Grand Ole BBQ y Asado in North Park is definitely San Diego’s best barbecue option, without question. Brisket should be your priority at this outdoor-only, Texas-inspired spot, but keep an eye out for the Argentine-style asado and choripán (grilled chorizo sandwiches) too. Also, be in line when they open at noon because they run out fast.
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Cantina Mayahuel in North Park serves every type of tequila and mezcal imaginable, along with simple Mexican food like tacos and tortas.
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Blind Lady Ale House
Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights serves really good pizza and more beers than you could ever consume in a lifetime.
Addison in Carmel Valley serves French-Japanese tasting menus, has a huge wine list, and is San Diego’s fanciest restaurant.
It’s Raw Poke Shop
It’s Raw Poke Shop in Ocean Beach is where to go for authentic poke and chicken long rice.
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Stateside is a classy Vietnamese fusion spot in Capitol Hill where you’ll feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.
Pocket Bar NYC
If you really insist on going on a wine bar date in Hell's Kitchen, do it at Pocket Bar NYC.
Campfire in Carlsbad looks like the setting from Moonrise Kingdom, serves a wide range of wood-fired dishes, and let's you roast your own s'mores.
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