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Opening Day at Petco Park..Where to eat?

Beach Chick Mar 27, 2008 10:19 AM

Hi Chowhounds..
Monday is opening day with a 7pm game time and though I have been a million times to Petco..
Of course, I put my party hat on and hit the usual Tivoli's and other fun spots for the cocktails and beer but need something to absorb all that alcohol..
Any ideas?

  1. Beach Chick Mar 31, 2014 08:34 AM

    Went to Blind Burro for a late lunch before the game yesterday...reserved a window table to look at all the drunk, meth, tattoo'd covered hooligans..hee hee

    Started off with a grapefruit margarita...oh yeah..kicked serious ass and I'm not much of a drinker but it definitely got the party started..

    Had the guac and then a couple of lobster tacos with the sublime side of Mexican style corn..the elote was outstanding..
    DH had the skirt steak tacos with the elote and a Chupacabra draft from Mexicali..said it was good.

    Partied over to the bar at McCormicks and Schmicks at the Omni for.drinks..fun place and then get your ticket stamped for the Ped bridge to the park.

    Petco Park is a gorgeous ballpark and lots of good eats inside but was too stuffed to eat anything else.

    Best part is we beat the stinkin' Dodgers!

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    1. re: Beach Chick
      cstr Mar 31, 2014 10:43 AM

      Beat the Dodgers.... heck did you see that Padres ball girl...they better give her a contract!

      1. re: cstr
        Beach Chick Mar 31, 2014 11:23 AM

        Did you go?
        Those Pad squad girls are awesome..

    2. Beach Chick Mar 3, 2014 07:23 AM

      Opening Day is a night game at 5pm on Sunday, March 30th, against the Dodgers..
      Going for hibiscus marg's, street tacos and tableside guac at Blind Burro..

      Where else should this Padre chica eat and drink?

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      1. re: Beach Chick
        cstr Mar 3, 2014 11:51 AM

        What, no rubbing elbows with the bikers at Tivoli after the game?

        1. re: cstr
          Beach Chick Mar 3, 2014 06:01 PM

          No Tivoli..

        2. re: Beach Chick
          ipsedixit Mar 3, 2014 08:07 PM


          Decent munchies and drinks, but better view.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Beach Chick Mar 6, 2014 09:39 AM

            Looks fab my sista!
            Are you going?
            Drinks are on me..
            Starting at Blind Burro..

          2. re: Beach Chick
            MrKrispy Mar 6, 2014 10:26 AM

            Opening Day is at night a few days before Opening Day. Only the Padres could bungle something like this.

            1. re: MrKrispy
              cstr Mar 6, 2014 12:42 PM

              Go easy MrK, wait till day two when they'll be eliminated from the post season.

              1. re: cstr
                MrKrispy Mar 6, 2014 01:20 PM

                hahaha, excellent point. Hopefully they have some new food vendors that are decent.

                1. re: cstr
                  Beach Chick Mar 7, 2014 08:37 AM

                  Enough of this smack talk.
                  Padres taking it all the way to the World Series!

                  1. re: Beach Chick
                    cstr Mar 7, 2014 09:31 AM

                    Com'on BC, I kook forward to getting a ticket to the game, beer and a hotdog for $5.00 because they can't get enough attendance! What a deal!

                    1. re: cstr
                      Beach Chick Mar 7, 2014 09:58 AM

                      Yeah...I bet you ' kook forward '..lol

                      No more $5 beer, game tix and a dog..we're in the big leagues now.

                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        cstr Mar 7, 2014 01:13 PM

                        finger slip.... misfired brain single!

                    2. re: Beach Chick
                      Dagney Mar 7, 2014 04:05 PM

                      uh huh! And what else did Santa Claus tell you?

              2. Beach Chick Mar 11, 2013 09:46 PM

                Opening day, Tuesday 4/9..
                What's shaking for drinks and app's?

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                1. re: Beach Chick
                  Dagney Mar 11, 2013 11:35 PM

                  I'm thinking The Blind Burro.

                  1. re: Dagney
                    Beach Chick Mar 12, 2013 05:52 AM

                    Thanks Dags!
                    Can I request you for my police escort?
                    ; )

                    Opening Day Block Party


                    1. re: Beach Chick
                      Dagney Mar 12, 2013 01:02 PM

                      of course! except I am on the bike team, so I won't be the best escort, lol...

                      1. re: Dagney
                        Beach Chick Mar 12, 2013 05:41 PM

                        Awesome...you can ride along side the town car..hee hee

                      2. re: Beach Chick
                        MrKrispy Mar 12, 2013 01:46 PM

                        thanks for the link BC.....the beer "garden" was kind of a pain last year...might try to catch a bar beforehand this year.

