Tuesday, July 29

I'm a Dork. With Pizza.

I am a dork. Just to make sure we're clear, I AM a dork. There's no need to tell me, I already know. I.am.a.dork.

Moving on . . .

I LURVE Pittsburgh. I really, really do. I love everything from the trees to the crazy accent to the hills to the fairly decent weather (Go ahead. Argue with me on that point. I will ship your arse to Buffalo for a REAL snow storm, down to Texas to feel what hot and humid can really do to your hair, and then to North Dakota for a taste of -20F and I'm pretty sure you will come to understand that Pittsburgh weather? Ain't all that bad.) There's just one little thing about the town that could stand for some improvement. (OK, two things considering the drivers here are sucktacular. The slowing down for a tunnel thing? Nearly kills me every time.)

What we need is a few dozen good franchises/chains. I don't know why, but Pittsburgh is lacking a lot of really good shopping and dining extravaganzas. We don't have World Market. We only recently sprouted a Stein Mart. And the food? Oh, there's a long list of fast-food restaurants we are missing out on here. Recently many of my Twits have been lamenting some of the specific places we are in need of, and one of those was Donato's.

I love Donato's.

I will stand at the top of a mountaintop and blast my full support and dedication for just about all pizza, but Donato's holds a special place in my heart (shh . . . don't tell me that the "special place" is my right ventricle that Donato's is single-handedly clogging).

Unclecrappy, a local blogger who is far from being a crappy uncle, just couldn't shoosh with his "we're going to Columbus and I'm going to eat Donato's." I couldn't quit with my, "YOU SUCK!" And then? A small miracle happened.

Unclecrappy offered to bring me back some Donato's after a recent trip to Donatoland.

Looky! Looky! Isn't it beautiful?



It brings a tear to my just remembering the moment I first held that splendid little box . . . Oh, and this?



Was nirvana. Sweet, sweet nirvana. Notice how I couldn't even take a photo without snaking a piece first? That is true love right there.

So, thank you UncleCrappy. You made the entire Burgh Baby family very happy that day.

So, anybody up for a White Castle/Carl Jr's/Tim Horton's/Culver's/In N Out Burger/Swensons/California Pizza Kitchen/Macaroni Grill run?

65 comments:

  1. Pizza=good!

    Save some for me, I'll bring the White Castle:P

    ReplyDelete
  2. My sister went to college north of Columbus. I loved visiting her... partially because of the 45 minute detour to go to White Castle!! And I randomly found a Tim Horton's in Buffalo or Rochester a few years ago... Now I just have to wait for the rugby team to have matches in those cities. Boo.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have NO idea what you are talking about. But you trying to tell me that your weather rocks and never even once comparing to the West coast just means you don't know how bad you have it! ha ha!! (from a former East Coaster....)

    ReplyDelete
  4. YOu don't know how good you have it, we don't even have a target here (honest)!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ya know what? I've been here for a little over a year and the weather really isn't that bad.

    The winters are surprisingly mild. The snow was pathetic and it was swooped up quickly. The summers don't get that hot. Rarely humid. It's almost not hot enough to go swimming, really. I like a good 95 degree day at the pool so I don't freeze, but those don't seem to happen here.

    The drivers are crazy, but so are the roads! WHAT THE HECK is with the Fort Pitt bridge? Changing lanes so many times to stay on 279? It gives me a heart attack every time.

    And the restaurants. Big disappointment. The chain selection is ok, but you're right--it could use some help.

    I've had bad luck at some of the local restaurants I've sampled. Oh well.

    ReplyDelete
  6. You just HAD to say Swenson's, didn't you. There is currently a menu in my glove box, just waiting for that once a year event when we get somewhere near one.

    Now, Sonic is my downfall. I went through some serious withdrawal while I live in the OH without it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I did forget to mention that Pittsburgh is cloudier than many other cities.

    At first, i thought it was just my imagination. Then, I saw stats that proved my theory.

    ReplyDelete
  8. So, I'm pretty sure I just read that you want to move to San Diego.

    Am I right?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello??? YOU SUCK!!! I'm on a diet...but just for you, I'll cheat...I can cover Culvers, California Pizza Kitchen and Macaroni Grill!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for recognizing the agony that those of us in Texas must endure all. summer. long. Care for some 105 degree days? I didn't think so.

