National Greasy Food Day

San Diego Food Finds

Beer Cheeseburger at Pacific Beach Alehouse

Take a break from your well-balanced diet and indulge in something greasy because October 25th is National Greasy Food Day! It may not be what the doctor ordered, but this holiday only comes once a year so treat yourself to one of these fried, cheesy, salty dishes and your taste buds will surely thank you.

Check out Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach for a lunch full of greasy goodness. Order their Bison Burger complete with free range bison topped with bleu cheese, arugula, basil aioli, tomato, all smothered between a brioche bun. Scarf this down and you’ll definitely be ready to take on the rest of the greasy holiday.

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Grab a Bag and Brew Coffee At Home

brians-24Caffeine-lovers rejoice! There is nothing like rolling out of bed to a fresh, hot cup of joe. Thankfully for us, San Diego restaurants are selling their own special blends of grinds so you can grab a bag from some of your favorite breakfast places and brew at home!

Since its inception in 2008, Fig Tree Café has been home to some of San Diego’s best breakfast. Their 100% organic and fair-trade blend of Fig Tree coffee is no exception. The best part? The beans are packed in a 1lb. bag, so you can bring that caffeine fix you crave, home with you.

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Pizza Tots Top Our List At Brian’s 24

September marks National Potato Month and in honor of this carb-filled holiday, Brian’s 24 is sharing some of their personal favorite spud-worthy dishes and adding a lineup of new Tots to their menu. From Potato Skins to Tater Benedicts, you’ll want to take a first-hand peek at Brian’s mouth-watering, potato masterpieces!

Pizza Tots

Pizza Tots

Their hotcakes aren’t the only thing digging up attention this month! Potato lovers are also rejoicing over Brian 24’s new lineup of tater tots, crunchy bites that are sure to feed any need for the delicious spuds. In addition to their Pizza Tots and Buffalo Tots, Brian has added five Tot varieties to their menu, from savory creations to the sweeter side. Made specially for breakfast connoisseurs, their Benny & the Tots features crispy tots loaded with chopped Canadian bacon, two poached eggs and Brian’s 24 Hollandaise sauce. Their ABC Tots are topped off with a chopped burger patty, jack cheese, bacon, avocado and their chipotle ranch dressing, and their Carne Asada Tots showcase jack cheese, diced steak, sour cream and fresh salsa. Everyone loves cheese and their filling Chili Cheese Tots comes with a large helping of chili, cheese, green onions and sour cream. Last but not least are their Tot-Churros, Brian’s south-of-the-border dessert take on the classic fried bite (crispy tots tossed in cinnamon and sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce).

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Get Your Waffle Fix Today

Brians 24 Waffle Cristo

Brian’s 24 Waffle Cristo

Whether you’re looking for stuffed waffles, healthy waffles or a waffle sandwich, these San Diego restaurants are sure to have a waffle that satisfies your craving!

It’s easy to get your waffle fix at Brian’s 24. This 24-hour diner in Gaslamp recreates the classic waffle and the French croque-monsieur with the Waffle Cristo.  Enjoy thinly-sliced ham and cheddar jack cheese between two halves of a bacon waffles topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of extra hot French fries. This all-American diner is taking a French classic and giving them a warm U.S.A twist.

Centered on University Avenue in Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern is the best place to be for some wacky waffles. The Red Velvet Waffle is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Stuffed with bacon and cheese and topped with fried sweet plantains, bacon, spiced walnuts, a coconut milk reduction, garlic butter and Woodford Reserve maple syrup. Uptown Tavern will be making your cheeks blush with these velvety waffles.

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Our Favorite Baseball Food Hot Spots

Baseball Food

Mission Nachos

Baseball season is about to be in full swing and that means it’s time to indulge in some of your favorite ballpark food! Whether you’re enjoying a game in the park or from your favorite bar, nachos are the best go-to plate to complement your ice-cold beer while watching the game. Next time you’re looking for your cheesy fix, stray away from the average cheese plate and head to one of these San Diego hotspots with na-cho average nacho dishes!

Looking to watch America’s favorite past time, eating America’s favorite game-day snack? 1919 is downtown’s ultimate sports bar with 25 flat screen TVs and an equally impressive nacho recipe to boot. Hit a home run with their Perfect Nachos loaded with cheese sauce, jalapenos, pico de gallo and your choice of chicken, steak or short rib.

