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Places to eat and drink near the convention center during San Diego Comic-Con

Posted: 12:00 PM, Jul 17, 2017
Updated: 2018-07-20 18:46:35Z
Go-to places to eat & drink during Comic-Con
Go-to places to eat & drink during Comic-Con
Go-to places to eat & drink during Comic-Con
Go-to places to eat & drink during Comic-Con
Go-to places to eat & drink during Comic-Con
Go-to places to eat & drink during Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - When you're walking the streets of downtown San Diego during Comic-Con, you're almost guaranteed to work up a Hulk-like appetite.

Fear not, Comic-Con visitors: We've picked some spots that are walking distance to the Convention Center and offering unique Comic-Con themed specials.

And don't forget: If you're attending the convention, many restaurants/bars are even offering deals or discounts if you simply show your badge!

Café 21
802 5th Ave.
http://cafe-21.com/
In an homage to Marvel’s Black Panther, Café 21 owner/chef Leyla Javadov has concocted a cocktail that King T’Challa would certainly approve of. The $12 “Wakanda’s Potion” -- made with Broker’s London Dry Gin, Activated Charcoal and Egg White -- will only be available during Comic-Con at the Gaslamp location.

Carnitas Snack Shack
1004 N. Harbor Dr.
http://carnitassnackshack.com/locations/embarcadero-location/
The famous Snack Shack will have two Comic-Con-themed cocktails in honor of the convention: The Hammered Hulk (consisting of Malibu rum, vodka, blue curacao, Midori -- topped with a splash of pineapple and Sprite) and the Mother of Dragons (gin, lime juice, simple syrup and dragon fruit).

The Smoking Gun
555 Market St.
http://www.thesmokinggunsd.com/
Comic-Conners can head to this unique downtown spot for some comic book-influenced dishes. Dine on the Deadpool Drummettes, the 1/4 pound Captain America Slider and Chips or a plate of the Juggernachos.

barleymash
600 5th Ave.
http://www.barleymash.com/
One of the Gaslamp Quarter’s most popular hotspots will have a special lineup of cocktails for in celebration of Comic-Con. Stop by for the Pop Tart Party (featuring Skyy Vanila vodka, fresh strawberry and a Pop Tart rim), the Capri Sun Cooler, or take some Toucan Sam, Cuckoo for Coco and Cinnamon Toast Crunch shots.

Florent SD
672 5th Ave.
https://www.florentsd.com/blog/comic-con-2018
This downtown spot has a special Nintendo-inspired menu for Comic-Con week. Chow down on offerings like Bowsers Fiery Burger or Koopa Troopa Watermelon Salad, and then wash it down with Mario’s Margarita or the Metroid Wine.

Donut Bar at the Pendry San Diego Hotel
550 J St.
More info
The popular Donut Bar will have a special Comic-Con week pop-up shop at the Pendry hotel on J Street.

Nobu
207 5th Ave.
https://noburestaurants.com/sandiego/menus
Famed Japanese restaurant Nobu, located just across the street from the Convention Center, will be open for special lunch and dinner hours during the Con.


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CrunchTime Popcorn
611 K St.
http://www.crunchtimepopcorn.com

For Comic-Con week, this hidden gem will have two all-beef hot dogs for $5, as well as a Chicago-style hot dog for $3.50. You can also get three Mini Play bags of CrunchTime Popcorn for $6 (choose from Caramel Bliss, Cheddar Cheese Sensation, Movie Style Butter, Better than Kettle Corn and others). Plus, for sweet treats, get cookie sandwiches for $6.75 or ice cream, including the new Cotton Candy flavor.

Prohibition
548 5th Ave.
https://www.prohibitionsd.com/
“San Diego’s Sneaky Speakeasy” will take customers to a galaxy far, far away with their Star Wars-inspired $14 cocktails.

-- Never Tell Me The Odds (Redemption Rye, demerara, Averna, R&D house bitters)
-- I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing (El Silencio Mezcal, watermelon cordial, R&D smoke bitters)
-- Let The Wookie Win (Bourbon, lime, ginger, Fernet)
-- Fly Casual (Jameson Black Barrel, Lillet, lemon, maraschino)
-- NO, I Am Your Father! (Henebery rye, lemon, peach, Ancho Reyes)

Union Kitchen & Tap
333 5th Ave.
https://www.gaslampunion.com/menu/
This restaurant/bar is located several yards away from the Convention Center and will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails, for hungry and thirsty visitors.

Blind Burro
639 J St.
https://www.theblindburro.com/burro-specials/
The Blind Burro has rounded up some Comic-Con themed cocktails for this week:

-- Sister Margaret’s Daiquiri (1888 rum, strawberry puree, lime juice, agave nectar, float, black strap rum; $14)
-- Yellow Jacket Margarita (Herradura Blanco, mango puree, lime juice, triple sec, agave nectar, Ancho Reyes side car; $16)
-- Vibranium Mega-Paloma (Jose Cuervo traditional, ruby red grapefruit, Squirt, float blackberry liqueur; $14)
-- Lady In Red Sangria (Red wine, orange liqueur, blackberry brandy, juices, fresh apples; $12)

Tajima East Village
901 E St.
http://tajimasandiego.com/locations/tajima-east-village

For Comic-Con week, this ramen spot is serving up a bowl that's an ode to the popular Japanese anime/comic book Naruto called, well, the Naruto Ramen.

Searsucker
611 5th Ave.
https://www.searsucker.com/san-diego

Searsucker is getting in on the Comic-Con spirit with several cocktails that celebrate some popular comic book characters. The list includes:

-- Star-Lord: The “official cocktail of Comic-Con in the Gaslamp” consists of Pimm’s #1, bruised basil, pressed lemon, pickled carrot
-- Spiderman: House-infused strawberry jalapeño tequila, lime, agave
-- Gamora: Cucumber gin, bruised mint, lime, soda
-- Black Widow: House-infused red wine, peach schnapps, triple sec, fresh fruit
-- Thanos: Rancho Alegre tequila, Pamplemousse liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime, soda
-- Black Panther: Maker’s Mark bourbon, blackberries, mint, lemon

Searsucker will also have its bottomless brunch available every day during Comic-Con (10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday).

Le Parfait Paris
555 G. St.
http://downtownsd.leparfaitparis.com

The bakery's downtown location will have special comic book hero-themed pastries and other desserts to celebrate Comic-Con.


Comic-Con organizers have put together a restaurant guide to help you find places to eat near the convention. Click here to access the full guide

Here are some coupons to help you save some dough during Con week: https://www.visitsandiego.com/sites/default/files/SanDiegoCoupons.pdf