The Spot began in a Chicago suburb before transplanting to San Diego. Fortunately, the bar took the Windy City’s staple dish with it. Loaded with chunky tomatoes and gooey cheese, pan pizzas keep San Diegans well fed but may endanger their civic allegiances.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with its internationally known original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
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 fa?ade 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.
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.
From any seat in the house, it's impossible to miss the game at Randy Jones All American Sports Grill. Throughout the brightly-colored interior, 30 flatscreen TV's and two high-def projectors broadcast games from NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, and more. From the bar, two dozen American beers flow through the taps, and a full wine and liquor list is also available. Paired with bar-friendly grub, the food menu is home to sports-themed American classics, such as Randy's Sinkers (a trio of pulled pork sliders), a Padre burger, and the 35's chili dog.
Offshore Tavern's recently updated menu presents juicy burgers and upscale pub fare made with ingredients culled from sustainable and local sources. Hand-dipped, beer-battered onion rings with chipotle ketchup ($7) and an order of tots or fries tossed with herbs, spices, and cotija cheese ($5) stretch stomachs until they are ready to accommodate larger meal deposits. The fuego burger wraps pepper jack, bacon, jalapeños, and habanero jelly in a spicy barbeque-sauce blanket ($9), an eight-ounce grilled ribeye ($15) demonstrates what a half-pound bag of flour feels like in terms of weight, and the B.L. fried green T. orchestrates a fried green tomato, sun-dried ancho aioli, and bacon symphony ($8). Glowing tongue embers can be put out with a jalapeños margarita or sudsy glass of brew.