5250 Murphy Canyon Road, Kearny Mesa
It doesn’t get any better than a big slice of real New York–style pie, and Long Island Mike serves up just that. The crust is soft and chewy but holds up beneath creative toppings such as eggplant parmigiana and buffalo chicken (white strips of chicken, generous drizzles of ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce). I usually get a slice of the Sicilian pepperoni (a square deep-dish pizza slathered with oregano-flavored tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni) and a slice of BBQ chicken (thin crust, mozzarella, chicken, drizzles of sweet and savory barbecue sauce, and bits of bacon hidden in the cheese). The combo of two slices of any kind, with any toppings, and a drink costs a palatable six bucks.