What is more important than those exclusive merchandise and scoring autographs at San Diego Comic-Con 2018? The food and drinks, of course– which I am ALWAYS a huge fan of! This year, restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp at downtown San Diego are pulling all the stops all weekend with themed beverages and meals to celebrate our collective nerd party for the long weekend on July 18 until July 22nd. Want to know where to get the tastiest treats? Check out our list below!
Get your Captain America waffle on at Café 222 on Island Avenue: a malted waffle shaped like Captain America’s shield, topped with fresh berries and whipped cream.
For the Star Wars fans, check out Prohibition Liquor Bar on Fifth Avenue where you can order drinks called Never Tell Me the Odds (Redemption Rye,demerara, Averna and R&D house bitters), I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing (El Silencio Mezcal, watermelon cordial and R&D smoke bitters), or Let the Wookie Win (bourbon, lime, ginger and Fernet).
Feeling more like charging up like a super hero? Drop by El Chingon also on Fifth Avenue where you can enjoy the Savory Star Lord (El Jimador Blanco tequila, fresh lime, salt and choice of Jarritos soft drink), Gamora Delight (El Silencio mezcal, fresh lime, house-made almond orgeat and R&D sarsaparilla bitter), Vision’s Watermelon Treat (Azuñia blanco tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and tajín), The Infinity War (Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila, lemon, ginger, honey, St. Germaine and Ancho Reyes Verde) and much more.
Don’t stop there! Havana 1920 on Fifth Avenue are serving up the Dr. Strange Daiquiri (Havana Club Añejo Blanco rum, fresh lime juice, and fresh sugarcane syrup), Loki’s Tesseract (Don Q Blanco rum and fresh lime, served with a Mexican Coca-Cola) or the Ant Man Apricot Special (Diplomatico 6-year rum, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, apricot liqueur and R&D aromatic #7 bitters).
Not forgeting the ladies, Bleu Bohéme on Adams Avenue will have the Spider-Woman: Femme d’Araignée (rye whiskey, Ramos Pinto fine ruby port, lemon juice and simple syrup, topped with soda water), while the Mezé Greek Fusion on Sixth Avenue will have The Black Widow (açai-infused vodka, raspberry, fresh lemon and Demerara) and Nebula’s Special Treat (Metaxa brandy, Greek red wine, peaches, orange zest, cinnamon and sparkling ginger)– as well as more Marvel inspired drinks like Thor’s Hammer (fig-infused Redemption bourbon, fresh lemon and hone).
Need some action? The Monkey King on Fifth Avenue will be serving Mortal Kombat themed drinks like Takeda’s Lasher (Russel’s Reserve GBOD single barrel bourbon, Aperol and pomelo-infused Carpano Bianco vermouth) and Sonya Blade’s Special Force (Old Forrester bourbon, ginger, lime, mint, tamarind and R&D aromatic bitters #7).
Earn some gold coins with some more video game themed noms!
Primavera Ristorante on Orange Avenue is keeping with the Italian theme with the Super Mario Brothers Meatballs, house-made pork and beef meatballs topped with creamy ricotta and served with house-made marinara and basil crisps and the Mario Marsala, lightly breaded chicken breast sautéed in Sicilian Marsala wine with cremini mushroom. Pair it all of with the Princess Peach Bellini, made with prosecco and fresh peach slices.
Rick and Morty fans can get their schwifty drink on at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant on Fourth Street with an inspired cocktail made of rye whiskey, green chartreuse, lemon, mint, cane syrup, ginger syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters and Angostura bitters. Attendees can also enjoy food by Chef Carl Schroeder and nom on a BH burger, barbecue pork tacos and the acclaimed parmesan truffle fries.
Save your appetite between lining up for panels or braving the Exhibition Hall!
Femme d’Araignée, Photo Credit: Bleu Bohème
Captain America Waffles, Photo Credit: Cafe 222
Super Mario Brothers Meatballs, Photo Credit: Primavera
Takeda’s Lasher, Photo Credit: Monkey King