It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink. Some had to go (Burlap, we hardly knew ye!), while other hot spots could not be denied (welcome, Bang Bang!). Have a look at the list (organized by hood, this isn't a ranking) and make the most of your next night out.


1) The Blind Burro
639 J St; 619.795.7880
This group-friendly Mexican joint features huge communal tables, a “South-of-the-border street food” menu loaded with tapas-style shareables, and over 100 kinds of tequila, mezcal, and Bacanora.
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2) Frauds and Swindlers
820 5th Ave; 619.814.5700
Aidan Demarest and David Whitton of LA's Neat and Villains Tavern have brought their cocktail expertise to SD with the opening of Frauds and Swindlers; a bar with a dark, moody atmosphere and a killer list of craft cocktails that fit the morally ambiguous vibe.
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3) Searsucker
611 5th Ave; 619.233.7327
This wide-open neighborhood spot encourages relaxation with unfinished tables, mismatched chairs, and fluffy couches, and eating with serious cuisine from Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey.
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4) Cat Eye Club
370 7th Ave; 619.330.9509
Located in the back room of East Village’s Blind Burro, the Cat Eye Club is the reincarnation of a stylish '60s lounge, and don't worry: that burro is totes blind, so he has a really hard time finding the entrance.
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5) Bailiwick
756 5th Ave; 619.795.3036
Probably the least-weird thing to ever come out of Florida, Bailiwick's the re-imagining of a St. Petersberg cocktailery that churns out drinks like the suped-up Blood & Sand: Ilegal reposado mezcal, blood orange liqueur, fresh orange, grapefruit, and agave nectar.
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6) Saltbox
1047 5th Ave; 619.515.3003
The upstairs of this bi-level resto/"gastrolounge" slings "social plates" like whole fried bass served as a build-your-own taco platter, while below lies a marble-topped booze dispensary and meandering lounge.
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7) Bang Bang
526 Market St; 619.677.2264
This visually spectacular Asian-influenced den of madness is just waiting to put bacon in your dessert and set your drinks on fire. Oh, and of COURSE they have the biggest disco ball on the West Coast.
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8) The Lion's Share
629 Kettner Blvd; 619.564.6924
Antelope sliders with smoked Gouda and bourbon-glazed wild boar ribs are common fare at this snug hideaway dedicated to exotic meats and "meticulously crafted" cocktails.
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9) Soda & Swine
2943 Adams Ave; 619.269.SODA (7632)
S&S's build-your-own menu's centered around their large, meaty balls, allowing you to choose a spherical meat, sauce, and cheese, meaning just how crazy you get depends on how large and meaty your own balls are.
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10) URBN
3085 University Ave; 619.255.7300
This cavernous, industrial-themed offshoot of the tiny "mom & pop" pizza joint of the same name dishes out the same top-notch pies with mouth-watering additions like the "Sausage and Peppers" w/ Gorgonzola-stuffed cherry peppers/fresh mozz.
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11) Polite Provisions
4686 30th St; 619.677.3784
The dudes behind Craft & Commerce/ UnderBelly/ Noble Experiment have continued their tradition of hiring the nation's best talent, bringing in Bourbon & Branch/Rickhouse vet Erick Castro from SF to come up with the most ambitious drink program San Diego's ever seen.
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12) Sycamore Den
3391 Adams Ave
Because the technology still doesn't exist to travel back in time and drink with a younger version of your dad (or Crispin Glover, for that matter), Sycamore Den is the next best thing, a 1970s dad-inspired watering hole with yellow-tinted lighting, lava stone accents, and wood paneling hearkening back to a time when nobody was cooler than your old man. Not even Crispin Glover.
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13) Great Maple
1451 Washington St; 619.255.2282
Not just a common compliment among syrup makers, Great Maple's a fancied-up '60s diner with a bit of European flair from the guys who brought you Hash House a-Go-Go and The Tractor Room.
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14) Carnitas' Snack Snack
2632 University Ave; 619.294.7675
From the former Kensington Grill chef (and 2009 Cali Resto Assn. Chef of the Year!) and his babe of a partner, CSS's daily rotating porcine menu is loaded with ingredients sourced from local farms.
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15) 100 Wines Hillcrest
1027 University Ave; 619.491.0100
100 is loaded with a mysterious, unknowable number of vinos (OK, it's 100), and a Mediterranean-leaning menu of shareable comestibles from steak carpaccio to phyllo-crusted sweetbreads.
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16) Donut Bar
631 B St; 310.625.5571
About the time you’re stumbling home from the bar at the unfortunate hour of 3a, things are just getting started at downtown's Donut Bar as they plot to pull you deeper into an unhealthy existence with Maple Bacon Bars and other creations that don't fit the whole "bar" theme going on in this sentence.
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17) UnderBelly
750 W Fir St; 619.269.4626
