Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern in San Diego

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern in San Diego

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern offers a wide assortment of attractive burger options, and each possesses its own appetizing charms. But all of these beauties start off with one huge thing in common: a half pound, sirloin burger patty, formed with naturally raised beef from the Pacific Northwest.

Common Theory Public House — Only Common In Theory

Common Theory Public House — Only Common In Theory

Kearny Mesa may not be the San Diego neighborhood most associated with burgers and beer, but smack in the middle of Convoy Street, Common Theory Public House offers 30 taps of draft beer and a comprehensive menu of elevated pub fare.

Thai Burger Company | An Innovative San Diego Burger

Thai Burger Company | An Innovative San Diego Burger

Food vendors of every stripe bring their a game to the Reader Burgers & Beer Festival, and many bring inspired interpretations of what makes a hamburger. One such restaurant is the Thai Burger Company, and its efforts earned it a most innovative burger distinction in 2017.

North Park Beer Company | Historic Beer Served in Style

North Park Beer Company | Historic Beer Served in Style

About as stylish a brewery as you’ll find anywhere, of course, North Park Beer Co. of San Diego is a namesake of the craft beer rich neighborhood it calls home. Their friendly neighborhood atmosphere and exceptional décor make it a great place to linger and try historic beer styles.

This Beer Is Better Than Wonder Bread

This Beer Is Better Than Wonder Bread

Mission Brewery Located Near Petco Park in Downtown San Diego

Named in honor of one of the first San Diego breweries, Mission Brewery once occupied the 1913 historic landmark that originally housed its namesake. However, while the original Mission shut down a century ago, the current incarnation has become one of San Diego's fastest growing craft breweries.

These days you'll find Mission in the East Village, working out of an even older historic building, a former Wonder Bread factory dating to 1894. While the bread factory used its silos to store wheat, Mission uses them to store barley, crafting a wide variety of boldly flavorful beer styles.

Take one of its more recent recipes: Plunder. The dank IPA offers plenty of bite, courtesy of nine different hop varieties that give it heady aromas of citrus and pine. This can stand up to any burger you throw at it, so double up on bacon and jalapeños if you like, and swig away. But if you really enjoy an outsized beer, brave Mission's burly Dark Seas Russian imperial stout. The inky black 9.8-percent beer boasts a luxurious velvety body, loaded with enough roasty complexity to rival coffee, with notes of plum and port wine delivering endless depths of flavor. It's a beer, and an experience.