Where to celebrate National S’mores Day
12 spots in San Diego to enjoy the outdoorsy dessert on Aug. 10 — and every day.
From countless campfires to clever slogans like “Who wants s’more?” or “The s’more the better,” the official dessert of the outdoors is an American classic. Dating back to the 1920s, this simple yet endlessly delicious concoction blends the ooey goodness of roasted marshmallows with chocolate and graham crackers. As you might expect, in the hands of chefs and bakers around San Diego, this dessert is seeing ingredient twists and clever presentations to make any s’mores fan eager for a nibble:
Campfire: Head up to Carlsbad for the Yes, We Have S’mores tableside treat. Served with a dish of hot coals for personal marshmallow toasting and specialty salted caramel chocolate, it’s the highlight experience of camping minus the hard ground and pit toilets.
2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121, thisiscampfire.com
Kaneh Co.: For s’mores with a little extra sumpin’ sumpin’, try Kaneh’s gourmet cannabis-infused S’mores Brownie from baker Rachel King. Made with decadent fudge, graham crackers and marshmallow, these little goodies pack 10 mg of THC into each body-buzz-inducing piece. kanehco.com
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant: Switching up its signature BH Brownie for the holiday, the restaurant is offering the Chocolate S’mores Brownie, an ooey gooey lava cake crowned with salted caramel, graham and pretzel streusel, and a specialty brûléed vanilla marshmallow crafted by local confectioner Sugar Mamma.
2202 Fourth Ave., 619.231.0222, bankershillsd.com
Theatre Box Sugar Factory: Sip and munch on the Campfire Spiked S’mores Insane Milkshake, a blend of coffee and chocolate ice cream with espresso and toasted marshmallow, topped with a seven-layer s’more and served in a dark-chocolate-dipped mug decorated with crumbled graham crackers and chunks of Hershey bar.
701 Fifth Ave., 619.814.2225, theatrebox.com
Breakfast Republic: Start your day with the S’mores French Toast, made with brioche bread crusted with graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and chocolate sauce. Wash it down with the Iced S’mores Mocha featuring espresso, mocha, toasted marshmallow and milk, and crowned with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.
Seven locations, breakfastrepublic.com
North Park Breakfast Co.: Serving up the S’mores Waffles for breakfast lovers, the restaurant tops its sweet treat with chocolate ganache, marshmallow fluff, and graham cracker crumble.
3131 University Ave., 619.269.2118, breakfast-company.com
Farmer’s Table: Rounding out the trifecta of breakfast sweets, this multi-location brunch spot offers the Bonfire Pancakes, a decadent homage to the camping favorite with the classic combo of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate sauce.
Multiple locations, myfarmerstable.com
The Melting Pot: Dip to your heart’s delight with the Chocolate S’mores Fondue, a flambéed delight created with marshmallow cream, milk chocolate and graham cracker bits.
901 Fifth Ave., 619.234-5554; 8980 University Center Ln., 858.638.1700, meltingpot.com
Rancho Bernardo Inn: Luxuriate in gourmet style with the Fireside Connoisseur Experience, with a shortbread s’mores kit with house-made marshmallows, alongside other delights such as salted caramel toffee popcorn and assorted French macaroons.
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., 855.574.5356, ranchobernardoinn.com
Union Kitchen & Tap: Bring a sweet end to the day with the S’mores Pie, made with Mexican chocolate mousse, cinnamon chocolate sauce, and marshmallow fluff nestled in a graham cracker crust.
1108 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2337, localunion101.com
Hotel Del Coronado: Combine two classics with a private fireside experience at the iconic hotel. Cozy up to a personal fire pit, which can host up to 10 people, and enjoy s’mores alongside cheese and charcuterie.
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611, hoteldel.com
Draft Republic: For a twist on the classic dessert, try the S’mores Cheesecake, highlighted with malt cookie crumbs, chocolate and marshmallows, and served in a camp-worthy dish with chocolate straws.
4282 Esplanade Ct., 858.450.1400; 5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, 760.448-4627; cohnrestaurants.com/draftrepublic
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