This cozy, no-frills joint pays “homage to the ramen gods of Tokyo” with signature dishes like the maniacally meaty UnderBelly Ramen with char-su belly, applewood bacon, and Kurobuta sausage.
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18) Queenstown Public House
1557 Columbia St; 619.546.0444
In case repeated viewings of Flight of the Conchords DVDs aren't fulfilling your kiwi quota, the dudes behind Bareback Grill and Ragland Public House have rolled out Queenstown Public House, bringing you burger goodness inspired by an out-of-the-way joint the owners uncovered in New Zealand.
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19) Craft & Commerce
675 W Beech St; 619.269.2202
Headed up by Noble Experiment's founding duo, C&C's "simple American" eats include a fried chicken feast with a buttermilk slaw, mashed potatoes & spicy vinegar.
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20) Prepkitchen
1660 India St; 858.792.7737
The third and largest iteration (with a full bar!) of Prep serves taste bud tempters like a pastrami sandwich with Gruyere/caramelized onions/apple horseradish slaw.
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21) Monello
750 W Fir St, Ste 102 B; 619.501.0030
The Milanese couple behind Bencotto doubled-up with Monello, where they get to serve traditional street food from their homeland. Don't skip the flatbread-wrapped porchetta.
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22) Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria
897 S Coast Hwy 101; 760.634.7671
Locally-sourced ingredients get turned into pies like the fennel sausage/artisan pepperoni "My Father's", which could easily be followed by "Placing A Lot Of Confidence In Lipitor".
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23) The Craftsman New American Tavern
276 N El Camino Real; 760.452.2000
Apparently the team behind Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza really like having obvious names, because at The Craftsman New American Tavern they're shockingly serving their take on American tavern food. Apparently that includes plenty of Tennessee moonshine cocktails.
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24) The Pacific Coast Grill
2526 Hwy 101; 760.479.0721
The beachy-rustic space is covered with cobblestones and aged wood, though you might start looking like Ron yourself after ripping through all six of their specialty margs.
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25) Solterra Wine Kitchen
934 N Coast Hwy 101; 760.230.2970
Gone are the days of having to journey into the countryside for a little swish and spit (well, the classy version; technically you can do that anywhere) -- Leucadia has an urban winery right on the 101: Solterra Winery and Kitchen, offering everything from wine tastings and bottles to-go, to an all-you-can-eat Mediterranean tapas buffet.
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26) Bier Garden
641 S Coast Hwy; 760.632.2437
Despite the name, the Bier Garden of Encinitas is not your typical German-themed hall of suds, going beyond beer (and cruelly eschewing short-dressed serving wenches) to mix up booziness like this Hardy Bloody Mary, served with a boatload of garnishes (beef sticks, pickles, etc...), a float of stout, and a beer chaser. And yes -- they do still bring the beer, with a deep roster of San Diego brews.
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27) Solace and Moonlight Lounge
25 East E St; 760.753.2433
With a ground floor full of reclaimed wood booths, and a lofty lounge boasting a massive communal table, S&M doles out deliciousness in the form of Dungeness-crab-filled Brik served with spiced aioli & fried lemon.
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28) The Compass
300 Carlsbad Village Dr; 760.434.1900
Improve your social skills by trying all of the 20 craft beers on tap, wines like the damn-well-better-be Tasti Chardonnay, and a healthy selection of whiskeys that includes a whopping seven varieties of Jameson.
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29) Sea and Smoke
2690 Via de la Valle Suite D210; 858.925.8212
From the dude behind Moonlight Lounge and Urban Solace (oh, those cinnamon rolls...) Del Mar's Sea and Smoke is living up to its name with more smoke than Snoop's tour bus and more sea creatures than... well, sea creatures don't really ride buses, but that's just fine.
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30) Real Food & Spirits
124 S Solana Hills Dr; 858.793.7325
This bar/eatery (beatery? No, no... that doesn't sound good...) is keeping it Real by doing everything in-house, right down to grinding out an 80/20 mix of 100% Angus and applewood-smoked bacon to make their Real Spirit Burger.
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31) Pizza Port Solana Beach
135 N Hwy 101 Solana Beach; 858.481.7332
This low-ceiling'd, woody joint is best know for its “Anti-Wimpy Gourmet Pizzas” and sunken beerbratory, where they create magic like Swami's IPA, Cardiff Chronic, and the double brown Ale Nino, whose high ABV'll have you doing things even local weatherwoman Chrissy Russo can't predict.
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32) Slater's 50/50
2750 Dewey Rd Bldg 193; 619.398.2600
50/50 boasts 50 flat screens and 111 taps, but the biggest draw's a burger made from 50% Sterling Silver beef and 50% ground Mohawk bacon. Try their award-winning "Peanut Butter and Jellousy Burger", which comes with vanilla freaking ice cream.
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33) Wonderland Ocean Pub
5083 Santa Monica Ave #2C; 619.255.3358
