The Big Hoss and Cheesebread
Looking for a good pizza in this town can be a challenging not due to the scarcity of the product, but the overwhelming abundance of the needlessness of more pizza establishments. Ok that sentence was too much even for me. Basically if you want a pizza in Knoxville, close your eyes and point to the list. Who can choose? This particular night I wanted pizza, and I happened upon a small event happening at the Pizza Hoss. My good friend Mike Snodgrass was going to be playing music there and I thought I would take the opportunity to review this establishment. (You can find Mike at www.mikesnodgrassmusic.com)
I received the directions and headed that way. As I drove, I noticed I was getting further away from businesses and closer to the middle of nowhere it seemed. My GPS stated that I was there. Where was I? I didn't see any businesses. Finally I was able to locate the establishment. Could I really be in the right place? The building had black out windows and, with a small amount of cars, looked to be all but closed. I sat in my vehicle, pondering whether to go in or just go home. I decided to take the chance.
I walked and was greeted with a waitress that was surprisingly pleasant. I took my seat and of course the music was going in the background. I ordered my drink, which was a Hi-C fruit punch. The waitress was so puzzled that an adult would order such a drink but you can read all about that in my article, "Why Adults are Afraid of the Fruit Punch." I finally had my order taken. I decided to go with an order of cheese sticks and The Big Hoss.
What is The Big Hoss? It turned out to be only the meatiest pizza I had ever laid eyes on. When the food came, it was hard to see it because the atmosphere is very dark. However I knew what I was dealing with as soon as I took the first bite. The pizza was loaded with pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, and bacon. I tasted each component with every bite. If I had a complaint about the pizza is that it was lacking in cheese and the bread wasn't the best I had ever had. The real star of this meal, however, was the cheese sticks. I don't know how much cheese they used on that bread, but it was nothing short of amazing. You simply must go get them.
To sum it all up, I can say after a rocky and unsure start, I had a pretty good time. I would recommend you give Pizza Hoss a try. That being said, I will give you the full and honest opinion of The Picky Fork. For an uninviting location, friendly waitress, and a mediocre dough, I have to give this restaurant a picky
3.7 out of 5.
Build Your Own Pizza
"Hi!" the waitress said as I walked through the door. As though I had known her all of my life. I suppose the feeling you are suppose to get is that you are family. Well I want to tell you I did feel like I was not a stranger. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I did notice, however, that I was to seat myself. Maybe I overthink things but if it is my choice where I set, and I chose badly, there is no one to blame. Most of the tables were actually booths but the three tables in the middle were a little large. It felt like you were at a conference desk. Perhaps a good place to have a business meeting.
I ordered a large pizza with four toppings. That included pepperoni, ham, bacon, and green olives. When the pizza arrived, it was just how I ordered it. Also it was very large. I now realize why the tables are so large. The pizza, to my surprise was delicious, but since I am about the picky eater, here is the things to watch for. The only thing that might deter the picky ones from eating here is the sauce. It is very authentic. This means there is a hint of onion and pepper in the sauce. It is very slight though and if you are not too picky, you should try it.
The place seemed to be clean and comfortable. To recap, the service was great, the food was really good, and the dining was comfortable. If you are wanting a good tasting pizza, you should definitely try this place. For picky friendliness, and just friendliness in general, I give this place a loving 4.2 out of 5.
Tamarack is one of Southern West Virginia's tourist hot spots. This facility tries to embrace the arts of West Virginia. Inside, they have a restaurant that is said to be affiliated with the famous Greenbrier Resort. I decided to go over and check it out.
As I came through the line, I noticed the menu on the wall and the tray in my hand. Had I stumbled into a hospital cafeteria? I chose the line in which I saw the pizza leaving in other peoples' hands because it was unclear to me which line I should be in. When I approached the "chef" I heard something unexpected. It was the voice of the character, Joe Dirt. I do not know where this man came from, but I know most of West Virginia is not like this, despite the general population's opinion. I proceeded to ask for a pizza with light sauce. He placed sauce on the dough, held it up, and yelled, "is that good?" I replied that it would be and he then told me it would be ten to twenty minutes. I said it would be fine and my pizza proceeded to go through the cooker.
When I received my pizza, about 5 minutes later, I proceeded to grab my drink in my Styrofoam cup, and paid at the register. I found a seat and sat down. I took my first bite and let me tell you it was great! What a wonderful flavor. Just the right amount of meat and cheese. Just the right size for one person (no judging). For a great tasting pizza, and a little misdirection, I give Tamarack a 3.9 out of 5.
As I pulled into the parking lot, the first thing I noticed is that there weren't many people dining in this establishment. Was this a sign of things to come? As I walked in I was greeted and seated right away with a friendly hostess. My waitress was at my table right away and was also very polite. I sat by the window. What is special about that you ask? Well the window I sat by was a window that allowed me to see into the kitchen. It was like a terrarium for the cooks. They were on display for all the customers to see.
I kept this meal simple. Pepperoni pizza is what I was looking for. This is a one size fits all establishment. All pizzas are mostly the same size. The pizza came. It was thin crust. It wasn't overly saucy. It had the right amount of pepperoni. Are you bored yet? I was too. Even though the pizza looked absolutely perfect, the taste was just average. There isn't much to say about this meal except I was satisfied. No more. No less. Because picky doesn't mean dull, I am giving this meal a boring 3 out of 5.