My friend chose URBN as her birthday celebration restaurant since they had great reviews, an extensive whiskey and beer menu, and novelty pizzas – a great combination! So, we made reservations and headed over to the North Park neighborhood in San Diego.
Restaurant exterior (University Ave.)
We were presented with their cocktail and draft beer menu, and I noticed that cocktails are $6 ($3 cheaper than their regular price), so I chose a Final Countdown, which contained.. well, I don’t really remember :P I think it had 3 or 4 different types of liquor? And SK remarked that it was quite a manly drink. You’ll have to go and judge for yourself, I guess.
The Final Countdown, $6 happy hour/$9 regular price
Onto our food!
We ordered an URBN salad, which was a pretty basic greens mix, Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, walnuts, and a tart vinaigrette. It was a good, appetizing start to our dinner. There were 12 of us, and we ordered 6 large pizzas (yes, we are that gluttonous).
Mashed potato pizza, $24/large
This was the first to arrive at the table, and one of my favorites of the night. I’m not normally a fan of potatoes on pizza (such as the ones at the Cheeseboard in Berkeley – starch on starch is just too much), but this was amazing. The mashed potatoes were super creamy, which made for a nice textural contrast with the ham pieces. The pizza wasn’t overly salty – one of my biggest problems with most pizzas – and everything just tasted great together.
Barbecue chicken pizza, $27/large
BBQ chicken pizza, another surprising favorite. I remember how much my friends and I disliked the BBQ chicken pizza at Jupiter’s in Berkeley, so again, I had pretty low expectations. Again, I was pretty much blown away by this pizza: tender chicken pieces with just the right amount of BBQ sauce, and the best part – caramelized onions. I will have to re-define my list of good pizza toppings…
Margherita pizza, $28/large
Margherita pizza followed. While I’m generally a fan of this simple pie, with fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, this one didn’t strike me. I think the tomato sauce was just a bit too tart for me. I really lost the taste of the basil and mozzarella, which was unfortunate.
Chicken & spinach pizza, $28/large
When this chicken & spinach pizza arrived, I was a bit disappointed. Just from first appearance, it looked… dry. And I was right – the chicken wasn’t nearly as tender and juicy as the BBQ chicken pizza, and the spinach was so dried out that it didn’t provide much moisture. Probably my least favorite of the evening.
Sausage & peppers pizza, $28/large
I’m glad that this sausage & peppers pizza was the one to close out the night. I was already pretty stuffed at this point, but when I saw the cheesy jalapeno peppers, I knew I had to try it. The only thing I didn’t like was that each bite felt disconnected from the next – rarely did I get Italian sausage and the pepper in the same bite. Otherwise, I liked all the flavors and of course the cheese-filled peppers.
As you might guess, the meal was on the expensive side – but we were all very full, and now that we know how large the portions are, there was pretty much no need to order 6 large pizzas for 12 people. Overall, I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant – but I likely won’t be back until my food budget frees up some more… XD
URBN Coal-Fired Pizza & Bar
3085 University Ave., San Diego, CA
Tue-Wed, Sun 12pm-12am
Happy Hour 4pm-8pm