Named for the historic Wonderland Amusement Park, this beachfront bar will keep you entertained with 24 beers on tap, a bevy of games, and cheese-stuffed burgers topped with the likes of fried onions and Spam.
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34) Stone Brewery at Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116; 619.269.2100
The beer barons at Stone are ensuring that the former U.S. Naval training center at historical Liberty Station will no longer be showcasing much in the way of discipline, given the sheer volume of hoppy goodness flowing through what's essentially a 55,000sqft beer amusement park featuring an on-site brewhouse, an outdoor movie courtyard with 12 taps, a patio with 30 more taps, and a store offering growlers & kegs to-go, all under the watchful eye of a giant looming gargoyle disapprovingly presiding over the former Naval mess hall.
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35) Sessions Public
4204 Voltaire St; 619.756.7715
The menu was designed by a top-secret chef (protected by a confidentiality agreement for extra mystery!) who arrived at crab cakes w/ celery root slaw, as well as the particularly decadent Lobster Scallop Cioppino.
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36) Gabardine
1005 Rosecrans St; 619.398.9810
With a Rumpelstiltskin-spun menu by Chad White (that means it's straight gold, son!) stuffed so full of “Portuguese-esque seafood bar cuisine”, they probably should have called it Herringbone.
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37) Fathom
1776 Shelter Island Dr; 619.222.5835
Their relatively minimalist menu is comprised mostly of hand-helds like the World Famous Fathom EXPLODO: a bacon-wrapped Vienna beef dog loaded w/ pepper jack, mustard, and house kimchi that's made “in-your-face” with a triple-dose of fresh garlic/ginger.
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38) Brooklyn Girl
4033 Goldfinch St; 619.296.4600
No, Brooklyn Girl is not a new American Girl doll that comes with a fixie unicycle, a bottle of kombucha, and a DIY arm-tat kit. It's an eclectically decor'd neighborhood eatery where patrons are served as-local-as-possible New American fare on Amish-built tables.
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39) Christopher's on Congress
2539 Congress St Ste A; 619.450.4154
Leveraging skills honed while selling wine, the bros behind Christopher's carefully conspired on the vino list to include a large selection of moderately priced by-the-glass varieties, as well as a by-the-bottle reserve list that tips the scale with a $2000 1964 Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
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40) Supernatural Sandwiches
1620 National Ave; 619.356.1992
Not to be confused with the most popular activity at Santana-themed swingers conventions, Supernatural Sandwiches are the tucked-away creation of four 'wich aficionados with hyper-local leanings and the humble dream of making “sea-to-sandwich”... sandwiches.
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41) Felix's BBQ with Soul
342 Euclid St; 619.546.9120
Smokin' & grillin' all the BBQ you know/lust after (baby backs, beef short ribs, smoked tri-tip, pulled pork, etc.) in their “genuine hickory wood-burning pit”, Felix also marinates its Alabama chicken wings for 24hrs before frying 'em up.
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42) The Promiscuous Fork
6984 La Jolla Blvd; 858.454.3663
Whether you get the Surf & Turf Grilled Cheese with housemade crab Louie, pastrami, aged white cheddar & provolone on sourdough, or the bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp po' boy with Baconnaise & white cheddar on an Amoroso roll, you'll leave happy. And fat.
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43) The Baked Bear
4516 Mission Blvd Ste C; 858.886.7433
A baked bear is not how Smokey copes with the stress of preventing forest fires; it's a made-to-order ice cream sandwich shop in Pacific Beach where you can design your own dessert combo like, for example, this mint chocolate chip nestled between warm, fresh-made waffles, making it perfectly acceptable breakfast food.
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44) Cannonball
3105 Ocean Front Walk; 858.228.9283
While it may LOOK like a pool with its aqua-tiled walls and lane dividers hanging above the bar, please don't actually do a cannonball into Cannonball, because you'll likely injure someone just trying to enjoy themselves at San Diego's largest (and arguably most picturesque) oceanfront rooftop bar.
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45) The Patio
4445 Lamont St; 858.412.4648
Outfitted with a living wall and tables made from Torrey Pines, TP is keeping Pacific Beach sated with shareable global bites to be washed down with mold-breaking cocktails. Don't skip brunch or you'll miss out on Jack Daniels Dutch pancakes.
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46) Phil's BBQ
9816 Mission Gorge Rd; 619.449.7700
Phil's BBQ slings award-winning baby back and beef ribs, mesquite grilled BBQ chicken, and sandwiches like the pulled pork BBQ Broham to go with 20 mostly local drafts.
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47) Coop's West Texas BBQ Chula Vista
534 Broadway; 619.476.2203
Coop's took over front-of-the-house operations for Center Cut (who thankfully still sling booze in the back), with BBQ favorites including brisket, ribs, and five-fromage mac 'n cheese.
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1. Frauds and Swindlers 820 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