                        1. re: MrKrispy
                          Beach Chick Mar 12, 2013 05:44 PM

                          You have to buy a tixs before the beer..
                          Tivoli's is fun along with Omni bar and they stamp your ticket for Ped bridge..giveaways and happy hour..good times..park at Hilton Bayfront.

                  2. Beach Chick Jul 18, 2012 06:59 AM

                    Had a blast with our beloved Pom at Dog Days at Petco Park yesterday.
                    Happy hour at McCormicks and Schmicks for John Dalys..calamari and fish tacos..
                    Tons of wonderful dogs and met up with Omar and Uggie from the Artist..
                    I highly suggest if you have a dog, go next year...they provide free tickets, goodie bags filled with free dog stuff, lots of beer vendors and a walk around the warning track..

                    Pics with Tony Gwynn too...life is good!

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                    1. re: Beach Chick
                      MrKrispy Jul 18, 2012 09:49 AM

                      Nice! Sounds like fun.

                      I went to the Padres game on Monday. For those burgertarians the Hodads switched up their process to be a little convoluted. You now have to be seated at a table to order food. I didn't have to wait for a table (Padres game after all) and the servers know you will take the food out. The good thing was they have a decent tap selection inside so I ordered my beer while waiting for the food. You can also go to the bar below Hodads and order food from a table there.

                      Not sure why they don't just have a ordering/delivery desk somewhere. Does someone really want to spend 3 innings inside a burger restaurant after they paid to see a (probably terrible) game?

                    2. Beach Chick Jul 6, 2012 10:29 AM

                      Taking my beloved Pom to Petco dog days at the park in a couple of weeks and wondering what pet friendly bar/restos are close to have a couple of cocktails and some apps?
                      I know that the Omni McCormicks and Schmicks has an outside patio.
                      Any other places you can think of?
                      I'm going to have my dog pee on my personalized brick for good luck to the Padres...hee hee

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                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        phee Jul 6, 2012 10:42 AM

                        Cafe Chloe immediately came to mind.

                      2. c
                        cstr Apr 7, 2012 12:53 PM

                        The way Padres are headed, so far, you'll be able to get a ticket to the game, a beer and a dog for $5.00 again.

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                        1. re: cstr
                          Beach Chick Apr 8, 2012 09:05 AM

                          and a pony too..

                        2. m
                          MrKrispy Apr 6, 2012 08:37 AM

                          Well, we wanted to make it to Mission Brewing before the game but there was absolutely no traffic control for Opening Day so it took about an hour to get down 10th, ruining those plans.

                          Went to the Block Party to get a beer and some grub but the lines for the beers were ridiculous. We walked over to Proper "gastropub" and had a few beers on the patio with a nice view of the Park.

                          Checked out the new Hodad's....I believe it might be the best addition to Petco or Qualcomm ever. Prices were extremely reasonable, like you weren't even at a sporting event, you can get some decent beers, and the registers were running efficiently. I talked with the owner, he was thrilled to be in there and even mentioned he wished his parents were still around to see him at the Ballpark. Pretty cool.

                          Went to a Bull Taco stand outside the Omni area and had the lobster + bacon + chorizo. Quite tasty but somewhat puny at $10 for a taco.

                          There was an addition of many more craft beer stands at that level too, which is much appreciated.

                          I couldn't find a Patty Melt stand, sorry BC!

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                          1. re: MrKrispy
                            Beach Chick Apr 6, 2012 03:20 PM

                            The key to opening day is not get in the thick of things and park over at the Hilton bayfront and walk over...
                            We had a blast at the block party and the Stones cover band was pretty good.
                            No problems on the beer..tickets were down the way which could of been coordinated better.
                            The Stone on tap is always delicious..Arrogant Bastard
                            We went to McCormicks and was a blast..Jim Beam chicas were handing out shots and t-shirts.
                            Good to hear about Hodads..
                            I was looking for that vegan Patty Melt...none in sight.

                            Had a blast and left before those stinkin' Dodgers kicked our butts!

                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              MrKrispy Apr 6, 2012 03:33 PM

                              had a pre-paid ticket for the Parkade so no choice but to slowly wither in the traffic down 10th. Ugh.

                              What is a Vegan patty melt? A piece of bread with nothing on it? ;)

                              1. re: MrKrispy
                                Beach Chick Apr 6, 2012 03:41 PM

                                OMG...Veggie Patty Melt is a thing of beauty!

