9 Feb: North Park

The target for today was around 30th and University.

– Cafe Calabria’s woodfired pizza wasn’t open yet, so I went to Fatboy’s Corner Store and Deli.  Got a pastrami and swiss on an onion roll, which came with potato salad.  Not bad.

– The main commercial streets are definitely more used looking than residential roads.  Telegraph was better at keeping up appearances than this area.

– Houses in this area look a notch below what I saw Wednesday and Friday.  Or maybe because I’m seeing them in daylight and not in the dark?

– Grabbed a mexican cocoa and sat in the lounge of Cafe Calabria.  The crowd is mostly 30-somethings stopping in for a drink or meeting up.

– Cafe Calabria serves Neapolitan pizza.  I forgot exactly what toppings I ordered, but whatever brassica it was was bitter.  Combined with excessive oil, it made it hard to enjoy the pizza.


7 Feb: University Heights

Today we’re on the north side of University Heights, on the west end of Adams.

– Bahn Thai is small but busy.  Too busy to get a table, so I get a pad thai to go.
– I can easily see several open restaurants and bars from the door, including vegetarian and Ethiopian.
– The crowd is 20s to 30s and doing well for themselves.
– The houses along Georgia look older than what I saw Wednesday, but they are less tightly spaced and hence larger.

5 Feb: North Park

Today is east North Park / south University Heights.

– I’m reminded of south side of Berkeley, the way residences are right next to a strip of commercial along the main road.
– Today’s target is Twist, a burger joint.  I got a spicy ranch chicken sandwich and side for a bit less than $8.  The side salad was balsamic vinaigrette, so I got the fries.  But the fries came with spicy ranch sauce too, so that flavor was overrepresented.  The sandwich uses a really thick cut of bacon.  The owner is trying really hard to impress me.
– The houses and complexes here look clean, definitely not run down.

4 Feb: Normal Heights

I hear that the strip of SD from Hillcrest to about Kensington is the trendy place to be, if I ignore downtown and the coast for price and distance reasons.  So this is my chronicle of exploring local restaurants after work.

Today is Zia Gourmet Pizza on the west side of Normal Heights along Adams Avenue.

– Parking is tough. Note to self: need guaranteed parking.
– $6 for 2 spices of pizza.  Good pizza though.  Reminds me of Cheeseboard.  I leave the shop a little hungry, thinking I might make a half portion of noodles when I get home, but I think otherwise when I get back.
– I left the office pretty late, so there aren’t a while lot of people around or shops open.  There are a couple of coffeeshops doing good business and a couple liquor stores.