A Gaslamp cocktailery from two of the dudes behind LA's Neat and Villains Tavern, F&S has ANOTHER BAR called Two Fingers (that serves up 'tails neat, and nothing else) inside of it.

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2. The Baked Bear 4516 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Serving up waffle ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, and other its-summer-somewhere treats, The Baked Bear is a Pacific Beach eatery (and mobile food cart!). Lucky for us, it's open late-- 'til 2am Thursday through Saturday. Don't leave without trying its signature menu item: an ice cream-filled donut. Pick whatever ice cream you want and they will cram it into a donut, then stick the whole thing in a hot press so you get a warm donut pocket full of cold, creamy ice cream.

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3. Polite Provisions 4693 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116 (Normal Heights)

Operating in an apothecary-themed space, this north San Diego bar calls itself a manufacturer of local tonics, elixirs, and cures. Polite Provision makes inventive cocktails from its stock of more than 50 bitters and spirits like bourbon, mezcal, and single-malt Scotch. Draft beers rotate through the 46 taps, and if you want to fuel up, order a round of mac & cheese, crispy polenta, and other appetizers from neighbor Soda & Swine (a smart move, if you ask us).

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4. Solterra Winery and Kitchen 934 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

California Winery serving Spanish Tapas in Encinitas.

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5. Bier Garden of Encinitas 641 S Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

The Bier Garden of Encinitas is a German-style hall with a huge number of rotating brews (many of which are SoCal-sourced), a sweet outdoor patio, and awesome bar grub like burgers and short rib ciabatta sandwiches.

