Restaurants around San Diego add creative dishes to their menus for annual convention.
Like Popeye and his spinach, Wolverine with burgers and beer, and Thor and his creamsicle, comic book heroes need a little something to help them save the world. To channel your own super powers during Comic-Con, you’ll need to refuel with the proper munchies. Check out these comic-inspired dishes around San Diego.
At both San Diego locations, this popular locale is offering four comic-inspired options, sold individually or as a “collect all four” set ($27).
El Heroe Taco ($9): Filet mignon wrapped in crispy melted cheese, Maine lobster claws, avocado, crispy onion strings and Heroe sauce.
The Villain Taco ($8): Seared pork belly, oregano crema and strawberry corn salsa.
The Sidekick Cocktail ($12): Vida Mezcal, Guanabana, housemade tamarindo soda, lime leaf and charred orange.
The Love Interest Dessert ($5): Petite charred mango cheesecake with almond corn crust and mango Jamaica coulis.
Downtown: 7079 W. Harbor Dr., 619.233.8880; La Jolla: 1026 Wall St., 858.454.1260, eatpuesto.com
Manchester Grand Hyatt
The hotel offers a selection of inspired dishes in their various restaurants. The Incredible Hulk Burger at Brew30 is made of “two 100% Gamma Ray Double Exposed beef patties, mutated lettuce, tomato, guacamole with our own Uncanny House Sauce.” The Jedi Salad and Galactic Tuna Wonton at Sally’s Fish House & Bar is a mix of Asian greens, red cabbage, roasted baby carrots, togarashi seared tuna, avocado, wasabi mayo, sweet seaweed and “storm trooper sauce.” Keep it simple with a Deadpool Pizza at the Grand Lobby Bar with cheese, pepperoni and black olives.
1 Market Pl., downtown, 619.232.1234, manchester.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
One of the prettiest dishes in the list, the Captain America’s shield waffles are golden brown and malted, shaped like a shield, and topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries and a star of whipped cream.
222 Island Ave., downtown, 619.236.9902, cafe222.com
For one day only, July 20, this popular burger spot offers the “Can I have your Slaw-tograph” burger sold only via the BOB’S BURGERS x SHAKE SHACK buses. Here’s the skinny: Get picked up from downtown San Diego in a charter bus and head up to Mission Valley Shake Shack, where you’ll be served the “Burger of the Day,” fries and a drink. Bus picks up hourly from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue directly over the footbridge from the San Diego Convention Center near Petco Park. Access is available on a first come, first served basis. Follow @BobsBurgersFOX and use #BobsBurgers on social media.
Head across the bridge for two specialty dishes inspired by the Super Mario series. Try the Super Mario Brothers Meatballs with house-made pork and beef meatballs topped with creamy ricotta, house-made marinara and basil crisps ($12) or the Mario Marsala, a lightly breaded chicken breast sautéed in Sicilian Marsala wine with cremini mushrooms ($28).
932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454, primavera1st.com
Recharge your powers at the Superhero Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 with a variety of brunch classics, and the best part, bottomless bellinis for $15.
453 Sixth Ave., downtown, thenolenrooftop.com
Pendry San Diego
During Comic-Con weekend, Donut Bar will be presenting a Donut Bar Pop-Up inside Pendry San Diego. The specialized Comic-Con inspired donuts (no word yet on the names of these sweet treats) will not be sold in Donut Bar stores, so get there fast. On Thursday and Friday, the Donut Bar Pop-Up will only be open from 7 a.m. until donuts sell out and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday night.
550 J St., downtown, 619.738.7000, pendryhotels.com/san-diego