San Diego’s Best Bar Food

By Darlene Horn  |  March 19, 2014

Celebrate Zagat's first #BarBlitz all day long. Read about more reasons to toast the San Diego bar scene and keep the party going on Twitter and Instagram.

A beer or cocktail isn’t complete without a chicken wing or tater tots to pop into your mouth between sips. In honor of #BarBlitz, we’re serving up the best pizza, tacos and mac 'n’ cheese in San Diego bar land. Run, don't walk. 

  • Tater Tots at Station Tavern

    These potato cylinders are fried until crispy and tossed in the restaurant’s own spice blend. They’re great alone but extraordinary when paired with one of their housemade sauces like smoky paprika, lime cilantro, thyme honey-mustard or chipotle mayo.

    Price: $3 for half order, $5 full order plus $.50 per sauce

    2204 Fern St.; 619-255-0657

  • Hamburgers at  Rocky’s Crown Pub

    This bar serves a solid third- or half-pound burger the old-fashioned way: just mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. But when people specifically come in for the burgers and not the bar scene, you know it’s something special.

    Price: Starts at $5.75 for 1/3 hamburger; $3 for fries

    3786 Ingraham St.; 858-273-9140

  • Mac 'n' Cheese at Sublime Tavern and Sublime Alehouse

    The art of mac 'n' cheese is taken seriously here. There are 10 choices, including a drool-worthy version with bacon, mushroom, red pepper, garlic and thyme. These are served in three sizes: dig it (small), love it (medium) or crazy for it (large). Whichever eating path you chose, it leads to one happy stomach.

    Price: Starts at $6 for a small, basic mac ‘n' cheese

    3790 Via De La Valle #301, Del Mar; 858-259-9100
    1020 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos; 760-510-9220

  • Chicken Wings at The Commons Bar

    The wings are so popular at this Gaslamp bar that there’s a large space on the menu just for them. With five levels of spice - no heat to really hot - and 12 different flavors, the permutations and combinations are limitless. Undecided on which to order? Go with the popular favorite: lemon pepper wings.

    Price: Prices start at $7 for five wings. But look for half-off boneless wing specials and all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesdays.

    901 Fourth Ave.; 619-686-8888

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    Pizza at Blind Lady Ale House

    The pizzas are just as popular as the wide variety of great beers served at this neighborhood bar. Spicy Italian sausage made in-house, bacon and potato, or salami with organically grown Swiss chard are just a few of the popular choices to top these handmade, thin-crust pizzas.

    Price: Starts at $8.50 for pizza margherita

    3416 Adams Ave.; 619-255-2491

  • Tacos at South Beach Bar & Grill

    Lots of bars offer fish tacos but this one claims to have the best in the city. Along with more than 20 beers on tap, chow down on your choice of carne asada, shark, chicken, lobster, fish, oyster or veggie taco while enjoying a view of the ocean without even leaving your seat. 

    Price: Prices start at $3.25 for a fried fish taco. All tacos except lobster are $2.75 all day on Tuesday.

    5059 Newport Ave. Ste. 104; 619-226-4577