While inside Comic-Con is a white hot cauldron of nerd-fun, outside on the city streets of San Diego, it’s a rolling circus, from those late night cosplay trips to Ralphs to the parades winding down Fifth Street town, to the many parties and themed restaurants. Here’s a list we’ve been provided of local establishments that will be having con-themed events or decor or menu items, from Hulk pizza to Batman sushi.
If nothing else, this list suggest that local business owners are looking forward to the flood of con-goers.
Food pictured is from Gaijin.
SEARSUCKER: As thousands of costumed Comic-Con goers descend upon downtown San Diego, Searsucker will celebrate with a fun-filled Saturday brunch on July 14th! Wear your best costume on the 14th to receive 10% off your entire bill. A special 20% off will be given to those that participate in the costume contest catwalk from 12-12:30pm (just make sure to sign up for the costume contest at Searsucker on the day of before 11:45am). The first place winner, chosen by a surprise guest judge, will receive a gift card to be redeemed at Searsucker at any time. Not planning to be in a costume? Just stop by to enjoy the show with one of our signature brunch cocktails, like the “man-mosa” with bourbon, blackberry, maple syrup and champagne!
PINZIMINI at the WESTIN GASLAMP QUARTER, SAN DIEGO: Downtown San Diego’s newest Italian-bistro restaurant, Pinzimini located in the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, is getting into the Comic-Con festivities by offering a Comic-Con SuperHero Pizza & Beer (or soft drink) combo which will include a variety of SuperHero pizzas for $14. Guests can choose from THE AVENGERS (pepperoni, sausage, caramelized onions and red peppers), THE HULK (garlic, chicken, spinach and pesto) or the IRON MAN (chorizo, ham and jalepenos). Pinzimini will also feature two SuperHero cocktails – the ABSOLUTE HERO (Absolute Vanilla vodka, blood orange liqueur, agave syrup and ginger beer) or the SPIDERWEB (godiva white chocolate liquor, absolute vanilla vodka and frangelico). Who’s your inner Super Hero?
KATSUYA: Known for their trend-setting design as well as their approachable yet innovative Japanese-inspired cuisine and cocktails, downtown San Diego’s newest hotspot Katsuya by Starck San Diego is ready to be part of the Comic Con scene this July, with a special cocktail mixed just for the occasion. The Dark Knightcocktail will be served over frozen balsamic vinegar ice cubes, consisting of Vodka and top secret ingredients that will only be revealed by those brave enough to try it!
SPRINKLES CUPCAKES: Keep an eye out for the one-of-a-kind famous Sprinkles Cupcake SPRINKLESMOBILE! Making a special trip to San Diego for Comic-Con on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, the Sprinklemobile will be giving away superhero-themed cupcakes as well as selling a variety of some of their famous flavors. Cruising down the streets of Downtown, make sure to follow @Sprinklesmobile to know their latest whereabouts!
GAIJIN NOODLE + SAKE HOUSE During Comic Con, Gaijin Noodle + Sake House is serving up a unique Batman-themed "Dynamic Duo," featuring a Bat Bao and Robin Kakigori for $9. The Bat Bao is Gaijin’s signature Carnitas Bao Bao; a steamed bao bun stuffed with house made shredded carnitas pork, garnished with sunomono salad (thinly sliced pickled cucumber and onions) and pink rock sugar and peanuts. The Robin Kakigori is Gaijin’s signature Mango Kakigori sake cocktail that consists of thinly shaved ice topped with sake infused sweet and spicy mango syrup garnished with a cucumber mask, thai chiles, and togarashi, resembling Batman’s sidekick, Robin!
Gaijin’s Comic Con hours of operation are Monday: 5pm-1am, Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-1am, Friday-Saturday: 11am-3am and Sunday: 11am-1am. Yakitori hours will be extended to include all hours of operation during Comic Con. Additionally, Yakitori hours will be extended to include all hours of operation. Gaijin is also opening its doors for lunch at 11am during Comic Con from Tuesday, July 10th-Sunday, July 15th.
DONOVAN’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND SEAFOOD: Donovan’s Prime Seafood and Donovan’s Steakhouse, both located downtown, are great places to swing by during Comic-Con for Happy Hour and complimentarybites. Donovan’s Prime Seafood in the Gaslamp Quarter will serve up a varying menu of complimentary fish tacos, fish and chips or salmon sliders Monday-Saturday from 4-6 pm. Donovan’s Prime Steakhouse will be serving complimentary prime steak sandwiches Monday-Friday from 4-6pm.
FLUXX NIGHTCLUB: Roddenberry Production and Roddenberry.com‘s annual Comic Con Party 2012 will be held at FLUXX Nightclub on Friday, July 13th to benefit the Roddenberry Foundation which funds innovative solutions to critical global issues in the areas of science and technology, the environment, education and humanitarian advances. Unofficially dubbed as the hottest Sci-Fi Party of Comic-Con, both Star Trek lovers and fans will flock to the award-winning nightclub to celebrate the international phenomenon.
SIDE BAR: Side Bar ultra-lounge, located in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, will start the Comic-Con celebrations off early with a costume contest on Wednesday, July 11th. Party-goers and Comic-Con fanatics are encouraged to dress up in their best costume for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. Staff will also be dressed to theme and per usual, for anyone who orders a high-ticket bottle service item, a Super Hero of their choice will deliver bottles to the table. Popular choices include Iron Man (the most popular), Darth Vadar, Captain America and Rocky.
STINGAREE: San Diego hotspot, Stingaree, located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, has partnered with DesignbyHumans to host an exciting “Dark Knight” Comic-Con party Friday, July 13th from 9pm-2am. Celebrating the officialDark Knight Rises winning T-shirt design picked by movie Director Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas, Stingaree will host one of the weekend’s hottest Comic-Con parties that will include a fashion show, photo booth, giveaways and more surprises!