Things to Do

Under 99 Gazillion Served: Hodad’s Burgers

Nestled in the heart of Ocean Beach, 30 minutes from UCSD lies a burger joint primed to give In-N-Out a run for its fast-earned money.  It’s hard to ignore the allure of Hodad’s “world’s best burgers” — founded in 1969, it’s a critic’s darling, named one of CNN’s Top 5 burger joints last year and featured (read: gushed about) on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” only two years ago. ...

Boring us to Death: The Haunted Hotel

We may have outgrown trick-or-treating, but for those interested in dodging the typical booze-and-slutty-costume fare, The Haunted Hotel — located 25 minutes away from UCSD in the Gaslamp District — may be the perfect solution. Open from Sept. 24 to Oct. 31 (7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), this walk-through freakshow is the longest running haunted house in San Diego, and was featured on Travel Channel’s “America Haunts IV” in 2009. ...

Dick’s Last Resort

The moment you walk into Dick’s Last Resort, check your dignity at the door. Look up. A pair of panties emblazoned with I heartDicks hangs on the wall. I went to the restaurant for a birthday party and, though I really should have known better, I had no idea I was about to pay for everyone to be, well, a dick to us. The décor is reminiscent of a rowdy sports restaurant, exaggerated by the hundred bras that line the bar. Some have names, some have numbers, and some look like they’re 20 years old. Surprisingly, I liked Dick’s- — it was deliciously gaudy and occasionally just delicious. ...