Sunday, June 10, 2012

Crust Pizza Co. Review, The Woodands, TX

After watching the Texas Iron Man race a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were craving some pizza. The thousands of spectators caused all the restaurants in the immediate vicinity to have 90+ minute waits, so we checked our Google Maps to find a pizza place nearby. Crust Pizza Co. was on our way home and had some decent reviews, so we decided to give it a shot.

My gosh am I glad that we did. As we pulled into the Panther Creek shopping center on Woodlands Parkway, the first thing we noticed about Crust was that the outdoor patio was packed. We figured that was a good sign. The guy who took our order just happened to be the owner of the company. We ordered a wheat crust with pineapple, Canadian bacon, and mushrooms--a variation of the Hawaiian pizza which is our favorite.

Two things we noticed while placing our order:

1) The prices here were incredible. A largepizza was only ten bucks and our three toppings were only $1.50 each. Of equal importance, a bottle of wine was only TEN dollars. That's ten bucks for a bottle of wine. And it was awesome. I actually spoke to the owner about this and he mentioned that they had originally planned on making it a BYOB restaurant but decided instead to offer quality house-wines at razor-thin margins so that everyone could enjoy a little wine with their meal.

2) The environment was top-notch. Beautiful, classy, but not pretentious. A young couple was sharing a private dinner in a booth while twenty feet away a family of six was enjoying a couple of extra large pizzas. Young and old, casual and well-dressed, single folks and families. Everyone felt comfortable here.

On to the food.

We received our bottle of wine immediately and were surprised at how good this ten dollar bottle of wine was. Granted, it was a little smaller than your usual bottle of wine, but it was still more than we could finish. 

The Natural on Whole Wheat
Alfredo Sauce, Baby Spinach, Roma Tomatoes,
Fresh Garlic, Virgin Olive Oil, Feta & Mozzarella Cheese
Then the pizza came. As we pulled our slices onto our plates, we noticed there was ZERO grease under the crust. This blew me away. I detest a couple pizza chains whose pizzas seem to be grilled in a pan full of butter. Crust's pizza dough was fresh and fluffy and the toppings were off the hook. We were in love.

Since that day, we have taken my in-laws there and it is now their favorite place. We also took my sister-in-law and her fiance and it is now their favorite place. In three weeks we have tried their Hawaiian (AMAZING), Tuscany, Veggie, and a couple random pizzas. My wife ordered the Hawaiian expecting it to just be Canadian bacon and pineapple, like most places. We were a little nervous when the pizza arrived with dried cranberries and roasted cashews...but that is now my favorite pizza on the planet.

Canadian Bacon, Pineapple, Roasted Cashews,
Sun-dried Cranberries, Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese

If I were on death row and I had to request my last meal, the Hawaiian Pizza from Crust Pizza Co would be on the table in front of me. I'd also have some turkey and mashed potatoes...maybe some chocolate cake and milk, too, but now I'm way off topic.

Bottom line: If you want to eat a spectacular, flavorful, pizza in a great environment for less than you normally spend on delivery, go to Crust Pizza Co.

Roma Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese,
Fresh Chopped Basil, Crushed Garlic & Parmesan

Pepperoni Supreme
Double Pepperoni, Mushrooms,
Tomatoes & Smoked Mozzarella

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