Summer's over, which means you need to bulk up for that harsh San Diego winter that's looming. Or at least keep telling yourself that, because these eight new San Diego restaurants are definitely going to make you want to go up a pants size.

Don Chido

Gaslamp
If Mexican food, tequila, meats perfectly cooked on a Santa Maria wood-fired grill, and fresh-made tortillas get you excited, then drop by Don Chido next time you’re in the Gaslamp. The menu is full of Mexican favorites and the bar serves a list of more than 100 tequilas, as well as a specialty margarita called the El Churro, made with cinnamon-infused tequila, Licor 43, lemon, lime, agave, and cinnamon sugar. Also, that lady up above will be there. Because she's painted on the wall. 

Panama 66

Panama 66

Balboa Park
One of the best things about living in San Diego is that outdoor spaces like Panama 66 can be enjoyed year-round. The newest spot from the peeps who own local faves Tiger!Tiger! and Blind Lady Ale House, Panama 66, has an epic location in the SD Museum of Art Sculpture Garden at Balboa Park. Given the ownership, of course they have a selection of rotating local craft beers on tap and an outstanding cocktail list to boot. The menu is a mix of hot, cold, and pan bagnat (wet) sandos, and they’ve included some of the beloved menu items from their other spots, like the beer and doughnut special for weekend brunch.

ComĂşn Kitchen and Tavern

ComĂşn Kitchen & Tavern

East Village
ComĂşn Kitchen & Tavern is one of the newest restos to open its doors in the up-and-coming East Village area of Downtown. Chef Chad White’s baja-inspired menu changes with the seasons and features dishes made with only the freshest local, sustainable ingredients. Pour yourself a cold one from the self-serve beer station, and take a seat at the chef’s table in front of the open kitchen to get a gander at White whipping up tostadas topped with octopus or smoked shark and family-style plates to share.

OB Warehouse

OB Warehouse

Ocean Beach
The Cohn group has added another hot spot to its resto repertoire, this time in the heart of Ocean Beach. Located on the second floor of the old Portugalia building, the warehouse has a loft-feel with an old-meet-new vibe; they even managed to get half of an Airstream trailer into the space. The menu is an eclectic mix of foods influenced by Asian and Mediterranean flavors (think banh mi pork belly flatbreads, garam masala-dusted scallops, and Moroccan-spiced flat iron steaks). They’re only open for dinner, but stick around for the nightcap food and drink specials, starting at 11pm during the week and midnight on weekends.

Zymology 21

Zymology 21

Gaslamp
Zymology 21 is the newest venture from the owners of Café 21, brining you "farm-to-bar" cocktails, all-day brunch, and dinner items like lobster corn dogs. The bar has more beakers than a science lab, and they’re using in-house fermentation and purées to create boozy popsicles, molecularly infused liquors, and drink flights served in test tubes.

Bottega Americano

Bottega Americano

East Village
You probably shouldn’t eat for a week before stopping by this European market-meets-Italian eatery in East Village. You also may not eat for a week after. Pastas and wood-fired pizzas abound on their menu, along with ample seafood options, like semolina crab cakes with roasted yellow pepper aioli and crispy artichokes. The space has five interactive food bars, so you have a front-row seat for all the action happening in the open kitchen -- or you can grab-and-go from the market. Snake Oil Cocktail Company designed the classic cocktail-inspired drink menu, and the beer list features local selections along with a few brews from Italy.

Table No. 10

Table No. 10

East Village
Whether you’re in the mood to try something new or you’re just looking to grub around game time, Chef Jason Gethin’s gourmet American-style fare at Table No. 10 is ready for you. This East Village addition is Petco Park adjacent, and you can bet that their kobe beef brisket is better than any hot dog you’ll get in the park. You also can’t leave without having a cocktail (or two); the bar is serving their own house-made tonic & sodas, as well as a cocktail menu that features some unique ingredients like duck fat, and the sharable Flux Capacitor, made with gin, rosewater, violet liquor, lemon, honey, maraschino, lavender, and dry ice served in a beaker.

Fairweather

Fairweather

East Village
Rare Form in East Village has expanded upward with the addition of Fairweather, a rooftop patio bar overlooking Petco Park. Pulling from Consortium’s roster of fantastic bartenders, Anthony Schmidt from Noble Experiment and Craft & Commerce has designed the cocktail menu. The list of 32 drinks includes 16 classic cocktails, like the piña colada, Painkiller, and daiquiris, along with 16 signature beverages. The $300 Piece of Advice is a pricey dealer’s choice cocktail, served with an invaluable piece of advice from your bartender.

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1. Don Chido 527 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

This Gaslamp Mexican spot offers meats cooked on a Santa Maria wood-fired grill, fresh made tortillas, and tequila. The menu is full of Mexican favorites and the bar serves more than 100 tequilas, and a specialty margarita called the El Churro, made with cinnamon infused tequila, Licor 43, lemon, lime, agave, and cinnamon sugar.

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2. Panama 66 1460 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

​Located in the San Diego Museum of Art Sculpture Garden at Balboa Park, this outdoor spot opened by four beer veterans offers a selection of rotating local craft beers on tap, cocktails and hot and cold lunch foods. The 150-seat space hosts people on communal tables, and if you want to take advantage of the sculpture garden scenery, the bar provides free blankets to sit on.

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3. ComĂşn Kitchen & Tavern 935 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Común Chef Chad White’s baja-inspired menu changes with the seasons, and features dishes made with only the freshest local and sustainable ingredients. Pour yourself a cold one from the self-serve beer station and take a seat at the chef’s table in front of the open kitchen to get a gander at White whipping up tostadas topped with octopus or smoked shark and family-style plates to share.

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4. OB Warehouse 4839 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 (Ocean Beach)

This Ocean Beach spot from the The Cohn group is located on the second floor of the old Portugalia building, and has a loft feel, with an old meets new vibe. The menu is an eclectic mix of foods influenced by Asian, Mediterranean, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern flavors. They’re only open for dinner, but stick around for the nightcap food and drink specials starting at 11pm during the week, and midnight on the weekends.

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5. Zymology 21 750 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

From the owners of Café 21, Zymology 21 offers “farm-to-bar” cocktails, all day brunch, and dinner items like lobster corn dogs. The bar has more beakers than a science lab, and they’re using in-house fermentation and purées to create boozy popsicles, molecularly infused liquors, and drink flights served in test tubes.

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6. Bottega Americano 1195 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

This East Village European market/Italian eatery offers pasta, wood-fired pizzas, anti-pastas, and seafood dishes. There are also five interactive food bars, so you can see all the action happening in the kitchen, or grab-and-go from the market.

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7. Table No. 10 369 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Chef Jason Gethin’s offers up gourmet American-style fare at Table No. 10 in the East Village, right next to Petco Park. Their kobe beef brisket is better than any hot dog you’ll get in the park, and you can’t leave without having a cocktail (or two). The bar serves their own house-made tonics and sodas, as well as a cocktail menu that features some unique ingredients like duck fat and the sharable Flux Capacitor made with gin, rosewater, violet liquor, lemon, honey, maraschino, lavender, and dry ice.

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8. Fairweather 795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

This Gaslamp Quarter spot, located above New American restaurant Rare Form, isn't perched very high above the city for a rooftop bar at one story tall, but it does offer a killer view of PetCo Park. Its cozy dotted blue sofas and fruit displays offer bright bursts of color amidst its white marble benches and mosaic-tile bar backdrop. You can take your pick of over a dozen specialty cocktails like the honey-and-lime flavored King Bee or the sugary Oh Captain My Captain, and if you get peckish, just head downstairs for a grilled cheese or hummus plate.

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