                                First, it starts with marble rye buttered up on the grill with a garden burger that has already been cooked up and you stack that bad boy with a couple slices of swiss cheese, grilled onions and some thousand island dressing and you squish it together with golden brown marks on either side so the cheese oozes out a little bit and viola, you have one of the best damn sandwiches on the planet..

                                You can thank me later when you go home and make this and impress your friends and family and then they will thank you and give you lots of gifts for your birthday and Xmas for sharing the love of what is, Veggie Patty Melt!
                                ; )

                          2. c
                            cstr Apr 4, 2012 02:04 PM

                            Bareback Grill, on 624 E, is offering $1.00 drafties, on opening day, with a valid game ticket. They also have a $5.00 food menu.

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                            1. re: cstr
                              Beach Chick Apr 4, 2012 06:44 PM

                              $1.00 Drafties...sweet!

                            2. Beach Chick Apr 4, 2012 06:47 AM

                              Who's all going to Opening Day?

                              Mr. Krispy

                              1. Beach Chick Mar 14, 2012 07:41 AM

                                Outstanding Enci. beat me to my own post...
                                Got my opening day tickets and I'm sure my beloved DH will want to hit up Hodad's inside the park after a few cold ones..wonder if the lines will be crazy..chica don't wait in lines.
                                Parking at the Hilton is the best call..walk over the bridge and there you are.
                                Tivoli's, Basic, McCormicks...gotta hit up something else.
                                Who else is going?

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                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                  MrKrispy Apr 2, 2012 03:33 PM

                                  I am hitting Opening Day. There is some block party along J street at the Park that is supposed to have a few food trucks.

                                  I am more concerned with where to get some grub AFTER the game, since it starts early heh heh.

                                  1. re: MrKrispy
                                    Beach Chick Apr 2, 2012 06:11 PM

                                    Awesome Mr.Krispy...I'll be there too..

                                    Park at the Hilton bayfront walk across the Ped bridge to the block party..$5 Stone Pale Ales and they'll have some food trucks..
                                    McCormick and Schmicks for early happy hour (check to make sure this year for gameday) is great and get your ticket stamped at the bar and walk over the Ped bridge to Petco from Omni.

                                    Everywhere is a zoo but I like McCormicks..fun time and good cheap happy hour food...
                                    Basic would be good to absorb all that alcohol.. ; )

                                    Bull Taco, Hodads and Everything Bundt cake is a new addition to Petco.

                                2. e
                                  Encinitan Mar 13, 2012 10:43 PM

                                  Apparently, Hodad's will be serving at Petco Park during the 2012 season. Rumor has it that it will be located where Rudy's was.

                                  1. e
                                    Encinitan Apr 6, 2011 10:25 AM

                                    Changes in food concessions at Petco Park

                                    Fiippi's has replaced Oggi's as the pizza purveyor at Petco. The Food Network has branded a small concession stand selling steak sandwiches. (I didn't see anyone purchase one during the several minutes I happened to be in the area.) A giant Sonoran hot dog is being sold for a whopping 12.50 at some of the concession stands.

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                                    1. re: Encinitan
                                      DiningDiva Apr 6, 2011 01:15 PM

                                      Food Network? As in the television network? Not sure that's a good idea.

                                      1. re: DiningDiva
                                        Encinitan Apr 6, 2011 05:12 PM

                                        Yes, the Food Network. I googled Food Network and stadiums and found this:


                                        1. re: Encinitan
                                          DiningDiva Apr 6, 2011 05:37 PM

                                          I wonder what their mission really is now. Producing cooking shows (or what passes for a cooking show) or promoting the brand? (p.s. I think I probably know the answer to that rhetorical question)

                                          1. re: DiningDiva
                                            Encinitan Apr 6, 2011 06:24 PM


                                      2. re: Encinitan
                                        aloha925 Apr 6, 2011 05:39 PM

                                        Rubio's has been replaced by a generic Mexican food stand. Same location and similar menu, but very different ingredients and execution. The fish taco I had was covered in watery lettuce. Blech.

                                      3. Beach Chick Apr 6, 2011 08:45 AM

                                        What a great day everyone had eating and drinking in the Gaslamp..words you don't see written here but the 3 block party with tons of food trucks, Stone Beer and music was a hit.
                                        Parked at the Hilton for $15 and walked over that cool Ped bridge right to Petco.
                                        $5 Arrogant Bastard of Pale Ale by Stone were excellent, DH had a $4 Reuben dog at the Patty Melt truck..which he enjoyed..

