Deck the Halls with Gift Cards

Planning to start your holiday shopping for the foodie in your life? Whether they’re a taco lover, always looking for their new favorite cocktail, or a die-hard coffee addict, these seven San Diego favorite spots are running specials on gift cards this holiday season, and you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.

After selling their three millionth taco earlier this year, City Tacos (photo featured above) is dedicated to combining traditional recipes with SoCal flavor to make their tacos unique! One of their house favorites is the Mexicali Taco with grilled angus steak, onions and poblano peppers, over melted asadero cheese and mashed potatoes, finished with a crema fresca and cotija cheese sprinkle. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 24, purchase $80 in gift cards from any of their seven locations in Ballpark, Encinitas, La Mesa, Village at USC, North Park, Pacific Beach, and Sorrento Valley, and receive an additional $20 gift card free.

Spill the Beans’ Gaslamp location is offering a deal on gift cards from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 that, just like a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, you simply won’t be able to resist! Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $15 gift card free. With two locations in Gaslamp and Seaport Village, their Mission Valley and Ocean Beach locations, set to open next year, will bring San Diego more of their beloved bagels, cream cheese, and coffee! They put a spin on your classic bagel sandwich, with one-of-a-kind cream cheese flavors like Red Chili & Garlic, White Truffle & Parmesan, Wasabi, Ginger, & Soy, and Very Berry.  

Farmer's Bottega Short Rib Benedict

Know someone looking to reconnect with their inner-child, arcade-style? The Smoking Gun has a 360-degree bar, a can’t-miss Happy Hour, and an arcade filled with games like Skee-Ball, Pac-Man Battle Royal, MotoGP, Ping Pong, and a plethora of claw machines. Stop by from 3 pm - 7 pm daily for happy hour pricing on the Frito Pie, Wagyu Double Cheeseburgers, and classic cocktails. Bring a few friends and indulge in a Punch Bowl – a secret recipe served in a giant spinning disco ball. From Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $15 gift card completely free.

Shopping for the farm-to-fork foodie on your holiday gift list? Farmer’s Bottega, in Mission Valley, serves brunch and dinner, with the mindset that “food doesn’t need to be complicated, but it’s important to know where it comes from. Come in the morning and enjoy Banana Foster French Toast, a Mexican Scramble, or Short Rib Benedict. Stop by after 4 p.m. for dinner and indulge in Fennel Sausage Cavatelli, Braised Lamb Shank, or House Meatballs. Save money on gift cards by purchasing $100 in gift cards from Dec. 1 – Dec. 25 and receive a $15 gift card for free! 

Who doesn’t want tequila, mezcal, and all the Mexican food your heart desires for the holidays? Barrio Star is offering an irresistible special on gift cards. From Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, buy $100 in gift cards and receive $25 free, or buy $200 in gift cards and receive $50 free. Taco ‘bout a great deal! The sky’s the limit at Barrio Star, found in Banker’s Hill, presenting San Diego with modern Mexican Soul Food, woven with bold Latin flavors and clever Asian touches. Grab a mixed taco plate and choose three of their notorious tacos; chicken, soyrizo, potato, steak, fish, shrimp, or salmon, all dressed to perfection for your enjoyment!  

Jose's Margarita

Smokey & the Brisket is a family favorite, bringing full throttle BBQ to La Mesa! They’re the real deal when it comes to the “Art of BBQ,” dedicating all of the time and effort it takes to create “next level,” brilliantly seasoned slabs of ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken specialties straight out of their in-house smoker! Buy $100 in gift cards from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 and get a free $15 gift card, to keep for yourself or give as a gift. What’s better than a deal on the best barbecue in town? 

Jose’s Courtroom has brought ocean views and family-friendly dining, along with late-night drinks and entertainment, to La Jolla for fifty years now! Start with their Elote Dip, vegetarian-friendly with roasted sweet corn, fresh off the cob, mixed with cilantro aioli, cotija cheese, and roasted serrano peppers. Pair a taco, burrito, enchilada, fajitas, and more with a Guava Ginger Margarita and you have yourself a perfect night that could only be made better by one thing... a sweet deal! From Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, buy $100 in gift cards and receive a $15 gift card free! 

Grind & Prosper Hospitality Group is ringing in the holiday season with a jolly-good gift card special at all six of their San Diego County locations. Purchase a $100 gift card from Cococabana, Q&A Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Miss B's Coconut Club, Coco Maya, Louisiana Purchase and Park 101, and you will receive a $25 voucher valid at any of these six locations! Valid from Nov. 25 to Dec. 25 both in-stores and online, this is your key to discovering your next favorite restaurant from Grind & Prosper or a scoring a little extra cash to visit your long-time favorites! 

If you’re looking to deck the halls with gift cards this year, plenty of San Diego local restaurants have specials that won’t hurt your wallet and will make your foodie-loving friends jolly. 

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