Best After-Show Grub?

SoundDiego picks out 12 hot spots to get good eats after a show

It’s hard not to work up a sizable appetite after a long night out on the town. Luckily, San Diego has more than a few prime spots to help satisfy your insufferable post-show cravings. For your consideration, SoundDiego has selected 13 standout possibilities for some late-night grub (in alphabetical order).

  • Blind Lady Ale House: This trendy beer bar also happens to serve some of the most appetizing craft pizza in town. Its location in Normal Heights makes it a great option for pre-gaming nearby venues like Soda Bar & the Void or finishing off an early night in a fashionably laid-back atmosphere. 
  • El Zarape: This is one of the brightest hidden gems tucked away in University Heights. Locals flock to El Zarape for its vast menu of specialty burritos and 99 cent fish tacos. 
  • In-n-Out Burger: It’s true -- you can’t really go wrong with a Double Double and a side of fries. With a handful of locations strewn across San Diego, In-n-Out provides a consistently delicious snack for weary concertgoers. 
  • Jimmy Wong’s Golden Dragon Asian Bistro: This spot is one of Hillcrest’s most popular late-night food destinations. It’s open until 3 a.m. and right down the street from the Ruby Room.
  • Lucha Libre: Masked luchadores have become the face of San Diego’s gourmet Mexican food, thanks to the efforts of Lucha Libre in Mission Hills. Its surf and turf burrito is considered by many to be some of the best grub in town. 
  • Luigi’s Pizza: Visit either the North Park or Golden Hill locations to see why they have such a devoted clientele. Great pizza and down-to-earth personalities reel in many of San Diego’s most dedicated music aficionados. 
  • Red Fox Room: Finish off your evening with a dueling-piano show at one of the Boulevard’s most enduring landmarks. Stepping into the dimly lit interior clad is to conjure a lost alternate reality. 
  • Rudford’s Restaurant: If you’re looking for the quintessential 24/7 diner, Rudford’s is your best bet. No matter how late, this spot offers solid breakfast plates and unlimited coffee refills for all those in need. 
  • Saguaro’s: This 24-hour North Park fixture is just one of the countless authentic Mexican food options strewn across SD. Similar dining experiences can be found almost everywhere you look, including Hillcrest’s La Posta (great for after a Casbah show), Miramar’s Rigoberto’s and Clairemont’s Vallarta Express.
  • Studio Diner: Rudford’s isn’t the only classic diner worth checking out in San Diego. If you find yourself in Kearney Mesa on the other side of midnight, try jumping into the cinema-themed time machine that is the Studio Diner. 
  • Turf Supper Club: Cook up your own steak and enjoy additional low-key live entertainment at this Golden Hill bar/club. 
  • West Coast Tavern: End the night in style at North Park’s West Coast Tavern. A highly diverse and high-quality menu paired with the chic bar aesthetic will keep you occupied until last call. 
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