San Diego

The Most Mouth-Watering San Diego Sandwiches You Can Order Right Now

Perfect for a park picnic.

Ike's Sandwiches (San Diego Midway)
Ike’s Sandwiches (San Diego Midway)
Ike’s Sandwiches (San Diego Midway)

Summer in San Diego normally means beer and taco festivals, outdoor concerts and plenty of beach time, but the Summer of 2020 is a whole different beast. This is the season of picnicking in the park, hiking to a hidden alcove or finding a secluded bench along the waterfront for safely distant al fresco dining. Enter the lowly sandwich, now enjoying a brilliant comeback as the stackable, packable and easily toteable answer to “what’s for lunch?”. But with sandwich shops on nearly every block, how do you know the best place to spend your hard-earned dollars? We’ve done the legwork for you, and here’s our list of the best sandwiches around town.¬†¬†

Mona Lisa Italian Foods
Mona Lisa Italian Foods
Mona Lisa Italian Foods

Deluxe Sub from Mona Lisa Deli

Little Italy
Skip the restaurant and head straight to the deli at Mona Lisa Italian Foods for the popular Deluxe Sub ($8.75), a house favorite made with mortadella, dry salami, ham, and provolone. All sandwiches come with lettuce, tomato, onions, Italian dressing, mustard, mayo, salt, and pepper. But we highly recommend adding roasted red peppers and/or giardiniera for $1.25 each. 
Hot to order: Call 619-234-4893 to order or stop in the deli for takeout.

Big Front Door
Big Front Door
Big Front Door

Cali Cubano from BFD

University Heights
It stands for “Big Front Door,” of course, but the real BFD here is the house roasted and smoked meat and artisan cheese. The Cali Cubano ($11.25) puts a West Coast spin on the classic, featuring house-cured and smoked pork loin, jack cheese, pickles, red onion, avocado slices, mustard, and jalape√Īo aioli in a fat torpedo roll.¬†
How to order: Call 619-255-4100 or order online for patio or curbside pickup from 10am-6pm.

Ubehebe from Krakatoa

Golden Hill
Oven roasted turkey and cranberry sauce give the Ubehebe a slightly Thanksgiving-ish vibe, while the bacon, a smear of cream cheese, crisp romaine, red onion and a swipe of mayo add tang and crunch — all piled into a toasted ciabatta roll, with a scoop of addictive potato salad. Grab it and go for $10.75, or stop by on Turkey + Tecate Tuesday and pair it with a 12-oz. Tecate for $12. Gluten free bread is an option at no extra charge.¬†
How to order: Krakatoa’s open patio is available for safely distanced dining, or call 619-230-0272 for pickup, Monday through Sunday from 7am-3pm.

SuperNatural Sandwiches
SuperNatural Sandwiches
SuperNatural Sandwiches

The Siren from SuperNatural Sandwiches

Miramar, Little Italy
A perennial choice on various “best of” lists around town, SuperNatural Sandwiches has a sea to sandwich approach using local, sustainable seafood. The signature ‚Äėwich, The Siren ($11.50), takes a buttered, split top brioche roll, grills golden brown and stuffs it with plump, garlicky shrimp, cheese, tomato, and relish — and drizzles of garlic aioli and hot sauce.¬†
How to order: Each location has slightly different hours and menu items, both offer pickup and takeout, and the Miramar location has online ordering. 

Fat Boy's Deli & Spirits
Fat Boy’s Deli & Spirits
Fat Boy’s Deli & Spirits

Hot Poppa from Fatboy’s Deli & Spirits

North Park
When you’re craving a spicy sandwich, Fatboy’s Hot Poppa scratches that itch with a mound of Ovengold turkey, pepper jack, and cream cheeses, sliced jalape√Īos, and (!) a layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Customize yours with several bread or roll choices, up to five different sauces/spreads, and an array of veggie toppings like LTO, sprouts, cukes, pepperoncini, olives, and bell or banana peppers for $10.99.¬†
How to order: There’s a few tables outdoors, but your best (and fastest) bet is to call 619-202-8720 for takeout.

