This Italian mini-chain -- whose Little Italy location in San Diego is one of a few nationwide -- offers a fine selection of all your marinara-sauced favorites. Curated meats, craft cheese plates, and chicken liver pâté are popular shared options for groups, while Davanti's famed cheese curd-topped patties will thrill anyone looking for a new burger. The restaurant's patio -- lit up with twinkling lights -- is host to a regular evening crowd from happy hour through dinner.
Happy hour: Daily 3–6 pm
Some happy hours have great drink specials, some have enticing deals on food, but when happy hour turns into dinner, Davanti has you covered with both. Their excellent burger, a juicy patty topped with bacon jam, confit tomato, arugula, aioli, and griddled cheese curd is a budget-friendly $11, and it comes with a generous pile of parmesan shoestring fries. Boozy drinks of your choice, like the namesake spritz, draft beer, house wine, wells, sangria, and a martini are priced at a measly $5–$7.