The instructors at City of Champions include a MMA fighter, a muay thai artist, a wrestler, and an ACE-certified trainer who teaches strength and conditioning classes. Together, the team supplies self-defense and fitness training for every stage of life: kid, teen, adult, and ghost.
There are 20 varieties of gluten-free pho at OB Noodle House, but there’s only one real choice if you're the competitive type: the Pho 20 Challenge. Guests who can finish the 1.5 pounds of noodles and 1 pound of meat in 42 minutes or less win a t-shirt and a spot in the restaurant's Hall of Fame.
If you want an expertly mixed drink, look no further than Ryan Fisher of Craft & Commerce, who was recently crowned one of San Diego Magazine’s top bartenders. Ryan’s most popular cocktail is the Eden’s Orchard punch bowl, a champagne-based medley of spirits and fruity flavors.
If you’re nervous about choosing just one of Neighborhood’s 27 microbrews, don’t worry—you won’t have to. The beer flight allows you to taste a few. Pair them with one of the juicy burgers or an order of butter-poached black mussels for a satisfying pub meal.
Red C Lounge's no-frills show posters promise two things: chest-pounding beats and plenty of drinks. DJs deliver those beats in a variety of styles, delving into the jazz-influenced rhythms of deep house on Tuesdays or sampling the long-forgotten hooks of obscure soul or jazz on Rare Groove Fridays. The bartenders also offer a variety of drink service, sliding gin cocktails to customers seated on bar stools or providing bottle service for those who stake a claim to a table by draping their pants over a chair.
Zen Cafe’s chefs have honed the art of inventive hand rolls, working in the media of seaweed, sushi rice, and fresh fish. Serious dinner diners can loosen up chopstick implants with manila-fried chicken skewers ($7) or a sashimi trifecta of maguro, hamachi, and nama sake pieces ($16). Wrapped-up eight-piece edibles include the assertive Seal the Deal roll ($11), stocked with crab and avocado before being deep-fried and decorated with shrimp, avocado, and eel sauce, and the classic california roll ($7). Brave eaters can conquer the Godzilla roll ($11), loaded with spicy tuna and tempura-fried, then garnished with a seaweed salad, seared tuna, and sriracha—a traditional sauce made from sun-ripened chilis and one-a-day whale vitamins. Swigs of Midori melon sake ($7) soothe hard-tasting tongues, and creamy swallows of white-chocolate-glazed ricotta cheesecake ($5) prep throats for singing to tunes on the dance floor.