Located near San Diego City College, Albert’s Fresh Mexican Food is a popular hangout for students looking for affordable but tasty eats. Morning favorites include huevos rancheros and chilaquiles, while the hearty burritos are popular for any meal. The namesake Al’s Burrito is overclocked with carne asada, eggs, cheese, guacamole, beans and potatoes, making for an inexpensive meal or two, if done right. This no-frills eatery is also famous for its Big Rolled Tacos, oversized gigantors with beef, chicken or ground beef tucked inside. For something lighter, try the lettuce wraps with shredded chicken or carnitas, dressed up with guacamole and pico de gallo. Chalkboard specials include menudo and ceviche tostados while Mexican Cokes and Fantas are tasty thirst quenchers.
Wine and Canvas sends local artists to restaurants and comfortable bars to guide students through featured paintings from the studio's monthly calendar. As instructors offer step-by-step instructions, pupils mimic the motions of their brush to re-create scenes inspired by nature, Impressionist masters, and alcoholic libations themselves. After the night has ended, students carry their finished masterpieces home to hang proudly on their walls or avant-gardely on their fish tanks.
According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"?although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.
Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes?many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.
Step back in time to the 1950s and meet friends for a special dinner at Lou & Mickey’s. Designed as a post-World War II supper club, the dining room features green, leather upholstery insets on the walls, dark wood archways and an opulent tile floor, imported from Italy. Time has a way of standing still at Lou & Mickey’s, where the attached cocktail lounge sports a solid, zinc bar – rare for its temperature controlling properties– that is never too cold or too hot, a comfortable feature for the Convention Center neighborhood where days can turn from a chilly, marine layer to blazing sunshine in a few short hours. The menu honors that mid-American past with contemporary updates to its steakhouse and seafood specialties, without losing sight of the heritage that has kept it going. A large patio waits outside but hardly competes with the elegant dining room.
Splashes of purple and blue create a vivid backdrop to inventive meals of falafel sliders in the lounge-like dining room of Meze. Greek fusion food shares space on the menu with traditional dishes, such as kebabs of marinated and grilled chicken on basmati rice. To wash down meals, bartenders keep Mediterranean spirits on hand to craft specialty cocktails such as the vodka- and serrano-pepper-filled Drop It Like It's Hot, which patrons must hold with a pair of tongs while wearing a hazmat suit. During weekend brunches, cooks fill gourmet omelets with artichoke hearts, white wine, and Italian-style tri-tip.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's book detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ detailing the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.