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New Restaurant - Pizza Plant

Last weekend we were on a Buffalo adventure kegerator shopping. Yes, our homebrewing itch has gotten crazy enough that we are getting a kegerator. I'll have more on that in a future post. We wanted to take advantage of our trip and pick a new restaurant for the site. A place called Pizza Plant came to mind. I knew next to nothing about it other than seeing it pop up on some friends' Untappd check-ins, which probably meant it had a good craft beer selection. I took a quick peek at their site and noticed some impressive beers on their tap list, so we decided to go for it. Heather and I often daydream about opening up a craft beer bar that focused on wood fired pizzas, so the pizza and beer combination was particularly exciting.

Pizza Plant is American Italian comfort food like traditional pizzas and big plates of pasta. The menu is, in a word, overwhelming. The sheer quantity of items combined with the kitschy, crowded, and hard to read design made picking a dish all but impossible. Now our kegerator shopping trip to that point was not going the greatest, which I'm sure contributed to our initial mood, but we were honestly having a bit of a mental breakdown when trying to pick what we wanted.

We probably should have made it clear to our server that it was our first visit. Instead, after she came back asking us if we were ready to order for the second time Heather came out and asked her about their Stuffed Pizzas. The waitress explained it well and after much deliberation we decided to order the Mad Mex version and a basket of fries. It's funny, as I take a look at their menu on their website I can't help but wonder why they don't print them the same way. It is so much easier to read. They don't, however, give a good description of what some things are. What is a Pod? Should we know that? It looks to be a specialty and I'm worried we missed out but I still don't fully grasp what it is.

I thought the food was actually really good. The fries were baked but still had a really good crispness and hit the spot as we waited for our pizza. The pizza itself had a little devil head next to it which made us a bit worried about the heat level, but it was surprisingly balanced. Inside the stuffed portion of the pizza were chicken, salsa, olives, red onions, and mozzarella. On top of the pizza was cheddar cheese and sliced jalapenos. We ordered a medium size and were surprised that it was plenty of food for the two of us! We ended up taking home half of it! I really liked the pizza. The stuffed portion of it kind of became one big mass of flavor but I didn't especially mind.

Before we were seated Heather pointed out an absolutely massive apple pie in a bakery case at the entrance. It didn't take much discussion for us to decide that we should try that out as a dessert. It's described on the menu as a "Butterwood Pie". I can only assume that that means they got it from Butterwood Desserts, a Buffalo bakery I just discovered via a Google search. Maybe we should check them out someday. The pie was pretty dang good but I'd be lying if I said that the unbelievable presentation didn't play a role.

The beers available on draft did not disappoint. Heather got a Racer 5 and a Victory at Sea, two beers she'd had before but both are some of her favorites. The Victory at Sea in particular is an exciting one to see on draft. Ballast Point is a new brewer to the area and that's one of their fancier offerings. I started things out with an Oro de Calabaza which was the first time I had it on draft. Those sour beers are always super good. After that I had to try a cask offering as it was surprising to see one on their list. It was an Abita ZSB and it kind of stinks that I had never had that pariticular beer before. It tasted really strange and it's hard to know if it's just that particular beer or if the cask wasn't pouring the greatest.

The prices on the beers were strange. They weren't posted anywhere that we saw so they were kind of a surprise when the bill came. The Oro de Calabaza was pretty pricey, even for a particularly fancy beer. It was around $8 for an 8-10 oz. pour. Strangely, the rest of the beers we got were all extremely affordable for the quality, each one coming for about $4. Who knows...

Other than the stress surrounding picking something off the confusing menu, our experience at Pizza Plant was pretty great. There are two locations in the Buffalo area and we were at the Main Street one. We definitely want to try it again and are excited that the Transit Road one is pretty convenient for our families so maybe we'll meet up there sometime. If I could change one thing about our visit it would be to have our server give a better introduction to the restaurant. It would have been really nice to be asked if we had been there before right up front and when we answered "no" received a great introduction to the menu. Hopefully next time we'll find out what a Pod is.

You just read one of Upstate Crumbs' (almost) monthly New Restaurant posts. Each month, Mike and Heather will try to make it a point to eat at a restaurant they have never eaten at before and post about it. Want to follow us on the local journey? Check out our Foursquare List
By Mike on May 31, 2013 at 5:58pm EDT Topic(s): restaurants new restaurants pizza plant pizza italian buffalo beer


A pod is just a calzone type thing. I'm pretty jealous :) I haven't been to pizza plant in forever.
6/1/2013 at 11:04am EDT
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