When looking for places to eat in Little Italy San Diego, your first thought might be for a plate of pasta or slice of pizza—but you might regret not giving something different a try. Shortly after opening, The Crack Shack has climbed the ranks as one of the best restaurants in Little Italy San Diego.

Celebrity chef, restaurateur, TV personality, and author, Richard Blais, partnered with executive chef Jon Sloan to “elevate” both the chicken and the egg and honor owner Michael Rosen’s intense love of all things chicken. The fine-casual spot’s all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu puts poultry at its center; chicken and eggs—fried, grilled, and even deviled—are a part of just about every dish.

Serving its all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, The Crack Shack’s egg-centric dishes will have your mouth watering. The playful lunch menu embraces a made-from-scratch, artisanal approach to dining that pays homage to all things chicken in an ultra-cool, indoor-outdoor, family-friendly space.

You can catch the big game at the bar, or start your own game of bocce ball—all while enjoying the restaurants signature fried chicken and other savory items, which are made with only the finest, freshest local ingredients.

Come for the Fried Chicken

Chefs Blais and Sloan take their fried chicken seriously. Before settling on the seasoning and preparation that would make up their addictive recipe, the culinary team experimented with different brines, salt levels, flour mixtures, and spices for months before the restaurant opened.

What they decided on gives their chicken a succulent inside and perfectly crispy outside.

You can order 5 or 10 pieces, or try the chicken in one of the restaurant’s specialty sandwiches.

Stay for the Fried Chicken (And Everything Else)

While the fried chicken is delicious enough to stand on its own, The Crack Shack also offers a rainbow of house-made sauces, and you can have as many and as much as you want. Their original recipes for the Kimchi BBQ, Sriracha 1000 Island, Sweet Heat, Baja Hot Sauce, Buttermilk Ranch, and “Cracksup”—which will add the right amount of kick to whatever you order.

For the days you’re not feeling fried chicken, The Crack Shack still has a variety of options that will satisfy your taste buds. Try the Anti-Salad Power Bowl (with a soft-boiled egg, sliced avocados, pickled onions, and heritage grains in a tomatillo salsa), the Chicken of the Sea sandwich (made with wood-fired albacore tuna), the border slaw (a tropical fruit salad), or an order of deviled eggs. Their Mexican Poutine fries (topped with pollo asado and jalapeño cheese whiz) can serve as their own meal as well.

Of course, their miso-maple biscuits and schmaltz fries, which are fried in rendered chicken fat, are a must-add to everything you order.

And don’t forget to save room for a drink or dessert. Aside from an impressive craft beer and wine selection, the bar includes a top-notch cocktail menu. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the rotating cookie du jour and soft serve options.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the next time you’re looking for restaurants in Little Italy San Diego, give The Crack Shack a try. Check out our mouthwatering menu by visiting us online or stopping our Little Italy location to try it out for yourself.