Brent Bernasconi

Where to Grab Some Grub and Beer Before the Chargers Game

Top Things to Do in San Diego

Qualcomm Stadium – Home to the San Diego Chargers!

Fall is almost upon us and it begs the question: are you ready for some football? I know I am ready for Sundays and Mondays (and now Thursdays) full of excitement; cheers and jeers; and good friends accompanied with plenty of food and San Diego craft beer.

Planning on heading to a Chargers or Aztec game at Qualcomm Stadium but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a full meal once inside? Why not grab a bite to eat and a beer outside of the stadium at one of these pubs close to the Q in Mission Valley:

McGregor’s Grill & Ale House

Grab a bite and play some shuffleboard at McGregors before the game.

Just a 10 minute walk away from the Q, McGregor’s has one of the most ideal locations for a pre-game snack and drink. Inside you will find plenty of sports fans enjoying drinks, food, shuffleboard and watching games on the 20 high-def screens scattered throughout the bar.

The menu has something for everyone including plenty of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. McGregor’s has over 14 beers on tap and more in the bottle. They also have a full bar if you are looking for a “manly” Appletini before heading to the game.

Tip: McGregor’s is like a traditional pub when it comes to ordering your food –  food order and pick-ups happen at the bar. The waitresses are there to make sure your drinks are always full.

Distance to the Q: 0.6 Miles

Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company

Mmmm…pizza and beer at Oggi’s.

Pizza and beer go together like football and Sundays. In addition to handcrafted-pizzas, Oggi’s offers a full menu, plenty of high-def televisions to watch the game, and delicious craft beer. Order a Torrey Pines IPA to cool down on a warm day and a Black Magic Stout to warm up  on those cool fall afternoons.

Tip: Take BOB (Board Our Bus) to the game from Oggi’s. Bus fare is $40 (no ticket) to $99-$119 (with ticket) and includes roundtrip transportation and food vouchers for Oggi’s.

Distance to the Q: 0.6 Miles

San Diego Brewing Company

A ton of taps at the San Diego Brewing Company.

Many, many moons ago, I sipped a San Diego Amber and was subsequently sucked into the wonderful world of San Diego craft beer and went home with my first growler. Since then, San Diego Brewing Company (SDBC) has become a go-to place because of its dedicated bar area separate from the more traditional dining area and plenty of high-def televisions. Families can enjoy a comfortable sit down dinner while the guys enjoy the game in the bar.

SDBC’s menu includes appetizers (try the Russian-Roulette Wings Platter, one wing is super hot!), salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and more. The tap list is even more impressive with over 43 beers including between 8-10 SDBC beers brewed on site.

Tip: It is possible to walk from SDBC to the Q, just give yourself about 30 minutes.

Distance to the Q: 1.4 Miles

Gordon Biersch

The Gordon Biersch patio is waiting for Chargers fans.

Gordon Biersch is a great spot for a more relaxed dining experience away from the crowds. The menu is a bit more upscale with seafood options including Seared Tuna, Cedar Plank Salmon and Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese. They also offer plenty of mouth-watering appetizers, New York Strip steak, pasta dishes, sweet desserts and a vegetarian menu. Don’t forget to order one of their German inspired lagers to complement your barbecued salmon entree!

Tip: On game day, Gordon Biersch offers a bus to and from Qualcomm for only $10. The ticket also includes 2 beers. The bus leaves 1.5 hours before the game and picks up 30 minutes after the game has ended.

Distance to the Q: 2.3 miles

Got a place you like to go for some grub and drinks before heading to the Q? Let us and others know in the comments below.


44 Things I Love About San Diego

Today, most of us were home to celebrate President’s Day. My son and daughter reminded me there have been 44 US President’s so far. In honor of that, we decided to come up with our 44 favorite things about San Diego. In NO particular order, this is some of what makes us happy to call San Diego home.

What do you think we are missing?

1. The weather
2. The Chargers
3. San Diego Bay
4. Hiking Torrey Pines
5. Legoland
6. Balboa Park
7. Mission Bay
8. Little Italy Farmer’s Market
9. Safari Park
10. Cucina Urbana Restaurant
11. The fire pits at the beach
12. Riding your bike in Pacific Beach
13. Sunny Jim Cave
14. La Jolla Playhouse
15. San Diego Padres
16. Coronado
17. San Diego Zoo
18. San Diego Museum of Art
19. Gaslamp Quarter
20. Moonlight Beach
21. Old Globe Theatre
22. Fashion Valley Mall
23. Model Railroad Museum
24. Wild Flowers in Anza-Borrego
25. Wine Steals (any of them!)
26. Tide Pools
27. USS Midway
28. Birch Aquarium
29. Influx Restaurant in Little Italy
30. Dog’s Beach in Del Mar (any)
31. Cabrillo National Monument
32. Sailing
33. Fish Tacos (insert favorite spot)
34. Corvette Diner
35. Sunset at the beach
36. La Jolla Shores
37. Extraordinary Desserts
38. Carlsbad Flower Fields
39. Phil’s BBQ
40. San Diego Comic Con
41. SeaWorld
42. Cafe Chloe
43. The view from Mr. A’s

Katie S.

5 to Try: Weekend Edition

San Diego Bayfair on Mission Bay

Need weekend plans? With weather averaging 75 and sunny all weekend, there’s plenty to do outdoors! From full-throttle fun watching powerboat races in Mission Bay to a knee-slapping good time listening to bluegrass music in the scenic mountain town of Julian.

• Banjos twang full force in the historic town of Julian during the 40th Annual Bluegrass Festival, September 18 – 19.  The oldest bluegrass festival in California, many of the genre’s stars of today started on this stage.  Festivities include banjo playoffs for all levels and foot-tappin’ fun. 

• During September 17 – 19, the thrilling San Diego Bayfair features thunderboat racing, tunnel hulls, drag boats, hydroplanes, fireworks and concerts, as well as specialty vendors and food, along and on the waters of Mission Bay.

• Coronado Art Walk takes place September 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Over 90 artists from around the country will be on hand displaying works ranging from paintings and photography to pottery, wood and glass pieces and jewelry. Attendance is free. Musical entertainment, family interactive art activities and double-decker buses to other Coronado sites will be available both days.

• One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor! On September 18, the Spirits of Mexico Tequila Fair will be held in the State Park from 1:00 – 4:00 with free admission. The event includes the Taste of Old Town a sampling of fifteen of Old Towns finest restaurants with a tequila and beer tasting and live entertainment. Tickets to the food court are $25 – $30 at the door.

• The NFL’s San Diego Chargers’ first home game of the season is this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. See them this Sunday, September 19th and be sure to catch all the action of the 2010 season at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.