While beach towns are often regarded more for their surf and sun than savvy dining, San Diego proves to be the exception. From stylish dining rooms to hip beachside eats, the local food scene is exploding with creativity and bonafide kitchen chops. If a signature cuisine exists, it’s the happy amalgamation of the city’s sunny cultural influences. Locals are well accustomed to carnitas bao buns, spicy tuna tacos and quail fried rice. Plus, its renowned craft beer destinations are complemented by a flourishing craft cocktail scene, and a gloriously sunny climate means dining al fresco or in chic, open-air interiors. If you’re headed to San Diego, bring your beach towel and your appetite.