Month: February 2016

Home Run Inn, Chicago’s Premium Pizza – Cheese Pizza

2016-02-21 00.22.25Nothing new to say here.  This is a good thing given I’ve already reviewed Home Run Inn’s “Uncured Pepperoni” variety and gave it the highest marks.  I loved the cheesy taste of that pizza.  With this being only a slight twist on the same formula but sans pepperoni, the cheese takes center stage and again does not disappoint.  I don’t like this as much as the pepperoni pizza, but that’s only due to personal preference.  Excellent choice all around.

Purchased at HEB for $6.98.  27.0 oz, $.26/oz.  9 out of 10!

Tandoor Chef, the Original Naan Pizza – Margherita

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It’s pizza.  It’s on naan bread.  It’s naan pizza!  Naan is an oven-baked flatbread popular in asia.  I first heard of and tried naan bread in an Indian restaurant in the Seattle suburb of Fremont.  It’s similar to pita bread.

The pizza was pretty good but forgettable outside the uniqueness of its crust.  It reminded me of a higher quality (the toppings tasted better) Totino’s pizza, mainly because the naan bread crisped similar to the way a Totino’s crust crisps when baked.

Not at all a bad pizza, but also not at all worth the price when compared to Totino’s.  Totino’s Supreme pizza costs $1.35 for a 10.9oz pie ($.12/oz).  Tandoor Chef’s offering comes out to $3.48 for a 7.8oz not-quite-pie ($.45/oz).  I might give it another shot out of curiosity since $3.48 is still cheap, but I don’t think it’s worth the extra $2 over something so similar.  Maybe if I find myself thinking about it naanstop over the next week I’ll buy another one.  Sorry, I was desperate for a terrible pun.

Purchased at HEB for $3.48.  7.8oz, $.45/oz.  7 out of 10.

Tonight’s HEB Haul

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I’m pretty happy with tonight’s HEB pizza haul.

  • The two Hill Country Fare ones at the top are what I always keep on hand for when friends are over.
  • Based on the huge variety of pizzas I’ve reviewed so far (32 brands, 52 varieties), American Flatbread makes the absolute best frozen pizzas out there.  The only problem is the price.  At $5.98 a pizza and about 9oz each, their pizzas cost about $.66/oz.  This is more than double the average price of $.32/oz I’ve paid across all frozen pizzas I’ve sampled.  Luckily for me there was a buy one get one free deal going on that got me a little overly excited for a guy shopping in the frozen pizza aisle at HEB.  I’ve tried both varieties sampled but slightly burned the “Tomato Sauce and & Three Cheese” one, so I haven’t reviewed it yet.  Reviewing an improperly cooked pizza just ain’t right ya know.  What kind of person do you think I am?
  • Dr. Oetker is another favorite.  Almost as good as American Flatbread but far cheaper (about $.32/oz; average price).  I tried both varieties pictured before I started recording my thoughts, so I have no official review written yet.
  • The Tandoor Chef naan pizza is something completely new to me.  Never tried it.  Never even heard of naan pizza before I saw this one at HEB.
  • Home Run Inn is – as my faithful readers know – a huge favorite of mine.  I haven’t tried either of the varieties pictured and am pretty excited to do so.

Some friends are coming over to watch the Superbowl tomorrow.  We’ll probably focus more on wings, fries and etceteraous (according to Google no one has posted this word before) snacks, but I’ll bake one of these upon guest request.

Happy baking everyone!

Tombstone – El Diablo

Did Tombstone make a deal with the devil?

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We live in a world where even frozen pizzas have limited edition varieties. I hope the El Diablo crosses the threshold into the realm of the regularly sold because it is so good, I want this pizza to enter my exclusive rotation of staple pizzas I repurchase again and again.

I give this an 8.5 out of 10 which is a far cry from the 5.5 out of 10 I gave Tombstone’s plain old pepperoni variety. I described that one as being “Probably the most average no frills pizza you can get.”

The thing that sets the El Diablo apart from anything else you can find in the frozen retail tundra is unsurprisingly the spice factor. It contains “Spicy chorizo, jalapeños, sweet red peppers with real Wisconsin mozzarella cheese and fiery sriracha tomato sauce.” Yep, it’s spicy. Not enough to burn my mouth, but just enough to satisfy my love for spicy food.

Still, I don’t know if the spicy taste is what makes this so much better than the Tombstone Pepperoni pizza. I swear there’s something different about the cheese, too. Maybe it’s because the El Diablo is made with “real Wisconsin mozzarella cheese” and for all I know the pepperoni pizza might be made with the kind of mere regular mozzarella cheese us filthy peasants usually eat. Hard to tell. What’s not hard to tell is how much I love this and look forward to purchasing more in the future.

You’d think the name El Diablo refers to the abundantly spicy kick of the pizza.  After tasting it, I’m starting to think it may refer to a deal made at a certain crossroad that granted Tombstone the power to create something so delicious.

Purchased at HEB for $3.97.  19.6oz, $.20/oz.  8.5 out of 10.  Much cheaper than the average pizza cost of $.31/oz.  Bang in your mouth and bang for your buck.

Special thanks to my friends Matt and Porschia for motivating me to try this sooner than later.