Rainy Day Dishes

Spicy Sesame Ramen at Tajima in San Diego, CA
Spicy Sesame Ramen at Tajima

Raindrops keep falling on my head’ seems like an appropriate theme song for San Diego for this upcoming week, as meteorologists expect the city to get hit with a storm Thursday evening, and all throughout the weekend. But as the impending storm makes its way across the city, we’re fully prepared with some of the best dishes to enjoy during a rainy weekend.

Known as San Diego’s neighborhood ramen hot spot, Tajima boasts a cozy menu with plenty of items perfect for dreary weather. Dive into a hearty bowl of ramen, like the Spicy Sesame Ramen made with a tonkotsu soup base with special sesame paste, ground pork, bean sprouts, fried garlic chips, half a ramen egg, baby bok choy, green onions and Japanese seaweed. Tajima has locations across the city, from Hillcrest to East Village. Or if you don’t feel like leaving your home, have your meal delivered through Uber Eats, Grubhub or Postmates!

Nothing says comfort food quite like WhipHand’s menu, which features hearty portions best shared with friends. Dishes like the Short Rib Pie A La Biscuit, a jalapeño and smoked gouda mashed braised short rib topped with a cheddar biscuit, or Rosemary French Onion Soup, with house croutons and gruyere cheese, taste greatduring any weather, but especially when you’re stuck inside watching Netflix all day. Venture down to East Village to WhipHand and opt for take-out; it’s worth braving a few raindrops for food this good. You can also have WhipHand delivered through Postmates.

The Haven Pizzeria, located in the Kensington neighborhood, this not only a quaint and cozy spot nestled along Adams Avenue, but they’ve got a huge selection of warm pasta dishes and Neapolitan-style pizzas. As soon as you take a bite into their Traditional Lasagna dish, with layers of marinara, ricotta, mozzarella, mushrooms, onions and ground beef, you’ll forget all about any rainy-day problems. You can also relish in the cheesy-goodness that is their 4 Cheese pizza topped with red sauce, fontina, mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan. The Haven’s dishes are so tasty, you won’t mind more rainy days in the forecast. Good thing you can indulge rain or shine!

If a steaming bowl of chowder sounds like your cup of tea on a stormy day, look no further than The Duck Dive! The PB neighborhood eatery recently introduced a tasty Clam Chowder for $10 in a bread bowl or $5 in a cup (no bread). The Duck Dive has partnered with The Olive Cafe, a local bakery just down the street, to have fresh sourdough bread bowls made specially for the chowder. These bread bowls are available all day, every day – and where else in the neighborhood can you find this great of a deal?!

Swing into the Gaslamp District’s barleymash for fresh bites that include comfort food ideal for a dreary day. Try the housemade Five Chile Chili, topped with a three-cheese blend, sour cream, green onions and crispy tobacco onions, or opt for one of the many varieties of barleymac bowls – each made with cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, a three-cheese blend and bread crumbs. The Mash also includes ale-braised pork shoulder, bourbon-bbq sauce and fresh jalapeños.