The 5 best booze-infused foods in San Diego


Being one of the beer capitals of the world, it's no wonder that San Diegan chefs have started splashing a bit of booze into their cooking. Though you might not need a designated driver to take you back to your pad after these meals, your taste buds are sure to feel a bit of a buzz.

Here are the five best booze-infused foods to order while in San Diego.



Heirloom tomato caprese pie with San Diego iron fries at Barleymash

If you're in search of a restaurant that simply understands your need to mix alcohol with dinner, look no further than Barleymash. While there are a solid handful of booze-infused items on the menu (their sauces include beer broth, beer-cheese sauce, blood-orange champagne vinaigrette, citrus-tequila dressing and more), we suggest ordering the Heirloom Tomato Caprese Pie with a beast-mode side of San Diego Iron Fries.

The pie is made from the freshest mozzarella in town, basil, heirloom tomatoes, roasted tomato-ale sauce and balsamic-Jager reduction. That's two hints of boozy goodness in just one pie. If you're feeling like you can pack even more down your pie hole, grab a plate of their iron fries. The San Diego variety comes with stout-braised short ribs, pepper jack beer-cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

Are you still reading this? Why haven't you left for Barleymash already?

TKO style tacos at Sandbar


The alcohol content in the TKO style tacos might not be enough to knock you out, but pint after pint of Sandbar's beers on tap just might. The TKO style tacos are made with the meat of your choice (choose fish) and topped with chipotle aioli, beer-brined escabeche slaw, lime crema, guacamole with a kick, tobacco onions, fried cilantro and wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. These tacos are constantly voted the best in San Diego by extremely important and influential food snobs, if that means anything to you.

Nobody here will judge you if you order an extra serving for yourself. Apparently, eating double is the new seeing double – but don't quote us on that one.

Beer braised bratwurst at Circa

Chef and owner Mike Almos refuses to skimp on ingredients and preparation when it comes to the food served at Circa. With a penchant for the olden days, he's created a real comfort-food vibe at Circa and his meal of housemade beer braised bratwurst is no exception.

This dish will warm your cold, dead heart. The delicious beer braised pork bratwurst with brown ale mustard is served on a generous pile of sauerkraut and comes with sides of spicy garlic pickles.

Once you're finished with this German meal, sadly say, "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei." Loosely meaning, all good things come to an end – only the sausage has two.

AleHouse beer cheese burger Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Booze and burgers go together like Donald Trump and American pal Putin. What happens when you combine the best of both worlds and make a love child? (We're still talking about booze and burgers, of course.) The AleHouse beer cheese burger is born.

At Backyard Kitchen & Tap, order the AleHouse beer cheese burger. Between two buns (still talking about burgers here, guys) you'll find a thick Brandt beef patty, signature AleHouse beer cheese, smoked bacon and fried onion rings. It's a hearty meal that should be washed down with a cold pint for the full effect.

Booze cupcakes at Yummy Cupcakes


You can tell that whoever works and owns Yummy Cupcakes is always down for a good time. Sure, their bright pink branding and curly-cue logo gives off mocktails-by-the-spa vibe, but after taking a dive into their menu with hundreds of cupcake flavors featured, it's obvious that Yummy Cupcakes knows how to get crunk.

Yummy Cupcakes has cocktail cupcakes of all types, each cooked with a shot of alcohol inside. There's classics like mojito, mulled wine, strawberry daiquiri, cosmopolitan, Long Island iced tea, coffee liqueur, margarita and more. Or try something a bit off-piste like the Irish Stout cupcake with Guinness glaze and green sugar sprinkles. There is also the Maker's Mark bourbon apple pie cupcake with whiskey soaked apples and topped with apple buttercream frosting.

Order two batches of these for a kid's party – one alcoholic version for the adults and non-alcoholic for the twerps — and you'll easily be the coolest parent in town.

Chantae Reden is a travel writer from San Diego. You can find more booze-themed antics on her blog, Chantae.com.