Double Standard
Nomad Donuts
Stella Public House
Iron Pig Alehouse
S&M Sausage and Meat
Draft Republic
The Cheese Store of San Diego
Home & Away
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1. Double Standard Kitchenetta & Bar 695 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The design of the space here is eye-catching, from the gumball-colored furniture to the 160ft grass patio that wraps around the building. Fresh pastas made in-house, wood-fired pizzas, and small plates like N’duja Mussels & Clams make up the Italian-inspired menu, and luckily, the food tastes as good as the place looks.

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2. Nomad Donuts 4504 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116

This is probably about as healthy as donuts get (although you’d never think it) -- Nomad has an entire menu section dedicated to vegan options alongside its list of specialty donuts that changes daily. We recommend the Ube Taro Coconut donut (vegan and otherwise) which has a purplish tint from taro, a root vegetable with a nutty flavor. Combined with coconut, this donut is unexpected and original.

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3. Stella Public House 1429 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

If a cocktail lounge/coffeehouse had a love child with a wood-fired pizza and craft beer restaurant, this is what you would get. Stella Public House and Halcyon are shacked up together in a 3,000sqft space on Island Ave Downtown, and San Diegans reap the benefits of this twofer establishment. With pizza, booze, beer, and coffee all under one roof, what’s not to love? Hydroponic basil (grown in tomato tins on top of the bar), house-made mozzarella, Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes, and a crisp, light crust come together in perfect harmony on Stella’s picture-perfect margherita pie (the benchmark of any great Neapolitan-style pizzeria). But those with a taste for adventure will also enjoy some of executive chef Jade Griego’s more inventive creations. A carefully curated draft list stocked with 33 rotating craft beers and a patio overlooking the neighborhood’s newest park are two major bonuses of getting your fix here.

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4. Iron Pig Alehouse 1520 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Iron Pig Alehouse is serving slow-cooked smoked barbecue, and of course, craft beer aplenty. They’ve got every kind of BBQ’d meat you could want, served with all the fixn’s - like mac & cheese made with four kinds of cheese and topped with Texas toast breadcrumbs, potato salad, and more. Wash all of that down with one of their more than 30 local brews on tap.

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5. S&M Sausage & Meat 4130 Park Blvd , San Diego, CA 92103

Scott Slater, the guy who started Slater’s 50/50, opened this meat-centered eatery in town - but instead of burgers, this place is focused on game meats, sausages, and house-made bacon. And this spot isn't just a restaurant; it’s also a deli where you can take your meats to-go.

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6. Draft Republic 4282 Esplanade Ct, San Diego, CA 92122

The space at Draft Republic is full of shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball, and pool tables. The menu has an in-house charcuterie program with house-made sausages, starters like Moroccan-spiced lamb corn dogs and a selection of burgers, flatbreads, and breakfast-y dishes served during weekend brunch. Not only are they focused on their beer program, with 36 local craft brews on draft, they also have four kegged cocktails on tap as well.

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7. The Cheese Store of San Diego 1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Any sane person knows that you can’t ever get enough cheese in your diet, and this place in Little Italy knows that all too well. They specialize in cheese, charcuterie, gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches and, of course, mac & cheese. There's even a selection of beer and wine available to pair it all with.

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8. Home & Away 2222 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

In the old Kelly’s Pub location in Old Town is Home & Away, a sports bar with live music, a dog-friendly patio, a simple bar menu, and a craft beer and cocktail program that is on point.