Well here we are back at a pub. Pubs are so different from when I was younger. Some actually have cooks and a kitchen. Some even have pizza ovens; like Main Street. Their oven uses wood. Should have gotten a shot of it. You can see it when you come in.
I could not resist their sausage so I opted for it as one of my toppings, They also offer different cheeses to go with their shredded mozzarella so I got some ricotta. Since Pat was so enthusiastic about his BLT I added bacon to my pie.
I agree with Pat they build an excellent pizza. The crust is thin and cracker crisp and it is not overloaded with sauce. They did a wonderful job with their sausage but its appearance can take you aback. They slice it horozontally with a slice and then cut the pieces so that they look like a flat raft. Regardless it was delicious. My only complaint was the bacon. They crumble it up and scatter it across the pie so it is hard to get a good bacon taste. That’s okay the rest more than made up for it. Pat rates their pie on a par with Some Guys and a bit above Bazbeaux. I think I would agree with that assessment.
This place was suggested to us by a young lady who worked at The Library. She had worked there and mentioned that the sauce and crusts were house made.
Pat’s pie looked great but I opted for a Stromboli. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
It was a beauty and I really liked the way they dug out the bread for the sausage and sauce. The bread was excellent but the rest of the sandwich was unremarkable. It would appear that they offer two different sausages. The sausage on Pat’s pie was chunky and; according to him; heavy with fennel. My sausage was neither. Little pellets that fill a space well but in this case had little flavor. The sauce had a bit of spice at the end but not much in the beginning. Would get a pizza if there is a next time.
So the verdict is one outstanding pie and one ho hum sandwich. Worth checking out for the pies and the other hot and cold sandwiches they offer. Plus our whole lunch was under $18. I think a hot ham and cheese on that bread would be very good.
Union Jack Pub is rapidly becoming the Grand Pa of the Ripple. They may not serve a “proper” pizza pie but they serve a tasty one and have good beer on draught. It was a dreary and overcast day so we decided to visit Gramps and have a bite.
I opted for a individual pie. Two toppings for 10 bucks. They give you a lot of pie for $10.
I got my favorite duo for a pizza. Anchovy and black olive. It may sound odd but I really enjoy it and with their big crust format it was wonderful.
The only thing I wish they would do is brush olive oil or garlic butter on the exposed crust. The naked crust is good but a little fat would make it better.
Pizza King originated in Lafayette Indiana in 1954. They have expanded over the years with several “company stores” and some franchise holders. As far as I know they are only in Indiana. They were known for a thin crust, edge to edge toppings and a fine ground sausage. I have always been fond of a fine grind for pizza. This particular outlet is a company store on the far east side of Indy. Actually east of the little town of Cumberland. It is a very large place with an old school pizzeria decor.
They offer the usual fare you would find at a Pizza joint but today we were after pizza. They have an 8 inch 1 topping pie for $6.79 and charge 90 cents for additional toppings. That is what we ordered. Pat got a mushroom and sausage because that is his go to combo. I ordered the same because I could not decide, and sausage and mushroom is as good a combination as any.
Another thing I like about this place is they cut their pies in a “party style”. Instead of all triangle slices you get squares and triangles
I enjoyed my pie quite a bit. The crust isn’t as thin as I would like but it was nicely done and the price is very good. It is quite a drive but I can see myself going back. I would like to get an 8 inch Meat Feast pie. The Meat Feast – A delicious blend of sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, baked ham and bacon. That is $7.99
The Pizza Inn that Pat referenced is the Pizza Parlor that was in Southport when we were in High School. That is another old chain that started in Texas in 1960. They no longer operate in Indiana. I don’t remember much about their food though. Pizza King does operate in Indy and they put out a pretty good pie.