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Hillcrest Cali-Creole and craft beer haven, Local Habit, is about to turn one. It seems like only yesterday I was monitoring its transformation from its former identity as Pizza Fusion to its current all things local and sustainable model. I guess time flies when you’re lapping up lagniappes and lagers.

Because the restaurant is ingredient-driven, the menu has evolved with the passing of each season and microclimate shift, affording regulars a variety of dishes to sink their teeth into. In celebration of reaching the one-year mark, Local Habit is planning a three-day anniversary weekend at the end of the month where they’ll bring back the three most popular dishes of the past 12 months.

Instead of referring to their books and judging the popularity of their dishes by units sold, ownership is asking patrons to tell them what their favorites were via an online survey. So far, the leading vote-getters are almond ricotta ravioli with artichoke, the oyster po’ boy, and pork belly with beer caramel and bleu cheese sauce.

Also in the works is a special beer brewed especially to commemorate Local Habit’s first year. It’s a rye IPA brewed with Chinook and Sterling hops from Miramar-based Hess Brewing (who will soon open a larger brewery at 3812 Grim Avenue in North Park) called “Local Habitus.” The first 40 people to order the beer will receive a commemorative pint glass.

The first anniversary weekend will take place from June 29 to July 1. Local Habit is located at 3827 Fifth Avenue.

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