Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Brooklyn's Pizzeria

Brooklyn’s Pizzeria is a relatively young chain w/ four branches, all far N of LBJ (Plano is the newest), but they do all the right things: make everything from scratch, incl. their pizza dough which they hand-toss, use whole milk mozzarella which they shred daily, etc etc. the family that owns it is in fact from Brooklyn, so this is old-school pizza; no arugula or upscale-type toppings, it’s not that kind of place. They also do calzones, stromboli, pepperoni rolls, lasagna w/ house-made pasta, and so on.

1314 W. McDermott Dr., Allen 972-359-1144
4900 ElDorado Parkway, McKinney 972-540-5561
5729 Lebanon Rd., Frisco 972-377-4410
4637 Hedgcoxe Rd., Plano 214-705-0777

27 Comments:

At July 19, 2005 11:11 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

we're all going to have to move north if we want any usable news from this site. menu sounds good, but i beg to differ that they don't do anything exotic; some of those TRADEMARKED pies sound a little fancier than the old style new york pizza. noted they had dr. brown's cream soda (but no celery) and hank's soda from philadelphia. also noted they don't give any prices on their online menu. PS: thanks for links to making and tossing dough. they might come in handy for those of us who don't visit baja oklahoma that often.

 
At July 19, 2005 11:20 AM, Anonymous The "planO guy" said...

NO ARUGULA...Forget it.

 
At July 19, 2005 11:48 AM, Blogger TG said...

plano guy is SO RIGHT ON

 
At July 19, 2005 11:52 AM, Blogger TG said...

ms.ery, if someone would open a cool new pizza chain in dallas, NYCE would be all over it. but all the new stuff's going up in the 'burbs. you're just sad that i don't have any starbucks news to post. but not to worry - i'm pretty sure i have some coming next week

 
At July 19, 2005 12:09 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Starbucks news?

Their coffee frequently tastes burnt and over-extracted.

Oh wait, that isn't news. ;-)

 
At July 19, 2005 12:11 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

We had a good place up here that didn't last long. North Carolinians wouldn't know a good pizza if you covered it in BBQ sauce.

I like CiCi's if only becasue it's cheap and they'll custom make your pie with what ingredients they have. It's all buffet, but if you custom order they bring it to you.

BP sounds yummy!

 
At July 19, 2005 12:14 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I don't understand why people whine so much about not getting the information they expect from this blog. I don't go to people magazine expecting national news. I wouldn't come to NYCE expecting full-blown restaurant reviews. The blog is what it is. Take what you get and shut up.

 
At July 19, 2005 12:14 PM, Blogger david said...

dallas real estate is so expensive right now that, unless you're doing upscale white table cloth, it's hard not to do the 'burbs.

that said, i think there is a lot of potential in the burgeoning near east dallas and north oak cliff areas. if any of the franchise chains were smart, they'd look for some hardworking minority partners that live and have a presence in those neighborhoods to bring their chains to dallas.

other than that, it's more nobu and fireside pies-class restaurants inside the loop...

DPG

 
At July 19, 2005 12:28 PM, Blogger TG said...

i do try to cover places and things that haven't been written about elsewhere. i'm all about the "scoops", even if it's just some suburban chain or silly snack food. (here's a weird factoid: the item on this blog that has received the most visits, even from foreign countries, is the kit kat bars!)

i have to agree with the captain again: i'm also a fan of cici's

 
At July 19, 2005 12:43 PM, Anonymous very "italian" said...

I looked at the menu they have "SPUMONI CHEESECAKE" is that italian!!? haha

 
At July 19, 2005 2:02 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

There's PLENTY of restaurant space all over Dallas, most of it leasing for $12 s/f or less. That price won't get you into uptown, but there's plenty of viable areas all over the city. I'd rather not see more chains in the city center, with the exception of sbux in n. oak cliff. or at least a half-decent coffee place.

 
At July 19, 2005 2:40 PM, Blogger BK said...

Hey tg... re: "i do try to cover places and things that haven't been written about elsewhere."

Well, I'm still waiting to see your take on Eat the World in the new location. Great take away and breakfast served Saturday and Sunday now.

Oh yea... Blue Bell Ice Cream -- does that do it for ya??!!

 
At July 19, 2005 3:38 PM, Blogger david said...

i'd love a good coffee place or two in oak cliff. i've been looking at sites over there for a new restaurant, and coffee is definitely lacking... :-(

 
At July 19, 2005 4:56 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

I followed the advice someone gave me a few days ago and bought some Dreamery Black Raspberry Avalanche. It's pretty good, but not as good, I don't think, as plain vanilla ice cream topped with fresh or defrosted frozen raspberries, where the tartness of the berries makes a vivid contrast. Kroger has those not-quite-half-gallon containers of Brewyer's on sale this week for under $3; think I'm going to get some and whatever fresh fruit looks good. Also, did you ever try sprinkling a little salt over your ice cream? It perks up the flavor.

