Hiking Food

Acai Bowls at Park 101
Acai Bowls at Park 101 (courtesy photo)

On Saturday, November 17th, adventurists who enjoy the great outdoors will take to exploring the many trails across the nation for National Hiking Day. San Diego is one of the top hiking spots in the U.S., with well-known trails like Torrey Pines or the challenging Mount Woodson. To make sure you are fully prepared to hit the trails, it’s important to fuel up on hiking food. Check out these spots across the city to fill your belly before tying up your hiking boots and hitting the trail.

Gear up for the scenic Torrey Pines State Reserve hike with a massive California Burrito, San Diego’s claim to food-fame. The SoCal staple is so popular it can be found all over the city, but La Jolla’s The Taco Stand, located on Pearl Street, serves the best in the area. Just one bite of the tortilla filled with flame grilled anus steak, cheese, fries, guacamole, tomato, salsa and sour cream and you’ll understand why! You’ll also leave feeling totally satisfied and ready for wherever your hike may take you.

If you’re planning on exploring inland, say Cowles Mountain or any other Mission Trails spot, stop in to Woodstock’s Pizza, near the SDSU campus. Here you can customize your own pizza or chose between the many classic combos, like the Aztec Classic. Loaded up with pepperoni, sausage, mozzarella cheese, black olives, mushrooms and onions, you’ll get a taste of each topping with every bite. You can even enjoy a pre-hike brew, as Woodstock’s features 18 rotating taps and bottles.

Wood Ranch is an award-winning Mission Valley restaurant with a menu of high-quality, savory dishes perfect for fueling up for a day on the trails. Head in for lunch and order any of the signature barbecue dishes, like the Wood Ranch Tri Tip or Baby Back Ribs, both served with Wood Ranch’s original bbq sauce. Each dish comes with a side, so opt for brown rice, Mashed Potatoes or healthy Roasted Broccoli, among others, to accompany your main choice. Wood Ranch also offers take out, so you can take your food to go and indulge in a picnic before beginning your hike!

North county has some stellar hiking trails, along with some great places to grub beforehand! Park 101, a family-friendly establishment located near Carlsbad Village, has both grab-and-go options and sit-down meals. If you can’t wait to get started on your trail adventure, stop at the counter and pick up a Power Ponto Bowl. The power-packed, filling bowl consists of a house base blend of spinach, kale and peanut butter, topped with seasonal fruit, granola, honey, flax seeds, chia seeds and bee pollen. It may not sound like a lot, but this bowl will keep you going through even the most strenuous of trails.

There are plenty of great North County outdoor adventure spots for the whole family, including Calavera Hills Trails and the Batiguitos Lagoon Loop. But before you take the family out on the trail, make sure everyone has plenty to eat at Encinitas Fish Shop. Carb up with a Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich, on your choice of toasted white or wheat torta roll or sourdough bread, with house tartar sauce, pickled red onions, lettuce and a side of fries. Fish Shop has a kid’s menu that your children will love, with options such as chicken fingers or Kids Rice Bowl – mahi mahi, salmon or red snapper served with teriyaki sauce of Jasmine rice and veggie. There is something for everyone at Encinitas Fish Shop!