You can practically smell it in the air, football season is just around the corner! For some this signifies being able to watch their team score touchdowns every weekend, but for others football season is all about the food. From barbecue to burgers and wings to cheesy fries, tailgating is a major part of Saturdays and Sundays in the fall. To get you stoked for the return of football season, we’ve compiled some of San Diego’s best tailgate worthy dishes!
The Gaslamp District’s iconic barleymash, located on the corner of 5th and Market, pulls out all the stops when it comes to delicious dishes. Striving to source ingredients as locally and sustainably as possible, everything at this fun and high-energy restaurant and bar is served fresh, including their All In Iron Fries. Applewood-smoked bacon, chili-braised short rib, ale-braised pork shoulder, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce and fresh chilis are piled atop a hearty portion of home-cut fries smothered in a three-cheese blend and baked to perfection. Throughout football season, barleymash will also feature specialty dishes during Monday night games, inspired by the home teams’ best stadium eats. You won’t want to miss these!
Bub’s @ the Beach has sold over five million Wings, so it’s safe to say they’re a huge hit with locals and visitors alike! But Bub’s takes a different approach to their wings; instead of deep frying them, the beach bar cooks their wings on a grill to ensure they’re crisped to perfection and that each has a tender, juicy flavor. Nothing says tailgating like a giant platter of wings smothered in sauces, and Bub’s has a ton to choose from. Lemon Pepper, Spicy BBQ and Mango Habanero are only a few of the flavors that taste you good you can’t help but lick your fingers.
For the best plate of nachos in all of San Diego, head to where Grand meets the sand in the coastal Pacific Beach neighborhood. No one quite stacks up to PB Shore Club when it comes to layers of chips, cheese and other tasty toppings – just one bite of their Nachos Gigante and you’ll agree. The slightly spicy combo of jalapeño cheese sauce, black olives, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, jalapeños, refried beans piled high atop tortilla chips is ideal for a full day of game watching. You can even opt to add chicken or sliced steak for a few extra bucks.
Park 101, located just outside of the Carlsbad Village, is North County’s spot to catch a college football or NFL game while still enjoying the outdoors. Throughout the season, you can cheer on your team during the games projected on the big screen. Up your game-day experience by ordering any of the smoked meats or a sandwich, such as The Chick. Fried chicken, jalapeño slaw, pepper jack cheese and sriracha bbq aioli come with your choice of sides like house seasoned fries, mac n cheese or corn & black bean salad.
When you think of football season, do you envision hours spent laboring over a fiery grill? Well, this season you can leave the grilling up to Wood Ranch, a Mission Valley award-winning restaurant featuring a menu of high-quality, savory dishes like baby back ribs, angus steak and burgers and USDA Choice Tri Tip. Wood Ranch also has a Smoked Brisket entrée, both of which come served with two signature sides including choices like grilled corn on the cob, skillet baked beans and roasted broccoli, among others. Pull up a seat at the bar and stay to watch the game over some tasty grub and beverages. In the mood to take it home? Wood Ranch offers quick and easy take-out, along with catering for any football get-togethers you decide to host during the season!