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6. Cat Eye Club 370 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Located in the back room of East Village’s Blind Burro, the Cat Eye Club is without a doubt the swankiest tiki bar you'll ever see — in fact, it looks more like a reincarnation of a stylish '60s lounge, save for its woven seating and tropical patterned wallpaper. Cocktails here range from classic (in preparation and presentation), like the simple ginger mojito and whiskey smash, to the inventive and festively presented, like the clam-shaped bowl of Baja Expedition (with milagro silver, triple sec, guava purée, lime juice) that serves 3 people.

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7. Bang Bang 526 Market St, San Diego, CA 92117 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Bang Bang is a sushi palace in San Diego that lets you dine on top of a koi pond, and's got crazy signature rolls like the Bruce Lee, as well as a banana-bacon ice cream sandwich.

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8. Wonderland Ocean Pub 5083 Santa Monica Ave , San Diego, CA 92107 (Ocean Beach)

Overlooking the OB Pier, this tavern is named after a beachfront amusement park that took up residence in Ocean Beach in the early 20th century. Wonderland the amusement park shut down over 100 years ago, but Wonderland the bar is alive and well with a seafood-tilted pub menu that features coconut calamari and grilled tuna sandwiches next to more basic fish & chips and short-rib burgers. The extensive beer list has something for everyone: local craft beer, cider, Coors Lite, and PBR.

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9. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station 2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116‎, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

At Stone Brewing's Liberty Station location, you can expect great beer and bocce ball courts in a massive outdoor space.

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10. Sycamore Den 3391 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Normal Heights)

If the San Diego backdrop of beaches and palm trees has somehow got you itching for a getaway, look no further than Sycamore Den. This masculine, woodsy bar feels like a hidden hunting lodge getaway right on Adams. The '70s vibe comes complete with mounted guns, stone and wood lining, and polished leather booths, and the drinks match with a menu that's got a heavy emphasis on whiskey, rye, and bourbon (in craft cocktails and on their own).

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11. Queenstown Public House 1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Queenstown Public House, from the New Zealander team behind Bareback Grill, is a totally vintage burger joint that looks like your grandma's house touched down in Little Italy.

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12. Donut Bar 631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101

This Cortez Hill bakery is open from 7am to whenever they sell out, so get there early; you don't want to miss your chance at treats that have most of San Diego lining up outside the door. The menu changes daily but includes vegan and non-vegan options like buttermilk bites, Creme Brûlée donuts and Maple Bacon cinnamon rolls. Coffee and espresso drinks are also on order for when you do claim your spot first in line at 7am.

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13. Great Maple 1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 (University Heights)

Not just a common compliment among syrup makers, Great Maple's a fancied-up '60s diner with a bit of European flair, coming at you from the guys who brought you Hash House a-Go-Go and The Tractor Room. This East Village spot offers extensive menu lineups, from brunch through dinner. Make a reservation if you can, because this place is constantly busy.

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14. Cannonball 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109 (Mission Bay)

San Diego's largest oceanfront rooftop bar, located at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, is perched right above beer bar Draft. Take in the insane view of the Pacific while sipping on a crafty cocktail and eating sushi around a fire pit. It may be lauded as a tourist spot, but once you visit, you'll understand why it's become such a mainstay: The glass walls give you a complete view of the busiest stretch of beach in San Diego.

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15. Sea & Smoke 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014 (Del Mar)

An American brasserie with a menu of vegetarian specialties, seafood, and responsibly sourced meats.

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16. The Blind Burro 639 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

The crew at The Blind Burro treats diners to South-of-the-Border street food, including a grilled flour tortilla topped with cheese, tomatoes, and guac (it's like a Mexican pizza!). The space accommodates plenty of red-upholstered chairs and tables, and potted succulents that reference this restaurant's extensive tequila selection.

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17. Searsucker 611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Created by Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey, Searsucker is a 7,000 square-foot restaurant whose classic American fare is crafted from locally-obtained ingredients. The beer on tap is local too, and there's also a fine wine list and an assortment of signature cocktails on the drinks menu.

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18. Brick+Mortar 820 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

This Santa Monica staple takes everything that's great about a neighborhood bar and combines it with an astonishing array of American fare. Since there's a bar, this also means that you can pick up some specialty cocktails and draft/bottled beer, and there's also a wine list of reds and whites available by the glass or bottle.

