Out with the old and in with the new! Wait, actually, forget "out with the old" -- some of them are pretty great. Luckily, San Diego's appetite seems limitless and there's plenty of room for these new bars and restaurants that merit your attention:

Balboa Bar & Grill

Bankers Hill
Tin Can Alehouse was once known for live music, canned beers, and a couple of guys slinging burgers through a little window, but now one of those guys owns the bar and things have changed. They’ve canned Tin Can and rebranded as The Balboa Bar & Grill. There will still be live music on Fridays and Saturdays, but they’ve added additional craft beers and a cocktail menu to the bar. Kitchen hours were extended, so now you can get mouthwatering burgers every day from 11am-midnight.

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Catania

La Jolla
Catania, the newest addition to Whisknladle’s list of killer restaurants, is now open on the top floor of the La Plaza center overlooking La Jolla Village. This new concept was inspired by owners Arturo Kassel and Ryan Johnston’s two-week road trip through Italy. The fare focuses on Italian coastal cuisine (think squid ink & octopus spaghetti and Sicilian pistachio pizza with mortadella). Also, in an effort to keep things authentically Italian, they’re sticking to an exclusively Italian wine & craft beer program.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Pacific Beach
The PB bar scene on Garnet has been changing big-time as of late. Moondoggies is out, but Backyard Kitchen & Tap has moved in, creating "a place for PB to play" with a menu full of elevated bar eats like lobster mac & cheese, a grilled sausage board, and a selection of flat breads created by Executive Chef Bill Sauer.  

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Water Grill

Gaslamp
San Diego seafood lovers have a new place to dine in the Gaslamp. The bi-level Water Grill has 800 gallons of live seafood tanks full of crab, spot prawns, and lobster, ensuring that you have the freshest catch on your plate. It also has a raw bar with an impressive selection of oysters and iced-shellfish platters.
 

Green Flash Gastro

Mira Mesa
Over the years, Green Flash Brewing Co. has had some of the best food trucks in town serving food outside its brewery tasting room -- but, inspired by the success of its Green Flash Supper Club series, it decided to get a food truck of its own. The menu will be ever-changing, but now whenever the tasting room is open, brew-lovers can have their ice-cold beers perfectly paired with pork belly bánh mì or a braised short rib sandwich with Gouda, caramelized onions, and horseradish crème fraĂ®che.

South Park Brewing

South Park Brewing Company

South Park
Scot Blair, the owner of Hamilton’s Tavern and Monkey Paw, has opened a new spot in South Park with a fish-centered menu and a craft beer lineup that has already won two awards at the LA International Beer Festival. At South Park Brewing Company, you pick your fish; the flavor; and whether you want it in a taco, sando, salad, or a bowl with sautéed seasonal veggies. Pair your meal with one of the brewed-in-house beers or with a local favorite from one of the rotating guest taps.

The Whiskey House

The Whiskey House

Gaslamp
Rivaling the whiskey selection at Aero Club and Seven Grand, the Whiskey House -- on the corner of 3rd and Jay St in the Gaslamp -- allows you to pick your poison from over 600 whiskeys. It has a small menu and the kitchen keeps it simple with cheese and charcuterie boards, a selection of sandwiches, and sausages made in-house every day.

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The Wooden Spoon

Escondido
Owner/Chef Jesse Paul has a long history of cooking at some of the best restaurants in San Diego, but now he has finally opened a place of his own in Escondido. The dishes that make up his upscale comfort food menu are seasonal, sustainable, locally sourced and made from scratch daily. You have to try the Spoon Burger, which is made with house-ground beef, bacon-onion jam, smoked blue cheese, and tomato aioli; and be sure to finish off your meal with the butterscotch pot du crème with sea salt ganache and whisky Chantilly.

Sara Norris/Thrillist

Lumberyard Tavern

Encinitas
Take the 4x4 Challenge at Lumberyard and attempt inhale a burger with 4½lb patties, four slices of cheese, four pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and a fried egg on a pretzel roll alongside a full pound of fries in 30 minutes or less. The rules are strict: no modifications, no substitutions, no utensils, and no napkins -- but, if you can pull it off you get a photo, your name on a plaque, and a T-shirt.

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Tabletop Commons

Hillcrest
If you’re into gaming, cosplay, and booze, then put on your tights and check out Tabletop Commons in Hillcrest. This new gaming-themed spot has comic-inspired murals, cocktails, comfort food, and SD’s largest collection of board games. So tie on your cape, order some poutine, have a cocktail, and challenge your friends to some Settlers of Catan.

