Got a sweet tooth? Constantly craving salty snacks? Then we’ve got news for you! July 21st marks National Junk Food Day, a day to indulge in all of your junk food desires, which is certainly a reason to celebrate. In honor of National Junk Food Day, skip the fast food and try these not-so-junky foods instead. Take a cheat day at The New Yorker, home to an extensive menu and an East Coast flair that can’t be beat. Set inside the historic Chinese Laundry building, this East Coast neighborhood kitchen boasts a menu of authentic New York Style pizza, buffalo wings, deli sandwiches, and more. Try the Truffle Fries, served crispy with skin and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and parsley.Treat yourself to the brunch of champions at The Rail, a longstanding icon of San Diego nightlife that is making waves in the San Diego brunch scene! Satisfy those early morning sugar cravings with the sweet and savory Coffee & Doughnuts, bites of wrapped coffee-cured bacon and a mountain of doughnut holes served with a creamy vanilla latte dipping sauce.Get your snack on at La Piñata, the longest standing restaurant in Old Town that continued to make a name for itself generation after generation. Snag a sizzling plate of Nachos, warm corn tortilla chips loaded with beans, cheddar cheese, shredded beef, and ranchero sauce with a dollop of guacamole, sour cream, and sliced olives on top.It’s no secret that pizza is the ultimate answer to late-night junk food cravings. Found in the heart of Pacific Beach, Woodstock’s Pizza is taking pizza to a new level with their fresh, hand-tossed dough, fresh toppings, and unique folded over crust with sauce inside. Order the BBQ Bird pizza, made with BBQ sauce, barbecued chicken, freshly sliced red onions, and crispy bacon for a pie that will kick your cravings to the curb.Indulge in the dinner and dessert of your dreams with the many options available at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Head over to WESTROOT Tavern, a neighborhood chef-driven tavern that takes classic junk food favorites and elevates them with scratch-made local ingredients, including the En Fuego burger, with all-natural beef, brioche ghost chile cheese, sambal cream, roasted serrano chiles, crispy shallots, and spicy citrus guacamole. Sweeten the deal with a stroll over to Baked Bear, home to San Diego’s favorite customizable ice cream sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies, fudgy brownies or donuts.Breakfast Republic is known for its ability to offer an array of healthy and indulgent menu items for those seeking their brunch-time favorites. Dine in a quirky atmosphere as you enjoy Oreo Cookie Pancakes, a steaming stack of pancakes infused with everyone’s favorite cream-filled cookie, with the added option of a side of 100% maple syrup to complete the meal.Why wait until Valentine’s Day to get your sweets fix when Fig Tree Café in Pacific Beach offers their Valentine French Toast all year round! Prepared with stuffed French toast, topped with fresh raspberries and drizzled white chocolate and raspberry sauce, this dish is suited for the sweet-seeking foodies of San Diego.If you’re a chocolate fanatic on a mission, Farmer’s Bottega is your Junk Food Day destination. Boasting a quaint and charming atmosphere, Farmer’s Bottega offers their Reese’s Ice Cream Pancakes, a generous serving of fluffy buttermilk pancakes smothered in Reese’s spread and topped with Reese’s chunks and ice cream.Prefer to save your junk food until after your entrée? Head to Farmer’s Table in La Mesa, a farm-to-fork eatery offering a vintage-infused atmosphere with vibrant pops of color. Indulge in Lava Cake, a molten masterpiece enveloped by warm chocolate cake and topped with vanilla ice cream. A dreamy manifestation of a dessert classic, this dish is sure to satisfy any hankering.Another after-dinner delight brimming with Oreos is Wood Ranch’s Oreo Cookie Crunch dessert, prepared with vanilla bean ice cream rolled by hand in ground Oreo cookies, and served with caramel sauce and fudge. Pair this with Wood Ranch’s cozy atmosphere clad in rustic and western-inspired décor, and you’re bound for a successful junk food celebration.If you seek a dish with some Mexican flair, look no further than The Taco Stand. Get your hands on some of their homemade Hot Churros, made-to-order and offered in a serving of three. Enjoy authentic, Tijuana-inspired surroundings as you indulge in carefully crafted churros suited to a day dedicated to junk food festivities.Pair a craft brew with your junk food at Common Theory Public House, a beer mecca dedicated to culinary ingenuity. If you prefer a salty component to your junk food fix, order their Beer Bacon Brownie, a beer brownie crafted with chocolate-covered bacon, chipotle powder, fresh berries and mint. An eclectic mix of ingredients that yields a uniquely honed dessert, this dish is well-suited to anyone seeking a sweet and salty intermingling.Head downtown to Union Kitchen & Tap in the Gaslamp District for a taste of modern American fare infused with coastal influences in a sleek setting. Enjoy their S’mores Pie, crafted from chipotle chocolate pudding tart, vanilla butterscotch, marshmallow and chocolate sauce. A medley of flavors reminiscent of everyone’s favorite fireside snack, this pie is a must for National Junk Food Day.Don’t miss out this National Junk Food Day and treat yourself to some of the city’s most decadent dishes that are suited to the occasion!
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