The http://www.sdbikecommuter.com discount program is a non-profit initiative that promotes cycling to local sustainable businesses in San Diego. Inline with its slogan “Ride Local – Buy Local” businesses join the program to support green transportation of bicycle riding and encourage customers to bypass parking spot hunting normally done in a car. A benefit to you, no toxic preservatives and transfats in the food like typical commercial chains use. No membership or special cards are needed, just remind the staff that you biked in to benefit from the 10% off your purchase*. Join us on a tour of the booming local businesses on the program:
Look for the sign
Cruising along Adams Ave, you can go to the modern-tavern style wood fired pizza joint known for their craft beer list on tap Blind Lady Ale House – vegan cheese is available. For a stylish and cozy venue for inventive pies, salads and drinks choose Haven Pizzeria. One block up, the same owners created Kensington Cafe which is a classic American breakfast to dinner restaurant with a large pet-friendly patio. Embrace the seducing middle-eastern rustic ambiance at Cafe21 (also in Downtown) that serves authentic dishes with a Californian spin, with a 5-sangria flight you won’t forget. If you’re craving Italian, enjoy DiMille’s Italian Deli that’s been keeping Adams Avenue full and happy with the all you can eat Sunday brunch since 1978!
Swing by University Heights for oriental medicine consultations including acupuncture, ayurveda and nutrition advice from Health & Wellness Coach, Erin E. Raskins, M.S., L.Ac who’s also been featured in GreenBuilt Homes. Keep your criminal defense visits and city ligitation needs under the radar by riding to Kaftal & Associates Law Firm.
Explore City Heights to find this rustic gem with indoor or outdoor shaded patio seating with American fare creative combinations and craft brews at Nate’s Garden Grill. If you’re a night owl just keep the vibe going with live music, karaoke and stand-up comedy fueled by cocktails at the Til-Two Club.
Take a ride over to the center of Balboa Park for a relaxing outdoor experience at Panama 66 and enjoy live music, craft brews and a full bar while seasonal farm-fresh-to-table is served.
Get down in America’s number one hipster neighborhood on your fixie… start your day with an espresso or home made kombucha at Subterranean Coffee Boutique. If your commute starts from the east side visit Santo’s Coffee shop where you can also take some beans home. Now amped up, hit Europilates San Diego for a training session. Oops, Did you forget your training shoes? Milestone Running Shop will get you running. Don’t forget their large group runs on Wednesday nights at 6pm. After your workout, grab some recovery food at the bike & pet friendly outdoor patio Carnitas Snack Shack if you are craving the best pork creations around. If pizza is your happy place, dine-indoors at the authentic Neapolitan pizza at Caffe Calabria (proudly serving their own roasted South & Central American coffee beans too), grab a slice or a whole pie of either New York or Sicilian styles at Sicilian Thing Pizza. Catch an underground flick at Digital Gym. Ok it is turning dark and now time to get your drink on… choose from Waypoint Public, Tiger! Tiger!, Mosaic Wine or True North Tavern – better yet bar hop & “roll” all three by bike! (FYI Always drink responsibly as you can get a DUI on a bike too). If this happened on a Saturday night – then come and recover at the unique bluegrass brunch put on by Urban Solace; the butter pecan cinnamon roll that’s large enough to share one with the table. Speaking of rewards, if you won a trophy at a race, get it engraved at North Park Trophy.
Chug your way up the hills into South Park, with a coffee and acai extravaganza stop at Captain Kirk’s Coffee. Don’t miss the train… at the restored depot station turned open-air burger & beer bar with a kids play area… Station Tavern has won the best vegetarian burger in many local contests. Indulge for brunch, exotic mochas or dessert at Eclipse Chocolate that has a unique discount of a free truffle with any purchase & a pet patio. If it is hot enough, The Daily Scoop ice cream parlor will keep you & the kids cool. Now time to go shopping for some new or re-purposed / up-cycled artisan local items only at Make Good. End the day with a coffee and scone while listening to live music at Rebecca’s Coffee shop (you can start your day there too), or wine at Rose Wine Pub.
