NEED A BURGER FIX? THESE
RESTAURANTS ARE SERVING UP
SOME OF SAN DIEGO’S FINEST
DUNEDIN NORTH PARK
This New Zealand–inspired gastropub
in North Park charms with its clever
design, fire pits and gourmet Kiwi
cuisine. The tasty lamb burger’s got
beets and blue cheese and a smattering
of mint jelly. Delish.
Perfect Pairing: Lightly crusted portobello
fries with rosemary aioli dippin’ sauce.
This Normal Heights favorite has a
six-ounce Impossible Burger, a meat-less, plant-based patty that tastes like
beef, cradled in a Bread & Cie seeded
bun with Vermont cheddar, house-made
pickled onions and garlic aioli.
Perfect Pairing: A free draft beer with
your burger on Tuesdays.
BORN AND RAISED
Little Italy’s new hot spot—a $6.5 million
steak house—is home to the Big Rip
Burger, a behemoth of wet-aged and dry-aged Creekstone beef with bone marrow
that comes with white cheddar, fried red
onion rings and swaths of pancetta on a
brioche bun. Only 10 are served per day, so
it’s first come, first served.
Perfect Pairing: The pageantry of a table-side Caesar from the roaming salad cart.
THE WOODEN SPOON
Their grass-fed beef burger—butchered
and ground in-house and dressed up
with “baconion” jam, tomato aioli,
smoky blue cheese and arugula—put this
Escondido eatery on the radar of burger
connoisseurs across the county.
Perfect Pairing: Poutine fries and an
Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing.
THE GRASS SKIRT
Check out this rad tiki bar in Pacific
Beach for the Pig Mac, loaded with
ground pork, onions, pickles, lettuce and
American cheddar on a brioche bun.
Perfect Pairing: A Painkiller cocktail—
seven-blend rum, pineapple, passionfruit
and coconut—paired with a second one.
GUY FIERI OF DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES
FAME PICKS HIS SAN DIEGO FAVORITES
At Crazee Burger in North Park, you’ll find exotic meats like
ostrich, elk, camel and antelope. Fieri digs the gator burger
with a curry dried-fruit tapenade of apricots, plums and
bananas. He also loves the bacon burgers at Hodad’s, and
personally inspired The Guido, a pastrami burger with ketchup,
pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions and spicy brown mustard.