                                        We headed to McCormicks & Schmicks at the Omni, since I had a $100 freebie and this place always is packed with fans with their party hats on..they had $5.95 cheeseburger fries and 2 fish tacos along with beer/wine /marg specials for around $5...had the Ahi, coconut shrimp, chowda and tons of cocktails and the total was $40...how great is that!
                                        Overall, a great time as usual and now I want a greasy cheeseburger and a big ol' soda..
                                        ; )

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                                        1. re: Beach Chick
                                          foodiechick Apr 6, 2011 10:33 PM

                                          Did you bust the PM truck for stealing your idea? ;D

                                          1. re: foodiechick
                                            Beach Chick Apr 7, 2011 07:46 AM


                                          2. re: Beach Chick
                                            sdaints Apr 7, 2011 01:22 PM

                                            I went down to the game and enjoyed some great weather and the Padres win. I didn't have time to try a lot of the trucks but it was cool to see them all down there. I thought about getting something from Miho but decided to give the Patty Melt a chance. When I saw the $4 price tag I adjusted my expectations but I was still a little disappointed. The bread was dry and didn't seem like it had been cooked with everything as in a traditional patty melt. I wasn't that hungry but the size of the burger left me thinking "where's the beef". Obviously they are trying to keep the prices down but I would have rather paid a couple of dollars more and had a better melt.

                                            1. re: sdaints
                                              Beach Chick Apr 8, 2011 08:35 AM

                                              Glad I didn't get the $4 patty melt...they need to step it up if they are going to play ball with the other food trucks.

                                              1. re: Beach Chick
                                                cstr Apr 8, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                Couldn't imagine the quality of that PM, not for a 4 spot, a waste of $$. I'd rather pay double and get something worth eating.

                                                1. re: cstr
                                                  Beach Chick Apr 8, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                  Exactly my c---sta..
                                                  From a psychological viewpoint, $4 patty melt didn't synapse well in the cerebral cortex.
                                                  ; )

                                                  1. re: Beach Chick
                                                    MrKrispy Apr 8, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                    what do you guys think is a fair price for a patty melt from a food truck? It seems like most trucks charge $6-8 for a sandwich or burger.

                                                    1. re: MrKrispy
                                                      cstr Apr 8, 2011 07:09 PM

                                                      I'd be happy with 6-8 for fresh quality ingredients.

                                                      1. re: MrKrispy
                                                        Beach Chick Apr 8, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                        Price point of $4 for a patty melt already has me questioning how good it will be...
                                                        I would gladly pay up to $10 for an excellent patty melt from a food truck..

                                            2. Beach Chick Apr 4, 2011 08:25 AM

                                              Opening Day tomorrow..wooo hoooo!
                                              Besides the usually Tivoli's, Basic, McCormicks & Schmicks.
                                              Thinking of adding Proper Gastropub or Nicky Rotten's to the mix..
                                              Rockin' Baja is another thought..recommended by sd4life.
                                              Hilton Bayfront is $15 for parking and you walk over the new Ped bridge to Petco.
                                              Who's going tomorrow?

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                                              1. re: Beach Chick
                                                FireFlyFiftyFive Apr 4, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                The SD Food Truck Nation is talking about a East Village Opening Day Block Party on Tuesday starting at 11:30 am. Supposed to be around 10 food trucks. Stone beer garden. The works.

                                                J Street between 7th and 9th Ave. Or maybe 10th. This is from the MIHO website. Hey now!

                                                1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                                                  Beach Chick Apr 4, 2011 09:46 AM

                                                  Holy Crap...that is awesome!


                                                  1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                                                    Encinitan Apr 4, 2011 11:18 AM

                                                    That complicates my opening day plans somewhat, but in a good way!

                                                    1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                                                      beantowntitletown Apr 4, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                      Plan was to just hit up McCormick and Schmick's, then take the easy walk to our seats, but we could get off the trolley one stop later and check out the party first.

                                                  2. t
                                                    tplife Mar 18, 2011 12:45 PM

                                                    Head to where Mr. As on 5th avenue, at the the Plaza Level (street level) at Alex's Brown Bag and get some Philly Cheesesteaks to go for the game - way better than the other local fare and doesn't cost you an arm and a leg.

                                                    Alex's Brown Bag
                                                    2550 5th Ave Ste 171, San Diego, CA 92103

                                                    1. m
                                                      MrKrispy Mar 8, 2011 01:20 PM

                                                      I think Tilted Kilt is still open ;)

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                                                      1. re: MrKrispy
                                                        Norm Man Mar 9, 2011 11:12 AM

                                                        Looks like Tilted Kilt is a chain that looks to be competing with Hooters. I like the uniforms at Tilted Kilt better (I hope the food is better too) I've seen Tilted Kilt discount coupons on Living Social and The Daily Save.


