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While beach towns are often regarded more for their surf, sun and coastal things to do than savvy dining, San Diego proves to be the exception. From stylish dining rooms to hip beachside eats, the best restaurants in San Diego are exploding with creativity and bonafide kitchen chops. If a signature cuisine exists, it’s the happy amalgamation of the city’s cultural influences in dishes like carnitas bao buns, spicy tuna tacos and quail fried rice. Plus, its renowned craft breweries are complemented by a flourishing craft cocktail scene (worth exploring if you're looking for fun nightlife in San Diego), and a gloriously sunny climate means dining al fresco or in chic, open-air interiors. So if you’re headed to San Diego, make sure to bring your beach towel and your appetite.
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