Each month, the Urbanist team highlights five of our favorite local finds.

1. The Small Bar patio
After a nine month long closure forced by the city, the Small Bar patio is officially back open, and justice once again reigns in University Heights.

2. The Lion’s Share cocktails
Cocktail crafter Jason O’Bryan has introduced 20 new drinks since taking over as bar manager of the waterfront’s premier cocktail spot, including Heavy Petting Zoo, this concoction of bourbon, Jägermeister, bitters, apple juice and honey.

3. City Tacos
North Park’s best taqueria turned three this month, and continues to innovate amazing new taco concepts, like its dessert taco, the Bunuelo: fried cinnamon and sugar tortilla with flambéed granny apples, raisins, caramel and marzipan.

4. More tacos!
Over in Hillcrest, the Cohn’s opened Tacos Libertad — a gourmet taco shop that donates all of its profits each month to a different local charity! It’s rare to feel this good about yourself after gorging on tacos….

5. A winning photo
Helix Water District held a photo contest, and El Cajon teen Zahra Nazeri won with this mesmerizing shot.