Whole Wheat Vegetarian and Tomato & Garlic slices, $7.51
When you walk into Blondie’s it’s your stereotypical Berkeley restaurant: the logo is a peace sign, and I can’t remember their slogan word for word, but it has something to do with “Make pizza, not war.” They have a huge variety of pizzas, ranging from the health-conscious Whole Wheat Vegetarian to the meat-stacked Carnivore. Their slice-by-slice menu varies every day. You can always get a slice of cheese, pepperoni, or vegetarian, but the daily special constantly changes. Examples of unique pizzas they have include BBQ Chicken (it’s better than the CPK version), Chipotle Chicken, Green Pesto, and Tomato & Garlic (shown above). Nutrition-wise, the only items I would recommend are vegetarian and any daily specials that don’t have red meat. But if you have a metabolism faster than Tony Parker, go ahead and order two slices of pepperoni. However, if you don’t have Parker’s contract ($50 million over 4 years), I would take into consideration the fact that each slice is $3.50. At Costco, you can get two monster slices for $5. At Pizza Hut, you can get a whole pizza for $10. Blondie’s is really good, but $3.50 is a bit too much, even if they make some pizzas that you’ve never seen before. Another knock on Blondie’s is that it tastes great, but it never fills me up. You can get a more filling and cheaper meal across the street at Smart Alec’s or Chipotle. But doesn’t everyone have an inner pizza-craving instinct built into them? This is why I often swing by Blondie’s to grab a slice or two.