Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Besta Wan Pizza

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I've been hearing about Best Wan Pizza House in Cardiff since I moved to Encinitas and I finally had the pleasure of going! Oh my goodness. This charming little restaurant looks like it used to be a house. The inside is made up of two tiny rooms, a giant turquoise brick fireplace and a very tiny bar. Since it was a nice sunny day, Brandon and I sat outside on the patio.
The menus are all album covers
 
Half Artichoke (mine) and half pepperoni (Brandon)
The food was delicious!! We almost ate the entire thing. 
The pizza has thin crust, tons of cheese and came out piping hot.
Immediately I noticed the dogs. They were everywhere. One in particular just roamed the patio, his owner would peek his head outside every now and then to make sure he was okay. I assume the guy works there because this dog looked right at home. Regulars greeted the pup by name as they got seated. He plopped down in a sunny spot in the middle of the patio and customers just stepped over him.
The Regular
The gorgeous turquoise fireplace with hanging colored lights <3
Two tiny rooms with an eclectic feel
One of the greatest parts of the Besta Wan experience (aside from how dog friendly it was) was that all the kids played in the parking lot (which the patio directly overlooks). Does that sound bad? It's an asphalt area where kids can run, scream and hula-hoop, giving their parents a break to eat in peace but still the ability to keep an eye on them. I love it. I felt like I was at a neighborhood block party.
I would recommend this place to anyone, and will absolutely be eating here at least once a week. Maybe next time by the fireplace...

But really, you need to be okay with the dogs everywhere. If you don't want an enormous black lab eying every bite you take, this might not be the place for you.

I ended up dropping a few pieces.
I'm such a sucker...

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32 comments:

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

UM why isn't this place in Tampa?!
It looks SO awesome!
I absolutely love going to block parties (not that I've been to one in years haha) and this reminds me of that, like you said :)

Happy Wednesday, lovely!
xo

Jes said...

i can't figure out what i am drooling over.
the pizza or the puppies.
lets go with both.
at the same time.

Tammy @ Lemons, Avocados & the Bay said...

Oh my gosh I NEED to go to this place! =) Looks so yummy.. and sweet

Jessica said...

This place looks amazing!! And the whole lab staring at you while you eat is just a fact of everyday life for me. I love that they allow dogs.
PS: I love the mason jars as glasses. I always have and always will think it's cool to drink out of a mason jar.

Mish Lovin' Life said...

haha! That black dog is hilarious... i woulda fed him too.

Did you take Lucy?

lori said...

what a cute little place! and the food looks good, too!

Lauren said...

Haha I love the black lab eying your every movement. This place sounds amazing! Pizza and dogs wandering around?? Best restaurant ever!! Please go back frequently so I can live it through you. Thanks! ;)

Sarah Kate said...

That is my kind of place!! I love that the menus are old album covers. How creative!

We ate at a pizza place similar to that when we were in Asheville, NC last year. I loved the laid back atmosphere where the kids could run and play and no one had to tell them to be still! It was excellent for us since I was there to catch up with an old friend. :o)

Lisa Stepi said...

Love this post - that place looks so cute!

Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

Booo we have NO good places like that here! I am officially jealous!! And HUNGRY! :) Also, your pics are GORGEOUS..I need to pick your brain on photography I think! HA!

Jenna

Jillian @ Newlywed in Nashville said...

That place looks so delicious! I could totally go for some pizza right now :)

Ruthie Hart said...

I spot a frenchie!!!!!! I love places you can bring your pups to!

Kelsey said...

that place looks awesome! i definitely am going to have to check it out soon!

Denise said...

Coolest restaurant ever! LOVE the Menu's! How fun!

{[Jessica]} said...

OMG that looks so good!!
I will have to go to it next time I am that direction (hopefully later this month) I love the fact it is so dog friendly & people are ok with it!!


xoxo
jessica

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Oh man. Begging dogs? I'd feel right at home. ;)

Kelly Anne said...

Weee! Never heard of it! Can we go back next week with all the guys?

Lisa said...

WOW! That place sounds so amazing! And I love that there are dogs allowed. I laughed so hard at the photos of the black lab watching you eat! Haha!

EverythingPrettyGirls said...

Oh my gosh!! I used to live in San Diego (bird rock) but worked in Encinitas for a few years!! SO amazing... this looks delicious... I'm planning a trip back there soon. I used to always go to Surf Dog's java hut in the mornings - best coffee ever! Oh this post made me so nostalgic.

xo julia at everything-pretty.com

Allie said...

oh my god this place looks AH-MAY-ZING. with the album covers for menus, the dog friendliness, and just the whole vibe of the place, i think i'm going to have to take a trip down there just to eat at this place. And that black lab looks so adorable begging! i would have dropped pieces too. it's so hard to deny when they use their puppy dog eyes.

Simply Valorie said...

That sounds like a great restaurant! I am dying to hit it up.

And I'm a sucker for the pups too - I'm ALWAYS the one that caves and gives them food, haha.

Ben & Cassie said...

Man i wished i lived somewhere cool! This place looks so awesome, I love finding treasures like this!

Allyson said...

This place looks like it could very easily be my favorite restaurant if I lived in the area! Dogs, mason jars, pizza! LOVE!

MessyDirtyHair said...

looks so cute and yummy! i love dogs haha so i would be okay with that! haha! adorable blog, new follower!

xx Kelly

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

A love a good pizza joint - looks like a good time!

Susan said...

This is absolutely terrific! I LOVE how dog friendly it is! And the photo with the black lab eyeing you - hilarious! That's exactly how those labs are though! :)

Gaby said...

wow, i want to go there! and now i want a pizza, uh oh... :)

Katrina {calikatrina.blogspot.com} said...

THE DOG!! So great.

Anonymous said...

I always get pizza every lunch and I'm enjoying it. Anywhere around you can search for a good food with different specialty of taste and you will get used to it. Happy eating everyone :)

Xahnn from University Faculty Jobs

Clare said...

That place looks awesome - yummy food and so much character! I love fun little spots like that :)

Din said...

I agree, its a nice place to stay and a great place to spent time with. It's like being in the vacation with the last minute teneriffa, places that are enjoyable to stay. More or less Its kinda paradise they say. :)

I think the dog wants pizza too!

Aryan said...

It's like in old time, the place is worth relaxing. How I wish were on the same state so I can visit here any time I want. What I loved on this place is that the food they serve is simply delicious and any one is welcome even the "DOG" haha.. I'm gonna sell my cell phone for this happenings :) ya know!

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