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The Friendly

San Diego
Pizza Place

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First of all, it’s a pizza shop, but don’t let that stop you—ever since The Friendly opened four or so years ago it’s been a favorite for its Dirty Flat Top burger. Order a slice or two (the correct choice here is pepperoni) along with your burgers; it’ll be up and piping hot for you to munch on while you watch the flat top magic happen. Two smashed patties, all crispy edges and juicy pink middles, get layered with melted American cheese, softly caramelized onions, and a swipe of garlic aioli in a buttered, griddled squishy white bun. It’s not pretty, but it’s one of the best damn burgers you’ll ever eat. By the way, don’t bother asking for fries, ketchup, pickles, or other accouterments; you can find those, sans the pizza, at their second location, The Friendly Tavern, in North Park.
How to book: Seating is available on a first-come basis.

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