Carlsbad’s Campfire is a hybrid indoor-outdoor restaurant that looks like the setting from Moonrise Kingdom. It feels like you’re eating in a cabin that you could never afford with rustic touches like outdoor bonfires, teepees, and s’mores that you cook yourself. Live fire cooking is the drill here, so expect everything, from whole fish to steaks to even broccoli, to come out smokey and nicely charred. The cocktails are excellent, too.
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