    But, for all that, we do have a lot of good restaraunts around. Not that I'm familiar with Donato's. And my husbdan mourns the lack of White Castle. hmmm, maybe we aren't so well off.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I don't have any of those. Not even one. Nothin'

    I need to move . . .

    PS--we don't even have a Target or Starbucks. Nope. Not lyin'. I got a Shoney's and a Sears. Will that work?

    Oh, yeah. Really happy for you. Seriously. You go and enjoy that pizza. Don't worry about me.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'll bring you some Macaroni Grill but frankly I think it's overrated.

    I could eat Carl's Jr. right now.

    ReplyDelete
  13. i've got the in-n-out run.

    although i will say that the fries just don't travel well.

    ReplyDelete
  14. To heck with the pizza, your daughter is adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  15. We have all the sucktastic weather (hot/humid in the summer, ridiculously cold and snowy in the winter) but we don't have ANY of the fast food franchises you mentioned. But we are also about 1/100th the size of Pittsburgh. And, I believe we have the cheapest people in America so stores are always coming in and then closing up shop when they realize people around here like to keep their money in their mason jars and not spend it on new fangled gadgets like e-lec-tricity.

    ReplyDelete
  16. That looks so yummy. I have never had it. Maybe UncleC would like to bring some up my way.

    ReplyDelete
  17. i LOVE California Pizza Kitchen! we don't have one here either. Or a Chic Fil a... Or a Bucca Da Beppo... Now I am incredibly hungry for stuff that I can't have. *sigh*

    I have never heard of Danatos... Guess I am missing out, eh?

    ReplyDelete
  18. I moved from Walla Walla WA to Pittsburgh. Walla Walla has 300 sunny days a year on average. Yeah, it gets to 108 in the summer but the humidity is around 5%. It DOES TOO make a difference. But Pittsburgh is okay. Not as much ice as Walla Walla and no fires.

    I send greetings from Maine, where there are two Dead Timmy's (Tim Horton's) in my hometown, a place that doesn't have much of anything. No clue how that happened. May have to get me some Tim Bits today, now that you've reminded me.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'll join you on the Tim's, but there's not many pizzas that can compare to Mineo's. *swoon*

    As for chains... I'd sooner they stay away (other than Tim's) and let the indies pop up. Whoever said they haven't had good luck ought to get in touch. I'll send them to some amazing food.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Let me try to stop you in your tracks...we don't even have a Target nearby!! The closest one is an hour away. And food? Well, there are a lot of local places that are, in fact, quite good, but there are some chains I'd like to see around here. *sigh*

    ReplyDelete
  21. Donatos? Really? I've never been a fan actualy, although, I do love pizza. Maybe it's because every time there's a corp function, they insist on getting Donatos. I'm more of a Papa Johns girl!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'll bring you Macaroni Grill :)

    And that pizza? Looks heavenly.

    ReplyDelete
  23. OK, OK. The 'burgh definitely lacks some of the finer chains. But where else can you get a Primanti's samich in just about every section of town? And how about Mineo's pizza? Or Beto's (which I haven't had since I quit working dahntahn, 'n 'at)? That's class, right there.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I'm concerned. You LOVE foods, yet you hated living in the dining out capital of the USofA?

    Macaroni Grill?? Yeccck. You def. need more places to eat in the Burgh.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Donato's is the only pizza I will not eat. Blargh.
    I wish we had a Sonny's BBQ here, and when the Bahama Breeze closed, I actually cried.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'll do a Macaroni Grill or CPK run for you should I ever go to the Burgh.

    What I need is for someone to do a Sonic/Las Margaritas/Tikki Bar and Grill/Kidd's (marionberry shakes....droool)/Mr. Mafungo/or La Bombanera (that last one is not a chain, but I could seriously go for their little guava cakes right about now...with an Old Colony Pina soda and a side of genepas) for me!

    ReplyDelete
  27. OMG! That pizza DOES look good. Unfortunately, I can't help you with any of those other franchises because we don't have them either. There's a Macaroni Grill in Atlanta, but I'm pretty sure by the time I got to the 'Burgh that it probably wouldn't taste very good.

