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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza (Wayne) - Traditional Pizza

Appears a small 9" round diameter pie (lunch sized) with deep brown edges and a golden underside yielding several dark char spots.  The top layer is layered with evenly melted cheese and blotches of extra sauce nearing the center. - 4.5

The crust is thin, crispy, and nicely charred from the high heat.  The outer crust is crispy and crusty on the outside with a light and mildly chewy center. - 4.5

The sauce is really delicious.  It's of freshly crushed roma tomatoes, free of most of the residual acidity, and gently sweet.  Very nice and pleasant! - 4.5

The cheese retains it's chewiness and creamy flavors despite being cooked at the high oven temperatures. - 4

Overall, this is such a pleasant surprise to have this level of pizza being served locally.  If you're a fan of real NY style pizza with the thin, crispy, semi-charred crust and underside, you really need to get out to try this pizza.  It really satisfies the cravings when you're looking something similar to that trip to Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, or Patsy's - all legendary pies for similar reasons...coal fired pizza. - 4

Total Score: 4.3/5

We can't forget the beer!  Anthony's has a small selection of beers, including some local favorites like Victory Hop Devil IPA, which I've accompanied with my pizza in the picture above.

As a side note, Anthony's makes really good wings too.  As a wing lover(and rater), I couldn't bring myself to rate these, as they are not the hot wings that I compare on the site.  They are oven roasted with onions, herbs and oil.  Please try those, as well.  Very tasty stuff.

Anthony's website

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Brick Oven Bread and Cheese Shoppe (Phoenixville) - Pizza

Appears a small, 10" round diameter with dark brown, and some burnt crispy edges showing around the edge with an interior of red sauce coated with melted mozzarella and a few leaves of basil. - 4

The crust is on the thinner side with beautiful charring marks around the edges and underneath that you only find from extremely hot ovens.  The outer edges are puffed up a little bit with pockets of CO2 caverns inside the light crust. - 4.5

The sauce is made of crushed San Marzano tomatoes.  The sweet and flavorful tomatoe sauce is so simple, yet one of the better ones that I've had in the area.  You really don't need to over complicate things when using this kind of tomato and these guys didn't. - 4

The cheese is decent.  I'm not sure of the exact blend of mozzarella they used here but I suspect a dry mozzarella blend that's comprised mostly of whole milk mozzarella.  It's flavorful, lightly chewy, and fresh. - 4

Overall, I really enjoyed this pie and I can't wait to try it again.  This is a very nice representation of a Neapolitan style pizza, as it's been cooked in a very hot wood fired oven with a sauce made from San Marzano's.  The only thing I'm not sure about is the cheese, which I'm pretty certain isn't Buffalo mozzarella but that's ok.  We're not entering a contest here, or trying to adhere to guidelines.  It's only pizza...and it's damn good. Currently, this treat is only available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until they run out, so get them early and often. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.2/5

The good news?  BOBCS is a BYOB and they're right next door to another favorite of this beer hound, Iron Hill Brewery.  So, grab a growler, or a bottle off the reserve list and head over for a wonderful pairing of flavors.

Brick Oven's Website

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Brauhaus Schmitz (South Philadelphia) - German Food and Beer!

Brahaus Schmitz is nestled right on South Street in South Philly.  It rose from the ashes of another local German destination's demise, Ludwig's Garten.  In fact, owner, Doug Hager spent time behind the bar at Ludwig's during their heyday.

This place does everything right in terms of traditional German fare and all German style brews.
During any of the international soccer matches, this place is party central and the crowd becomes engaged with the games. 
Above, you'll see see the Kartoffelpuffer, or potato pancake that's served with chunky applesauce and sour cream.  Really good stuff.

To the right is Spaten Maibock, which is a limited treat that is only ever found on draft.

Below, is the schnitzel sandwich, which I had with some spaetzle.  A tasty meal that I'll continue to come back to.
Of course, no German restaurant trip would be complete without
a tall glass of Aventinus.
Brauhaus Schmitz website
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Joe's Fish Co. (North Wildwood) - Margherita Pizza

Appears a 12" round pie with a scattered layer of red sauce spread atop the disk.  A dozen dollops of melted mozzarella are melted around the top. - 4

The crust is thin with an "airy" outer crust and a crispy interior on the underside. - 4

The sauce is alright.  It's tangy, fresh, and mildly sweet with ripe tomatoes cutting through the baked bread. - 3.5

The cheese is good albeit scarce.  It's obviously a good quality cheese that doesn't want to burn in the oven.  It is fresh, and full of chewy milk flavor. - 3.5

Overall, this is a decent pie.  It's different than the typical boardwalk style pizza that you find on the Wildwood boardwalk.  It's basically a personal pie that you handle alone, or share with one other.  They do have different styles including a really good pie with shrimp that I recommend. - 3.5

Total Score: 3.7/5

The draw to this place is the fact that they have beer...on the boardwalk!  You have to show your i.d., then they give you a wristband to prove your age.  As far as selection, it's not really a beer hound destination but they've got some things to hold you over.  Pictured above is Longboard Island Lager, which is ok.  They usually have Victory Prima Pils, which is the preferred beverage to drink with this pizza.  Other glances of the tap list showed Magic Hat # 9, Blue Moon, and a few BMC products that I probably wouldn't waste my time with.  They had a few things in bottles but our server wasn't too keen on the beer scene and didn't know what they were.  I did notice a few Ommegaang selections when I was walking out, what I did - take your kid to the beach, then hit the boards for some rides at the pier before grabbing some food and a much deserved beer from Joe's.

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