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19. Bailiwick 756 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Bailiwick means a particular area of skill or expertise, and this venue specializes in providing a completely out-of-the-box experience that doesn't fall into any one category. The flexibility of this place ensures that whether you're just ordering cocktails or picking out something from the Southern-inspired food menu, you're able to put together a unique night for yourself and your buds.

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20. Saltbox Dining and Drinking 1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Saltbox is a 175-seat, bi-level resto/ "gastro-lounge," the base level of which houses a marble-topped booze dispensary, classing it up with tiled pillars and a lengthy albeit delicious cocktail list. Upstairs you'll find the only slightly less classy grubbin' space.

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21. The Lion's Share 629 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

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.

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22. Soda & Swine 2943 Adams Ave, North Park, CA 92116 (North Park)

Soda & Swine does meatballs in a way that you might not expect, assuming that the word "meatball" conjures up images of spaghetti all covered with cheese. Sure, they've got spaghetti and meatballs too, but this place gives you the ability to choose your mix and match your meat, creating anything from a meatball slider to meatballs a la carte. There's a wild bevy of sodas to choose from as well, so there's really no excuse for you to be anywhere other than here.

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23. URBN 3085 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

The kitchen at URBN's 5,000 square-foot spot churns out coal-fired pizza as fast as the patrons can scarf it down, and that's saying something. Each of the craft pizzas on the menu bring their own unique flavor to the table (get it?), and you can even choose from a galaxy of sauces, toppings and cheeses, ensuring that the pizza you get is exactly the pizza you want. There's also a killer collection of craft and imported beers, as well as a number of craft cocktails and a fine wine list.

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24. Carnitas' Snack Shack 2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

At Carnitas' Snack Shack, just about everything is influenced by pork, from the menu of bacon-heavy fare to the big black pig that sits atop the roof. In true southern California fashion, 100% of the seating is in an outdoor area out back that's shaded by umbrellas and wooden roofs. The space includes a spacious bar serving up wine, beer, and snacks (also pork-focused) like chicharrones and pork belly.

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25. 100 Wines Hillcrest 1027 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Mediterranean cuisine with lots of good wine pairings.

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26. UnderBelly 750 West Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

The chefs at UnderBelly have concocted a menu of Japanese pub cuisine that, combined with the impressive list of beers (both bottled and on tap), makes this the go-to establishment for anyone looking to try something a little unconventional.

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27. Craft & Commerce 675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

A little haven for "intelligent conversation, friends and family," the bar is littered with books, broken mirrors, and an apothecary-esque cocktail menu, designed by NYC's Death & Co Phil Ward.

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28. Prepkitchen 1660 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Prepkitchen's Little Italy location serves farm-to-table cuisine including homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, and cured meats made in-house. The gourmet comfort food at Prepkitchen has been carefully selected and prepared by chefs with chefs in mind, and there's also a killer selection of Happy Hour specials on the menu.

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29. Monello 750 W Fir St, Ste 102 B, Little Italy, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Pizza makers at this hopping Italian restaurant in Little Italy owned by the same team behind Bencotto put the same dedication into crafting a perfect pizza dough as they do fresh pasta next door. The dough (made with yeast and flour imported from Italy) slowly ferments over several days before it’s stretched, topped, and baked in a brick-lined gas oven. There's also a nifty cocktail menu that includes Italian drinks, signature cocktails, and several Grappa infusions.

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30. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza 897 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

This gourmet pizza resto goes above and beyond to use sustainable practices using organic produce, while using local sources whenever possible -- which includes their seven beer taps stocked with local brew.

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31. The Craftsman New American Tavern 276 N El Camino Real , Encinitas, CA 92054 (Encinitas)

With an impressive beer-on-tap list and something called a Lobster Corn Dog (uh, hi...), you really can't go wrong stopping into this salvaged-wood, American-ambianced joint. Not to mention, the executive staff resume is pretty stellar: executive chef Marlaw Seraspi hails from Michael Mina (in SF and San Jose) and owners Wade and Kristi Hageman also own Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria (just some of the best pizza...ever).

