With the perpetually sunny skies San Diego is famous for, it’s hard to pass up the chance to have lunch al fresco. The Crack Shack serves up mouthwatering fried chicken and egg-centric dishes in an open-air “coop” that takes advantage of the typically perfect lunchtime weather.
Located in Little Italy, The Crack Shack is central enough to grab a quick (but insanely delicious) bite during your lunch break. And if you’re visiting during the weekend, bring some friends and start a game of bocce ball. Either way, the outdoor seating and affordable menu options provide a fun, casual place to eat that will elevate your next luncheon experience.
Laid Back Lunch with High-End Flavor
The Crack Shack uses only the finest, freshest local ingredients to create its delicious dishes. Recipes include locally raised, free-living, antibiotic-free Jidori chickens. Beyond the chicken and eggs, the restaurant uses top-quality produce sourced from boutique farms. Renowned chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author, Richard Blais, and executive chef Jon Sloan transform these ingredients into comfort food creations that “elevate” both the chicken and the egg.
The fine-casual spot’s all-day menu puts poultry at its center; chicken and eggs—fried, grilled, and even deviled—are a part of just about every dish. The playful lunch menu embraces a made-from-scratch, artisanal approach to dining that pays homage to all things chicken.
Before settling on the recipe that would make up their addictive fried chicken, the culinary team experimented with different brines, salt levels, flour mixtures, and spices for months before the restaurant opened.
While the fried chicken is delectable enough on its own, The Crack Shack also offers a rainbow of house-made sauces. Try the Kimchi BBQ, Sriracha 1000 Island, Sweet Heat, Baja Hot Sauce, Buttermilk Ranch, and “Cracksup.”
When you’re not feeling fried chicken, The Crack Shack still has a variety of options to 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.
Save Room for a Mid-Day Treat
Aside from an impressive craft beer and wine selection, you can order classic cocktails with a twist, like a Bloody Mary.
You can finish up your lunch with a sweet treat that’s as innovative as The Crack Shack’s savory menu. Keep an eye out for the rotating cookie du jour or chill out with their always-changing soft serve options; past flavors have included chocolate mole, dirty chai, Mexican hot chocolate, smoked vanilla, and strawberry shortcake.
The next time you’re looking for a casual and cool spot for lunch in Little Italy, give The Crack Shack a try. Check out our mouthwatering menu by visiting us online or stopping our Little Italy location.