Chinatown Bar and Grill

  • 4727 University Avenue, San Diego, CA | Directions

This bar from the owner of Aero Club opened in 2018, in a part of town best known for ethnic cuisines and dive bars. However, despite its name and whiskey-soaked pedigree, it’s primarily a burger and beers joint. But what a joint. The lovingly renovated structure shows off red leather booths and ornate copper ceiling tiles downstairs, with a lounge and patio upstairs. Wherever you sip, grab one of the grill’s simply constructed burgers: a half pound of angus beef with your choice of American, cheddar, or pepper jack cheese, on a bun encrusted with both white and black sesame seeds. Like the décor, every detail of the burger was considered, with even the pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce reminding us that, in basic terms, the cheeseburger is just a really great sandwich.

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