Anchor Man from Ike’s Place

Hillcrest, Gaslamp Quarter, Midway District
Ike’s made quite a splash when the San Francisco-based chain landed in Hillcrest five years ago, and has since opened locations in the Gaslamp Quarter and the Midway District. Check out what the fuss is all about with Anchor Man ($9.99): fried chicken, purple slaw, and American cheese on your choice of bread (try the Dutch crunch). All sandwiches get a big slather of Ike’s super-secret garlicky Dirty Sauce, lettuce and tomato, and red onion, while jalape√Īos, pickles, and banana peppers come free upon request.¬†
How to order: Each San Diego location has slightly different hours and menus — call your favorite for takeout.¬†

The Olive Tree Marketplace
The Olive Tree Marketplace
The Olive Tree Marketplace

Bacado from The Olive Tree Marketplace

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach’s popular gourmet grocery store kills with its sandwiches, using Bread & Cie baked goods and Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. The Bacado ($8.99) stacks crisp bacon, melty cheddar, sprouts, and tomato on whole grain bread. Turn it into a modern take on the classic club by adding an extra helping of turkey for $2, and “the works” — mustard, mayo, lettuce onion, Italian dressing, spinach, and oil & vinegar. The deli is open from 8:30am-5pm daily.¬†
How to order: Call 619-224-0443 or order online for takeout, then head to the beach, just a few blocks away, for an impromptu picnic.

Maye’s Melt from The Marketplace

Bankers Hill
This absolute gem of a deli/liquor store sits just a block from Balboa Park and boasts more than 50 hot and cold sandwiches, plus breakfast burritos, pizza, soups, salads and sides, so it can accommodate almost anyone’s tastes. Maye’s Melt ($7.49) takes buttery grilled artisan bread and piles it with sliced turkey, roasted red pepper, fresh spinach, gooey melted provolone, and pesto — and you definitely want to add the complimentary onions and tomato.¬†
How to order: Call 619-239-8361 or order online for takeout.Sign up here for our daily San Diego email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting stuff, reading cookbooks, and drinking fabulous gin. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.

San Diego

How to Celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego

Check out female-led dance programs, pop up markets, beer dinners, and more events this March.

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Women have played a huge part shaping San Diego into the city it is today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, there are a variety of events across the city that commemorate women’s contributions to our community and culture. Home to the Women’s Museum of California, which hosts events throughout the year, be sure to check out all the ways to support and honor women this month. From art exhibits to dance performances, pop-up markets and yoga, check out the best events to celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego:

Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Discover works from overlooked women artists

Ongoing through November 7, 2023
Balboa Park
The San Diego Museum of Art currently has 20 modern and contemporary works of art on display from women who unjustly didn’t receive the same amount of fame as their male contemporaries. The museum’s Modern Women exhibit is your chance to see work from artists like Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner, who were overshadowed by artist husbands Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock but whose work has long deserved its own moment in the spotlight. The collection showcases pieces that range from acrylic paintings to photography, inviting us into an untapped artistic sphere.
Cost: $20

Practice Sun Salutations while supporting a good cause

Saturday, March 4, 10 am to 11 am
Pacific Beach
Make a difference in the lives of teen girls of colour while taking a yoga class at Kate Sessions Park. Organized by local nonprofit One Love Movement, all donations for the event go towards college scholarships for girls of the DETOUR F.A.N.C.Y. Expo & Leadership Academy, a mentorship program that promotes equity and inclusion in higher education for girls of colour. All while enjoying stunning views of Mission Bay.
Cost: Donation-based

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Shop local women-owned businesses

Sunday, March 5, 1 pm to 5 pm
What better way to celebrate the women in your community than by supporting their local businesses? The Women’s History Month Market, located in the FEMX Quarters venue, is a pop up market you don’t want to miss. The market will feature over 35 vendors from women artisans and you’ll find uniquely crafted sunglasses, jewellery, clothing, and more. The family-friendly (and pet-friendly) event will also include food and music.
Cost: Free

Drink beer crafted by female brewers on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Women were the original brewers of ale, after all, so it only makes sense to honour our past and present beer connoisseurs with dinner and brews. Located at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Stone International Women’s Day Beer Dinner features three courses, each paired with a tasty beer specially brewed by a team of women at Stone Brewery. The event is part of a larger global celebration for International Women’s Day, where brewers all over the world brew a speciality beer that supports The Pink Boots Society, a non profit that empowers women and non-binary people in the beer industry through scholarships and education. Grab your tickets while you can! 21+
Cost: $50-$70