Big appetites call for large appetizers! Brian’s 24, located in the Gaslamp District, serves up only the best with their Chicharrachos dish that will get you and your friends through a fun night downtown!  This twist on the classic nachos includes crispy fried pork rinds topped with melted cheddar jack cheese, japalenos and chipotle ranch dressing. Stray from the norm and fill-up on this topping-stacked dish next time you’re in downtown San Diego!

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San Diego’s Top Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

Fig Tree Wally Burrito with Man Candy

With the help of our south-of-the-border neighbors, America’s Finest City has become home to some of the finest burritos in the country. One step further, local restaurants are making mornings a little brighter with their breakfast takes on this classic Mexican dish. Wake up and head to one of these eateries to try San Diego’s best breakfast burritos!

Not a morning person?  The Taco Stand, with locations in La Jolla and Downtown, has a breakfast menu that will give you a reason to get out of bed!  Help yourself to one of their Breakfast Burritos made with egg, cheese, beans and salsa, and a choice of chorizo, ham, bacon, carne asada or veggies. The best part?  The burritos are made with the freshest ingredients and top grade meat to ensure your south-of-the-border cravings are satisfied, north of the border.

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Eggs Are What’s For Breakfast

Bracero Chilaquiles Rojos

Bracero Chilaquiles Rojos

Next time you’re looking for an egg-filled breakfast, lunch or dinner, look no further than these San Diego restaurants,

At Brian’s 24, enjoy breakfast 24 hours a day, every day. The family-owned Gaslampeatery honors their motto of being “The Restaurant That Never Sleeps,” by offering nearly anything you want, anytime you want it. Start or end your day with the Country Benedict, a big split biscuit topped with sausage patties and two poached eggs, and covered in a housemade country gravy. Come ready to feast because the plate is served with all-you-can-eat home fries.

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp, barleymash is a vibrant restaurant that celebrates the richness (and deliciousness) of American culture through its progressive alcohol-infused bar fare. Dig into their Kickin’ Chicken barleyhash with Michelada-braised chicken, salsa fresca, guacamole, sour cream and pepper jack beer-cheese. The best part of this brunch dish? It’s topped with two fried eggs!

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Pancake Monster at Brian’s 24

Pancake Monster at Brian's 24There is nothing more satisfying than a fluffy, light and buttery stack of pancakes. Nobody does them better (or bigger!) than San Diego’s iconic 24-hour eatery, Brian’s 24. In honor of National Pancake Week, starting February 21st, enjoy one of downtown’s most popular food challenges, The Brian’s 24 Pancake Monster.

This local food feat is made with three fried eggs, five hotcakes, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an eight oz. ham steak, and an eight oz. country fried steak on a bed of home fries. If you cross this Mt. Everest of breakfasts off your list in under an hour, it’s on the house!

“We have sold a bunch! It is also a great way for a group of friends or a family to share a meal, family-style,” says Andrea Epstein, part proprietor of this this family-owned and -operated restaurant.  However, an honorary t-shirt and free meal is only awarded to those solo, challenge winners. About 150+ people have been daring enough to try the actual challenge (some more than once), and eight heroic souls have completed the Pancake Monster contest successfully.

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Syrupy Stacks Of Sweetness

Fig Tree Cafe PancakesNational Pancake Day and Mardi Gras are on the same day this year, so go ahead and give in to your breakfast temptations with any one of these syrupy stacks of sweetness on February 9th.

Breakfast Republic is North Park’s buzzed about brunch spectacular. Available this month only, the sunny breakfast joint is offering an exclusive plate of Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting (and it’s only $10!). If Red Velvet isn’t your flavor of choice, opt for the flight of pancakes instead.  With Oreo, Cinnamon Roll, Churro, Bacon, Mint Chocolate Chip and Pineapple Upside Down Cake to choose from, picking three isn’t as easy as it sounds. Are you drooling yet?

If you’re a San Diego local, you’ve heard of Fig Tree Café. With three locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station, the hit breakfast spot is hard to miss. In honor of the upcoming national holiday, give their signature stack of Buttermilk Pancakes a try. Served with orange segment syrup, the classic dish is available to be topped with your choice of blueberries, strawberries or bananas. For all the fruit lovers out there, go ahead and order all three for the ultimate naturally-sweet topping!

For a restaurant that embodies the beach community it’s surrounded by, head down to the Duck Dive. Located only a block from the sand and surf, the surfer’s lounge offers mellow brunch vibes. Their trademark Monkey Cakes dish is the ideal way to pay tribute to pancakes. The enticing stack of Buttermilk Pancakes is topped with fried banana, brown sugar and honey butter. We’re in a sugar coma already.