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32. Pacific Coast Grill 2526 Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007 (Encinitas)

PCG boasts two levels for dining with an oceanfront view. If you're not sold just on that, there's a plethora of seafood choices (do yourself a favor and try the Wild Salmon Wonton Tacos) and also an "On & Off Shore" option, which consists of the most overwhelming and indigestion-inducing filet and lobster plate.

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33. Solace & Moonlight Lounge 25 East E St, San Diego, CA 92024 (Encinitas)

Solace & Moonlight Lounge serves adventurous American cuisine within an artistic, wood-furnished interior.

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34. The Compass 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92008 (Carlsbad)

An updated dive (to say the least) bar, The Compass is a brick-heavy rustic gastropub packing a communal table from junkyard lumber, and an L-shaped, wood-trimmed, barn-wood bar.

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35. Real Food & Spirits 124 S Solana Hills Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (Solana Beach)

Nosh on wood-fired pizzas, salads, and burgers at this locally sourced eats haven.

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36. Pizza Port Solana Beach 135 n hwy 101 Solana Beach, San Diego, CA 92075 (Solana Beach)

Pizza Port Solana Beach is a seaside brew and pizza joint of the highest order. You have to appreciate a place that describes their pizza as 'anti-wimpy,' and make both their own in-house craft beer and, wait for it, root beer. Dreams do come true.

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37. Slater's 50/50 2750 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Slater's 50/50 is a burger restaurant with a serious mission: providing San Diegans with burgers made from 50% ground beef... and 50% ground bacon. This unique burger patty is truly an explosive experience for you taste buds, and one that you likely haven't come across before. Slater's is also known from its selection of local and regional craft beers-- the ultimate burger accessory.

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38. Sessions Public 4204 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107 (Point Loma)

Because they think it's twisted how you used to feed Alka-Seltzer to all those innocent seagulls during your free period, the studs of suds over at Sessions Public are giving you a chance to wax nostalgic on the only school-age thing likely worse than cramming birds' mouths full of effervescent antacid: the food.

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39. Gabardine 1005 Rosecrans St, san diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Premium turf paired with even premium-er surf makes Garbardine, a Point Poloma culinary gem, a must-try. Their signature neighborhood steak paired with an old fashioned cocktail is a stellar combination for all seasons.

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40. Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle 1776 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle is a sea-themed craft beer hideaway with gluttonous eats that may just take you exactly one fathom (or 6ft) under.

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41. Brooklyn Girl 4033 Goldfinch St, Mission Hills, CA 92103 (Mission Hills)

You read right. Brooklyn Girl is a hip American restaurant residing on San Diego's Mission Hill. It's killer menu from top to bottom will probably leave you happily satisfied and strangely convinced that you could totally pull off horn-rimmed glasses.

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42. Christopher's on Congress 2539 Congress St, Ste A, Old Town, CA 92110 (Old Town)

Christopher's on Congress boasts cigars and the best happy hour in town.

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43. Felix's BBQ With Soul 342 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114

Any place with a hickory wood-burning pit deserves to... cook amazing BBQ soul food in it. If you're feelin' manly, unbutton the top of those jeans and dig into a BBQ combo platter (1/4 rack & 1/4 BBQ chicken) or a sandwich that has slow-smoked chicken.

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44. The Promiscuous Fork 6984 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Co-owner Craig Sewell's wife's wandering fork helped inspire the Promiscuous Fork, a laid-back resto where food-sharing is encouraged and all you have to worry about is enjoying your friends' company.

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45. Phil's BBQ 9816 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

Phil's BBQ serves baby back and beefy ribs, mesquite grilled BBQ chicken, and sandwiches like the pulled pork BBQ Broham, alongside a choice selection of 20 mostly local drafts. If you are craving some really good BBQ, you need to stop by Phil's.

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46. Coop's West Texas BBQ 534 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (Chula Vista)

This BBQ meat haven dishes out delicious pork, beef, chicken, and ham doused in its original spices and sauces for your satisfaction.



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