Grab a sandwich for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this East Village sandwich shop. For a mid-day meal, the "Saigon" ($7.95) is a tasty option. The banh mi-style sandwich features juicy pulled roast beef marinated in lemongrass, topped with pickled veggies on a crusty baguette. Flash your Comic-Con badge and you can get a free side.
Go here for healthy fare made with farm fresh produce and proteins prepared with care. The "big salads" ($11) are solid, or choose a protein like chipotle BBQ chicken, herb-brushed albacore, or steak and get it as a hot plate, sandwich, or on a simple salad (all options are $11).
The 'Con crowds are sure to make the line-up at Donut Bar even more crazy, but it's worth the wait to score doughnuts at San Diego's only artisanal doughnut shop. The fruit glazes can be hit and miss, but anything chocolate is always good. Get here early! They often sell out before 2 p.m.
This Vietnamese spot just north of Broadway is great if you want to stretch your lunch or dinner budget. Go for steaming bowl of pho or bowls of bun ($6.95). Skip the Chinese dishes; they're not great.
1125 6th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 (map); 619-531-9333
This is a great spot for happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday), where you can get 21 different tapas for $4 apiece, like this crisp-edged spinach crepe with mozzarella, feta, and pesto. To drink, try the sangria or a Mule. The bartenders here know their stuff.
The Kebab Shop
The wraps may seem like the thing to go for here, and sure, they're tasty, but what you really want is a doner box ($6.99). You get all of the same fillings that come in the sandwiches (meat, veggies, sauce) on top of rice or fries in an easy-to-carry container that preserves what you can't eat for later (try doing that with one of the wraps, and you'll be met with soggy bread–no good). I like tricking mine out a bit by adding feta and spicy hummus, and nixing the garlic sauce in favor of dill. If you do go for the garlic, be sure to grab some of the breath mints out of the bowl on the counter. You will need them!
The Blind Burro
Burger Lounge isn't just about burgers. In fact, more than often, I order their mixed vegetable salad ($5.95/$7.95) with lemon basil vinaigrette and grilled chicken (+ $3.45). The half-size is enough for lunch if you're adding protein, and even though it's on the pricey side for a salad, you can't beat the convenience. From the Convention Center, it's a 7 minute walk.
The flavors at J Wok tend to be a bit Americanized, but it's still worth a visit. I'm a fan of their pad thai ($9.75). It tends to be sweeter than most, and the portion size is generous. There are other Thai restaurants closer to the Convention Center, but this would be my pick.
This stylish Asian-fusion restaurant is great for lunch. Try the spicy noodles with hanger steak or go during happy hour when all apps and cocktails are discounted to $5 each. I like the Singapore Sling (Plymouth gin, lemon, pineapple, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, bitters).