September 10, 2016 | Golden Hill Park

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Join us in our search to find the best burger at the 1st Annual Reader Burgers & Beer Presented by Jensen Meat at Golden Hill Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2016. Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the "Best Burger" award. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best burger vendors — and you decide who will ultimately win. Each attendee will be given a token to place in a voting box on the table of their favorite vendor. The vendor who receives the most tokens wins.

While you eat your weight in burgers and bask in the San Diego sunshine, there will be live music, great beer available at the cash bar and more. Choose from two ticket options:

General Admission: 21+ only. Valid from 1PM-4PM. Includes unlimited burger tastes from all vendors (while supplies last) and 1 drink ticket (good for a beer or beverage of your choice). Discounted pre-sale tickets available for a limited time. Tickets will be $55 at the door, if tickets are not sold out prior to the event day.

VIP Ticket: 21+ only. Valid from 12PM-4PM (early admittance). Includes unlimited burger tastes from all vendors (while supplies last), 3 drink tickets (good for beer or beverage of your choice), and early entry to the event. Discounted pre-sale tickets available for a limited time. Tickets will be $70 at the door, if tickets are not sold out prior to the event day.

The party will be happening, rain or shine.

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1919 is a throwback to what neighborhood sports bars used to be. Simple drinks, served quickly, so that you can focus on the next play. At 1919, you won’t find any food items you can’t pronounce. Just classic comfort food, made from scratch, with a creative twist. With sound on for every big game, there is no better place to watch your favorite team and experience everything 1919 has to offer. Open 11 AM to 2 AM Monday thru Sunday.

Bagby Beer Company

Bagby Beer Company is the dream-turned-reality for long term craft brewer Jeff Bagby, and his wife, Dande. Located in Oceanside, California - just three blocks from the beach - Bagby Beer is a former mid-century BMW dealership transformed into a two-story, indoor/outdoor brewpub. We strive to always brew and pour world-class beer, serve simple food done well, and to welcome guests with genuine and inviting hospitality.

Barn Brewery

The Barn provides the perfect setting to enjoy finely crafted food and drink that blends rustic simplicity with modern tastes. Featuring exposed wood beam construction, a massive brick fireplace, barn doors, and an iron weathercock to point you in the right direction, The Barn is a community gathering space where you will create new memories and experiences in a setting that pays tribute to all those hardworking individuals who bring food and drink to our tables.

Boll Weevil

Boll Weevil has a long history in San Diego, once numbering over a dozen locations. Today five remain, now owned and operated outright by past franchisees. There’s one in Clairemont Mesa owned by Rick Hackley; one in Ramona owned by Steven Mann; another in Imperial Beach and another in Lakeside both owned by Victor Tongo and Tom Walker; and one in Lemon Grove. The icon of the Boll Weevil Restaurants is the real meat, half-pound beef patty served on a toasted bun. While each Boll Weevil has some unique menu items, they offer many of the same favorites - burgers, tummy warmers, meal-sized salads, chicken (fried or breaded), sandwiches, and more. The unique items are gyros in Lemon Grove; barbecued ribs and chicken and full cocktail service in Clairemont Mesa; the IB’s Best Burger on a potato bun is in Imperial Beach; and the big Bad Burger is in Ramona.

Bub's@the ballpark

Bub’s is a place where locals and visitors alike enjoy one-of-a-kind entertainment and food. Watch the game on our vast array of plasmas or take shots on our in-house basketball court in between games of shuffleboard. Relax and sip drinks at one of the community tables or our giant circle bar. Indulge in some of our famous Lunch Lady Tater Tots or Steaky Steakums at the old school lunch counter or outside on our expansive wooden deck. Born in 1996, “Another Man’s Stupid Idea of Fun” has evolved into Pacific Beach’s and now downtown’s go-to spot for food and fun. Git in here and enjoy, my friends!

