House of Pizza has been a local tradition since 1978 when it first opened at Piedras, and the downtown location has become a lunchtime tradition since 2011. Red walls dotted with music and movie posters make up the decor of this restaurant that is bustling at capacity during lunch hours.

What sets the newer location apart is the option of ordering cheese or pepperoni pizza by the slice, several menu options solely available downtown and delivery and catering services. This is where you’ll find classic American-style pizza loaded with so much cheese, that it drips cheese and grease that can be sopped up with a crust that has a crisp exterior and soft interior.

The Hottie is a border-inspired specialty pizza that begins with a thin crust and sriracha-tomato sauce topped with cotija and mozzarella cheese, white corn, green chile, chipotle and chile powder. This is also where you’ll find the best pastrami sandwich in town. Other hot sub options include deli meats, meatballs and steak with peppers and onions. Chips are the only side option and are sold separately. Regulars recommend bringing someone with you so that you can each order a slice of pizza and share a salad, sandwich or meat lasagna (vegetable lasagna is also only available here).

Cheesecake and carrot cake are offered by the slice and made in-house. If you have yet to try the downtown location, it’s most likely because you don’t work downtown. Hopefully weekday, early afternoon hours will change to include weekends and evenings. If not, there’s always the original Piedras location.

208 N. Stanton; 915-533-3424; Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Vegetarian friendly; $3.25-23.95; hopdowntown.com

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