Finding Faygo in San Diego
Faygo is a constant on our household. Paul grew up with it in Michigan and I, due to Paul’s influence, grew to appreciate it as well. Every trip to the Midwest has always included a search for Faygo as well as some failed attempt to
smuggle transport it back to San Diego. When we got married, we visited three places to find all the flavors to serve at our wedding reception: BevMo, Iowa Meat Farms and Galco’s in Los Angeles. That field has widened. Faygo can now be found at a few non-chain convenience stores right here in San Diego.
What started with sighting of a cardboard cutout of a Faygo soda bottle at a small market has led to at least three other confirmed sightings of this famed Michigan “pop.”
So as a public service for those internet searches involving any combination of “Faygo” “San Diego” ”where to find it” and/or “I miss Michigan“ that has led people to this blog, this post is for you.
North Park Market
3009 University Avenue
Adjacent to Heaven Sent Desserts (be sure to try their amazing chocolate chip cookies), this convenience store sells 24 fl. oz. plastic bottles of Faygo for $1.25 each (incl. tax and CRV), as well as their larger sibling the 2 liter bottles for $2. Flavors rotate in a weekly basis according to the owner but their wide selection also includes Faygo’s other brand, Ohana.
7152 Linda Vista Road
This Hispanic market on Linda Vista Road is the best deal found in San Diego that I’m aware of. Plastic 24 fl. oz bottles are $.89 each (pre-tax and CRV) and 2 liter bottles are also available ($1.29) if you’re going to a party or just really thristy. While you’re at it, pick up some marinated carne asada from the butcher counter.
Benadir Food Market
6122 University Avenue
This place is a hop skip and jump from SDSU but beware — you’ll have to do some searching for Faygo at this convenience store that serves the East African community. Stacks of Faygo were found in the back still in the cardboard palettes AND in the front by the window and who knows where else in this tiny little shop. Unfortunately, this is also the only place we found root beer in plastic 24 oz. bottles. They’re $1.29 each (pre-tax & CRV) and a 12-pack of cans is $5.99. The guy behind the counter seemed a bit loosey-goosey on the price for both.
7604 Linda Vista Road
One of my favorite places for their pork banh-mi also serves Faygo. Individual aluminum cans are a solid $1 each, tax and CRV included. Who knew that Vietnamese food went to well with Old Fashioned Root Beer?
Iowa Meat Farms
6041 Mission Gorge Road
Don’t let the fresh cuts of meat and free chip samples distract you. In the refrigerated section alongside the craft beers, country hams and thick cut bacon are glass bottles of Faygo. A six-pack cannot be broken, sold individually nor can the flavors be mixed. A six-pack is $9.99 (pre-tax and CRV).
Various locations around San Diego
This place doesn’t sell just alcohol! BevMo also features a variety of speciality sodas including Faygo. Individual 12 fl. oz. glass bottles are sold here for a whopping $1.99 each! Unfortunately, if you visit the Faygo website and request for shops in San Diego that sell its soda, this is the only retailer listed.
Are there any other places you’ve had confirmed sighting of Faygo? Let me know! Bonus points for photos taken with a bottle outside of the market — I may just post your photo here.