Bully's East

A San Diego tradition since 1971, Bully’s is known for superior quality, exceptional value and of course, friendly service! Bully’s features award-winning prime rib, fresh seafood, steaks, ribs, sandwiches and a childrens menu. Whether it is brunch, lunch or dinner served until midnight, it’s sure to be a pleasurable dining experience.

Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers

Our menu features only the freshest ingredients; a tasty selection of appetizers, mouthwatering char broiled half pound burgers and much more!

Craft Burger

We at CraftBurger take pride in using local, all natural ingredients in our burger creations. Lettuce from Encinitas, Avocados from Fallbrook, buns baked fresh in San Diego each morning all surround your choice of a 1/2 lb of beef, all natural chicken, wild salmon, wild Mahi Mahi, or organic portobello mushroom. With sauces made from scratch, our burgers are chef inspired, ingredient driven, and delicious.


There’s Nascar American & there’s American Chic, although we occasionally drink like the former, we design like the latter. For many years the original Firehouse stood on this spot & became a local legend. After some time passed, a couple of name & ownership changes, the restaurant/bar fell into disrepair left sad, broken-down & unloved, the two current owners, both San Diego residents purchased what was left of the business with pretty much all they had. Realizing Pacific Beach was growing up, their vision was to create a Retro-American-Chic version of the original to bridge the gap between the swanky Miami-style lounges & the warm cozy vibe of Pacific Beach.

Funky Fries and Burgers

If you're looking for a meal to satisfy your wildest cravings, this is the place to come! We have tons of options to choose from. If you're indecisive, don't worry, our staff is super helpful and will give you the best recommendations and modifications.

Henry's Pub

Our regulars make us who we are; the tourists spread the word around the globe; and our staff is the best in the city. we've been showing people a great time for over 15 years now in San Diego and we hope y'all will let us continue to do so for decades to come. SD Mixmasters and DJ Yodah is our resident DJ troop and entertainment direction for Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Tuesday night is swing/rockabilly night with the big city dawgs; and Chad Black Blackburn from Almost Famous Karaoke is our great host running karaoke and trivia on Sundays. We offer DeLorean rides every night of the week. come check us won't be disappointed.

Hills Local Pub

The Hills Local Pub is dedicated to great food, amazing service, and giving back to our community. Created by San Diego locals, for San Diego locals--come check us out!

Island's Fine Burgers & Drinks

Our doors opened in 1982 with a basic philosophy – serve great, fresh food with friendly service in a fun atmosphere. When we opened it was an instant hit. Actually we ran out of food that first night at our West Los Angeles location. Since that first night, we’ve been expanding. You can now find more than 50 Islands Restaurants throughout Southern California and Arizona, and more recently in places like Summerlin, NV and Cupertino, CA.

Jake's Del Mar

Jake’s Del Mar brings new American cooking to the edge – to the water’s edge that is. Located right on the beach in Del Mar Chef Duvinh Ta uses fresh, seasonal products as the inspiration for updating classic preparations of fresh fish, shellfish and premium meats. The lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus showcase clean, eclectic flavors and local, sustainable products that are complemented by Jake’s jaw dropping location on the sand. The nightly Chef’s Special is a seasonal creation that features the best seafood, meats and produce available and through the Legacy of Aloha program, Jake's donates a portion the proceeds from the Chef’s Special to the San Diego Food Bank.

Legacy Brewing

Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen has been opened since 11/2014, our head chef Dillon Streyle has been with us from the start and has created some original burgers we think everyone will like.

Notorious Burgers

If you think you’ll find better beef in this town, fuggedaboudit – our burgers are fresh, flavorful and among the many reasons we’re always mobbed. But they aren’t our only items packing heat – Notorious Burger’s menu also boasts sizzling sandwiches, sizable salads and a plethora of other palate-pleasing plates that appeal to gangsters and good guys alike. So slap on a pin-striped suit and don your favorite fedora, because we’re about to make you a burger you can’t refuse.

