San Diego has always embraced tiki bars, but The Grass Skirt does a great job of balancing the kitschiness of umbrella drinks with a much-needed update to the standard pupu platter. This Pacific Beach spot serves pork buns, dan dan noodles, burgers, and kimchi fried rice, along with drinks like the Lava & Ice, which includes two types of liquor, four types of fruit, and is delivered to you on fire.
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Little Lion Cafe is an all-day restaurant in Sunset Cliffs that's the perfect stop before, during, or after a trip to the beach.
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.
Campfire in Carlsbad looks like the setting from Moonrise Kingdom, serves a wide range of wood-fired dishes, and let's you roast your own s'mores.
Cantina Mayahuel in North Park serves every type of tequila and mezcal imaginable, along with simple Mexican food like tacos and tortas.
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