[SDCC2023] Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe: A New Exhilarating Pop-Up Dining Experience

The Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe is set to bring a dash of gaming nostalgia to San Diego, serving up Sonic-themed treats in a vibrant pop-up experience
Sonic the Hedgehog: Speed Cafe

Get ready, Sonic the Hedgehog fans! SEGA, the renowned gaming brand, is teaming up with restaurateur Andy Nguyen of Secret Sauce Society to bring a unique dining experience to San Diego. The Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe, a pop-up restaurant inspired by the iconic universe of Sonic the Hedgehog, is set to open its doors on July 13 for a month-long run.

Step into the World of Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog: Speed Cafe
Photo Credit: Noah Red

This nostalgic eatery is designed to transport visitors straight into Sonic’s world. From the moment you step in, you’ll be immersed in an environment that captures the essence of the beloved franchise. But the Sonic experience doesn’t stop at the decor. The menu at the Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe is a tribute to the franchise, featuring dishes named after and inspired by the characters.

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Fans can look forward to trying “Sonic’s Classic Chili Dog,” the “Knuckles Sandwich,” a crispy fried chicken delight, and “The Evil Genius” egg salad sandwich. Complementing these main dishes are sides like the “Golden Ring” onion rings and “Fast Fries,” a nod to Sonic’s legendary speed. The beverage menu is equally exciting, with options like the Blue Blur (Sonic) blueberry slushie; Smashing Echidna (Knuckles) cherry slush; Flying Fox (Tails) mango orange slush; and Team Dark (Shadow) mocha milkshake.

Exclusive Sonic Merchandise

In addition to the themed food and drinks, visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe merchandise. The range includes t-shirts, hoodies, and hats, all designed with Sonic fans in mind. Plus, each order comes in custom-designed Sonic packaging, adding an extra touch of fun to the dining experience.

The chili dog is iconic to fans who watched any Sonic cartoons. While it did not really make it into the games, those who grew up with any of the animated series know that the chili dog is what Sonic lived for. It is absolutely brilliant that it will be featured at the Sonic The Hedgehog Speed Cafe.

Grand Opening and Operational Hours

The Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe is set to host a Grand Opening celebration on July 19, just in time for San Diego Comic-Con 2023. The event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. PT, will feature the official Sonic mascot and the team from SEGA of America. The pop-up will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT from July 13 – 18 and July 24 – Aug. 20, and from 11 a.m. PT to midnight from July 19 – 23.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe is located at 910 J St Space 2, San Diego, CA 92101. After the pop-up, the location will revert back to Chick’NCone, a popular local eatery.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Sonic the Hedgehog while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Whether you’re a long-time Sonic fan or new to the franchise, the Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Cafe promises an unforgettable experience.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Speed Cafe
Photo Credit: Noah Red

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Kevin Fenix

Kevin Fenix

Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.