Out to Launch: Give A Cluck

Out with the YOLO, and in with the pollo. Fine, YOLO all you want, but make sure you include a trip to both of San Diego’s newest chicken joints, The Crack Shack and Dirty Birds.

The Crack Shack Logo

The Crack Shack had a soft, boiling hot, opening on November 11 for just as quickly as they spread their wings, their non-existent doors flapped shut. The overwhelming reception sent them scrambling for more eggs, so they closed for a day to prep for re-opening that Friday. Thanks to Gigi and Patrick for joining me for my first visit.

Richard Blais’ chicken and egg concept, the casual counterpart to the chic Juniper & Ivy, has a small and simple menu, with an expanse, communal eating area. What most intrigued me, though, was their fountain drink line-up: Stubborn Soda, Pepsi’s foray into organic craft soda to appeal to the healthier consumer.

Tips: for the Mexican Poutine, call for well-done fries and the toppings on the side; The Royale is like a Sausage McMuffin on steroids, bigger and better; try ALL the six sauces so you can find what you like (Cracksup, Curry Mustard, Kimchi BBQ, Buttermilk Ranch, Chimichurri, and Baja Hot Sauce).

2266 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA  92101 | 619.795.3299 | Tues.–Sun.: 7:00 AM–10:00 PM | Mon.: Closed

Dirty Birds College AreaDirty Birds is certifiably the best wing spot in town, and its most recent coop, er, coup, is well-overdue, easy. The seven year-old establishment gifted La Mesa with its second location. Marshall Faulk ushered in the private portion of their November 23 grand opening, but they were unofficially open on the 12th.

With 37 flavors, there’s bound to be one up your alley, and their taters portions are meant for at least three, trust me.

Tips: get naked wings with sauces on the side for any you haven’t tried in case you don’t like them; any of their sauces can be yours for $6.00/8 oz.; get there no later than 6:00 PM on their Wing Tuesdays for less of a wait; it’s a Ravens bar, so show respect, trust me on that one, too.

6499 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA  92115 | Sun.–Wed.: 11:00 AM–12:00 AM (midnight) | Thurs.–Sat.: 11:00 AM–1:00 AM

How many clucks do you give? Now, say it with me: I feel like chicken tonight.

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