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Creative Mexican Cuisine at Volcano Rabbit

Creative Mexican Cuisine at Volcano Rabbit

The Gaslamp Quarter has been the host to many top end dining experiences. Volcano Rabbit, located at 527 Fifth Avenue, has the look of a dazzling and rustic taqueria with downtown’s largest tequila selection and a menu with creative salads, tacos and appetizers. The eatery features south-of-the-border favorites as well as modern dishes with a chic imaginative flair.

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GQA Staff Picks:

  • Sherry and I started off with the creamy Queso Fundido made with melted manchego, jack, and sharp cheddar and topped with house chorizo, poblano peppers and served with homemade thick corn tortillas to dip into it.
  • We sipped a colorful and beautifully garnished margarita flight with three different flavors: basil peach, strawberry pomegranate, and mango habanero.
  • Sherry enjoyed 3 different tacos:
    • Carne asada taco with marinated skirt steak, black garlic aioli, queso a la plancha, topped with crispy fried yams and onions, and drizzled with a lime jalapeno chimichurri on a flour tortilla
    • Blackened lime shrimp taco with tender shrimp, chipotle yogurt, shaved white cabbage, radish, cotija cheese, tomatillo salsa, red onion and cilantro served on a corn tortilla
    • Mushroom carnitas taco served with citrus braised king oyster mushrooms, fried jack cheese, cabbage, pickled red onion, and spicy aoli on a flour tortilla.
    • All were tasty and complex in their flavor profiles, but her favorite was the mushroom carnitas taco.
  • I had the beet and pepita salad complete with pickled red and golden beets, jicama, arugula, queso fresco, and crunchy pepita seeds dressed perfectly with a creamy lime, cilantro guacamole vinaigrette.
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Insider Tips:

  • Volcano Rabbit has over 200 different Tequilas, Mezcals, Comiteco and Raicilla spirits all curated specially by bartender and tequila enthusiast Marshal Emerson. Guests can get their very own personalized locker to store their tequila and spirits in while receiving half-off all their bottles along with invitations to exclusive events and tastings throughout the year.
  • Every Tuesday starting at 3pm you can celebrate taco Tuesday with taco specials and ½ off their large tequila selection along with $5 drink specials all set to the beat of a live DJ.
  • Host your next private party at Volcano Rabbit and enjoy private tequila tastings, and special food pairings.
New Menu at Parq Restaurant!

New Menu at Parq Restaurant!

Parq Restaurant, located at 615 Broadway, transformed their menu for the warmer seasons! The moment we walked into the restaurant, we noticed that the venue was brighter than when we visited during the Winter season. The roof of the restaurant was open letting in natural sunlight and trees with vibrant green leaves and lights adorned the venue. The menu also went through a transformation that reflects the Spring and Summer seasons.

GQA Staff Picks:

My friend Jordan, being a Whiskey fanatic, ordered the “Eastern Remedy,” featuring Kikori, Yzaguirre, Luxado Maraschino, Grand Marnier, and Disarrono. She said this cocktail had a strong citrus flavor and a nice bite. This is the drink for you if you like whiskey and citrus.

I (Sherry) ordered the “Looking like a Snaq-iri,” featuring Cutwater rum, strawberry Lychee, and Passoa passionfruit. This cocktail was fruity and candy-like, perfect for those like me who prefer sweeter cocktails.

From the Farm section of the menu, we ordered the Peach & Prosciutto Flatbread with goat cheese, red onion, arugula and candied walnuts on a very soft bread. This flatbread was an equal balance of sweet (candied walnuts), savory (prosciutto) and bitter (arugula).

From the Stock & Stable section, we tried the Pork Carnitas with fried green tomato and smoked onion vinaigrette. This dish was a nice mixture of textures with the soft carnitas and fried green tomatoes that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

From the Ocean section, we ordered the Grilled Octopus with romesco sauce, potato, turnip, olive, and herb salsa. The octopus was very tender, and the sauce had a spicy and sour taste to it that complimented everything very well.

