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Selma's Chicago Pizzeria

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Selma's Chicago PizzeriaSelma's Chicago Pizzeria
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Selma's Chicago PizzeriaSelma's Chicago Pizzeria

Type: Bar, Eatery

218 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, California, 92672
United States

(949) 276-2828 | map

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Added by milerics on 02-05-2011

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

With already a good experience at the RSM location, it's inevitable that the original location is going to be compared to that larger, newer location. If you're heading down to the beach from El Camino Real (or vica versa), chances are that you'll pass by here. There's adequate parking available on the street that is free of charge.

The interior is quite dark, walled with brick, and has a lot of wiggle room. There's no bar to sit at, only booths and tables. A small outdoor patio goes right out the sidewalk. Bathrooms are very spacious.

Eight beers on-tap and around half a dozen bottles to choose from. With the exception of Coors Light, every draft is a craft one. 3 house beers are brewed by Firestone Walker (honey blonde, hefeweizen, pale ale), and are available during happy hour for only $3 a pint. I had the pale ale that was refreshing, but knowing it's probably the same exact pale ale used as the Lazy Dog house pale, I knew what I was getting. Among other taps, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat is a staple for Selma's. The last three beers are in rotation, but my visit revealed these to be Summerfest, Boont Amber Ale, and Lagunitas IPA. In the bottle, Hop Stoopid highlights the bottle collection that is dominant of macros. Glassware used is shaker pints.

I forgot how much I liked the pizza, and I was reminded yesterday about that. An excellent pie with great tasting pepperoni, zesty sauce, and a crispy, pan style crust. The fresh shredded parmesan cheese to top your pizza is like icing on the cake. With the personal pizza at $5.50 until 4pm and happy hour starting at 3pm, it is possible to get a quallity pizza and beer for under $10 total.

For what it is, Selma's is an excellent pizza diner with some beer options. I still prefer the RSM location, mostly because of the much larger beer selection, but a glass of simple craft beer with kick ass pizza is enough to get my adrenaline going.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on a recent trip to Cali. Parking on the main road here can be a bit of a pain so be prepared to get there early or walk. Just a warning... The location is pretty easy to spot at night with a large neon sign over the restaurant. Upon walking in we were promptly greeted by a hostess and taken to a large booth that accomidated 5 of us with ease. Just glancing over the beer list, there was a decent selection to be had, but nothing too impressive. We did order two appetizers while we were there, but for the life of me I can't remember what they both were. They were good was all I remember... The service was pretty good as well while we were there. Overall this was a pretty nice spot to visit, but since I have already been once I probably won't be going back the next time I'm around the area.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Just a couple blocks away from Pizza Port San Clemente, this is a Chicago style pizza place (as you would probably have guess from the name) that has a decent selection of beers along with a few house beers that are brewed for them by Firestone Walker.

Sort of a strange ambiance for a restaurant, it's pretty dark, but I guess some people like that. Not a huge restaurant, but a good number of tables, especially for a place like San Clemente.

We only had some appetizers (potato skins and chicken strips), but they were good enough. At least, until t0rin0 started pouring ranch dressing on everything.

Their house beers are actually pretty damn good. I was fearful that they would be Bayhawk beers, but my hops rose when I heard Firestone. Surprisingly, the "Honey Blonde" was actually my favorite (I feel like sort of a tool for admitting that), but any of them are serviceable choices.

If you're in the area, it might be worth a stop, especially if there aren't enough ticks for you at Pizza Port.

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Selma's Chicago Pizzeria in San Clemente, CA
Place rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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