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1. Manna 740 Nordahl Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069

This location of the BBQ fave in San Marcos slings Korean eats like bulgogi, bibimbap, and... large intestine.

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2. Waypoint Public 3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Waypoint Public is run by a powerhouse duo: enjoy house-made charcuterie and plenty of other fare from Amanda Baumgarten (from Top Chef and Herringbone) alongside a beer and wine program designed by Bottlecraft's Brian Jensen.

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3. Aqui Es Texcoco 1043 Broadway , Chula Vista, CA 91911

Aqui es Texcoco's based in Tijuana but serves popular Barbacoan-style lamb alongside a selection of craft beer at this SD outpost.

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4. The Lion's Share 629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Don't let the taxidermy, mismatched chandeliers, and surrealist paintings distract you from the food and drink at The Lion's Share (easier said than done, we know). This quirky, hunter's den of a restaurant satisfies your carnivorous side with a game-heavy menu of wild boar bolognese, chicken fried quail, elk loin steak, and bison tartare. You don't have to be a totally adventurous eater though to take part in the fun: the menu includes tamer plates like an aged white Cheddar-topped burger, hand-cut truffle fries, and roast chicken. Both the expected and unexpected offerings pair well with whiskey cocktails and if you can handle it, absinthe.