MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub on 82nd Street
I gotta say, not every restaurant I go to has to have a theme or over the top decor ideas - but for the kid at heart it's still fun to see birch trees or a canoe hanging from the ceiling to set the mood. I love pretending to be outdoorsy even though I haven't been camping in 20 years.
We started with Lodgepoles, which is the whimsical name for cheese sticks or cheesy bread. They didn't knock my socks off but the olive oil was a nice touch so it wasn't just straight garlic.
Chris got the Good Ol' Boy which is a "heapin’ portion of extra pepperoni, mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce" and we added bacon. This was a satisfyingly greasy pizza that reminded me of Chris' staple pizza throughout college from KD's in Ashland. Highly recommend it with the added bacon!
I once again put my theory to the test that I've never had a bad pizza with nuts on it. I got the Sequoia which is pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, toasted pine nuts & mozzarella. It was appropriately rustic and earthy with a slightly tangy kick on a buttery pillow crust.
They have so many interesting things on the menu including a Pear & Bleu flatbread, a Rangoon flatbread, and a pizza called Flathead that is Alfredo sauce, fajita chicken, smoky bacon, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms. I'd love to go back in the summer and have a beer and a Rangoon flatbread on the patio, sounds refreshing!
All in all, this place is now on our radar in a big way - the kind of place I'll take my parents to when they are in town to try something different that definitely doesn't feel like just another chain.