                                                        Tilted Kilt
                                                        310 10th Ave
                                                        San Diego
                                                        619 814-8458

                                                        1. re: Norm Man
                                                          bizzwriter Mar 9, 2011 12:52 PM

                                                          Ugh. That menu is an abomination. I definitely wouldn't go there for the food -- nor for the very weak selection of beers.

                                                      2. Beach Chick Mar 8, 2011 08:40 AM

                                                        Just got my Opening Day tickets for a 3:35pm Tuesday day game...
                                                        Anything new and exciting?

                                                        Go Padres!

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                                                        1. re: Beach Chick
                                                          cstr Mar 8, 2011 09:18 AM

                                                          Maybe go to The Field and get a bar stool warmed up before next Thursday.

                                                          1. re: cstr
                                                            Beach Chick Mar 8, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                            LOL...like I hang out at Irish bars on the biggest drunk fest of the year..
                                                            Those days of green beer, tofu corned beef and wearing my 4 leaf clover get up is so 80's..
                                                            Houlihans and Patricks were some fun times..
                                                            ; )

                                                            Anyone been to Proper Gastropub?

                                                            1. re: Beach Chick
                                                              cstr Mar 8, 2011 12:07 PM

                                                              Houlihan's OMG.... remember many a time where I was holding up one of the support pillars at the bar!

                                                              1. re: cstr
                                                                Beach Chick Mar 8, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                                LOL..I was one of those chickas looking for guys holding up those pillars!

                                                                I remember wearing my gorgeous gauzey white mini skirt dress and I was looking all that and some ass with green beer for St. Paddy's day, said I was too pretty not to have some green on me...he threw his pint on me.
                                                                ; (

                                                          2. re: Beach Chick
                                                            Encinitan Mar 8, 2011 01:00 PM

                                                            Nickey Rotten's burger got a great recent review from a blogger on the website Serious Eats. They also have vegetarian and poultry patties for those that are not interested in beef. And they have a patty melt.


                                                            I too will be at the opening game.

                                                            1. re: Encinitan
                                                              Beach Chick Mar 8, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                              Thanks Encinitan!
                                                              The name has always thrown me off but if they have a vegan patty melt and a burger for DH, sounds perfect..
                                                              Usually we hit up Tivoli's and then McCormicks bar for drinks and food and then get stamped to walk over the bridge..its a great crowd at both places but I need to branch out.
                                                              We park at the Hilton for $10 which is a great deal.
                                                              Go Padres!

                                                              1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                sd4life Mar 8, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                                I also go to Tivoli's before games. I have to limit myself to only 2 drinks max because they free-pour their drinks nice and strong. Then I head over to Rockin' Baja..."I know I know" it's old school...but I still like them. I never crossed that bridge before...now I know how. Thanks for that tip.

                                                                1. re: sd4life
                                                                  Beach Chick Mar 9, 2011 06:16 AM

                                                                  I'm a 2 drink gal at Tivoli's too its the oldest bar in SD besides the Waterfront and it rocks at gameday..never been to Rockin' Baja before but maybe I'll have to swing by for beer or marg.
                                                                  McCormicks & Schmicks at the Omni hotel has a lively crowd and good drink prices with food..lots of past players stay there so there hang out in the bar, so it makes for a great party scene.
                                                                  That bridge from the Omni over to Petco is a great way to get over to the game and the bartender will give you a stamped pass.

                                                                2. re: Beach Chick
                                                                  Encinitan Mar 8, 2011 10:05 PM

                                                                  DH? Designated Hitter at a National League game?

                                                                  I never would have guessed that parking at the Hilton would be so reasonable. Thanks for the tip.

                                                                  1. re: Encinitan
                                                                    Beach Chick Mar 9, 2011 06:07 AM

                                                                    I'm just a plethora of knowledge...; )
                                                                    DH means 'dear husband'..designated hitter..ha!

                                                                    SD Hilton Bayfront is a great place to park..let's see if it still stays $10 and the Ped Bridge opens up on opening day too.
                                                                    You take the Imperial exit off the I-5 so you avoid all the craziness of the Gaslamp/Downtown area.

                                                            2. sd4life Apr 12, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                              I often have fun at Tivoli's before the game. One time I had even more fun after a game and paid the price the next day. They free-pour their drinks. Their little snack bar isn't very good though. It is a fun "divish" bar. I also still like to go to Rockin' Baja...been going there for years.

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                                                              1. re: sd4life
                                                                Beach Chick Apr 13, 2010 08:30 AM

                                                                Went to a very packed Tivoli's yesterday and again it never disappoints..we headed there after splitting a cheeseburger, fries and beers at McCormicks at the Omni..no happy hour but a fun time was had by all with a 17-2 win..
                                                                Tried to get into Basic but the line was around the block, along with Tilted Kilt.
                                                                Love seeing the Gaslamp filled with people in the streets eating and drinking..mostly drinking!

