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The Joint
Small plates and suds in the OB

Three guys getting together to form a restaurant is almost always a good idea, unless one of them ends up being a girl, and the pizza place they create only lasts a season and a half. Luckily not discovering that third guy was actually the chick from Monk, the dudes behind The Joint.

Combining the considerable powers of a chap who'd planned on opening a sushi spot and a pair of Ohio-born bros (a beer connoisseur and the singer from up-and-coming The Deadly Birds), Joint's got a little something for everyone, slinging craft beer, tapas, and (soon-to-come) sushi in a space featuring a custom-built red oak bar, maroon walls, and an interior entirely furnished with prime finds from Craigslist, which were totally Encountered Casually, never expecting to actually go home with anyone. The tapas menu rocks vittles like a Peppered Ribeye with shallot rings, a weekly changing Mac & Cheese, sweet chili and citrus hot sauce'd chicken wings, and cilantro slaw/ corn pico'd tacos made with Blackened Salmon... thanks a lot, BP! The beer 'n wine bar's kicking off the latter with 20 affordable worldly options (15 by the glass), and offering up 35+ bottled brews from AleSmith X 22oz'ers to Cuvee des Trolls Saison, plus 20 taps gushing locals like Rock Bottom's Moonlight Porter and foreigners like Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat's Maredsous 8 Dubbel, which sounds impossible to pronounce delicious.

And before you can say Brouwerij, they'll be launching their Japanese fare described as sushi "with no boundaries", also what Ryan Reynolds' character lacked, especially when he started dating that crazy cat woman from across the hall.

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1. The Joint 4902 Newport Ave, san diego, CA 92107

Combining the considerable powers of a chap who'd planned on opening a sushi spot and a pair of Ohio-born bros (a beer connoisseur and the singer from up-and-coming The Deadly Birds), Joint's got a little something for everyone, slinging craft beer, tapas, and (soon-to-come) sushi in a space featuring a custom-built red oak bar, maroon walls, and an interior entirely furnished with prime finds from Craigslist, which were totally Encountered Casually, never expecting to actually go home with anyone.

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