Parq Restaurant & Night Club

Parq has brought together the leaders in the restaurant and nightclub industries to bring you an unparalleled nightlife experience on 6th and Broadway in the Gaslamp district of San Diego, CA. From the Restaurant, VIP Experience, Sound, Lighting, and Design, we have created the ultimate club with the latest technologies and advances in entertainment. #ComePlay with us at Parq.

Primo Sports Bar & Grill

Primo Sports Bar & Grill is Anaheim's newest sports bar. Happy Hour is Everyday, Every Hour and Every Minute. Great food! 2 pool tables and patio!

Pure Burger

Pure Burger is inspired by a true love for burgers and a passion for quality food. We love our food from the way it tastes, to the way it looks and especially the way it makes you feel. We live for grinding our meat fresh daily, creating our sauces from scratch, slicing up local produce fresh to order and we have a lot of fun doing it.

Rimel's Bar & Grill

At Rimel's Bar & Grill Del Mar we are focused on the freshest, local ingredients, artfully crafted, in a relaxed, casual environment. As a group, we are always looking for ways to improve our final product. From our locally sourced oak to our use of free-range, organic Mary's Chicken.

Slater's 50/50

Slater’s 50/50 was founded in 2009 in Anaheim Hills, California by Scott Slater, a SoCal native with a passion for burgers, bacon and craft beer and a disdain for the boring. Inspired by the belief that bacon is meat candy, Scott created the original 50/50 patty– made of 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef – and a menu full of amplified burgers and indulgent dishes to pair with one of the most mind-blowing selections of local and regional craft beer available on tap anywhere.


Our Nonna Losacco had a vision of one day sharing our family's decades old handmade Hot Italian Sausage with the community. We strove to make that a reality with the birth of Strozzi's So-Cal Italian Restaurant in Barrio Logan. Our mission doesn't end with our signature sausage either! With pride and the best ingredients available, we make most everything else we serve from scratch including our handmade tender meatballs, pasta the old fashion way with fresh imported Italian Semolina, desserts, red pasta sauce, and our house dressings all served fresh daily. A fine selection of local craft brews and wines are available for those needing a little libation to accompany their sausage delight. Buon Appetito!

Sublime Ale House

We are a culinary establishment featuring gourmet comfort foods and 50 taps of craft beer. We grind our burgers everyday from large slabs of steak, serve these on buns made from our own bakery, and create wildly delicious flavor combinations. Our claim to fame is our many varieties of mac 'n cheese, but don't forget about our delectable artisan pizzas, fresh salads, grilled cheese combinations, and our unbeatable munchies menu. Oh, and not to mention our 50 taps of craft beer change daily.

Table 509 Bar & Kitchen

We're proud that Hotel Indigo's own Table 509 has become one of San Diego's most popular places to share a repast. Our menu is crafted using the highest quality locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. In addition to a creative menu, our modern decor includes big windows, an open, airy design and service that gets rave reviews of its own. Just blocks from Petco Park, Table 509 is located in Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter downtown, so stop by and enjoy our neighborhood with some great food and craft cocktails and beer!


A great sports bar, with great food, and an in house bakery to boot!!!

Urge Gastro Pub

Founded in 2010 Urge Gastropub is the American reinterpretation of the traditional English Pub. Great comfort foods and wines are accompanied with an eclectic and extensive beer list that changes DAILY! Our philosophy is to prepare our take on American bar food classics using the best local products while providing unpretentious and friendly service… with great beer to wash it all down.


Fresh citrus pressed classic cocktails, seafood and ala carte grill menu. Wonderland Ocean pub is a collaboration of Mina Desiderio of The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole and Brendan Huffman of Bootlegger Pours and Plates. Both have put their creative minds behind this new ocean pub and are excited to be a part of Ocean Beach community. Wonderland is very excited to offer Ocean Beach something new but with a classic attitude. Can't wait to see you there this summer.