                                                              2. Beach Chick Apr 12, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                                well the big day is here and it's raining..means that I'll be eating and drinking close to Petco..
                                                                Has anything opened where Bondi used to be?
                                                                I'm thinking McCormicks at the Omni..Tivoli's for tradition, Basic for some of the best pizza..only had the cheese pizza..forget who was saying their white pizza with clams is sublime..
                                                                Any other fave's pizza toppings?
                                                                I always get a Turkey Dog at Petco and I hear beer prices are down to $5..I'll miss the 5 for 5 promo.
                                                                Let me know if you have anything new for me..
                                                                Thanks and Go Padres!

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                                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                  DougOLis Apr 12, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                  I don't think anything has gone into Bondi yet. Probably too soon. I think someone did post something about Donovan's opening some new restaurant there though.

                                                                  Venissimo's newest cheese shop isn't too far from the ballpark if you want a baguette and cheese.

                                                                  I was going to say try and get into Noble Experiment after the game for a postgame drink, but I think they're closed on Mondays.

                                                                2. Beach Chick Mar 7, 2010 07:00 AM

                                                                  Anyone been to Tilted Kilt?
                                                                  I have that same outfit the servers where but in a size smaller!
                                                                  ; )

                                                                  1. Beach Chick Mar 6, 2010 08:49 AM

                                                                    Just scored great tickets for my beloved Padres for Opening Day!
                                                                    Going to hit up the usual..Basic for a slice..Tivoli's for cheap cocktails and fries..Omni for cheap drinks and happy hour cheeseburger along with getting my ticket stamped so I can go over the ped bridge..
                                                                    Anything new and exciting Downtown/East Village that involves lots of drinking and eating for this chicka?

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                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                      cstr Mar 6, 2010 11:04 AM

                                                                      Definately Tivoli's before the game and maybe The Field after the game, wish they still had the 5 for 5, maybe they have to lose a few before that comes back.

                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                        mimosa Mar 7, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                        Wine Steals' new place is set to open really soon - this week maybe. It's next to the park and includes a new venture from the same folks called Proper which is billed as a gastropub. Chef is Sean Magee who most recently was at the US Grant I believe. I've seen the menu and it looks promising.

                                                                        1. re: mimosa
                                                                          Beach Chick Mar 7, 2010 11:00 AM

                                                                          Awesome mimosa!
                                                                          Proper sounds like the perfect place to hang before or after the game..love me a good gastropub and its owned by Wine Steals..it will kick some serious ass!
                                                                          The menu..did you see any Patty Melt Sliders?
                                                                          ; )

                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                            mimosa Mar 8, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                            Haven't seen the final menu so I don't know about sliders. I'll ask the chef if/when I see him at the Hillcrest location.

                                                                        2. re: Beach Chick
                                                                          stevewag23 Mar 7, 2010 10:04 PM

                                                                          Wolfies is a new chicago place close by.

                                                                        3. Beach Chick Apr 1, 2009 11:28 AM

                                                                          Still doing the happy hour at the Omni but this is a great deal.

                                                                          The “5 for $5,” available at every home game, includes a regular-sized hot dog, peanuts, popcorn, cookie and soda for $5. For an additional $5, fans can swap the soda for a 16-ounce draft beer.
                                                                          Plus, I can swap out my beef dog for a veggie dog!

                                                                          1. jmtreg Mar 21, 2009 03:57 PM

                                                                            For cheap and appropriate eats (somewhat), go for the California burrito at Valentino's on 9th and Market.

                                                                            1. gotukola Mar 21, 2009 02:08 PM

                                                                              FYI : Monday, April 5th, 2009 at 4:05 is opening day this year!

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                                                                              1. re: gotukola
                                                                                Beach Chick Mar 21, 2009 05:23 PM

                                                                                Are you trying to mess with me... ; )

                                                                                My tickets say "Opening Day, Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 4:05pm'

                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                  gotukola Mar 22, 2009 04:46 PM

                                                                                  My bad! Monday is April 6th!! Sorry!!

                                                                                  1. re: gotukola
                                                                                    Beach Chick Mar 22, 2009 06:32 PM

                                                                                    Thought you might be a Dodger fan!

                                                                              2. Beach Chick Mar 17, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                Using my $50 Gift Certificate at McCormick & Schmick's at the Omni..that will be blown with cocktails and the happy hour menu in the first hour..
                                                                                Any ideas close to Petco that will set this party girl up for the Big Opening Day Game?
                                                                                Done Basic which I love..Tivoli's is another beauty..thinking maybe the Tilted Kilt or JSix..need to be eating along with drinking..
                                                                                It's a Monday late afternoon game..

