San Diego Padres: Dinner and a Game: Top 3 San Diego Restaurants for Foodies

Jun 11, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; A general view of Petco Park during the sixth inning between the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; A general view of Petco Park during the sixth inning between the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

Have you ever been stumped on where to eat before the Padres game? Well look no further as I break down San Diego’s top food options. Whether you’re a San Diego native, a tourist, or an opposing fan visiting Petco Park, you can’t go wrong with these three food options.

Normally when you think of sandwiches you probably think of New Jersey or New York. San Diego isn’t exactly known for it’s delicatessen styled food joints. However, now and then a real winner pops up.

As a New Jersey native myself, it is my duty to at least include one sandwich place on this list. However, to do so they must meet the high executions that I have as an east coast sandwich expert.

I use the word expert very loosely because I by no means am a chef, but I like to think I have a pretty good pallet when it comes to sandwiches.

Board and Brew

Board and Brew has met that standard. Their sandwiches are excellent. They aren’t covered in lettuce like many other sandwich shops, they aren’t skimpy on the dressings or the toppings. Not only that but for just $11.50 you can get rather large probably around 12 inch sandwich. I know what you’re thinking well you can get a $5 footlong at Subway. Yes you can, but if you pride yourself in being a foodie you also know that Subway freezes their meats and their breads are often stale. As a result, a franchise sub shop simply will not make the cut.

So what’s so great about Board and Brew’s sandwiches? The special sauce that comes with most of their sandwiches is simply amazing. I’d make an attempt at explaining it but sadly the sauce appears to be a secret formula.  One of my favorite sandwiches they make is a bit of a unique combination of ingredients. This sandwich is called the California Delight. It has cream cheese, Turkey breast and sunflower seeds sandwiched between a squaw bun. This sandwich is without a doubt unique and mouth watering.


This next one on our list is a local treasure because of it’s name and the fact that they are only in San Diego.

If you’ve never been to San Diego, chances are you’ve never eaten a Hodaddy hamburger. Now let me tell you, Hodad’s is one of the best burger joints you’ll find in San Diego. Located downtown on Broadway, in Ocean Beach and with 4 locations inside Petco Park, Hodad’s has become a signature burger spot for fans and tourists alike. If you’re looking for some good ole fashioned American beef this is the place to go. They claim to make the world’s greatest burgers and yes while I know that sounds cliche it is certainly not something I would argue against.

So this brings me to what I’m sure a lot of you have thought. What in the world is a Hodad? Well, I’m glad you asked.

"According to, a Hodad is a non surfer who spends time at beaches masquerading as a surfer"

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What’s better than Petco Park? While there are many great places to eat outside the stadium, it’s important to remember why you’re here in the first place. You want to see the beautiful game of baseball played in person. What better way to experience the game of baseball then to enjoy some great food along with it.

At Petco Park there are many options. You can eat like baseball fans have for the last 100 years. Simply grab a hot dog and some cracker jacks and voilà. You also have various food franchise options such as the aforementioned Hodad’s and Board and Brew.

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No matter where you choose to eat you can never go wrong with simply eating at the park. It’s a time-honored tradition and it hasn’t lost its luster.