Halloween is right around the corner, and with the spookiest time of year comes candy, tradition, and overindulgence. You simply can’t make it through Halloween season without watching Hocus Pocus, carving a pumpkin, drinking that Pumpkin Spice Latte, and eating way too many sweets. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to celebrate the years spookiest holiday all throughout the month of October. Grab your trick or treating basket and hit the town for adult-friendly bites all around San Diego.
Photo Source: The Cravory
If you like cookies then you’ll love The Cravory, a small cookie shop with locations in Point Loma and Carlsbad. Each month The Cravory unveils signature flavors for the season and upcoming holidays. This month The Cravory is feeling the Halloween spirit with seven new flavors based off of candy you’d find in a Halloween basket. There’s the Trick or Treat, filled with M&Ms, Peeps, Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups and pieces of Milky Way; The Black Cat, a decadent Dark Chocolate cookie with mixed in pieces of Kit-Kat, Blackberries and Blackberry Jam; and The Chocolate Nerds, a chocolate cookie with dark chocolate drizzle and Nerds candy on top. Stop in to grab 1, 2 or a couple dozen cookies to share with the trick or treaters. Or don’t share. We won’t tell anybody.
What’s scarier than a haunted house? Stepping on a scale after eating at Slater’s 50/50. This burger joint takes your average comfort food and turns it upside down. You may know Slater’s from our Liberty Station walking tour, which runs every Saturday. Slater’s is famous for their 50/50 burger patties, which are made of 50% beef and 50% bacon. We recommend starting out with The Original 50/50, which is topped with pepper jack, a sunny side up egg, avocado mash, chipotle adobo mayo, and brioche; or the Slater’s Vampire Dip, a three cheese blend, with roasted garlic, artichoke, and fresh veggies, in a sourdough bread bowl. If you’re looking for a meal that will keep you full through a night of Monster Mash-ing, Slater’s is the place to go.
For just $49 you can brunch in style at Estancia La Jolla at their Dia de Los Muertos brunch. Estancia, which is known for lavish wedding parties and excellent food, will be throwing the bash on October 29th from 10 am to 3 pm. Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, observed around the same time as Halloween, also known as Day of the Dead. If you get tickets to Estancia’s Day of the Dead bash you can expect Organic Chicken Breast Mole, Spicy Roasted Pepper Tortilla Soup, Sauteed Black Tiger Shrimp & Grits, and Grilled Corn with Cotija and Ancho Chile Powder. There will also be traditional Pan De Muerto, Mexican Rice Pudding, Dia De Los Muertos Skull Sugar Cookies and Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails. For just just $49, you’d be crazy to miss this!
We couldn’t talk about Halloween without a few pumpkins! This October 27th at 5:30 pm, Cafe 21 will be throwing a proper pumpkin carving bash. Bring your own pumpkin, or pick one up at their patio pumpkin patch to join in on the fun. The event will have plenty of carving space, tools, tapas, and drinks. Click “Going” on Facebook and you may even win free sangria. While you’re carving away try one of Cafe 21 delicious small plates. Our favorites are the Albacore Poke, Quinoa Beet Tartare, Cristo Crepes, and the Mushroom Tart. Make a reservation in advance because this pumpkin bash is sure to sell out.
We all know what’s really important about Halloween and that’s the candy. So if you’re going to indulge, you might as well indulge at one of the best chocolate shops in town. Located at Liberty Station, Chi Chocolate specializes in fresh artisanal chocolate year round. Now until Halloween stop into Chi Chocolate to try their seasonal Gingersnap Chocolates (pictured above) and a decadent handcrafted espresso. Chi Chocolate is constantly changing their selection of chocolates, but the quality is always just as delicious as before.
Whether you’re a goblin, ghoul or witch, these bites will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Happy Halloween foodies!