Surfing and San Diego go hand-in-hand, even in the middle of winter. A long day of surfing and enjoying the beach can leave you hungry and parched. If your inner surfer is growling for some grub after a surf session at one of the city’s best beaches, make sure to check out these hotspots near the water
Looking for an energetic atmosphere and great post-surfing munchies in Pacific Beach? Situated in the heart of one of San Diego’s most lively neighborhoods, PB Shore Club boasts a panoramic view of the San Diego sea. If you’re ready to feast after an early morning surf sesh, check out the Crab Cake Benny with fried crab cake, grilled tomato and house potatoes. Whether your hunger kicks in in the morning or late at night, PB Shore Club serves up satisfying meals all day long. The late-night menu with classic snacks and the tacos are not to be missed!
Set back a few blocks from the ocean, Tavern offers coastal-cool vibes and hearty menu items that will take you back to the laidback atmosphere of the beach. The Seared Ahi Sandwich is filled with seared tuna, cucumber, red onion, mixed greens and garlic herb ale aioli. The eatery also has in-house bakers who carefully craft the pretzels, buns and sweet treats on the menu!
There’s nothing better than indulging in a fresh fish taco and cold draft beer while taking in the salty ocean air. The Fish Shop, with locations in Encinitas, Pacific Beach and Hermosa Beach, prides itself on a boatload of fresh fish selections. The unique ordering system at Fish Shop attracts hungry seafood lovers from all over. Customers choose from a selection of fish, marinades and prep styles. The award-winning TKO Taco will win you over from your first bite into the juicy, zesty fish.
Sitting right on the Coast Highway in Encinitas, The Taco Stand is serving up some stellar surf grub. If you had an early morning surf session, stop by for breakfast and indulge in an Veggie and Egg burrito with egg, nopal, panela cheese, beans and salsa. If you hit the waves later in the day stop by for lunch or dinner and chow down on some Spicy Shrimp Tacos or Mar & Tierra Fries topped with grilled shrimp and flamed grilled angus steak.
Located in picturesque Mission Beach, Sandbar offers beachgoers flavorful California inspired fusions. Relax and enjoy a game while indulging in the Ti-Juan-A Taco, handcrafted with pork adobado, roasted pineapple, cilantro and onion. Trying to get in your daily dose of avocado? Opt for the Fried Avocado Taco, complemented with chipotle aioli, black beans, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and cotija cheese. The tantalizing smell of Sandbar’s menu items will make it hard to stay in the water for too long!
Pillbox Tavern is a Solana Beach favorite of beach and food lovers alike. If you’re craving something savory after a day of catching waves, nibble on wings ranging in flavor from mild Lemon Pepper to extra hot Fire Island. The Mahi Sandwich, crafted with a honey-chili rubbed seared Mahi filet and mango salsa is equally delicious. This modern beach grill uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create their Coastal Americana cuisine.
Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or a refreshing craft beer brewed by a powerhouse microbrewery, Pacific Beach AleHouse is the spot for you. Catch the sunset from the upper deck as you dive into Grilled Fish Tacos, topped with a flavorful pineapple-papaya salsa. The menu also highlights brick oven flatbreads that are sure to fill an empty stomach.