    ReplyDelete
  28. White Castle (shudder)

    Now I strangely want pizza.....

    ReplyDelete
  29. Thanks, now I am hungry for pizza at 9:30 am. That sucks!

    ReplyDelete
  30. That pizza looks delicious! But your daughter? Even more scrumptious!!

    Don't you at least have California Pizza Kitchen pizzas in your grocery's freezer section? It's not the same, but it's at least close.

    ReplyDelete
  31. mom2tot9:55 AM

    If you want your fix of Macaroni Grill, I just found that Wally world carries a line of their pastas that you only add the chicken, not exactly comparable to the restaurant itself but pretty close.
    http://www.restaurantfavoritesathome.com/

    ReplyDelete
  32. I'd offer to share that pizza but I'm a hog and you'd not get any.

    I do miss me some In N Out Burger from living in Cal for a while. Badly. In fact, I am craving it while I'm all knocked up and stuff. That company needs to hurry on up and keep moving eastward. I think they got as far as Phoenix.

    And you ain't see lack of certain food places until you come to the ghetto known as New Orleans. It's pitiful

    ReplyDelete
  33. Do you have Tim Hortons? Oh I just might become your best friend and trade you some White Castle for some Tim Hortons.... I love me some Timmy's. I swear they put crack in the stuff. We moved from Canada a year ago and anytime we have friends come back in town, we have them bring us some Timmy's.

    KEEP BELIEVING

    ReplyDelete
  34. Being born and raised here, I've never even heard of Donato's. But that pizza? Makes me want to lick the screen. Look. At. That.

    *wipes drool*

    ReplyDelete
  35. EWWWW White castle??? NASTAY!!!We have Hardees which is the same as Carl's Jr. Yum.
    Oh and we have California Pizza. Double yum.You do know that they sell them in the grocery store now? They are actually pretty good.

    ReplyDelete
  36. So Donato's is a chain? I've never heard of it! Now I feel like I'm missing out too!
    I love Macaroni Grill! The first time I had been to one was in Alabama. Then one opened up about 40 min. from where I live. I haven't been there yet. I think I need a date night :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. I admit I'm missing out on all those East Coast chains Donatos, White Castle...but I got the West Coast covered!

    Good for you! Happy WW!

    ReplyDelete
  38. You're welcome. You may be a dork, but you have excellent taste in pizza.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I promise, if I ever come to the Burgh, I'll first take your order for California Pizza Kitchen. Don't know how it will all taste after 7 hours in the trunk, though.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Okay.....something is freaking me out here with the way that pizza is cut. It's just not natural, ya know!

    And I feel ya.....we are up to our eyeballs here with Philly cheese steaks. Really...I just don't think I could eat another one.

    ReplyDelete
  41. You don't have CPK???? That's inhuman!!!!

    Does your SuperTargets not carry the frozen CPK pizzas? Because the margherita is practically as good as it is in the restaurant, I promise you!

    ReplyDelete
  42. We are missing out on some artery clogging Sonic here in Chicago. Oh how I long for a Sonic Burger and a Strawberry Limeaid.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I've never heard of this Pizza Joint! And I LOOOOOVE pizza. I can OD on pizza!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Hhahahaha at CC's comment! I agree with her and respectively (**or not, snort!**) disagree with you. PA's weather SUCKS compared to some places. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  45. I can help you with Cali Pizza Kitchen and Macaroni Grill. and the Dunkin' Donuts, baby!!!

    I would also like to make a plea for some White Castles!!! PULEEEEEAAAASSEEE!

    And while I loved you for your mac-n-cheese (still waiting on the recipe!!!) and Farmers Market fruit salad, I think I hate you for taunting me with that pizza. Seriously. I grew up in a major pizza town and what I've got left as choices to eat here is crap and I can just tell through the computer that your pizza, though it traveled quite a ways to get to you, probably still smells and tastes better than anything I can get hot and fresh. *drool*twitch*

    ReplyDelete
  46. We have most of those places here in Cleveland so come on over! I just had Swenson's on Monday! Donato's is 10 min. away. When can I expect you?

