2121 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park
1137 25th Street, Golden Hill
Ricotta Pies at Pizzeria Luigi
Luigi’s pizza gets it done with thin crust, minimal grease, and a bevy of delicious toppings. But the best slices are the ones with huge globs of ricotta cheese on top, and the best of the ricotta pies is the slice with jalapenos and pineapple alongside the creamy ricotta. Something about the combination of sweet/creamy/spicy toppings just rocks my socks. Being able to get everything as a slice, with a cup of soda or a beer for a nominal extra charge, just ices the cake.
4650 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach
Duck Fat Fries at Duck Dive
Most beach bars make a living serving up beer and sugary cocktails to collegiate drinking machines. There’s no harm in that. I’m certainly not one to scoff at a bit of recreational drinking and whomping out to loud-assed club jams. But I don’t usually head to Pacific Beach looking for a tasty meal. That said, Duck Dive’s french fries, fried in honest-to-goodness duck fat, are off the chain. There is no more sacred medium in all of frying than duck fat. “Liquid gold” imparts a mysterious, savory goodness to something as lowly as a potato. All of Duck Dive’s surprisingly extensive menu is better than average beach bar food, but the duck fat fries are worth a special trip. After that, order some sterno-powered S’mores for the table. You’re in a huge P.B. bar. That counts as dinner!