Theresa O’Connor

Blind Lady Ale House — San Diego Pizza & Beer Review

The fourth in a series of reviews of places to grab a pizza and some beer here in San Diego. In this installment, I review Blind Lady Ale House, Normal Heights’ answer to Pizza Port.
Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116

Blind Lady Ale House is the most recent addition to San Diego’s pizza-and-beer spots, and quite possibly the best. It’s a fantastic place in Normal Heights to grab a fine craft beer and a tasty, tasty pizza. The team behind BLAH includes local brewing legend Lee Chase, his wife Jenniffer, Jeff Motch, and Clea Hantman. They’ve set out to make an establishment that’s both family-friendly and beer-friendly, and I daresay they’ve succeeded on both counts.

Lee brings his encyclopedic knowledge of craft brewing both to the selection of beer on tap, and also to BLAH’s own beer—they plan to brew on-site, but for now Mission Brewery is letting Lee brew on their premises. The first BLAH brew, Automatic #1, is a Belgian single brewed with ginger and coriander, with a strong clove flavor—it’s very sessionable and refreshing. I’ve also seen it on tap down at Hamiltons’, for those of you at that end of 30th St..

BLAH crowded on a Saturday night

(One of many great shots on BLAH’s flickr page)

The Neapolitan-style pizza matches the beer—small, hand-crafted, and lovely. In particular, I can’t get enough of their egg pizza, with bacon, spinach, caramelized onion, pecorino romano, and fontina. It’s ridiculously good stuff. Check out the menu for their other offerings.

You might want to try to avoid filling up on pizza and beer, because the salads are excellent too. Erin and I usually split the Caesar. (I happily let her have all of the anchovies.)

Locals can keep up-to-date with BLAH’s goings-on on their “BLAHG,” or you can follow Lee on Twitter.