As 2014 Comic-Con International takes over San Diego, local eateries and bars will also get in on the feeding frenzy by offering Comic-Con themed items.
Point Loma-based bakery The Cravory, for example, will sell a special trio of Comic-Con themed cookies. This includes the “Hulkinator,” the “Kryptonite” and the “Chewbacca Treat.”
The sweet treats will be offered at the bakery and via online ordering. The US Grant Hotel is downtown San Diego also plans to offer the cookies to guests as part of their nightly turndown service on July 25.
Meanwhile, RA Sushi on Broadway will roll out six Comic-Con themed specials, including the “Scallop Kryptonite” roll – a mix of kani kama crab and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed, lightly tempura battered and topped with scallops and mushrooms baked in dynamite sauce.
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The thinly sliced “Tuna Takei” roll will pay tribute to pop culture icon and “Star Trek” actor George Takei. The roll combines seared ahi tuna with onion soy vinaigrette. Finally, perfect for late-night feasting, the eatery’s “Zombie Roll” (picture above, left) will feature spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño rolled and topped with avocado and Sriracha.
Over at Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar on Broadway, Comic-Con specials will include the “Bruce Wayne Burger,” topped with a pan-seared Blue Crab cake, bacon, aged cheddar and horseradish mayo, or the battered “Aquaman Fish and Chips.”
Cocktail specials will include the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s Cup” (pictured above, right) in honor of the comic’s 30th anniversary.
On Market Street, Asian-inspired restaurant Bang Bang will serve a specialty roll, “The Avenger,” which combines a crab blend, spicy yellowtail and asparagus wrapped with soy paper topped with tuna, avocado, yellowtail, soy mustard, crunchy flake, chive oil and chili oil.
There, guests can also sip on some cocktails inspired by “The Hunger Games,” including the “Girl on Fire,” a flaming punch bowl boasting a mix of navy rum, dark rum, Amaretto, lime, orgeat and pineapple. There’s also the “Katniss Kiss,” which is gun, honey, ginger and rose water.
Of course, revelers will find menu specials, costume contests and late-night parties all over downtown San Diego businesses during Comic-Con weekend. Once stroll down the busy Gaslamp Quarter streets and costumed crusaders will find plenty of options to refuel after a long day at the pop culture convention.