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Best SDCC Restaurants?

The Yard House – An American sports bar with good food and (lots of) beer. It’s located on 4th and Broadway, at the other end of the Gaslamp District from the convention center, but easily within walking distance and close to many of the popular SDCC hotels.

Try the classic cheeseburger with garlic aïoli.

Update: The Gaslamp Yard House is closed. There’s still one in Mission Valley, so if you have a hotel out there, try that one.

The Melting Pot – 901 5th Ave. A good choice if you want a quieter meal after all the hustle and bustle of the convention center. You can go for the whole experience – cheese fondue, salad, entree fondue, and dessert fondue – or just for dessert.

One of the entree cooking options is Coq au Vin. I asked the server why it’s called that even though we were getting it with the Filet Mignon option. He said “Coq au Vin” means “cooking with wine”. It doesn’t. It means “cock (or rooster) with wine”.

I think that I deserve credit for not shouting out, “it’s ‘cock’!” in the restaurant. When my good sense wins out over being a troll, I want acknowledgement for it.

House of Blues – Food and live music. Also happy hour. The food is okay, go for the atmosphere. Try the pulled pork sandwich or the fried chicken.

Werewolf – 627 4th Ave. It’s got good breakfasts and decent burgers (and other offerings) if you’re going for lunch or dinner.  The tables facing the windows and the ones on the sidewalk are a nice place to dine and watch all the other SDCC attendees who are still roaming around looking for a place to dine.

Hard Rock Cafe – 801 4th Ave. near Horton Plaza. The restaurant displays interesting rock memorabilia and offers American food (burgers, bbq, steaks, sandwiches). We’ve always gotten good service here. (Kudos to our servers for being friendly and on-the-ball when dealing with such huge crowds!)

There’s also a restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel that changes its theme for Comic-Con. It was Cafe Diem (as in the cafe in the series Eureka) for several years. This year it’s The Expanse for the new SyFy show of the same name.

 Tin Fish Gaslamp – 170 6th Ave., across from Petco Park. This is close to the con and is always taken over and themed-up. This year it’s NBC promoting The Blindspot and Hereos Reborn. Last year it was The Blacklist. The theme doesn’t affect the menu – lots of seafood. It’s quick, it’s close, and it’s good. Also there are nearby recharging stations to charge up your cellphone.

Lou & Mickey’s – 224 5th Ave. is across the street (and tram tracks) from the convention center. There’s usually something con-related going on. This year Line Webtoon will have their US launch there.

Gaslamp Quarter Comic-Con – Get a map and find deals for SDCC visitors. It includes a list of off-site events.

Things to Do in San Diego This Week Besides the Con?

The annual San Diego Comic-Con starts with Preview Night on Wednesday July, 8 and runs through Sunday, July 12. Maybe you don’t have a badge for every day. Maybe you know you’ll spend the night waiting in line for Hall H and want to plan something away from the convention center after your “must see” panel is over. If so, you’re in luck, there’s a lot of things to do in the area surrounding the convention center and the rest of San Diego.

First in the immediate area:

There’s usually something going on in the space between the convention center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Last year there was a Gotham-themed zip line.

The Hello Kitty Cafe food truck will be at the Petco Park Interactive zone from July 8 to July 12.

On Friday and Saturday July 11 & 12, The Walking Dead Escape will be across the street at Petco Park. You can try to evade the zombies ($40 per ticket), be a zombie ($75 per ticket, includes being zombiefied by a professional makeup artist), or just watch ($20).

Also at Petco Park, there’s been an interactive zone the past few years. This has includes an Adult Swim fun house, a place to meet Hello Kitty, and assorted promotions for upcoming TV shows and movies. You will need to be 18+, have a Comic-Con badge, and get an Adult Swim RSVP (free) for some of the attractions.

MTV Fandom Fest is in Petco Park on Thursday with a concert (All Time Low and Flo Rida), free food, games and giveaways. 7:00 – 10:45. Tyler Posey and Bella Thorne will host the MTV Fandom Awards.

Nerd HQ has a free hang-out spot for nerds plus Conversations for a Cause panels with favorite celebrities. Most of the panels sold out very shortly after going on sale, but you can still hang out at the New Children’s Museum from July 9 to July 12 with fan parties on Thursday and Saturday. Watch the video to find out all of the (FREE!) things they’ll be offering.

The 39th Annual Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive will be at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Ballroom C. You’ll get a t-shirt, swag, snacks, cool water and the chance to help someone, maybe help save a life.

The Nerdist Conival at Petco Park, July 9 – 12. There will be a Borderlands-themed laser tag, panels, game playing, and robot building. Follow the link to see the schedule and details.

FX Fearless Arena will be in the Hilton Bayfront Park. There will be interactive experiences for The Strain, American Horror Story: Hotel, Fargo, and The Bastard Executioner. You must be 18+ for most of them. July 9 – 12.

Free Assassins Creed Obstacle course across the street from the Convention Center. July 9 – 11.

The Central San Diego Downtown Library with have a gallery display of the Art of Comic-Con. Free.

Play LEGO Dimensions at the Hard Rock Hotel with photo ops and exclusives.

Cat Cafe Coffee and Kitties Comic-Con Special. $20 will get you 30 minutes of cat visit time, a souvenir, and a drink or food item.

Line Webtoons‘ US launch will be at Lou & Mickey’s on Friday and Saturday with free give-aways, comic inspired make-overs, and free drinks. They’ll also have free charging stations for your phones.

Donate a comic book for US Marines serving overseas. The first 400 donors will get a special lanyard that will get them a 20% discount at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Free screening of the movie Vacation. Register for tickets in advance.

The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. New Line Cinema’s ”Vacation,” starring Ed Helms (”The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the ”Anchorman” films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley’s directorial debut. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s ”favorite family fun park,” Walley World.

A Little Farther Away:

Gam3rCon, July 8 – 12. Table top games, classic arcade, panels, parties, art exhibit and cosplay. $60.

Hop-Con 3.0: The w00tstout Festival

Tickets are $75 but include 10 4 oz. samples of craft beer, a commemorative glass, complementary gourmet food stations, and the company of fellow geeks.

 Chris Hardwick will be doing a live Nerdist podcast on Saturday, July , 2015 at the Balboa Theatre. Sir Ben Kingsley is expected to be the guest for the 7:30 pm show. There will be a second show at 10:30 pm.

The tickets for the 7:30 show are for sale now for $37.50 each. Tickets for the 10:30 show will go on sale June 5.

Legend of Zelda Concert at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall. Prices range from $35 to $75.

Take the Coronado Ferry across the bay from the Convention Center Marina to Coronado Island.

The San Diego History Center has an exhibit of the art of Dr. Seuss. Museum admission is $10.

Zombie Attack Total Combat Paintball July 10 and 11. $30 per ticket if you buy before July 6, after that it’s $50.