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                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                  JRSD Mar 17, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                                                  I've hit Neighborhood for pre-game before - loved the burger and great local taps. I haven't eaten there, but I would think East Village Tavern and Bowl would have a big pre-game crowd.

                                                                                  If you are not concerned about being in the gaslamp, I liked the boxty's at the Field.

                                                                                  By the time I am headed towards the game, Tilted Kilt usually has a line out front.

                                                                                  1. re: JRSD
                                                                                    timbigworm11 Mar 18, 2009 08:29 AM

                                                                                    If you arent looking for anything fancy and just some good grub, try out Lolitas. They just opened one right next to Petco. IMO its the best "taco shop" in all of San Diego. Really good food and never too expensive.

                                                                                2. beantowntitletown Apr 3, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                                                  found out today that mccormick & schmick's policy on happy hour prices on game days is 3-5pm when it's a night game and the regular 4-6:30pm when it's a day game. we went after going to today's game and ordered buffalo tenders, chicken satay, tuna roll, sliders, mussels, and pizza. would order mussels and tenders again any time. the sliders were really tasty, but the $2 cheeseburger might be our choice next time. the $2 tenders were lightly battered and deep fried then dunked in frank's sauce. they were good even though they were chicken breasts. the mussels were simmered in a white wine and butter broth and are a steal at $5. the pepperoni pizza was actually decent, and the satay, though bland, was good at $2. the tuna roll didn't have anything going for it.

                                                                                  also, we had some pretty good fish and chips at the anthony's stand in the toyota terrace. it had been sitting under the heat lamps, but the fish was actually pretty tasty. the fries were kinda soggy, but the fish was 2 decent sized pieces with crisp breading and no fishiness. have definitely had worse at sit-down places and stands. at $9 it's an okay deal for petco.

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                                                                                  1. re: beantowntitletown
                                                                                    KSin Apr 4, 2008 09:54 PM

                                                                                    Oceanaire had an awesome happy hour on our way to the game on Monday eve. Great service at the bar with $1.00 fresh oysters from various regions, a good Caeser Salad, delicious Boston Clam Chowder, and some tasty, spicy fried Calamari. The fish and chips were good- lots of chips, small pieces of fish, though. There were a few Martinis to choose from- they made a good Cosmopolitan. We will definately go back and try some of the other items such as spicy rock shrimp and crab and bay shrimp salad.

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                                                                                    jessicah Apr 1, 2008 02:07 PM

                                                                                    For cheap and good Japanese food try Little Hawaii (they close at 7:30). You can't beat $6.95 for a bento that comes with your entree (the teriyaki chicken/beef is good and has a nice crust), 4 pieces of a california roll, rice, salad, tempura and gyoza.

                                                                                    Their sushi menu was pretty reasonably priced and must be good since they were almost out of sushi rice when I got there last night.

                                                                                    The Kebab Shop down on 9th

                                                                                    1. Beach Chick Apr 1, 2008 12:34 PM

                                                                                      Was it a wild time in the Gaslamp for opening day..
                                                                                      Went to Basic and had drinks and pizza which was excellent..I called ahead of time to see if their happy hour applied to game day and the gal said yes...well, get there and the bartender Shaun said no..he was cool about it but if you are going to give out information, make sure it is right..
                                                                                      The bar is fun and it was packed..
                                                                                      Went to Tivoli's early which is always fun and also Omni hotel/McCormick & Shmicks for drinks..
                                                                                      I was charged $17.25 for 2 drinks..blue moon draft and a well vodka and cranberry..wtf..
                                                                                      This is a place that normally has cheap drinks for where it is..they gave me back $2 bucks but they admitted I was overcharged and made me another round but still..
                                                                                      Beer is $9 at Petco..didn't eat there but everyone else was.
                                                                                      It was a great time and the Padres won..
                                                                                      Thanks everyone for your suggestions!

                                                                                      1. Beach Chick Mar 28, 2008 01:46 PM

                                                                                        Basic looks great and they have happy hour from 4-6 on game days too..
                                                                                        Luna-Lounge..is it closed?
                                                                                        East Tavern has to be a stop for at least one.. ;)

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                                                                                          MrKrispy Mar 28, 2008 12:16 PM

                                                                                          We often stop at Luna Lounge at the corner of the NW entrance to Petco. Good happy hour, not very crowded, food is very hit-or-miss.

                                                                                          Actually I haven't been there since last season so it may not even be around this year.

