Press Box Sports Lounge is a premiere play palace for sports enthusiasts entertained by a stylish menu, some 32 craft beers, and 15 HD TVs. Five-star kitchen king Jesus Frias preps palates with a starting line-up of appetizers, such as coconut shrimp ($10.95) and Kobe sliders coronated with gorgonzola cheese ($11.95). Turn side dishes into meals with piles of Press Box fries, six varieties come dressed in saucy lapels, cheese fringe, and rows of snap-on onions. In addition to his burger and sandwich stars ($10.95+), Frias sizzles 10-ounce cuts of new york strips steaks ($23.95) and lamb chops ($23.95) to soothe rampaging appetites or well-done black eyes.
Since sprouting to existence in 1969, the Padres have rallied West Coast baseball fans with two National League pennants—most recently in 1998—and several Hall of Fame players, including base-hit machine Tony Gwynn. For 33 years, the club shared Qualcomm Stadium's turf with the San Diego Chargers; in 2004, the gates to Petco Park swung open. A celebration of the region's natural surroundings and cultural diversity, Petco Park enhances ballgames with views of the San Diego skyline and the reutilized façade of the Western Metal Supply Company building in the left-field corner, which faces the audience and houses a souvenir shop, a restaurant, and party suites. The stadium's right-centerfield area features "Park at the Park" seating—a grassy slope that rises above outfield walls, letting fans sprawl out and watch games for a reduced price, while working their cores by balancing boxes of Cracker Jacks on their abs.
An arm of a multi-city pub empire, McFadden's entertains multitudes inside an expansive 10,000-square-foot space, provisioning revelers with frosty beers, potent whiskeys, and a menu of contemporary snacks and salads alongside traditional pub fare. Patrons belly up to the 100-foot mahogany bar for libations, or they can munch on fish 'n' chips while watching sports on one of the 40 high-definition TVs. Upstairs, staff members entertain private parties on a 2,200-square-foot patio with outdoor TVs, a private bar, lounge seating, bottle service, and teaching of secret handshakes, and live DJs supply downstairs gatherings with danceable music every Thursday–Saturday.
Gaslamp Tavern sates fans’ appetites for bar fare and fun with 13 draft beers, a menu of pub-grub favorites, and 12 flat-screen plasma TVs broadcasting sporting events. Whet palates with a brew or specialty drink before stepping up to an appetizer of zesty nachos, a colossal conglomeration of tricolored chips, cheese, beans, and sour cream bonded together by guacamole and double-dog dares ($8.75). Burgervores delve into the tantalizing tastes of the South of the Border burger, with guacamole, jalapenos, and jack cheese ($9.50), while pizzaterians dine on barbecue chicken slices ($9.50). A weekend breakfast (Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m.) features bacon-laden breakfast burritos ($7.75 each) and morning-ready cocktails such as a homemade-style bloody mary ($5–$7), served in a glass crafted from a deep-dish pizza.
Melding his passions for baseball and barbeque, Cy Young pitching-award-winner and former San Diego Padre Randy Jones fires up a roster of saucy burgers inside his all-American sports grill. Step up to the plate and face Randy's hulking Cy Young burger made with Midwestern 100 percent USA-certified beef (a $10.95 value each). The carnivorous ace hurls cuts of sugar-glazed bacon over smoked mozzarella, arugula greens, and thick slices of tomatoes. Douse meat duos with seasoned streams of RJ's house-made barbecue sauce and hot piles of fresh-cut idaho fries.