Attend an exhibition celebrating female and non-binary artists

Saturday, March 11, 5:00 pm
Barrio Logan
Head over to the entertainment and community venue Corazon del Barrio and show your support to female and non-binary artists, whose art and music will be featured in the Diosa Art Show. Around 40 artists are on the bill at this all-ages event.
Cost: Free

Drink some pints for the pups

Saturday, March 11, 12 pm to 4 pm
Carmel Mountain
If you need another excuse to down some brews, Second Chance Beer Company is hosting its first ever Ladies & Pups Market for Women’s History Month. The brewery, which holds various events throughout the year, donates a percentage of its sales to animal rescue organizations in California and Arizona. The dog-friendly market will include pop ups from women-owned businesses such as Bold Bouquet, Wet Nose Pottery, and No, You Sit! Treats. For the occasion, Second Chance will serve Fistful of Gummies – Berry Edition, a rendition of their fruited sour beer created in collaboration with Pink Boots Society, an organization that supports women and non-binary individuals in the beer industry.
Cost: Free

Photo courtesy of Women's Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California

Attend a ceremony at the Women’s Museum of California

Saturday, March 18, 11 am to 1 pm
Perhaps San Diego’s largest Women’s History Month event, the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes local women for their achievements in the community. The annual event, which takes place at Joan B. Kroc Theatre, is a project of the Women’s Museum of California, a museum dedicated to educating the public about women’s contributions through history with exhibits, programs, and events. Over 100 women have been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame since the program was founded in 2001, and this year’s class includes notable women like activist Norma Ch√°vez-Peterson and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. The event includes a VIP brunch followed by the Induction Ceremony. Be sure to purchase tickets early to secure your spot.
Cost: $20-$150

Join a community of local women and get inspired

Monday, March 20, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
The Women’s Speaker Series at Alesmith Brewing Company is a monthly community gathering where local women come together to support one another in achieving professional and personal goals. The event includes a social hour followed by a selected speaker. For this month, the Women’s Speaker Series features career coach and small business owner Laura Bashore, who will share her insight on how you can advance your career or business. Make sure to reserve your spot before attending!
Cost: Free

Come hear about the roles San Diego women played during World War II

Tuesday, March 21, 1 pm to 3 pm
Mission Valley
In the early 20th century, many women were not allowed or expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but things suddenly changed with the United States’ entry into World War II. Here’s your chance to learn about the real experiences of women who lived through WWll and how they navigated through it all. Presented by Oasis San Diego, head over to Mission Valley Library to attend this in-person event.
Cost: Free

Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project

Attend a ballet program choreographed entirely by women

Thursday, March 23 ‚Äď Saturday, March 25 & Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm
Liberty Station
Experience not one but three world premiere ballet performances at The Rosin Box Project, a contemporary ballet company that works to redefine the concept of dance and how it’s experienced for both artists and audiences. To coincide with Women’s History Month, TRBP is kicking off its 2023 season with Empower, a female-led ballet program choreographed by TRBO Residents Lauren Flower, Bethany Green, and Carly Topazio. The program, which takes place at Light Box Theater, offers a fresh take on dance by pushing the boundaries of traditional ballet. Your ticket includes a post-show reception.
Cost: $45

Hear music by a little-known female early 20th-century composer

Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Balboa Park
While you may not be familiar with composer Alice Barnett Stevenson, she played an integral part in San Diego’s music scene during the early 1900s. Stevenson was an active member of various music organizations at the time, and she composed art songs for voice and piano and performed at schools all over the country. Her home became a hub for local recitals from visiting musicians, and was also where the San Diego Symphony was founded. This month, you can hear her compositions performed live for the first time in nearly 100 years at the San Diego History Center. Selected works by Stevenson will be performed by musical scholar Katina Mitchell and pianist Yewon Lee. Be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time.
Cost: $25-$40

Listen to Black San Diego women discuss important community issues

Saturday, March 25, 12 pm to 4 pm
Valencia Park
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Malcolm X Library are hosting Ain’t I a Woman, an event featuring Black women who will be speaking about their professions and discussing the challenges faced within the workplace and the community while offering suggestions on how to further enhance and embrace equality. The event includes a Q&A panel discussion, door prizes, free raffles, as well as music, poetry, and dance. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early.
Cost: Free event. Lunch purchase is $15.

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Michelle Harris¬†is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Over the years her writing has also appeared in¬†Atlas Obscura,¬†Mental Floss, and¬†Audubon Magazine. When she’s not busy typing, she enjoys hiking, road trips, and cooking vegan food.


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