Sunday, April 13, 2014

Positively Praiseworthy Post-Run Pizza

Pizza has somehow become our go-to post-run meal and after yesterday's 5k, we finally got to hit up a place we had long anticipated: Waldo Pizza.  I had read killer reviews on this place and was also duly impressed by their menu online. I'm happy to report that Waldo Pizza certainly deserves its well-regarded reputation.

Walking in, Waldo Pizza looked every bit the neighborhood pizza joint I'd hoped it would be. Dark wood abounds, but so do whimsical touches like the playing cards on the ceiling and the Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables. The vintage album covers in the bathroom are a fun retro touch as well.

We were starving after the race, so we went the easiest, quickest route by opting for the affordable (7.99!) lunch buffet. This buffet served up several of their specialties and we were quite excited that the thin-crust veggie was one of the options. A well-stocked salad bar is also part of the buffet and the house garlic ranch topped it off quite well.  The veggie pizza with artichokes, black olives, sweet red peppers and onions was excellent, with a good balance of sauce and cheese and perfectly seasoned.

The buffet was more than satisfying, but I definitely want to return, well, multiple times to work through this incredibly vast menu of available toppings. A meat craving would yield a plethora of options including the usual suspects but also chorizo, Cajun sausage, BBQ burnt ends, jalapeno bacon, lamb Merguez (spicy North African sausage) and Local Pig's coffee maple sausage. The vegetable options are equally diverse and they included avocado, pine nuts, roasted garlic, red fresno peppers, capers and black beans. The only other way a wide array of options could thrill me might be the beer list and sure enough, its a beauty. Topped with the recent Boulevard seasonal releases (Grainstorm Black Rye IPA and Boss Tom's Golden Bock), the list also features Tallgrass Velvet Rooster, 4 Hands Late Harvest Saison and Avery The Maharaja Imperial IPA.  Thrillingly, this list always rotates to feature righteous brews. One more thing: the dessert list in pizza joints are quite often an afterthought but not here: there are multiple choices, but the reputed favorite sweet treats are the St. Louis-style gooey butter cake and the flourless chocolate sin cake.  Desserts also include housemade ice cream made with locally made Shatto milk, old-school butterscotch pudding and Ted Drewe's Frozen Custard.  Happiness really is a wide array of delicious options from appetizers to pizza to dessert.

Choice can't be mentioned without mentioning another integral part of the Waldo Pizza menu: a truly impressive list of vegan and gluten-free options. They offer a gluten-free crust (made with tapioca, eggs, soy milk and rice flour) made locally at Olivia's Oven. For the vegan options, they include Daiya or Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses for the pizza.  You gotta love a neighborhood pizza joint with an all-inclusive menu like this one.  If I lived closer, I'd hang there much mote often.

So go, and check out Waldo Pizza.  It was the perfect post-run grub for us.


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