Courtesy of Bushfire Kitchen

Bushfire Kitchen

La Costa
The sister resto to Temecula’s Bushfire Grill is bringing their healthy, ingredient-focused, made from scratch fare to San Diego. Just because the food is healthy doesn’t mean their menu is mostly rabbit food; in fact, it's full of baby back ribs, organic/grass-fed beef and lamb burgers, and Angus tri-tip.

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1. The Balboa Bar & Grill 1863 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Bankers Hill)

Tin Can Alehouse (known for live music, canned beers, and a couple of guys slinging burgers through a little window) was rebranded as The Balboa Bar & Grill, featuring live music on Fridays and Saturdays, craft beers & cocktails, and extended kitchen hours -- meaning you can get mouthwatering burgers every day, from 11am-midnight.

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2. Catania 7863 Girard Ave Ste 301, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Catania, located on the top floor of the La Plaza center overlooking La Jolla Village, was inspired by owners Arturo Kassel and Ryan Johnston’s two-week road trip through Italy. The fare focuses on Italian coastal cuisine, and in an effort to keep things authentically Italian, they’re sticking to an exclusively Italian wine & craft beer program.

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3. Backyard Kitchen and Tap 832 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Backyard Kitchen & Tap is "a place for PB to play" with a menu full of elevated bar eats like lobster mac & cheese, a grilled sausage board, and a selection of flat breads created by Executive Chef Bill Sauer.

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4. Water Grill 615 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

This resto is heavy on seafood, and offers a shrimp bánh mì that you absolutely must try. Plump and juicy tempura-battered shrimp hangs with cucumber salad, daikon sprouts, pickled red onion, and sweet chili sauce on this non-traditional but totally tasty bánh mì sandwich served with house-made chips. Bonus: it also happens to be one of the most budget-friendly lunch or dinner items going.

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5. Green Flash Gastro 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121 (Mira Mesa)

This in-house food truck from Green Flash Brewing Co has an ever-changing menu with things like pork belly bahn mi or braised short rib sandwich with Gouda, caramelized onions and horseradish crème fraîche.

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6. South Park Brewing Company 1517 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102 (South Park)

From Scot Blair, the owner of Hamilton’s Tavern and Monkey Paw, South Park Brewing Company has a great fish-centered menu and craft beer line-up. You pick your fish, the flavor, and if you want it in a taco, sando, salad, or a bowl with sautéed seasonal veggies. Pair your meal with one of their beers brewed in-house or a local favorite from one of the rotating guest taps.

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7. The Whiskey House 420 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Rivaling the whiskey selection at Aero Club and Seven Grand is the 600 whiskeys available at The Whiskey House on the corner of 3rd and J St in the Gaslamp. It has a small menu and the kitchen keeps it simple with cheese and charcuterie boards, a selection of sandwiches, and sausages made in-house every day.

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8. The Wooden Spoon 805 East Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025 (Escondido)

Owner/Chef Jesse Paul has a long history of cooking at some of the best restaurants in San Diego, but this Escondido spot is all his own. The dishes that make up his upscale comfort food menu are seasonal, sustainable, locally sourced and made from scratch daily. You have to try the Spoon Burger, which is made from house-ground beef, bacon-onion jam, smoked blue cheese, and tomato aioli; and be sure to finish off your meal with the butterscotch pot du crème with sea salt ganache and whisky Chantilly.

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9. Lumberyard Tavern 967 S Coast Highway 101 Ste 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

Take the 4x4 Challenge at Lumberyard and attempt inhale a burger with 4½ lb. patties, four slices of cheese, four pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and a fried egg on a pretzel roll alongside a full pound of fries in 30 minutes or less. The rules are strict: no modifications, no substitutions, no utensils, and no napkins -- but if you can pull it off you get a photo, your name on a plaque, and a T-shirt.

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10. Tabletop Commons 1263 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Tabletop Commons is a Hillcrest house of cards, games, and properly executed junk food.

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11. Bushfire Kitchen 3433 Via Montebello Unit 166, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (Carlsbad)

The sister resto to Temecula’s Bushfire Grill brings healthy, ingredient-focused, made from scratch fare to San Diego. Just because the food is healthy doesn’t mean the menu is mostly rabbit food; in fact, it's full of baby back ribs, organic/grass-fed beef and lamb burgers, and Angus tri-tip.

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