’s nationally acclaimed improv comedy show. Now in its 15th season, NCT is San Diego’s longest running show and is appropriate for all audiences and runs Thursdays through Sundays in downtown San Diego.
San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego Repertory Theatre presents six contemporary productions and four annual festivals in the Lyceum Theatre, located at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego. Upcoming shows include:
Red by John Logan
The story is set in 1958 at a critical point in the career of the superstar abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
Meet Daniel Sickles, a 19th-century congressman, friend to presidents, Civil War general, lover of Queen Isabella of Spain, notorious philanderer, embezzler, murderer, and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Based on this real figure from American history, Faded Glory promises to be a rollicking comedic romp through this amazing life.
Mo’olelo Performing Arts Companypartners with the San Diego Asian Film Festival for the San Diego Premiere of 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, a comedy with an Asian American flair. The Warriors comic duo of Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe (and special guest stars Jully Lee and Albert Park) probe the Pacific Rim for the funniest topics.
San Diego Junior Theater has trained thousands of San Diego thespians over the years and entertained locals and visitors alike with their high-quality, family friendly shows at the Casa del Prado theater in Balboa Park. Upcoming shows include ShrekApril 25-May 11, Snoopy, June 27- July 13.
More exciting San Diego Theater:
Cygnet Theatre, San Diego’s fastest growing theater company, produces critically acclaimed shows in their new resident stage in Old Town San Diego.
Diversionary Theatre, one of the oldest LGBT theaters in the country, produces edgy dramatic productions and playful musicals in University Heights.
Ion Theatre in Hillcrest produces bold and diverse new works from emerging artists.
Moxie Theatre expands the idea of what is feminine by using the intimate art of theatre to create more honest and diverse female images for our culture.
Love is in the air and for LGBT couples looking for something romantic to do this Valentine’s Day, San Diego is THE place to cuddle close and feel the warmth – especially in Hillcrest, our fabulous uptown “gayborhood” located just a couple of miles from downtown.
Following are a few unforgettable places to wine and dine your significant other or special V-day date.
Start the Night with Dinner in Hillcrest
Temperatures rising at Kitchen Bar & Kitchen this Valentine’s Day
In Hillcrest, begin your heart-filled evening at the comfortably modern Heat Bar & Kitchen on Park Blvd. Amber lighting radiates to create a cozy ambiance to enjoy a menu of California fusion cuisine. The steamed local Carlsbad mussels are delish, as is the duck breast and braised lamb shank!
Another tried and true Hillcrest dining option is the chic retro-modern D Bar on 5th Ave. where comfort food based on childhood favorites will have you both smiling from ear to ear – and reaching over to sample each other’s entrees! Highly recommended is the Southern Fried Belgian butter milk fried chicken with sweet potato fries. OMG 😉
After Dinner Drinks in Hillcrest
After dinner, head to The Wine Lover with its intimate little patio to toast your love as you gaze into each other’s eyes. For something extra special, ask for a dessert wine flight (which isn’t on the menu) to sweeten the mood.
Enchanting Coronado, a bridge away from downtown and Hillcrest, is gay friendly and welcoming with a renowned romantic French bistro called Chez Loma. Couples are drawn to its private candle-lit rooms and delectable French classics like Boeuf Bourguignon.
The Gondola Company’s romantic cruises through the Coronado Cays
Before dinner, take a relaxing sunset gondola cruise – complete with a gondolier serenading you in Italian! – through the Coronado Cays. The Gondola Company provides chocolate-covered strawberries, and you’re welcome to bring your own wine or champagne!
Make a French Connection in Downtown San Diego
In downtown San Diego, Café Chloe holds a special place in my heart as the closest thing to a night out in Paris. The café is small and charming, and they usually do something extraordinarily quaint for Valentine’s Day couples, like little poetry verses you can recite to each other. Ahhh… 🙂
If there’s one thing San Diego knows how to do, it’s make a great burger – just ask the readers of Travel + Leisure. If your burger tastes run toward the exotic, then Trioli’s Crazee Burger is for you where burger ingredients include venison, buffalo and kangaroo. But for my family (which includes a teenage boy), the classics done really well are what we crave. Here’s a short list of some of our favorites.
Five Guys has several locations around San Diego.
If you don’t have a Five Guys Burgers & Fries near you or haven’t tried one yet, then make this a stop on your San Diego vacation. There are four San Diego locations including Hillcrest, Point Loma, Coronado and Barrio Logan. Made to order just the way you like it and very reasonably priced, Five Guys serves up a great burger. Plus, they don’t charge extra for any of the dozen toppings offered.
With several locations in LA and seven (soon to be eight) in San Diego, Burger Lounge is a Southern California favorite that started in San Diego. Touted as 100% fresh, single source American grass-fed beef and cooked on a high temperature flat top grill, this is just a terrific bite. Burgers are served with fresh toppings and their own fresh baked buns.
Hands down my teenage son’s favorite burger,Smashburgeris another chain exploding across the U.S. and San Diego is lucky enough to have 11 locations including three near downtown, two in Mid-City, three along the North County coast and two in East County. What makes Smashburger so fantastic is the fresh, not frozen, Angus beef, which is very tasty and juicy. The burgers are served with fresh produce, lots of toppings and your pick of an artisan bun. They also have awesome milkshakes made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
Only found in San Diego, Hodad’s has been recognized by CNN as one of the top 5 burger joints in the country, and for good reason. With sizes from a mini to a double double, these extra-large, extra tasty burgers come conveniently served with large cut homemade fries in a combo. There are three locations in San Diego, boasting a classic surf grunge atmosphere, including the original in Ocean Beach and two in downtown on Broadway Ave. and in Petco Park.
Located in Little Italy, the Waterfront is San Diego oldest tavern. Opened in 1933, the Waterfront remains true to its origin: a neighborhood hangout serving cold drinks and delicious noshables. The tavern is 21 and over only and has a revolving calendar of bands and events. But the real draw is the burgers. Big, tasty and loaded with grilled onions – yum.
Do you have a favorite teenager-approved San Diego burger? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Special thanks to Erin Jackson, burger blogger for Serious Eats, for the photos. Check out her reviews for more San Diego burgers at SeriousEats.com.
Escape to Germany, Italy and the western frontier while never being more than a few miles from the beach! Here are your top things to do in San Diego this weekend:
Little Italy FESTA!
Gondoliers ready to serenade at the Little Italy Festa!
Little Italy FESTA! is the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast. Hip and historic Little Italy welcomes visitors with the tantalizing sights, sounds and aromas of Italian culture. A full palette of Italian cuisine is complemented by traditional and modern Italian music, arts and crafts as well as a tribute to San Diego’s rich Italian American heritage.
Come celebrate this fall season with a family friendly, cowboy and cowgirl inspired street festival in Hillcrest featuring plenty of live music, line dancing lessons, Furry Foster Humane Petting Zoo, costume contest and a Street Side Saloon.
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest – the perfect combination of a German Festival and San Diego Sunshine
German Festival – San Diego Style! The festival will include Mrs. & Mr. Oktoberfest Contest, the Sausage Toss, the Brat Trot Beach Run, the Beer Garden Band Slam on Friday night and all of the great live music, great food, beachside vendors and of course, Oopma Bands!
Family Fun and the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. Photo: Steve Simpson
Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the festival features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the Geppetto’s/Witt Lincoln Family Art Center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries from around the world in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.