Bars, Eateries Whip Up Treats Inspired by San Diego Comic-Con

As San Diego Comic-Con 2016 takes over the streets of downtown San Diego this week, local eateries are rolling out some colorful, limited edition menu items fit for a superhero. Here’s a look at a few dishes and drinks inspired by the pop culture spectacular.

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The Blind Burro – located at 639 J St. in downtown’s East Village – will offer multiple menu items inspired by Comic-Con including Wun Wun’s Giant Hot Dog ($12), an all-beef, half-pound frank on an amoroso roll topped with candied chipotle bacon, pinto purée, charred green onions, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeño purée, mayo, and mustard. The hot dog is pictured here with a Comic-Con Mega Margarita ($16) and a Pop Bam-Slam Mule ($14). To see the all of The Blind Burro’s Comic-Con specials, click here.
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Each year, The Cravory –a popular bakery in Point Loma (3960 W. Point Loma Blvd.) – whips up a mouthwatering menu of colorful, gourmet cookies inspired by San Diego Comic-Con. This year, the cookie lineup includes: The Wonder Woman (strawberry dough); The Jedi (inspired by “Star Wars”; milk chocolate cookie dough); The D’oh (inspired by “The Simpsons”; doughnut-shaped cookie made with beer dough); The Captain (inspired by “Captain America”; apple pie dough); The Flash (rich coffee dough); Dragon Glass (inspired by “Game of Thrones”; lemon cake dough). Limited quantities of these cookies are available from July 21 through July 24 priced at $2 to $3 each.
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Bake Sale (815 F St.) in downtown’s East Village will offer a couple of items inspired by “Star Wars” during Comic-Con, including Dagobah Soup ($4.95), named after the swamp-covered planet Yoda called home. The dish is a white bean and summer vegetable soup, made with celery, organic baby carrots and spring onion. Bake Sale will also offer Wookiee Cookies ($1.95 each of $10 for six), chewy coconut macaroons inspired by the furry giants of “Star Wars.”
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The Blind Burro – located at 639 J St. in downtown’s East Village – will offer multiple menu items inspired by Comic-Con including Wun Wun’s Giant Hot Dog ($12), an all-beef, half-pound frank on an amoroso roll topped with candied chipotle bacon, pinto purée, charred green onions, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeño purée, mayo, and mustard. The hot dog is pictured here with a Comic-Con Mega Margarita ($16) and a Pop Bam-Slam Mule ($14). To see the all of The Blind Burro’s Comic-Con specials, click here.
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Flour & Barley at The Headquarters (789 W. Harbor Dr.) will offer a couple of specialty cocktails with its pizzas during Comic-Con, including the bright green Dr. Strange Elixir made with Midori liqueur, Stoli O, pineapple juice and a splash a lemon garnished with honeydew cubes.
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Another Comic-Con cocktail on the Flour & Barley menu is the Suicide Squad Bomb, a muddled blackberry drink made with Pisco Kappa, Beefeater, Jose Cuervo Tradicional, Svedka and Triple Sec with a splash of Sprite.
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Tajima Ramen
Anime fans, this Japanese fare is for you. Tajima – located at 901 E. St. – will offer bowl of Naruto Ramen ($10) during Comic-Con specifically for Anime devotees. This warm, savory dish boasts classic ingredients of Miso Ramen: pork chashu, japanese seaweed, sesame seeds, green onion, and half a ramen egg, plus some of the ninja character Naruto’s favorites like bamboo shoots and Naruto fish cakes. This Comic-Con special will also be sold through July 24 at other Tajima locations in Hillcrest and on Convoy and Mercury streets.
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Schmaltz Brewing
New York-based Schmaltz Brewing will hop into San Diego this week to introduce its Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale – a craft beer that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the “Star Trek” franchise. The beer will be served around select places downtown so ask around for it and make a toast to “live long and prosper.” For more info on the beer, click here.
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The Grant Grill at the historic US GRANT Hotel (326 Broadway) will pay homage to Comic-Con with The White Walker ($12) cocktail inspired by the humanoid creature of the same name from “Game of Thrones.” The specialty drink will be served in an old fashioned martini glass with banana peel infused rum, Cointreau, coconut and lemongrass, lime and Genuine Blue Curacao.
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Jsix
Downtown’s Jsix restaurant (616 J St.) will celebrate Comic-Con with some specialty cocktails as well, including the Vulcan Mind Meld, which features Bacardi orange, vanilla syrup, orange, lemon and pineapple juice. The Comic-Con menu is available July 21 through July 24.
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Puesto
Puesto at The Headquarters (789 W. Harbor Dr.) will offer superhero-inspired tacos and cocktails during Comic-Con including the El Heroe Taco ($10), stuffed with Maine lobster, filet mignon, crispy melted cheese, avocado, crispy onions and chipotle sauce. Pair the Comic-Con tacos with an El Mezcalito cocktail ($12) a combination of Vida mescal, Guanabana, tamarindo, lime leaf and charred orange. Finish the Comic-Con meal with Fresas Con Crema ($6), macerated raspberries and strawberries with jamaica gel and cocoa cajeta.
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Puesto's El Villain Taco ($8) is made with duck carnitas, black bean purée, whipped avocado and habanero pickled onion.
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