From the Big Plates section, we ordered the Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with coconut green curry sauce, charred carrot, bok choy and jasmine rice. We could tell the Asian inspiration in this dish with the curry, bok choy and jasmine rice. The sea bass was very soft, and the curry sauce was slightly spicy bringing a nice kick to the dish. The bok choy was nicely cooked so that it still had a crunch. Overall this dish was flavorful, but still light.

For Dessert, we ordered the S’mores Crème Brulee. The crème brulee was a yummy chocolate flavor and the marshmallow was nicely melted for you to create your own s’more of your liking. This was a fun, sweet end to our dinner.

The dishes in the menu reflects the Spring and Summer seasons with a lighter and more vegetable forward approach. We felt that this new menu is perfect for dinner during the hot weather. Come try this new menu and see for yourself! Parq Restaurant is open for dinner every Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10PM with happy hour from 6:30-8PM.

All You Can Eat Chicken at The Smoking Gun

All You Can Eat Chicken at The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun located on the corner of 6th and Market in the Gaslamp Quarter has just started their all you can eat Chicken Drumettes and Nugz night from 5-10pm on Thursdays! Guests of the casual “throwback” restaurant and bar can select their fare from a menu contained in a CD case with the cover looking like a Bone (s) Thugs -n-harmony album, but a play on words as Bone(s) nugz-n-harmony.  The inside of the cover lets guests choose from a variety of sauces for their braised chicken drumettes or boneless wings (nugz) each served with either tots or home-made potato thick chips.

You will not leave hungry (that’s for sure)

GQA Staff Picks:

  • Sherry and I got a chance to try a plethora of savory “nugz” and drumettes. we ordered the sweet and sour drumettes, chimichurri nugz, truffle-garlic parmesan nugz and pineapple habanero drumettes.
  • My favorite was the chimichurri nugz which were perfectly seasoned with all the notes of a well developed chimichurri, and the truffle-garlic parmesan nugz.  Eating those delicious morsels kept me coming back for more.
  • Sherry who likes things spicy really enjoyed the pineapple habanero drumettes. If you are into extremely spicy there is a sauce called the “Double Stinger” that is mixed with both ghost and scorpion chilis!
  • Patrons can choose 1 flavor per order, and also can dip their chicken in homemade ranch sauce.

Insider Tips:

  • Chicken connoisseurs can also choose from the following sauces: Buffalo, Cali Wing, BBQ Mustard, Sweet & Sour, Chimichurri, Pineapple- Habanero, Wasabi- Soy- Ginger, Maple-Sriracha, Truffle-Garlic Parmesan, Honey-Mustard, Bacon-Bleu-Chive, Cajun (dry rub) and the Double Stinger.
  • Along with food and drink, guests can play pool, ping pong or boogie to the tunes.
  • Each night of the week Smoking Gun has something special planned.
  • Monday is Industry Night at 10PM where they serve hosted family style pasta, invite guest breweries with special beers, and give away prizes with a raffle every hour.
  • Taco Tuesday- Guests can get 3 tacos for $5 and $5 mezcal & tequila shots, and $5 modelos from 4-10PM.
  • On Wednesday from 4-10PM Patrons can enjoy 22oz steins for $8 and steak plates for $16.
  • Friday’s from 3-7PM ½ off the Bar.
  • Friday and Saturday night dance the night away with a winnin’ and spinnin’ DJ
  • Saturday and Sunday become a member of the Breakfast Club- served from 11am-2pm
10 Fun Happy Hour Spots in the Gaslamp Quarter

10 Fun Happy Hour Spots in the Gaslamp Quarter

With over 100 bars and restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, there’s plenty of places to go for happy hour! Check out below for 10 fun places for the happiest happy hour in the historic heart of San Diego!

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Lose the Blues and visit Blue Point for Happy Hour daily from 5-7pm.  Enjoy freshly-shucked $1 oysters, jumbo shrimp for only $2, or select delectable appetizers for $10!  Sip on $5 select wines by the glass and $5 San Diego Craft Beer selections. The Happy Hour Menu is offered in the bar, lounge and outdoor patio, where Guests can take in all the action of the Gaslamp.

