Carlsbad’s Campfire is a hybrid indoor-outdoor restaurant that looks like the setting from Moonrise Kingdom. It feels like you’re eating in a cabin that you could never afford with rustic touches like outdoor bonfires, teepees, and s’mores that you cook yourself. Live fire cooking is the drill here, so expect everything, from whole fish to steaks to even broccoli, to come out smokey and nicely charred. The cocktails are excellent, too.
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Nomad Donuts is where to go in North Park for unusual donut flavors, like blueberry lavender and ube taro.
Blind Lady Ale House
Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights serves really good pizza and more beers than you could ever consume in a lifetime.
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Born & Raised
Born & Raised in Little Italy is where to go for an expensive steak, fancy cocktails, and to live out all of your Great Gatsby fantasies.
The Grass Skirt
The Grass Skirt is a modern tiki bar in Pacific Beach that serves a variety of umbrella drinks, along with burgers, pork buns, and kimchi fried rice.
Trust is a neighborhood restaurant in Hillcrest that’s known for their wood-fired grill, wide selection of wines, and great atmosphere.
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