Chicken. All parts of it. That’s what you’re going to get at this 15-seat yakitori restaurant in Clairemont and it’s going to be deliciously grilled. Along the way, you’ll drink plenty of cheap beer and get to know the strangers eating closely next to you. If you’re there late, those strangers will probably be some of San Diego’s best chefs as this is where they all wind down after long shifts at nearby restaurants.
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