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Start with a creamy platter of hummus ($4.75), garlic fries ($3.50), or sweet red beets blended with yogurt ($2.95). Main courses at Ali Baba's run the gamut from a full falafel plate ($11.95), served with pita, hummus, and salad shirazi, to seasoned and grilled lamb chops ($14.95). Meat shunners will appreciate the veggie wrap ($7.95), packed heavy with grilled eggplant, zucchini, colorful peppers, tomato, pickle, onion, and hummus. For dessert, sample a frothy piece of tiramisu ($4.95) or Persian ice cream flavored with rosewater, saffron, and pistachio ($4.95).

10920 Roselle St
San Diego,
CA
US

L.L.H Fitness and Dance Studio showcases owner Sara's talents in a signature teaching method designed to help ladies of all shapes, sizes, ages, and skill levels excel at pole fitness. Sara has devised an approach that combines elements of traditional pole dancing, yoga, and fitness to melt away calories while empowered students of all levels twirl and dance in an upbeat atmosphere.

In a studio that topped the San Diego A-List’s 2010 and 2011 polls for Best Dance Studio, instructors certified in the L.L.H. Method lead beginner- and advanced-level classes, covering subjects such as full dance routines, fireman spins, and telephone-repairman wiretaps. Focusing on safety, form, and technique, the staff is also certified in CPR and basic first aid.

11211 Sorrento Valley Road
San Diego,
CA
US

What?s now known as The Comedy Store was once called Ciro's, a nightlife hotspot in the 1940s and '50s. Playing host to glitzy stars and shadowy mobsters, the club's history is shrouded in rumors of mafia assassinations and untimely deaths. However, the joint buried its seedy past by converting to a comedy club and helping launch the careers of such legends as Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, David Letterman, and Dave Chappelle. The younger La Jolla location lets laugh-starved patrons bask in the same high-powered comedic atmosphere as its progenitor.

916 Pearl St
La Jolla,
CA
US

The menu at La Gran Tapa features a wide range of appetizer-sized portions that are fun to either share or horde at your end of the table. Nibble on the imported artisan selections of a European cheese platter ($10) while half-repeating half-remembered jokes from your freshman philosophy professor. Nurse an order of New Zealand lamb lollipops ($12) while taking in the cool tomato-garlic-accented scent of your bowl of Gaspacho ($4). Those held hostage by their belligerent appetites need look no further than grande-sized dishes such as the Paella Valencia ($25), the crown jewel in the crown of Spanish dining, filled with chicken, mussels, clams, chorizo, and lobster stock on top of a bed of saffron rice.

873 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
US

The cooks at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill draw primarily from the traditions of Creole and Cajun cuisine, but they also work in culinary styles found throughout the South. They sizzle up dishes ranging from gumbo, jambalaya and alligator, to their House Specialty southern fried chicken. Throughout the afternoon and evening, bartenders sling wines and Southern-style cocktails. The large-screen TVs bathe guests in the light of nail-biting gridiron matches, and the sounds of karaoke fill patrons’ ears Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. until close or as long as they can stomach operatic renditions of “Crocodile Rock.”

5550 Kearny Mesa Rd.
San Diego,
CA
US

As they grip the microphone and pace before the red curtain, The Comedy Palace's standups execute quips, rants, and anecdotes they've honed on such outlets as Comedy Central and late-night television. Viewers can munch on finger foods, burgers, rib-eye steak, Atlantic salmon and pages from a full menu of cuisine while watching a national headliner's set.

8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US