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Deano’s Pizza – 7/24/17

Next stop – Deano’s Pizza in Lafayette Louisiana. Deano’s is a sit-down pizzeria turning out crisp-crust pies including Cajun specialties in a family setting. I was there for supper and they have a 6″ pizza (one topping) for one for only $6.59. Or. you can get any of their specialty pizzas in a 6″ version for $7.59. I ordered a 6″ Tee Rex, The Ultimate Meat Eater. which has pepperoni, canadian bacon, smoked sausage, italian sausage, bacon & beef. I had them add candied jalapeños, too. The crust was pretty thin and fairly crisp. I think they should crank up the heat in the oven. The toppings were somewhat bland, with the exception of the candied jalapeños. I would take those on just about any pizza. They tasted like a sweet pickle, but instead of using cucumber, they used jalapeños. Yuengling on tap! I had 2… thanks Uber. 6.5 anchovies out of 10

Deano's Pizza

pi Pizza – 7/24/17

Well, it’s road trip time again. Henry wasn’t able to get a kitchen pass, so I’ll (Larry) be going it alone. First stop this year is π Pizza in Houston Texas. This place is described as a “happening haunt serving inventive pizzas, sandwiches, frozen cocktails & liquor-infused ice cream”. I arrived at 11:15 on Monday morning and the place was empty. I left at noon, and the place was still empty. I ordered the Meat Bro pizza which is topped with pepperoni, house made italian sausage, pancetta, beef, and thick smoked bacon, with pizza sauce and a mozzarella/provolone blend. The lunch special was an 8″ pizza for $8. Just enough pizza for a meal. I also ordered a Lobo Negro from Pedernales Brewing in Fredericksburg Tx. Just one tough… I’m driving. The pizza came in a timely fashion and was perfectly charred on the top and had a crisp bottom. The toppings were tasty and ample. The house made sausage was the best. The crust was a little thicker than I prefer. It was pushing 3/8″ and one part of it was almost 3/4″ thick. This inconsistency brought the overall score down, so I’ll have to give it 7 anchovies out of 10. And yes, I’ll stop back again if I’m in the neighborhood.

Pi Pizza

Pi Pizza pizza pie
Pi Pizza special

Eischen’s Bar Revisited – 7/27/16

We revisited Eischen’s Bar in Okarche Oklahoma today. We were here two years ago and had some of the best fried chicken we have ever tasted. Today was no different. The chicken is lightly floured but not overly battered, and cooked to perfection. Tender, moist, and tasty. This chicken can’t be beat. The only negative: 3.2 beer. We’ll be back next trip.

Oklahoma Joe’s – Olathe Kansas 7/24/14


The last stop on our food tour was in Olathe Kansas at Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ. We ended the tour like we started it… with barbeque. Last year, Larry ate at the original location in Kansas city. The Olathe location worked better with our schedule.


We arrived at 6 in the evening and the line extended to the door. The line moved fast and we placed our order after about a 15 minute wait. Henry ordered a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Larry ordered a draft Boulevard Wheat. We ordered a rack of pork ribs and a half pound of brisket. Henry ordered a bowl of Smoked Chicken Gumbo.


The brisket was lean and tasty. The ribs were tender and glazed with bbq sauce. The ribs tasted like they had been brined. Henry says the gumbo was very tasty. The roux was a little thicker than most and the smoky chicken was as tender as could be. We have been spoiled by Cooper’s bbq with the flavors that jump out and grab you. These are 2 different styles of cooking and both places excel in what they do best. We say the Cooper’s bbq is definitely the better que.


Eischen’s Bar – Okarche Ok. 7/24/14


Eischen’s Bar in Okarche Oklahoma is the oldest bar in Oklahoma.


It’s an old dark bar with sawdust on the floor.


They also make some of the best fried chicken in the country. You can only order a whole chicken. No half orders or all dark orders. You either eat a whole chicken, share it, or take some home. The coating is not real heavy, but it is crispy and tasty. The chicken is cooked to perfection, tender and juicy.

Wedge Pizzeria – Oklahoma City 7/23/14



This is the reason for the trip, the ‘holy grail’ of our quest.


Great selection of local and regional craft beers. We had beers, but we don’t remember which ones. We were lucky to be able to drive back to our motel, but that is another story.

We ordered the Italian Stallion, and the Prosciutto E Formaggi with pancetta and roasted walnuts.


The Italian Stallion was a good pizza, but the mouth feel was a little dry, The Prosciutto E Formaggi is Larry’s all-time favorite pizza and Henry agrees. The prosciutto and fig make a very good pizza. We added pancetta because everything is better with bacon and the roasted walnuts (sugar and cinnamon) played well with the figs.





Quick Side Trip – Turner Falls 7/23/14

This is not a food post. After the fried pies, Henry decided he wanted to see Turner Falls.


$12 a head to get in, but Larry qualifies for the half price senior rate and Henry does not until his birthday this coming Saturday. The gate keeper cut him no slack and he paid full price.

Turner Falls is a beautiful place amid the rocky arid landscape of southern Oklahoma. It is a great place for the kids to play in the cool water, Check it out if you are passing through.



Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies 7/23/14


We left Ft. Worth headed for Oklahoma City. We stopped for lunch at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies at exit 51 on IH 35 in Oklahoma.


The crew was busy assembling pies. We ordered a chicken and vegetable pie, a beef and vegetable pie, and a pizza style pie.


The pies were made fresh for us and served very hot. The crust was flaky and crisp and not at all greasy. The pizza style pie was light on pepperoni and cheese, and the sauce tasted like tomato soup. Henry thought the beef pie was better than the rest. Larry liked the chicken pie better. There was no fight and we left satisfied and glad we stopped.


Cane Rosso, Ft. Worth 7/22/14


For quite some time, Larry has wanted to eat at Cane Rosso in Dallas. Since Henry wanted to do this pizza road trip, now was the time to try this pizza. The location in Ft. Worth has only been open for about 4 months.

Excellent craft beer selection here. Regional and international. Pabst is considered an import? Henry drank Cusquena Malt Lager from Peru. Larry started with a Shiner Bock followed by a Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewery in Conroe, and then Malka Blonde from Israel.

Malka Beer

This evening’s cooks are here from Italy and Guatemala.


The pizzas are cooked in a 900 degree oven for 70 seconds, rotated halfway once during the cooking time. They have a soft crust and need to be eaten with a fork. We were warned the Vera Napoletana pizza crust was soft and required a knife and fork to eat. We’ve had Vera Napoletana pizza before and some crusts stood up by themselves.


We ordered 2 pizzas:



The Zoli was a very good classic tasting pizza. You really can’t go wrong with meat and fresh mozzarella.

The Delia was one of the best pizzas we have eaten. The sweetness of the bacon marmalade made this one pop.


$82 including tip and 6 great beer is not a bad price. All in all, it was a great pizza experience. We sure wish they would open a location in San Antonio.


Change of Plans – Cooper’s BBQ 7/22/14

We left San Antonio at noon today headed for Ft. Worth. Immediate change of plans happened when we decided to have lunch in New Braunfels. Larry suggested Coopers Old Time Pit BBQ.

Coopers BBQ

Coopers BBQ

Henry said the brisket was the absolute best he ever ate. The pork ribs were perfect and the beef rib was amazing. If you are in San Antonio and want some great BBQ, the closest place is Cooper’s in New Braunfels. The BBQ there rivals that of City Market in Luling, and Smitty’s, Black’s, and Kreutz’s in Lockhart.