Summer has begun! What better way to celebrate the start of our favorite season than delicious, (even legendary!), burgers on the beautiful beaches of San Diego?
From secret recipes to build-your-own burgers to the most amazing chocolate malt in San Diego, here are some of the best burger joints in town. So how could this story possibly get any better? Well lucky us, it can! These delectable burger joints just so happen to be right on the beach.
WARNING: May cause you to drool all over your keyboard.
Hodad’s – Started in 1969, this classic burger joint has been recognized by CNN as one of the top 5 in the country (The only west coast burger joint on the list), not to mention its appearance on various TV shows, including “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri.
Feel free to walk in right off the beach, as Hodad’s encourages with their “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” policy. This unique place offers a delightfully simple menu, including single hamburgers and cheeseburgers, doubles, and of course the bacon burgers. To go with your burger, I suggest the onion rings, they’re huge! I didn’t know onions that big existed, but they are delicious. If you have room, don’t forget their famous chocolate malts, probably the best chocolate malt I have ever tasted. And if that’s not enough, you might as well get the “All you can eat” for $100.25 (per person).
The menu is the only thing about Hodad’s that is relatively simple. After all, the place is decorated with hundreds and hundreds of funny personalized license plates from all over the country. Believe me, when you get a glimpse of your burger, you’ll soon realize that there is nothing simple about getting that into your mouth, let alone your stomach. No, everything at Hodad’s seems to come in one size: giant. But don’t let the size fool you, once you do get that huge burger down, you’ll know what all the fuss is about: FRESHNESS. Fresh tomatoes, fresh greens, fresh onions, fresh potatoes, fresh patties…need I say more? Hodad’s takes all of this and combines it to make one of the best burgers in America.
Five Guys – Feel like eating a burger of your own design, yet don’t feel like making it yourself? Check out Five Guys. Another simple menu, including, but definitely not limited to, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, and bacon burgers. The really cool thing about this place is the fact that you can choose from a large array of toppings, and they’re free, even if you want them all! The fries are healthy, cooked in pure, no cholesterol peanut oil, and they even have a Cajun version, which I would definitely recommend. Finally, for the peanut lover, Five Guys sells peanuts in bulk, and the place is literally overflowing with them.
Cass St. – Last, but definitely not least, is Cass St. Bar and Grill. For adults only, Cass St. has been a longtime favorite of the locals. Not only do they serve the best burgers in PB, (TRY the Bleu Cheese Burger, it will blow your mind), they also have an array of other items, including an amazing oriental chicken salad, and a delicious steak sandwich. Also, a wide selection of good beer, perfect after a hot day at the beach.