San Diego

Last Updated - July 15, 2017

San Diego's most popular drunk food is American. For independent restaurants, the top drunk food is Mexican.

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Drunk Food Analysis

It's 1 AM on a Saturday night and you're looking for food. If you're not pregnant, you're probably drunk :) This project compares the drunk food scenes in North America's biggest cities. The analysis used Yelp to find low cost restaurants open at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017. Not every restaurant has accurate hours in Yelp, so this data isn't perfect. You can see more details in the About page. You can also check out the overview of all cities.

City Drunk Food Rankings

How does the drunk food scene in San Diego stack up to the rest of North America?

Number of restaurants256(9/57)
Number of independent restaurants163(9/57)
Percentage of independent restaurants63.7%(27/57)
Restaurants per 10,000 residents1.8(26/57)

San Diego has 256 drunk food restaurants, ranking it number 9 out of all 57 cities included. The city with the most drunk food restaurants is New York with 1039. San Diego ranks as the number 27 city in terms of independent drunk food, with 63.7% of the drunk food restaurants being independent.

With a population of 1,394,928 San Diego has 1.8 drunk food restaurants for every 10,000 residents. Las Vegas has the most drunk food restaurants per person with 9.2 for every 10,000 residents.

Food Categories

These two graphs show the most popular food categories for late night drunk food in San Diego. To get this category break down, the smaller Yelp categories were combined into a few big categories. For example, Japanese, Ramen and Sushi all fall under the 'Asian' category. The first graph shows food categories across all restaurants in the city (including chains), the second shows only independent restaurants.

All Restaurant Breakdown

All Restaurant Food Category Breakdown

Independent Restaurant Breakdown

Independent Restaurant Food Category Breakdown

Restaurant Category Variety

The graph below gives a sense of the variety of drunk food in San Diego. Appearing in the top right indicates higher variety.

Restaurant category variety plot

There's a lot going on in this graph, here's how to read it:

Top Franchises

These are the top franchises open late in San Diego.

Jack In The Box17
Dennys16
Taco Bell11
Dominos Pizza10
McDonalds8

More Drunk Food

See more by checking out the North American Drunk Food Overview to see how all the major cities compare. These cities have the largest drunk food scenes: