Peanut butter — it’s a true American classic. Peanuts and peanut butter are found in our favorite candies and, of course, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and peanut butter is eaten regularly in a whopping 94% of American households. But does it really get the appreciation that it deserves? Thanks to National Peanut Butter Lovers Day on March 1, the peanut butter lovers of the world will unite to pay homage to the many delicious and versatile uses for peanut butter. What better way to celebrate than with a peanut butter food tour of San Diego? Here are our recommendations of San Diego bars and restaurants to commemorate this classic American food on March 1.Start the festivities early in Mission Hills at Farmer’s Bottega with a breakfast creation that will begin your day of peanut butter worship with a smile. Take in the rustic ambiance of the intimate restaurant while enjoying their beloved Reese’s & Ice Cream Pancakes, a stack of warm and fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with thick Reese’s chunks and topped with a Reese’s spread that takes breakfast to a whole new level of yum. Savor a sweet treat in Pacific Beach at Backyard Kitchen & Tap with a protein-filled snack that will be sure to sustain you through a day of peanut butter-induced food comas. Cool off in the warm sun with a refreshing Backyard Acai Bowl, topped with an assortment of seasonal bananas, blueberries, strawberries, apple juice, a sprinkling of granola and a drizzle of sweet honey. Add in peanut butter for a protein kick and the thick, creamy taste that we know and love. Skip the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and join the big leagues at Brian’s 24 with their Peanut Butter Burger. Don’t be afraid, this seemingly strange combination of a 1/2 –lb patty topped with peanut butter, crispy bacon, and melted American cheese will change the way you see burgers forever.Looking for a dessert to round up your day of peanut butter lovin’? Dreams really do come true in the form of Baked Bear’s Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches at their location in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. The process is simple: choose two fresh-baked peanut butter cookies for the top and bottom and fill your sandwich with your choice of any of 12 unique flavors including birthday cake, cookies & cream and salted caramel fudge. Finish it off with M&Ms, Heath Bar bits, hot fudge, and any number of other toppings and voilà, you have a custom cookie sandwich masterpiece to honor peanut butter in one of its many wonderful forms. Keep the peanut butter party going all night long and head to North Park to visit True North Tavern, a favorite local hot spot in this bustling neighborhood with enough good times on tap for everyone. Toast the day with their one-of-a-kind cocktail By The Old Gods & The New Fashioned, a drink with plenty of personality complete with bourbon, brandy, maple and luxardo cherry, mixed with peanut butter cup and peanut butter cup bitters to elevate this beverage to a new level of awesome. Don’t let National Peanut Butter Lovers Day pass you by. Follow these recommendations for a day of true peanut butter appreciation from dawn to dusk that will leave you counting down the days until next March when we can do it all over again!
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