PIZZA JERK | PORTLAND, OR
On a family tour down the West Coast, PMQ’s Liz Barrett made a pit stop at
Pizza Jerk, which markets itself as a Connecticut-style pizzeria. Knowing this
could be her only chance to try some of the menu favorites, Barrett ordered
the pizza fries, a thin-style Supreme and a thick pepperoni cast-iron pie. Only
later did she discover that Pizza Jerk, where customers order at the counter
and hope there’s a table available, is co-owned by Tommy Habetz, who has
worked with the likes of Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Paola di Mauro, which
may explain the pizzeria’s immense popularity and tasty food.
VINNY MCGUIRE’S PIZZA | DESTIN, FL
Celebrating her birthday on the Gulf Coast, Barrett and her husband visited
local favorite Vinny McGuire’s Pizza, which lets customers create their own
pizza via a notepad with choices ranging from size to sauce to deliciously
heavy-handed toppings. Entering the cozy, uber-kitschy Italian eatery, Barrett
immediately noted thousands of guest-signed one-dollar bills hanging from
the ceiling. Turns out the tradition started with nearby McGuire’s Irish Pub,
where more than $1 million hangs from the ceiling and walls. Yes, thieves
have tried to rob the joint, but it proved di;cult to pass bills with writing
all over them.
BREWCADIA | COLUMBUS, OH
We sent our resident joystick junkie, Daniel Lee Perea, to talk with General
Manager Jason Fabian about pixels, pints and pies at Brewcadia. After 25
years of serving the Short North neighborhood, Barley’s Brewing Company
cleared out its second-story “junk room” to expand into a second concept last
March, jumping into Columbus’ exploding arcade bar scene. Complementing
the 40 craft beers on tap, Brewcadia features pizzas named after classic video
games, such as the Moon Patrol Margherita and the DK Supreme (for those
with a Donkey Kong-sized appetite). Perea will also spotlight Brewcadia on
his own website, arcadebarscene.com.
Where We've Been
Liz Barrett tested several menu items at
Pizza Jerk in Portland.
The first three toppings are free when you
build your own pizza at Vinny McGuire’s.
Under GM Jason Fabian, Brewcadia is an
upstairs offshoot of Barley’s Brewing Company
PMQ’s Pizzamobile is always on a mission to uncover new moneymaking ideas and document milestone events in the pizza industry. If we haven’t been to your town yet, it’s only a matter of time. Learn more about where the PMQ sta; has been and look out for where we’re headed next.