 
At July 19, 2005 4:59 PM, Anonymous plain java joe said...

tg and twisted: did you see where Wal-mart is trying to start its own bank, so it can save bundles of processing credit cards. Maybe your precious Starbucks should think about that, too. Then you could just hand over your paycheck every month.

 
At July 19, 2005 9:57 PM, Blogger TG said...

hey BK, you forgot one word: "scoop". does a restaurant's relocation qualify as a scoop? (luckily for me, you've posted notice of Eat the World's relocation; i'm off the hook, right?)

ms.ery, glad to hear you departed from your beloved vanilla ice milk and tried the dreamery BLACK raspberry. but fyi, it's different from (the more commonplace) RED raspberry. i treasure black raspberry because it's a flavor rarely found outside of the northeast. (milwaukee joe's does a black raspberry but i find it mediocre.)

 
At July 20, 2005 7:59 AM, Blogger TG said...

for the captain:
CiCi's Pizza was the fastest-growing pizza chain from 2000 to 2004, its sales expanding at a 9.6% annual clip in 26 states, according to a study by Technomic. By comparison, Pizza Hut grew by 1.3% annually over that period. cici

 
At July 20, 2005 8:57 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

hey tereese: aren't dew berries a type of black raspberries? you may not believe this, but my grandpa grew great dew berries on his okla farm

 
At July 20, 2005 9:04 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: are you telling me that dreamery also makes RED raspberry avalanche as well as BLACK raspberry avalanche? i only saw the black at tom thumb, which i went to because i couldn't find dreamery at all at my fave kroger's. thumb only had a handful of dreamery, too, mostly in the peanut butter and cone flavors. noted that thumb's starbucks only came in big containers, about a quart i think. do they sell pints at their retail outlets?

 
At July 20, 2005 9:43 AM, Blogger TG said...

dreamery makes only (the superior) BLACK raspberry (red raspberry clearly being far too pedestrian). my point was that putting frozen raspberries on top of vanilla ice milk would not recreate the BLACK raspberry experience.

black raspberries are NOT related to dew berries nor blackberries.

starbucks' ice cream comes only in quarts and is not sold at the coffee stores

 
At July 20, 2005 11:08 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

But it's Plano! Who am I kidding. I trekked all the way out to Flower Mound to eat at Pazzo. Is this similar?

Dean

 
At July 20, 2005 11:30 AM, Blogger TG said...

dean, i confess that i haven't eaten at brooklyn yet. (as a pizza fan, i promise you that i will.) based on the menus, i get the sense pazzo has more upscale aspirations, don't you think? did you like your meal at pazzo? as a crust freak, i'm not enchanted by pazzo's; they always seem to underbake.

 
At July 20, 2005 11:42 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

I think I've eaten pizza all over the place in town (but obviously not Brooklyn yet).

Pazzo was nice. It took me forever to find it though (look for the Target). I think I had some type of spinach/ artichoke/ garlic pizza. It was almost like Taverna/ State & Allen pizza crust. It's not Campisi's/
I Fratelli style or even the more doughy Fireside style.

But the biggest surpise was the decor at Pazzo. It was very vibrant and colorful. Not what you'd expect way, way, up there.

Dean

 
At July 20, 2005 12:53 PM, Blogger BK said...

Hey tg,

I just thought your people would be interested in the place, since it was in a space the size of a closet before, did not serve fresh food, did not serve ice cream, did not have weekly wine tastings, did not have free WiFi for you to post from, and was inside the LBJ loop.

It also did not have the important event of opening yet another location, like Snuffer's and Cafe Brazil did.

But, I understand it's your blog, so if you consider yourself off the hook, so be it. Keep up the good work!

 
At July 20, 2005 1:17 PM, Blogger TG said...

BK - nice bolding action! and such awesome reporting on your part as well. (you thus clearly do NOT work at a daily newspaper. hahaha! who doesn't love journalist jokes) your persuasive argument has won me over. i'll make a double-posting one day and give you credit so i don't look lame by cloning what you've shared here. (cuz then i'd sound like someone who works at a daily newspaper! har!)

 
At July 25, 2005 7:26 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG,

Have you ever eaten at "Bostons, The Gourmet Pizza?" It's like a chain eh, from Canada eh. It's part TGIF, part Chilis, part Tony Romas and part CPK. The pizza's okay, but nothing to get too excited about. It's basically a Pizza Hut (fried style) pizza base with CPK toppings.

The one in Grapevine is actually even located a few doors down from a CPK and a TGIF. Very strange!

 
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