Cheap eats

Published April 01 2018

Experimental Biology takes place in the San Diego Convention Center, which is in close proximity to the historic Gaslamp Quarter (full of restaurants, bars, and clubs), the Marina and Seaport Village. All touristy and beautiful, and food options often seem to be between upscale and fast food. Here are suggestions for good and affordable food in walking distance or a short Uber/Lyft ride away from the convention center. Sources were local recommendations and Yelp.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House
520 Front St. (2-minute walk)
American breakfast and brunch. Not the healthiest but for sure filling!

The Field Irish Pub
544 5th Ave. (4-minute walk)
Irish pub and restaurant. Irish atmosphere. Often live music.

600 5th Ave. (8-minute walk)
American sports bar good
for breakfast and brunch.

Lots of things to eat

The Zhang lab also wants you to stay fed. Here are their best bets for tacos and everything else you might crave in San Diego.

Hub Market and Deli
748 6th Ave. (12-min walk)
Deli with great sandwiches.

Bud & Rob’s New Orleans Bistro
815 F St. (14-minute walk)
Cajun/creole (New Orleans) food.

947 E St. (19-minute walk)
Mexican, vegetarian/vegan.
Funky place.

Hodad’s Downtown
945 Broadway (19-minute walk)
Hodad’s burgers are cult classics.



To expand the map legend, click the icon to the left of the map title (it looks like a rectangle with an arrow on it). Select the categories you want to see displayed. This will activate blue pins on the map. Click on a pin to learn more about a location and get directions to a location. The directions icon looks like a diamond with an arrow in the middle.

Ana Maria Barral Ana Maria Barral is an assistant professor at the National University in Costa Mesa, California, a member of the ASBMB’s Public Outreach Committee and a member of the ASBMB Today editorial advisory board. Follow her on Twitter.