When:

  • 5PM – 7PM Daily
  • All night Mondays

Where: 565 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

The Butcher’s Cut

Enjoy Happy Hour deals on our classic cocktails, bottled beers, wine, and a wide variety of bites at our bar, every day from 4-6:30 pm!

When: Every Night 4PM – 6:30PM

Where: 644 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: The Butcher’s Cut

Cafe 21 Gaslamp

With the best daily deals, we got you covered if you happen to be in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district looking for the best happy hour specials. Just stop in any day from 3PM to 6PM and you will enjoy killer discounts on alcoholic drinks. 1/2 off our draft beers, sangrias, and mimosas as well as 21% off wines and craft cocktails. We also have 4 tapa plates for only $21.

What is even more magical than our great drinks and diverse array of tapas featuring savory and sweet Cafe 21 specialties, it’s the fact that 3PM to 6PM really is the magical time to enjoy our beautiful outdoor patio! Regardless if you are a local or tourist, we want you to feel the magic of being in such a prime location of San Diego as you enjoy discounted menu items and outdoor drinking.

Don’t worry if you get the feeling like you don’t want the night to end. You are in luck, as we are a late night restaurant and stay open till 10 PM. Even better if you are a music enthusiast as you will be happy to know that Cafe 21 Gaslamp offers live music nightly, shows are free and typically starts at 7PM.

So please come join us and be a guest of Nature’s Kitchen. Cafe 21 will make sure you walk away raving about the delicious drinks and eats as well as the best ambiance and patio seating, and well, just a minor dent it in your wallet.

When: Every Night 3PM – 6PM

Where: 802 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Cafe 21 Gaslamp

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar serves made-from-scratch food, seasonal cocktails, and craft beer in a cozy downtown San Diego restaurant. Join us for 51% OFF Happy Hour every night!

When: Every Night 4PM – 7PM

Where: 655 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: GARAGE Kitchen + Bar

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

Join us for Happy Hour 7 days a week from 4-6:30 pm for specials on cocktails, bottled beers, and dishes like our Crispy Pancetta Mac n Cheese, or our Butcher Cut with Yukon potato puree!

When: Every Night 4PM – 6:30PM

Where: 658 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

Henry’s Pub

We pride ourselves on fresh food, local beer & specialty drinks, all complimented by our lively entertainment. Join us for happy hour for $4 drafts, wines, and wells!

When: Monday – Friday: 3PM – 6PM

Where: 618 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Henry’s Pub

Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant

Welcome to Juan Tequila, Gaslamp’s innovative Cocktail and Mexican Cuisine! We’ve designed a space that’s unique to San Diego, with extra touches to enliven every experience. Join us for happy hour during the day and late at night for drink and food specials!

When:

  • Wednesday – Monday: 3PM – 6PM
    • 30% off all food and drinks
  • Tuesdays: 11:30AM – 6PM
    • 50% off Tacos, Tequilas & mezcales
  • Sunday – Thursday: 10PM – CLOSE
    • House Margarita $7, House Tequila Shot $5, Tecate Beer $4, House Wine & Champagne $4
    • Tacos: Birria, Tinga Chicken, Carnita, Papa $4 each
    • Chips and Salsa $2

Where: 535 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant

Osetra Seafood & Steaks

On our daily Happy Hour menu you’ll find signature cocktails, local draft beers, $1 oysters, sushi, and much more! Join us any day from 4-6:30 pm.

When: Every Night 4PM – 6:30PM

Where: 904 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Osetra Seafood & Steaks

Osteria Panevino

Daily Happy Hour at the bar or on the patio from 4-6 pm. Join us for $5 featured wines, well drinks, and specials on our pizza, flatbreads, and more!”

When: Every Night 4PM – 6:30PM (Patio & Bar Only)

Where: 722 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Osteria Panevino

STK San Diego

STK is giving you another reason to eat, drink, and party. Ditch work early, head to STK, and take the edge off with Half Off specialty cocktails, $10 Justin Cabernet & Vievite Rose and $2-$8 bites. What are you waiting for? Come join us at the bar or lounge!

