Although no one can explain why, most people agree that beer and pizza go together like a melodious string of shooby-dooby-do-bop-a-doobity-dang-a-dooby. Croon to crusts and cups with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pizza and drinks from Original Pizza II in Costa Mesa.
Original Pizza II dishes out a menu of pizza, cocktails, and other bar fare in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. The pizza parlor invites patrons to engineer their own pies ($10–$21 with up to four regular toppings) topped with tidbits such as anchovies, jalapeños, canadian bacon, and pineapple. A crew of crust-conjurers also fires specialty pizzas such as the Balboa, a white pizza with grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes, and seasonings ($15.50–$24) and the Meat Lovers ($11.50–$19.50), which comes with an official membership badge to the Loyal Order of Protein. Beer, cocktails, and a bloody-mary bar usher succulent chicken wings ($6.95 for six pieces) and zesty greek salad ($7.50) into waiting bellies. Flattened spheres of dough and cheese or a selection from the restaurant's array of fried appetizers and salads can come accompanied by a beer, cocktail, or a bloody mary from the full bar.
Wooden floors and red accent walls border Original Pizza II's onslaught of diversions, such as pool, pinball, and darts. Each of the pizza emporium's 18" flat-screen TVs cranes its necks to view patrons seated along the marble bar, in cozy booths, and around café-style tables.
2675 Irvine Ave.
Costa Mesa, California 92627