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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It’s Raw Poke Shop
It’s Raw Poke Shop in Ocean Beach is where to go for authentic poke and chicken long rice.
Temp By Cosecha
Temp By Cosecha in Chula Vista is where to go for seasonal dishes, a big selection of wine and sake, and a very boozy brunch.
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.
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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