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                                                                                          1. re: MrKrispy
                                                                                            stevewag23 Mar 17, 2009 11:11 AM

                                                                                            Luna Lounge has been closed for over a year.

                                                                                            It is now the fleetwood, I think.

                                                                                          2. Beach Chick Mar 27, 2008 01:28 PM

                                                                                            Thanks Chowhounds!
                                                                                            I find that the bar at the Omni has some of the best prices for drinks in the Gaslamp and love that I can walk on over that bridge..too bad they don't have that happy hour going on..

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                                                                                            1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                              El Chevere Mar 27, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                                                              McCormick & Scmick's does not offer happy hour prices on food on game days (still a fun bar) and the Omni will only let you use the escalator if you have field level box seats.

                                                                                              1. re: El Chevere
                                                                                                Beach Chick Mar 27, 2008 02:21 PM

                                                                                                I usually drink at the Omni with my $7 park passes and go on up the escalator, to the foot bridge..I have never had any problems but maybe it will be different this year..
                                                                                                Does M & S still do the lobster for $19.99 on Thursday's?
                                                                                                Thanks El Chevere!

                                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                                  El Chevere Mar 27, 2008 05:58 PM

                                                                                                  Don't know about Lobster Thursdays.

                                                                                                  One other place that is real cool, especially if you have not been to yet, is the East Village Tavern & Bowl....owned by the same folks as Gaslamp Tavern....very good sports bar, I really like their food (though it can sometimes take awhile) and cool, attached bowling alley....on 9th and Market.

                                                                                                  1. re: El Chevere
                                                                                                    Beach Chick Mar 27, 2008 07:03 PM

                                                                                                    You would have to throw the bowling alley in there..
                                                                                                    Sounds like an awesome place..

                                                                                                    1. re: El Chevere
                                                                                                      KSin Apr 4, 2008 10:06 PM

                                                                                                      I had a great time bowling on Monday afternoon at East Village Tavern & Bowl... even though we were the only ones in there. I was disappointed with the lunch, though. My Panini turkey sandwich wasn't too bad but my friend's fish tacos were horrible. Her salad was unappealing, too. Looks like fun to go back and bowl with cool cocktails at night but I am a little leery about their food, now. Perhaps Monday was an off day to go there.

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                                                                                                DougOLis Mar 27, 2008 12:26 PM

                                                                                                Cafe Chloe
                                                                                                The Kebab Shop
                                                                                                Basic (I wouldn't say it's the best pizza in SD, but it's good; try the one with mashed potatoes on it)

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                                                                                                  Cathy Mar 27, 2008 12:01 PM

                                                                                                  The McCormick and Schmidt's inside the Omni will most likely have the $2 happy hour...great burgers. Then you can take the escalator and walk right into the ballpark at kind of a private gate...

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                                                                                                  1. re: Cathy
                                                                                                    JRSD Mar 27, 2008 12:18 PM

                                                                                                    When I called M&S last year they said they did not do the happy hr on gamedays, but if they do it is a great deal.

                                                                                                    Basic was very good for pre-game.

                                                                                                    1. re: JRSD
                                                                                                      Cathy Mar 27, 2008 02:33 PM

                                                                                                      I was thinking even if they did, they might not for Opening Day...

                                                                                                  2. El Chevere Mar 27, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                                    New place opened up behind right/centerfield on 10th Avenue called The Tilted Kilt--an Irish sports bar....of course, Basic Urban Bar is another great place and serves, arguably, the best pizza in all of San Diego.

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                                                                                                    1. re: El Chevere
                                                                                                      Beach Chick Mar 27, 2008 11:03 AM

                                                                                                      Thanks El Chevere!
                                                                                                      Tilted Kilt looks like a good spot and forgot about Basic Urban Bar..

                                                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                                        sdnativa Mar 9, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                                                                        Just a heads up - sources report that the TK is basically an irish-themed Hooters.

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                                                                                                          stevewag23 Mar 9, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                                          Or is Hooters an american themed Tilted Kilt?

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                                                                                                            sdnativa Mar 10, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                                                            Well SW, which is it?

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                                                                                                              stevewag23 Mar 10, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                              Ha. Not sure.

                                                                                                        2. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                                          volvo99 Jul 21, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                          +1 on Tilted Kilt. I tried it with a guest on Monday prior to a Madres game. I suppose because of the little school girl look on the talent I was a bit skeptical. Actually a pretty extensive menu, definitely more so than H*@ters. We were in and out inside of an hour to first pitch.

                                                                                                        3. re: El Chevere
                                                                                                          UrDaddy Apr 4, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                                                          Tilted Kilt is a breastaurant franchise chain.

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