Pies and Pints

By on 25 August, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We sure have written about a lot of pizza places for Midtown Montgomery Living over the years. Just last week, our review found the atmosphere at Bibb Street Pizza to be pretty fun, even though the food was kind of uninspiring. And our first ever post here, a long eight years ago, was about our beloved Tomatino’s. Over time, we’ve talked about Pieology too. And we frequently go to Sa Za and Midtown Pizza Kitchen, but don’t seem to have gotten around to writing them up (but we did write up the long-forgotten Sal’s). And even though Pies and Pints (out at Eastchase) has been open for a little while now, we just don’t get out there that often. Which we decided to rectify the other night. We met up with some friends who have a youngster – we figured that if it met with the approval of our taste buds and hers, it might have something good going on.

We’d been to Pies and Pints once before, and we remembered that the pizza was pretty good and the salads were absolutely gigantic. But we forgot to take pictures or write anything down. That’s probably a compliment in the direction of the pints, but less than helpful for our readers looking for information about the pies. So, seeking material for a functional review (plus a meal with our friends), back we went.

There was a little bit of a wait, but that was understandable, as it was prime dinner time on a Friday night. But we did get to see a rainbow while we were waiting outside, gracing the East Montgomery sprawl like a multi-colored halo. By the time we got seated, the youngest member of our party was really hungry, so her mom asked for some garlic bread to get her started. It was gone so fast that we didn’t even have time to take a picture of it.

We ordered three pizzas for the table: a mushroom garlic pie featuring fresh and roasted garlic, caramelized onions, and feta cheese. We asked to add artichoke hearts. Our friends got a pesto pie, which came with mozzarella, pesto, feta, and roma tomatoes. Our young companion got a small pepperoni pizza. The beer menu is extensive and solid, but we rolled with iced tea at this particular meal.

The food came pretty quickly, considering how busy the place was, and overall the service was fast and attentive.

The pizza is pretty good. Our mushroom pizza did not skimp on the mushrooms, and the overall flavor was deep and rich – just right for the classic combination of garlic and mushrooms. The crust is good – it’s thin and flexible, with a good bit of chewiness at the top of the pie. And the toppings extend pretty far toward the edge. We did see, however, that despite our order, they didn’t add much in the way of artichoke hearts.

Our friends liked their pie, too, though they evinced disappointment at its overall lack of pesto – the green stuff came drizzled across the surface of the pizza, sort of a squirted on afterthought designed as an eye-catching topping, instead of a real accessory to (or substitute for) the traditional marinara.

And our young friend said she liked her pizza, so overall it was a successful trip. As we emphasized in our review of Bibb Street, it hits the checkmarks: the pizza is good, it’s kid-friendly, and there’s beer. However, it’s important to note that the place is really loud when it’s busy. It was kind of hard to maintain a conversation across the table because of the deafening acoustics.

Still, the most important thing — the pizzas — are notably good, and we remembered from our past trip that the salads are too, so we’ll probably be back when we get out to that side of town.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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