The Little Italy neighborhood is booming, with new restaurants sprouting on what seems like a weekly basis. The coolest new addition is the Crack Shack, an open-air restaurant with concrete picnic tables and a bocce court, and a client base that includes what seems like every San Diegan under the age of 35. The fried chicken is made with locally raised, free-range chickens and accompanied by six house-made dipping sauces — try the kimchi barbecue — and even the fries are fried in schmaltz. There’s a good cocktail and beer list, or, for a fabulous juxtaposition of high and low, order the bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé.

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