Food & Drink

Historic beer, massive meatballs, and bottomless booze: 5 spots you need to try

Published On 10/02/2013 Published On 10/02/2013
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1. Outcast Grill 6104 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122

In the spirit of Outcasts United, the refugee soccer team it's named after, this place has rebranded, remodeled and reopened with a new look and a refreshed seasonal menu filled with grass-fed burgers and wings. They're serving wine and local craft beers on tap, weekend brunch, and fish tacos, which you'll find as a special during tastily alliterative Taco Tuesdays.

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2. Cucina Enoteca 2730 Via de La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

This addition to Urban Kitchen’s ever-growing resto roster is a farmhouse-/equestrian-inspired Italian haven called Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar. It's one elaborate venue, with two impeccably appointed stories (pro tip: anything you see can be a hostess stand). The menu's deep, with fresh house-made pastas, pizzas, and their signature giant meatball smothered in marinara, which's best washed down with one of their Italian beers. When it's warm, hit the airy outdoor patio.

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3. Social Life Pizza 6011 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

The perfect place for stress-eating during finals/hitting on undergrads, SLP's a new pizza joint near SDSU cooking Neapolitan-style pies in a forno oven that heats up to 900 degrees. Go with one of their selections like the prosciutto-topped Porco Blanco, or create your own custom pizza to pair with one of 10 craft beers on tap. If you like dessert but don't want to stop eating pizza, they have a pie that's topped cannoli-style.

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4. Venga Venga 2015 Birch Rd, San Diego, CA 91915

Pair Mexican comfort food with 100 tequilas & mezcals behind the bar (all of which are also comforting), add in guac prepared tableside and a large patio outfitted with firepits, and you've got Venga Venga. They host a bottomless brunch on the weekends with unlimited breakfast tacos and shareable small plates, plus unlimited access to the brunch bar stocked with micheladas, Bloody Marias, margaritas, and mimosas.

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5. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment 1795 Hancock St, San Diego, CA 92110

Housed in the historic Mission Brewery Plaza, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment is now pouring their musically named brews in a new cave-like, 13-tap tasting room. Now you can enjoy The Groupie (their Belgian-style strong blonde ale) while lounging on one of their leather couches or Shake Your Money Maker at the bar. Shake Your Money Maker is a honey nut brown ale. Please don't actually shake anything.