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Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Here are a few suggestions:

Tender Greens on Broadway for salads.

Basic Pizza and Blind Burro in East Village.

Spike Africa, Top of the Market, and Oceanaire for seafood.

Athen's Maket for Greek.

The Hive for sushi.

Chopan for Afgan.

Donovan's for steaks.

Thanks for coming to our city! And please let us know what you think of our food.

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  1. They're gonna want chips and salsa...

    Good idea on the preemptive strike.

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    1. re: SaltyRaisins

      We had a really nice late lunch yesterday at Puesto. It might be the best, closest Mexican food to the Con.

      1. re: SaltyRaisins

        That might well be true for a great many attendees, maybe even the majority. But my thinking is that even if the number of our fellow CHs from out of town falls above the two sigma point, that still leaves several thousand hungry people seeking out good food!

      2. +1 on Tender Greens and Chopahn.

        +1 on Athen's Market, even though I have never eaten there. Mary Pappas, the owner, has been in the SD restaurant scene forever.

        Cafe Istanbul (6th and E) and Sultan Shwarma (500 4th) for Mediterranean, with Cafe Istanbul getting a slight edge higher because their rice pudding is home made and to die for.

        If you have a car/taxi and want to venture around the local neighborhoods:

        El Salvadoran, about 2800 Imperial Ave.
        Adalberto's, 25th and Imperial.
        Luigi's, also on roughly Broadway and Imperial.

        Breakfast?
        The Mission, um....12th and K?
        Cafe 222, 2nd and J.
        Dee's Newbreak, 1st and G.

        1. Donut Bar - 6th and B - sells out by 10-11 am on weekends.

          Ralph's - 1st & G - Mountain Dew and skittles.

          Casanova's Fish Tacos - has a pop up this weekend on the corner of 4th and E (next to Balboa Theater/Horton Plaza)

          Monkey Paw - cheese steaks and good beer.

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          1. re: Stiflers_Mom

            With ComiCon here, the Donut Bar will be selling out within a few minutes of opening.

            1. re: RB Hound

              If one is fortunate, one will arrive after they've sold out.

                1. re: Dagney

                  I really wanted to like it, and, much like the other BigDessertPlace, everything looked so good

                  But alas.

          2. Adding a link to GypsyJan's earlier post (My Burning Kitchen): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983303

            1. Front page of today's NY Times Business Section:

              "Large Crowds Spend Little at Comic Con"
              http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/bus...

              "At Comic Con, dining out is apt to mean eating a sandwich while squatting on a city street"

              Gee, what a surprise.

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              1. re: El Chevere

                I wonder what the perspective was from the staff at places like Blind Burro, Tender Greens. Busy? Empty? Normal?

                I still think that in a crowd of 130,000, there'd be at least 4000 - 5000 looking for quality food downtown. Oh, well, maybe not.

                Can't help but notice the lack of feedback from visitors, though.

                1. re: DoctorChow

                  Other notable quotes from the article:

                  "The Comic Con fans were expected to spend only about $603 each during a convention that began Wednesday night and ran through Sunday. And that was only a little more than a third of the per capita spending by those who showed up for the American Association for Cancer Research gathering in April, and similarly lower than the per-person spending at the next three largest conventions in San Diego.

                  "McCormick & Schmick's, a high end seafood restaurant across from the convention center, sold wraps from a cart, two for $10. At mid-day on Thursday, more than 150 people stood in line at a nearby Subway."

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    Interestingly enough, Chad White was commenting that he was doing 400+ covers per night at his newly opened ComĂșn Kitchen & Tavern during CC and credited CC attendees to being a large portion of the numbers.

                    1. re: foodiechick

                      Union was jam packed every night this week....I suspect this week was solid for the casual to midrange/tavern-ish rooms.

                      1. re: Dagney

                        Dined at JSix tonight and they said they were jammed as well. Probably a good thing for them since the redesign has pretty much cut the dining space in half and there were only three tables occupied tonight.

                      2. re: foodiechick

                        Puesto was crowded for late lunch on both Thursday and Sunday, although there was still enough space to be seated immediately if you didn't care where exactly in the restaurant you got seated. Same goes for Basic on Friday early afternoon. Lion's Share looked fairly busy yesterday afternoon. Lolitas had a very large line outside on Friday when we went to Basic.

                        I don't know if the crowd outside the OPHQ Cheesecake Factory when we left Puesto was all people waiting to get in, but there were plenty of people inside, dining, too.

                        Wednesday night we were just about the only customers in Super Cocina (it was half an hour before their closing time). ;-)

                    2. re: El Chevere

                      And alot of them don't even get hotel rooms ... much less "dine out".

                      1. re: El Chevere

                        "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
                        Robert A. Heinlein

                        1. re: Gypsy Jan

                          I liked your My Burning Kitchen writeup, by the way. I somehow missed your post on CH to the link.

                          Is the drawing supposed to be a likeness of you?

                          Or maybe you aren't the author?

                          1. re: DoctorChow

                            Hi Doctor Chow, please let me clarify; I am not the author of the blog "My Burning Kitchen", nor do I know or have a personal relationship therein.

                            My only intent was to share what I thought was good info about how to find good chow during an event that was going to have a large impact on San Diego (featured on the national Today Show this morning) with the good people on Chow Hound.

                            Regretting my excessively verbose explanation, I am retiring now.

                            1. re: Gypsy Jan

                              Thanks for the explanation, GJ. I guess I jumped to a conclusion. Well, two actually.

                              Also, thanks to phee for posting a link to your link to the blog page.