When:

  • Monday – Friday: 3:30PM – 6:30PM
  • Sunday – Thursday: 9PM – CLOSE

Where: 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: STK San Diego

5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge opening at Theatre Box® this weekend!

5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge opening at Theatre Box® this weekend!

Theatre Box®, the Gaslamp Quarter’s new luxury theatre, dining and entertainment complex, has announced the addition of a stylish new rooftop restaurant and bar: 5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge. Opening this weekend, 5th & Sky will offer elevated cocktails and cuisine in a lush, Japanese-style garden setting.

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A tunnel adorned with roses and flowers reveals 5th & Sky, which is surrounded by stunning views of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge. The 5,000-square-foot open-air bar offers a picturesque setting to dine and lounge under cherry blossom trees, around firepits and next to a one-of-a-kind hand-painted mural by famed artist Kahori Maki. A sushi bar, patio-style seating and intimate bar offer a place to relax, socialize and take in the stunning San Diego skyline.

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The menu, designed for sharing, offers fresh sushi selections and signature small plates. Sushi selections include the Gaslamp Roll, filled with crab, avocado and asparagus, topped with smoked filet mignon, avocado mousse, crispy shallots and Unagi sauce; Smoker Roll, cream cheese, avocado and smoked salmon roll topped with nori, smoked unagi and toasted sesame seeds; and Gaudy Roll, nori filled with crab and cucumber, topped with ahi tuna, salmon, Hamachi and avocado. Signature small plates include smoked filet carpaccio toast, grilled levain bread topped with carpaccio, crispy capers, baby arugula, lemon zest, citrus herb aioli and shaved Manchego cheese; pork belly and yellow watermelon pops with jalapeño-maple syrup; Hawaiian Bigeye tuna poke with mango, cucumber, seaweed cracker and house shoyu sauce atop sushi rice; and more.

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Over-the-top cocktails are complemented by a curated wine list and local craft beer. Signature drinks include lychee martini, a combination of Belvedere vodka, yuzu, lychee and black cherry; spicy tamarind margarita, made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, tamarind vodka and lemon with Tajín rim; Oaxacan on Sunshine, a combination of Pierde Almas mezcal, Aperol, lemon and agave; and Double Black Smash, made with whisky, orange, fresh berries and basil; among others.

5th & Sky accommodates up to 200 guests and is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Happy hour is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, with half-priced cocktails and select appetizers. 5th & Sky will also set the mood for late-night energy, offering bottle service packages and hosting various live DJs Friday and Saturday nights.

Complete menus and more information about Theatre Box is available on the website at www.theatrebox.com, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @TheatreBoxSD.

Dine around the World on Fourth Avenue!

Dine around the World on Fourth Avenue!

Do you wish you could travel and feast on delicious food from all over the world? Do you miss the authentic local cuisines you tried while on vacation in Peru? Italy? Brazil? Food is such an important aspect of travelling that allows you to experience the real, authentic side of a culture. It has the ability to shape your traveling plans and create some of the best memories. Traveling around the world may be difficult, but you can get a taste of it on Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter with cuisines from all over the world!

Bandar Persian Prime Restaurant

Persian Cuisine
Bandar’s menu offers a classic variety of Fresh Prime Steaks, World Famous Chicken, Seafood, Vegetarian and classic Persian specialties. All entrees are charbroiled and prepared with the freshest ingredients, while being low in fat but flavorful. Bandar is best known for its use of fresh, gluten free, healthy ingredients and bold complex flavors. Dining at Bandar is truly inspiring from the stunning ambiance to the variety of signature entrees.
Where: 845 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

La Puerta

Mexican Cuisine

TACOS, TUNES, & TEQUILA… that’s what we’re all about. We’ve always envisioned La Puerta as a hangout for people who want to be treated with a high level of hospitality while enjoying quality Mexican food and drinks in a fun atmosphere. Our Sinaloa inspired family recipes demand we make nearly everything on the menu fresh daily and we never use artificial flavorings or enhancers.  Whether you’re enjoying our Carne Asada tacos or our fresh-squeezed margaritas, you will be shown sincere appreciation for your business and a genuine good time.

