By Tracy Dietlin

So Phil and I recently had lunch at The Hood Bar and Pizza. Because it was so surprisingly good we’ve gone back a few times. Let me tell you why.

First, let me say that if a “dive bar” can offer the freshest house salad in town with crisp romaine lettuce, cut on the spot and not from a bag, and tomatoes that actually taste like a tomato, red onions and fresh mozzarella, then why can’t some of the fancy restaurants be able to deliver that. They also make their ranch dressing in house and it’s delish.

Now let’s talk about dipping the consistently best chicken tenders in town in that tasty ranch dressing. And I am all about consistency.

Other highlights for us are the Jalapeño poppers (you never know which one is going to break you into a sweat) and of course, their pizza, which seems to have gotten even better recently. I get mine customized with mushroom, green pepper, onion, black olives and garlic. And their slices are huge!!

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Phil is in love with the Zed Calzone, (pesto chicken), which he cannot stop talking about.

They have several other items on the menu so don’t just think of them as a nighttime bar you go to hear music. Check them out for lunch or dinner. And if Casey is working that day tell her to make you her signature Manhattan and that Tracy from CV Weekly sent you!

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