There are plenty of options for a tasty treat near the San Diego Convention Center. Here are a few of my top picks, just in time for Comic-Con.
Searsucker has three desserts on their lunch menu for $5, including the sucker bar (a fancy Twix bar, pictured above), a lemon bar, and a spin on carrot cake. There is a more extensive selection at dinnertime, but it’ll be even more jammed.
611 5th Ave (map)
The Sprinklesmobile will be handing out free superhero-themed cupcakes at select locations around Comic-Con on Friday, July 13 & Saturday, July 14th. Keep tabs on them on Twitter.
With 24 flavors of gelato and 24 flavors of cremolose (a richer, creamier version of gelato), plus a bakery case stocked with pastries, Cremolose is worthy of multiple visits during Comic-Con. My favorite items are the nutty cremolose flavors (especially the pistachio), the fruity gelato flavors (strawberry is always a hit), and the hazelnut cannoli. There’s also a full menu of Italian fare, including pizzas, pastas, and paninis.
840 5th Ave (map)
The Gaslamp’s other gelato shop has an extensive selection of flavors, including 10 different chocolate varieties (like dark, milk, and white chocolate, plus flavored options like cinnamon chocolate and ginger chocolate). You can get your gelato straight up, or stuffed into a crepe. Chocolat also serves savory flatbreads, paninis, bruschetta, and other smallish snack items.
509 5th Ave (map)
Waffles are Cafe 222‘s specialty. Get ‘em topped with fresh fruit, or try one of the specialty options, like pumpkin, sweet cornbread, pecan, or a peanut butter waffle topped with bananas.
222 Island Ave (map)
Crunch Time Popcorn
Crunch Time is the spot to go for fresh, air-popped popcorn and homemade ice cream. Ice cream flavors include blueberry, banana, peanut butter, and Mexican chocolate. Popcorn flavors include sweet options like caramel and white chocolate, as well as savory flavors like “cheddar fiesta”. Can’t choose? Try the “Chicago style” — cheddar and caramel corn mixed together.
611 K St (map)
You can get a shake from Ghirardelli (and get ripped off), or you can go to Smashburger and get a better shake made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream for just over $4. Classic shakes and malts (vanilla, strawberry, chocolate) are $4.29, and premium varieties (Oreo, Butterfinger, and Nutter Butter) are $4.49. There’s also a tasty “secret menu” option: the PB&J shake, a 50/50 blend of strawberry and Nutter Butter shakes, that’s worth checking out.
801 Market St (map)