Where: 560 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

The Dubliner

Irish Pub
The Dubliner, formerly known as Dublin Square, has been a Gaslamp favorite since 2001. The bar is a twin (sister pub) of Tynan’s Pub in Kilkenny, Ireland, and everything inside (from the wooden bar top to the tables and chairs) was handcrafted in Ireland and shipped across the pond to be assembled here in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Where: 554 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant

Mexican Cuisine
Juan Tequila explores upscale flavor combinations that have become hallmarks of our Mexican cuisine. Relying on ancient and modern techniques and cross-border ingredients, our nuevo approach offers a variety of small plate selections and larger entree dishes. Come savor our specialties, such as our Hongos Mexicanos al Mezcal, Birria Tacos, and many others.
At Juan Tequila, you’ll discover a new twist on Baja California’s version of “straight up” classy!
Where: 535 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Lima Peruvian Food & Cocktails

Peruvian Cuisine
Peru meets California with Lima Peruvian Food & Cocktails on the corner of F Street and Fourth Avenue. A traditional Peruvian restaurant located in the Gaslamp Quarter, the heart of downtown San Diego. We celebrate the diversity of our culture by sharing authentic and regionally influenced Peruvian cuisine. This is accompanied by delectable Peruvian food, in a casual, comfortable and colorful environment.
Where: 409 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Las Hadas Bar & Grill

Mexican Cuisine
Las Hadas is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter. Our cuisine, a fabulous mixture of music and cocktails is the formula to a memorable night. Las Hadas is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition cultivating the American culture to that of Latin America.  Stop by and become a part of the family!
Where: 558 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Operacaffe

Italian Cuisine

Welcome to our home, your home, where we eat Italian food the Italian way. Let’s keep this tradition going! The reputation for excellent cuisine, top-notch service, the quality and freshness of ingredients, are the reasons we are so proud of our restaurant.No matter whether you are a seasoned food lover, a curious beginner, or somewhere in between, for the love of food, give us a try! You are welcome – it is our pleasure to serve you.

Where: 835 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Rei Do Gado

Brazilian Churrascaria

Rei do Gado has the only Mesquite charcoal grill in San Diego with authentic Churrascaria serving San Diego since 1999. Dining at Rei do Gado, you will experience authentic Brazilian vibe with our premium meat selections, seafood bar, fresh salad & hot dishes, heavenly desserts, and our signature drinks. Churrascaria is a restaurant serving various cuts of meats, grilled in a skewer which originated in Southern Brazil for centuries. Book a party at Rei do Gado and Enjoy a trip to Brazil without leaving San Diego!

Where: 939 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Roma Mia

Italian Cuisine

Roma Mia brings authentic Italian cuisine to the city’s historic Gaslamp District, with innovative flavors, locally sourced ingredients, and fresh takes on traditional fare. Roma Mia offers both outdoor dining and private dining, and is the ideal venue for pre-theater dinners, birthday dinners, private events, holiday parties, and guest speaker dinners.

Where: 825 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Tacos El Cabron

Mexican Cuisine
We started our business with the vision to bring authentic Mexican Street Tacos to the downtown San Diego market in the heart of the Gaslamp!  Our business has developed a reputation for having one of the best Adobada and Spicy Shrimp Tacos in all of San Diego, and have an amazing catering service where we bring our Taco Cart and cook on site!
Where: 532 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Tropical Savor Bar & Grill

Latin Caribbean Cuisine
Tropical Savor Bar & Grill is an island-themed venue that serves a menu of Latin Caribbean cuisine with authentic dishes from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Cuba and Jamaica – including their food specialties. The authentic Latin Caribbean cuisine restaurant is decorated on its patio with a thatched awning and grass green accents.  On the inside, the walls are adorned with Carnival Masks, parrots, and there is even a waterfall making guests feel like they are spending time in the Islands.
Where: 729 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101