    ReplyDelete
  47. I don't know if we have a Donato's here. If it is as good as you say it is, I may have to find out. Thanks, now I want PIZZA!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. White Castles. I secretly ate some of these when I was pregnant. My husband was all, "Don't feed those to our baby! Please!" I had a weird craving. They are ridiculously good---

    ReplyDelete
  49. hehe, my husband says I plan our vacations around my favorite foods...Cincinnati for Cinci chili, etc.

    We're planning a trip within the next year or so to visit Pittsburgh and all its glory. I'll let you know when we're coming and will bring you whatever you want. All those things you mentioned? I have them all, Baby!!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Oh wait...except for In-N-Out. We don't have those in Michigan. My bad. I wish!!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Apparently down here in the hot as hell and humid south, we are missing out on some chains as well. Out of your list, the only thing we have here is Macaroni Grill.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Yes, sadly, the Burgh is missing some key restaurants, but you do have Pierogis Plus, which I miss with every fiber of my being.. that and the Big O. And Primanti Bros. And Penn Brewery. Lucky.

    ReplyDelete
  53. The only way to be a better friend than that is to bring you a Donato's pizza while you're on lockdown with crabs...er pneumonia. Yeah that's it, pneumonia.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Yum!!!! I'm hungry now!

    ReplyDelete
  55. To the person who mentioned Super Target, the nearest one to the 'burgh is in Virginia somewhere.

    ReplyDelete
  56. *LA LA LA* Can't listen to multiple references to SuperTarget without crying so I'm not listening. *LA LA LA*

    ReplyDelete
  57. I can tell Alexis is really wanting some White Castle. What a heart breaking face. Wait - I don't think I've ever had White Castle. I can't after watching that movie with Susan Sarandon all those years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I'm starving now, thank you! We live in the middle-of-nowhere Misery and have NOTHING! Nope, nada, zip, zilch, zero of the resturants you listed.

    I really thought that after living in Alaska for nearly 6 wonderful years of having not much of anything around that moving to Missouri would bring an end to my franchise resturant deprivation. Nope, I was wrong! Lets add three more years to that six now please.

    I miss the local, small rinky dink private owned places that Alaska had cause here in the middle of nowhere we don't even have those to satisfy ya. But don't worry we have two mcdonalds and a pizza hut. YUCK!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Why are you torturing me :(
    I love Donatos--I went to Ohio State and we always ate (that or Bif's) texas has not good pizza. It's true we have so many freakin' restaurants but no pizza :(

    ReplyDelete
  60. yum!!!! There is a definite lack of restaurants here too. Good privately owned ones, but some of the good 'ol chain restaurants we became accustomed to are no where to be found. At all. No back ups when mom's tired or anything. Ick.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Seriously no CPK or Macaroni Grill? I would not survive.
    And tell me about the hot and humid in Texas, damn my hair looks like hell right now!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Anonymous10:40 PM

    Pittsburghers...there is a Tim Hortons in Steubenville, Ohio. If you're coming from Downtown take the outbound Parkway West toward the Airport then get off on 22 West toward Weirton. Take the Steubenville/Lovers Lane exit and turn left twice off the exit and Timmy's is right there. It's about a 40 minute drive from Downtown.

    I heard CPK is coming to either Settlers Ridge in Robinson or South Hills. Maybe both at some point in time.

    I agree we definitely lack a lot of chains but sometimes that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    ReplyDelete
  63. I'm from Ohio but not Donato's land...but I've heard some people fiercely loving on it so I'll take your word for it.

    The burgh definitely lacks some chains but I always found most of the home grown stuff made up for it. Nashville is nothing but chains and man do I miss the home grown stuff!

    Weather? The gray got to me. A lot. The driving? I would have agreed until I moved to Nashville. The tunnel slow down was annoying but I didn't have a tunnel in my commute...the 4 ft wide "road" with parking on both sides and 2 way traffic traveling down it made me insane. And don't get me started on the stupidity of those who feel entitled to the Pittsburgh left. But I would take all of that again to be rid of these Nashville drivers. Wow - they really suck. I predict that my death will by caused by having a stroke in traffic one day.

    ReplyDelete
  64. In-N-Out . . . how does one remove drool from the keyboard?

    ReplyDelete