Igourmet (igourmet.com) — Similar to the above, with more emphasis on imported cheeses, slightly lower prices. I shop here every December, not so much for gifts as for great goodies to get me through the winter. ■
Craft and Commerce
675 West Beech Street (between India and Kettner), Little Italy, 619-269-2202; craft-commerce.com
HOURS: Daily 5:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
CUISINE AND BEVERAGES: Gastropub eclectic. Interesting creative cocktails, international craft beers, minimal wine (and no coffee).
PICK HITS: Fries and pickles; roasted bone marrow; hotdog #3 (with tomato relish); mussels (specify “fries on the side”); cocktails.
NEED TO KNOW: No reservations taken, and crowded even on a Monday; come as early as possible or expect a long wait for a table or bar stool at peak hours. Loud, dark (bring a penlight to read menu), convivial. Enough for lacto-vegetarians, including veggie burger.