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Gone are choices of lukewarm pizza slices, tasteless hot dogs and hockey-puck burgers. At Petco Park, they've gathered the local favorite eateries from around San Diego and packed them all into a ballpark. It's the ultimate San Diego culinary experience...disguised as a baseball stadium.
Winning seasons don't come easy, but you can always count on Petco Park to deliver tasty food and drinks for Padres fans and visitors. Here's a roundup of top dining options at the Downtown ballpark.
With three restaurants around San Diego, Puesto is a local favorite for authentic Mexican food. Step up to the plate for handmade organic tortillas, flavorful guacamole and award-winning tacos like the queso birria (shredded beef short rib) taco, and top it off with a tasty Cadillac margarita.
Baseball, an ice-cold cocktail from Cutwater Spirits and San Diego's clear blue or starry night skies — that's our idea of a triple play. This local distillery's Three Sheets Rum is crafted from pure cane sugar rather than molasses, and is a nice complement to any Petco Park outing.
Cravory Cookies are familiar to any San Diegan with a sweet tooth. This is the place to go for delicious, fresh gourmet cookies with creative flavors, from lemon bar and salted caramel cream to German chocolate cake and donut glaze.
This foodie gem from Barrio Logan serves Tijuana-style, bacon-wrapped hot dogs on brioche buns. Chow down on Barrio Dogg's El Pueblito hot dog covered with roasted poblano peppers, grilled onion, cotija cream sauce, queso manchego, crunchy fried onions, fresh pomegranate, and smoked paprika sesame seeds.
Authentic, Texas-style barbecue is the hit at Grand Ole BBQ, which was born in trendy North Park. Choose from a menu of low- and slow-smoked meat sandwiches such as brisket, ribs, pulled pork and turkey, plus such delicious sides as their famous Frito pie boat.
Sure, you can get pizza and beer at other stadiums, but not like this. Pizza Port is a beloved San Diego staple, known for its delicious slices and the craft beer it brews. A specialty slice and a Walk-Off Wheat (brewed to be poured at Petco Park) puts pizza and beer on a whole different level.
Seaside Market in coastal North County's Cardiff-by-the-Sea is famous for its tri-tip, affectionately (and feverishly) known as Cardiff Crack. The only place you can get the tri-tip on nachos, however, is right here at Petco Park.
Randy Jones was a southpaw pitcher who spent much of his career with the Padres, using his famous sinker to strike out opposing batters. Now he's famous for his barbecue sauce and grilled goods. The Slugger Dog puts other ballpark dogs to shame, weighing in at a whopping half a pound.
Hodad's is as San Diegan as tan lines and flip-flops. Locals swear by the burgers, but they're not the only ones. Food Network personality Guy Fieri is such a fan (once stating that their bacon is the best he's ever had) that he has his own item on the menu: The Guido Burger.
With two locations inside the park, Blue Water's exceptional, fresh local seafood is a double play of deliciousness. The Field Level outpost offers fresh fish tacos and sandwiches, while the Terrace Level version has an expanded menu with fish plates, clam chowder, poke and sashimi.
You may not think of cheesesteaks and San Diego as going hand in hand, but you might after stopping at Gaglione Brothers. Their classic cheesesteak can't be beat, with your choice of steak or chicken, grilled onion and American cheese. For extra flavor, grab an order of garlic fries.
Turn your Padres adventure into a bowl game with the awesome superfood açaí, courtesy of Sambazon and its tasty, plant-based açaí bowls. Not only does Sambazon offer such tempting varieties as the chocolate peanut butter bowl, berry bowl and protein bowl, it also serves up an açaí margarita.
If hot chicken is your thing, better wing your way over to this brand-new outlet for its specially created Petco Park signature sandwich, the Hot Hen, featuring seasoned crispy chicken topped with Fresno chile slaw, pickles and fuego sauce, and served on a brioche bun.
Go Italian at the ballyard with Cucina Stella’s Neapolitan-style pizza, or its specialty meatball sandwich, which pairs hand-made meatballs with marinara sauce and parmesan, all served up on a rustic Italian roll.
A returnee to the Petco eating scene, this outpost of San Diego’s Uni Sushi is the place to dash for sushi rolls between innings (or between Padres hits if you’re really quick).
Uni Sushi now has a sister restaurant at Petco with this new addition to the ballpark’s dining menu. Negihama Sushi offers a variety of fresh-made, grab-and-go sushi in the park’s Mercado section.
San Diego’s venerable burgers-and-more behemoth is setting down stakes at Petco to serve up such fast-food faves as loaded tiny tacos, chicken strips, curly fries and mini churros. And don’t miss the signature Purple Haze cocktail — not something you can grab at your neighborhood drive-through.
The name fits when it comes to this popular local outlet’s much-worshipped paletas, the sweet and fruity Mexican frozen specialties. Holy Paleta sells them both plain and “best dressed” (with a choice of sauces and toppings).
Sandwiches are the stars at the Petco outpost of this San Diego favorite, including such signature items as the turkado — a towering turkey sando topped with plenty of avocado.
Get your ice cream on the old-fashioned way with this Petco returnee’s swirly desserts, guaranteed to take you right back to kidhood (as well as take the edge off a balmy summer’s day at the ballyard).
The Petco edition of this much-loved Taiwanese chain offers such favorites as Korobuta pork buns and wild mushroom vegan buns. And you can top that off with a hard-to-resist boba beverage.
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