Off to Downtown and the Coffee district, where you can visit these independent roaster cafes to try Cafe Moto, Cafe Virtuoso, and Ryan Brothers and report to us who the best bean roaster is in San Diego. Or just chill with your brew having adoptable cats crawl all over you at Cat Cafe. The new unique hipster square Quartyard has opened up with many weekend events. Chat with the friendly baristas who’ll translate the witty coffee menu to you then enjoy it on the rustic patio in the heart of Market Street at the Meshuggah Shack (also in Hillcrest). Meet any one of the 4 friends that own and staff this dine-in or takeout joint serving healthy versions of classic sandwiches/salads for breakfast or lunch at The District. The same owners opened an Asian fusion eatery and bar called The Parlour because they know that the next best thing after sliced bread is sushi! Whether for brunch or dinner, Zymology21 doesn’t disappoint with innovative and fun dishes and a mixology-focused bar which fuses science with food. If you are really really hungry… forget the touristic BBQ joints… the quick climb up Market street to SCUE BBQ (formerly known as sonneys) where you will find the best dry rub ribs… and ever rare rib tips are on the menu too.
Moving a mile from downtown, Little Italy has a little hidden non Italian secret: Underbelly, where you can find some asian fusion dishes having various types ramen as the main entree.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the airport, multi-lane expressways and military bases fool you, Point Loma’s bike friendly Harbor Drive arterial bikeway that connects Bayshore bikeway – Coronado – Liberty Station will connect you to the fun world traveler wine-tasting experience at the Wine Pub. Here you will find the highest discount at 20%, probably because the owner’s husband is a big bike enthusiast in the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Ride smart on Rosecrans Street using the streetlights and wide turning lanes provided to arrive at the Pearl Hotel‘s saltwater poolside sanctuary nearby for a stay-cation or just for the locally-sourced food, a craft cocktail bar plus weekly movie nights.
By now you deserve a break, treat yourself to Golden Hill‘s extensive spa/massage/makeup venue for one or a party from 9am – 10pm at the cozy & tranquil Girl on the Go! Night Spa! For a waxing specific saloon-themed salon make an appointment to tidy-up that UnderCarriage. The practitioners at Herbin Acupuncture & Wellness focus on individualized plans that create a well-rounded healing experience, which include garden plots to grow your own organic medicinal plants! Ride up to the Absolute Acupuncture clinic to treat all types of pain and health conditions with this 5,000 year old holistic medical system. Between getting your style fixes at the Mint Shoe Store and #1 hat resource Village Hat Shop, grab a bite at the airy vintage-chic Salt & Cleaver for award-winning sausage creations, small plates, craft cocktails & beers… all this located in fabulous Hillcrest.
As you hustle and bustle along the old and famous Highway 1 / Pacific Coast Highway… the longest bike route from Mexico to Canada, Old Town has the perfect pit stop for you at Congress Cafe. Serving breakfast and lunch with a side of “the best coffee in town”. Here you can get crepes served any style… ask for the special salmon-cream cheese version.
Are you carrying your dog in a trailer behind you? Or just carrying an empty stomach? If near Mission Bay, take a stop at Bull’s Smokin BBQ, very pet friendly where you and your pet can share a bone. Try the almond coleslaw, and the only place to make its own cornbread from scratch in the whole county.
Beach time! Chill out at Mission Beach by stopping in at Swell Cafe with the very filling dawn patrol panini or chill out by having acai bowl… and always the cappuccino will hit the spot. If its later in the day, scoot to Pacific Beach where you will find The Patio on Lamont serving great flatbreads, under the same ownership of swell. Better yet, sunday brunch has a jack Daniels pancake on the menu!
* It may be necessary to show the website on your phone since new staff may not be aware. Also, this will confirm the discount listed, as sometimes it’s higher than 10%.