Get ‘em hot and get ‘em fresh at Pan Bon in Little Italy. Although the Italian restaurant specializes in staples from its homeland, the bi-level bakery and café knows how to do pancakes. Their Home Style Pancakes are prepared with seasonal fresh fruit, whipped cream and extra fluffiness of course!

Starving after a fun night out in Gaslamp? Get your hotcake fix at Brian’s 24 . The 24- hour eatery is known for their hearty portions and their signature pancake recipes, including classic Buttermilk, Potato, S’mores and Multigrain. Their Ultimate Pancake Sandwich doesn’t fall short either.  Prepared with three buttermilk pancakes, two fried eggs, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties and warm syrup, it’s guaranteed to fill you up. Up for a challenge? Order the Pancake Monster with three fried eggs, five hotcakes, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an eight ounce ham steak and an eight ounce country fried steak on a bed of special home fries. If you can finish it by yourself in under an hour, it’s free!

Known for their farm-to-table approach, Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills offers simple and traditional pancakes. Their plate of Buttermilk Pancakes is available plain or with toppings of your choice. Complement the classic dish with any of the following fruit varieties: mixed fruit, strawberries, bananas or blackberries.  Go for something different and try the blackberry pancakes!

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Grab A Peanut Burger

Peanut Burger

Brian’s 24, downtown’s beloved 24-hour diner, is known for giving customers anything they want, anytime they want it…. even if that includes out-of-the-box concoctions! This Gaslamp novelty has rolled out a Peanut Burger that is too unique to be ignored. The burger, made with a 1/2 lb. patty, topped with creamy peanut butter, bacon and American cheese, combines two American classics into one crazy-good meal.

Those daring enough to try this tender burger are surprised to find that the combination of flavors and textures not only work well together, but are undeniably delicious. I invite you to try this local favorite dish for yourself and see why your regular cheeseburger will never taste the same without Brian’s special ingredient.

This family owned and operated Gaslamp eatery stays true to their motto, “The Restaurant That Never Sleeps.” Inspiring breakfasts to start the day, meeting friends or business associates for lunch, a quiet dinner, late night snack or cap to a night out; only Brian’s can make it happen 24 hours every day. 

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October Pizza Obsession

October Pizza ObsessionThere’s more to October than Halloween. In fact, did you know that the entire month was chosen to celebrate our obsession with pizza? What was once considered to be the food of the poor in Naples, pizza is eaten regularly by 94 percent of Americans. Flatbreads and hearty slices are popular in almost every region of the country. You can fill your stomach with gourmet selections at these six prime San Diego restaurants that attract pizza-lovers from all over.

If you’re downtown, Union Kitchen & Tap is an easy and distinctive dining option. For breakfast, order the Breakfast Flatbread, made with roasted tomatoes, bacon, sausage, soft egg and mozzarella. The Pesto Chicken Flatbread is a hearty yet refreshing balance of roasted chicken, roasted tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella. If you stop by during their social hour that is every Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., you’ll be able to take advantage of $2 off house wines, beer, craft cocktails and well drinks, and half-off bottles of wine.

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Brian’s 24

brians24websitebannerBrian’s 24, the only 24-hour restaurant in downtown San Diego, is celebrating their 5 year anniversary on Thursday, February 6. This family-run restaurant is honoring their father who passed in 2010.  His kids (current owners/operators, Brian and Andrea) jokingly say “Dad always loved the dogs more than us!” To mark the occasion, they’re doing  the Pancake Monster Challenge ($29.99 to enter – free if you finish) from 6am-noon and all proceeds go to the San Diego Human Society.

Meet the Pancake Monster…competitors will be given one hour to consume the beast, made up of:
·         three fried eggs
·         five hotcakes
·         four strips of bacon
·         two sausage patties
·         an eight oz. ham steak
·         an eight oz. fried steak
·         served  on a bed of special home fries

Winners receive:
·         your meal on the house
·         An I Conquered the Pancake Monster t-shirt
·         3-month subscription to PetBox
·         30-day pass to Balanced Fitness

And just some added info…

Brian’s 24 will be donating $5 for every person who enters the contest, $50 for every person who finishes, plus an additional $500 if five or more participants successfully complete the contest, and 10% of all sales for the day to the San Diego Humane Society.  In addition, they will also be donating $1 to the Humane Society for every short- or full stack ordered during the month of February.

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