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Pleasure Pizza is a surfer's hangout in Santa Cruz, CA, right down the street from some of the best surf breaks in the area. At $5 a slice, the Santa Barbara is not for those with a light appetite or wallet. Heaping with mozzarella, Parmesan, pepper jack, green onions, artichoke hearts, and spinach, the Santa Barbara is a two-hander. The sauce is nice and peppery, with enough heft to make its presence felt amongst the other strong flavors. The artichoke hearts add tang and the pepper jack adds a bit of heat. There is enough cheese on the slice to make a vegan faint, and the size of the pizza is monstrous.
While passing through the sleepy, seaside town of Santa Cruz on a road trip from San Francisco back to Los Angeles, I stopped in for a coffee and asked a couple of locals about where I might grab a good burger. They both told me I had to try Betty's Burgers, and after hearing Betty's story I realized there wasn't any need to be told twice.