Brickroad Pizza

So some time ago, as vague as that can possibly be, I wrote an entry about one of my favorite places to get pizza, at Nantucket Baking Company . At the time, I stated that the title of one of the best pizzas belonged to them. Well, that’s because I actually have another crowned favorite as well. In fact, as time has gone by, I will even dare to declare that this restaurant is officially my favorite place for pizza.

Brick Road Pizza on Wealthy Street!

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BRICK ROAD STICKS & TOMATO BASIL BISQUE
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HAND TOSSED CRUST WITH EXTRA HOUSE SAUCE, EXTRA GARLIC (FRESH, NOT ROASTED), MUSHROOMS, FRESH BASIL

I order from Brick Road so often that I’m kind of hoping that none of their employees reads this, as my Old Faithful pictured right above would give me away, and that’s kind of embarrassing for some reason that doesn’t make sense.

The pizza here is fantastic, folks. Great sauce, fresh ingredients, and a large variety of toppings, sauces, cheeses, and faux meats are all available! In fact, Brick Road doesn’t just have pizzas. Their menu also consists of a large selection of sandwiches, pasta, salads, burgers, appetizers, calzones….if it sounds like every other pizza place, yes, you’re right. But I’m telling you, it’s not. What’s different? Well, the ingredients are high quality. The choices are creative. And the menu focuses heavily on vegan options, and using locally sourced food and goods! But keep in mind, the menu is not strictly vegan. There are plenty of classic ingredients as well.

The service here is always great, and they have a small bar in the back of the restaurant that I like relax at. The drink menu is fun and changes with the seasons, and I would say the prices are on average with the Uptown/East Town area.

Am I right, am I wrong? Is there another spot in town where their pizza is a can’t miss? Let me know!

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Village Inn Pizza & Sports Grille.

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Located in the Kentwood area,  I was really surprised when I first walked into Village Inn. Because of other restaurants and bars with the same name, I didn’t expect the new looking decor. There are plenty of highly hung flat screen tvs with a clear and loud sound system for all the sport fanatics out there. The food is similar to all the other pizza and sports bars in GR; their large menu also consists of sub sandwiches, appetizers, soups and salads, Mexican dishes and pasta entrees.

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MARGHERITA PIZZA

Their Margherita pizza is what I usually order, and it’s on a very thin crust. It’s not the most authentic version of the classic pizza, but I still like it. I especially appreciate the chunks of garlic they top it with. This pie is on their Specials, so I don’t know if it will become a permanent fixture. The pizzas are the only items I’ve tried here, and I’ve enjoyed them all. For the area, this sports bar is a better choice than others.

The service in this casual dining restaurant has always been good, and I bet this place fills up and gets rowdy during important sporting events! I, luckily, have been able to avoid those times.

Who Has The Best Pizza In Town?

NANTUCKET BAKING COMPANY

Oh gosh, I love pizza. I mean, love. Do you love pizza? If not, don’t talk to me, because I don’t talk to crazy people.

I had always heard about Nantucket Bakery’s pizzas when I first moved to Grand Rapids some six or seven years ago. Earlier this year, I finally got my lazy ass to try them out. What a fool I was for procrastinating!

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(I SOMEHOW DELETED THE ORIGINAL PHOTO, AND THIS WEIRD CROPPED ONE IS ALL I HAVE LEFT. SORRY, I SUCK.)

Quality of ingredients is great, fresh, and all their pizzas are 12 inches and wood fired. They have plenty of specialty pizzas but I always end up building my own. Sauce is very important to me, and while their’s has a sweetness to it, it’s not overwhelming or unbalanced.

The service is always friendly, and fast, although I usually go in there late at night. I would say that the prices are mid range, and I’m fairly certain they don’t deliver. Nantucket’s pizzas are easily in my top two of best pizzas in town- I only wish that they had an actual seating area, as I would love to consume their delicious, flavorful pizza pies as soon as they come out of the oven!

Finally made My Way to Cult Pizza. I Ordered the 14 Inch and Ate All of It.

Cult Pizza opened earlier this year. They focus on using all locally grown produce here, and their main attractions are their artisan pizzas. I had been checking out their menu on a semi-regular basis before I finally got to eat here. Their pies looked tasty and creative, with offerings of many unique sauces, toppings, and cheeses.

My pizza in front. The boyfriend's puny pizza in back.
My pizza in front. The boyfriend’s puny pizza in back.

I built my own pizza. I didn’t think at the time to check out if they have different types of crust, but I don’t think they do. I ordered the 14 inch with garlic curry sauce. I topped it with fresh basil, roasted garlic, ricotta tofu, and goat cheese. I also added their ghost pepper powder. Upon my first bite, I got excited. I mean, I was already excited, but then it grew tenfold. It was delicious.

Head shot.
Head shot.

The dough tasted better than it looked. I enjoyed the flavor and the texture was moist and not too dense. Crunchy on the outside, soft inside, and thin. It was very good. The one complaint I had was that there were too many large air bubbles in the dough. It takes away from the crust! The garlic curry sauce was great. As far as the toppings, roasted garlic is always wonderful and I love fresh basil on pizza. It adds so much! The ricotta tofu was more tofu-y in texture than flavor, so that was disappointing. That with the goat cheese was too rich. I noticed that their pizza doesn’t sit well for a longer period; either that, or the second half wasn’t as good as the first half. Curious.

Interior.
Interior.

Sitting inside and looking around, I felt like I was at a trendy dive pizzeria in a big city somewhere. The service was friendly. It wasn’t busy when we went, and the atmosphere was enjoyable. The prices here are higher than others, and they also sell by slice. My pizza was delightful and I ate the whole thing there.

On a final note, you may be disappointed if you’re a die hard fan of mushroom on pizza. Not an option here. I know, what the hell, right?