Rocking this week’s poll with 135 votes, Uptown Brown’s was the first destination of my local pizza tour. I made my way up to East 30th and German streets with my friend Shawn. Neither of us had ever been to Uptown’s before, so we were both pretty eager to try their pizza.
When we walked in, it was easy to tell what kind of place it was; small, homey, and packed. With most of the patrons being regulars, it has a really welcoming feel inside. We sat ourselves at the bar, and within minutes I was approached by Maryann, co-owner of the establishment. We talked about how long she had owned the bar, talked a little about the regulars, and finally about what I came for, the food. She gave us a few minutes with the menu and then sent Cookie out to take our order. Elise “Cookie” Wurst has been the cook at Uptown’s since they have had a kitchen, and for good reason. We asked for some suggestions from her and then placed our order: a large (10-cut) half pepperoni and a small (6-cut) chicken bacon ranch. The latter was suggested by many people, so we had to try it.
After chatting a little more with Maryann and watching a little One Tree Hill, our pizza arrived steaming hot. Just from the shape of the pies, I could tell that they were hand stretched. The crust can be ordered thick, medium, thin, crispy, you name it…they can do it. We just ordered ours normal, and it was a good choice. It had a great thickness and was just the right amount of chewy. The sauce, which is also made from fresh ingredients, had a great tang to it. The blend of cheese was perfect too. It was mozzarella with some provolone, and maybe some Parmesan thrown in. It was thick and had a great creamy consistency. The pepperoni they use is top notch as well. Not many places use the slices that curl up when they are cooked but I am really glad that Uptown’s does. The chicken bacon ranch was incredible as well. With large pieces of chicken, crispy pieces of bacon, chunks of tomato, and a fantastic flavorful ranch, I don’t think I could have asked for a tastier pizza. The crust stayed crispy and strong though loaded with all of these topping, and I could still taste the cheese through it all, which I loved.
After crushing through ten of the fourteen slices, we both were ready for a nap. I took the rest home and ate it today for lunch. It was just as good cold the next day. Thank you, Maryann, and Cookie, for making my first trip to Uptown Brown’s a successful one. I can not wait to go back and try more pizza…and probably their wings.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food