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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The Crack Shack
The Crack Shack in Little Italy is where to go to a really good fried sandwich on a huge patio.
Nomad Donuts is where to go in North Park for unusual donut flavors, like blueberry lavender and ube taro.
Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado
Grand Ole BBQ y Asado in North Park is an outdoor-only spot that serves Texas barbecue and Argentine-style asado.
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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.
Galaxy Taco in La Jolla serves high-end versions of classic Mexican street tacos and a variety of really good cocktails.
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