Hopefully you've diligently plowed through all of the best San Diego restaurants from 2014, because it's a new year, and San Diego's ongoing mission to ensure your body is unfit for beach-viewing never ceases! That's another way of saying that yes, of course this rundown of San Diego's newest eateries involves donuts.

Double Standard

Double Standard Kitchenetta

East Village
Joining the ranks of new restaurants popping up in the East Village is the Double Standard. The design of the space 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.

Nomad Donuts

Nomad Donuts

North Park/University Heights
Bringing something pretty sweet to the neighborhood, Nomad Donuts has found a home on 30th and Monroe, making biscotti, fritters, and (of course) donuts, with flavors you’ve definitely never seen before. The menu changes every day, with options like honey-peach-prosciutto donuts, and bacon-fig-goat cheese fritters with rosemary glaze. For the traditionalists, they always have a classic donut available, something like a maple-glazed or an old-fashioned... which is what you are if you don’t at least try one of their amazing flavor combos.

Stella Public House

Stella Public House and Halcyon

Downtown
If a cocktail lounge/coffeehouse had a love child with a wood-fired pizza and craft beer resto this is what you would get. Stella Public House and Halcyon are shacking up together in a 3,000sqft space on Island Ave Downtown, and San Diegans are reaping the benefits of this twofer establishment. With pizza, booze, beer, and coffee all under one roof, what’s not to love?

Iron Pig Alehouse

Iron Pig Alehouse

Pacific Beach
Kenny Casciato might have closed down Ciros in PB, but he’s opened a new spot on the other end of Garnet (with partners Brigette O'Donovan and Louise Kelly) that 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.

S&M Sausage and Meat

S&M Sausage and Meat

University Heights
Scott Slater, the guy who started Slater’s 50/50, has opened a new meat-centered eatery in town -- but instead of burgers, this time he’s focusing on game meats, sausages, and house-made bacon. This new spot is not just a restaurant; it’s also a deli where you can take your meats to-go. The cocktail menu is focused on flavor with drinks that are savory/salty or smoky/spicy with some classics mixed in. During happy hour drinks are $2 off and come with a strip of bacon.

Draft Republic

Draft Republic

La Jolla
Taking the place of the La Jolla Strip Club is Cohn Restaurant Group’s new beer-focused venture, Draft Republic. Now the only grill you’ll find in there is in the kitchen, and the space is full of shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball, and pool tables. Instead of cook-your-own everything, Draft’s 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.

The Cheese Store of San Diego

The Cheese Store of San Diego

Little Italy
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. After getting their start selling cheeses at the local farmers' markets, they now have a brick-and-mortar location that specializes 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.

Home & Away

Home & Away

Old Town
What used to be Kelly’s Pub in Old Town is now Home & Away, a sports bar with live music, a dog-friendly patio, a simple bar menu, and a craft beer & cocktail program that is on point. Score!

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1. Double Standard Kitchenetta & Bar 695 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

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 (North Park)

Everyone and their mom has a recipe for vegan baked goods these days, but nothing comes close to the deliciousness that is Nomad Donuts. The non-vegan fare is equally amazing, but it’s the vegan standouts that have diners in North Park coming back for more, addicted to inventive flavors such as Ube taro coconut, cranberry rosewater, and blueberry lavender. The goodies here sell out fast, so we suggest arriving early to this snug counter service spot in order to get your sugar fix (don’t fret, sleepyheads: the coffee here is great too).

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3. Stella Public House 1429 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

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 (Pacific Beach)

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 (University Heights)

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 (University Heights)

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 (Old Town)

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.

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