The Perfect Bite
St. Johns Magazine's exclusive reviews of Local Restaurants by Local Foodie Lori Allen
By Lori Allen
So you know when your kids tell you that they want Pizza for dinner and you groan and think not again! Well there is one place right here at Bartram Oaks Walk called Moon Dog Pie house and let me tell you..this is not your
average pizza joint!
First of all have you ever tried their BRUCHETTA-EXTREME....MOON DOG STYLE -It comes out on this plate that looks so pretty you don't want to eat it! But once you smother a piece of their lightly toasted garlic bread slices
with it you can't stop! This stuff is made with their "House Ricotta" which is so creamy you swear they must have put it in a blender because it's almost like you are eating whipped cream! Then it is topped with diced roma
tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil and drizzled with balsamic glaze which makes it taste so light and fresh!
Another great app is their Cosmic Street corn- Which is whole ears of corn roasted then they put some kind of butter sauce on it and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. The roasting gives it a tougher quality which is good because it soaks up all the goodness you get in every bite. It is a little price (4 buck an ear) but it is something different to try if you are looking for something a little less Italian that nite. I have heard that people rave over their wings(half price Mondays).....for me that was not a favorite but if you like really saucy wings( I prefer to call it glompy) then order the Chipotle Ranch ones.. There's not much heat but there's TONs of sauce and flavor!
Another non pizza item that is worth a try but it is not for the light eater is their APOLLO'S GYRO- this thing is Ginormous! Being from theNorth we like to call it a Jiro (with a J) but however you want to pronounce it you won't be disappointed.loaded with really good seasoned meat, lettuce, tomato, onion and Greek yogurt sauce its a 2 hander for sure!
There is something to be said about their sauces...most are homemade so of course I had to try their alfredo sauce but if I ate a pasta dish I was afraid I wouldn't get to try their famous pizza so I asked them for a side to dip my pizza crust in. Boy oh boy was that a good move...so good and Ididn't have to miss out! This stuff is made with 40% heavy cream, fresh garlic, butter and some kind of 3 secret cheese blend...when you dip in your crust and lift it out of the cup the cheese just follows you up to your mouth..YUM!
So lastly the pizza....the dough is homemade (of course) light and crispy and then the list of choices are crazy. I tried 3 (with the help of my friends) HOLY MAC N CHEESE, BAT MAN- is just what it sounds like , their rich creamy mac n cheese on top of a pizza. The cheese from the mac n cheese oozes out all over the pizza dough along with a little extra then they add bacon- real- not bits, pop it into the oven so that the cheese crisps up and what comes out is a cheesy, gooey somehow crispy wonderful pizza. SHROOM MY SHROOM- is a much lighter pizza. There is actually no real sauce on it, instead it has olive oil, garlic, rosemary, sliced sausage and of course mushrooms! They then cover that with Fontina, Mozzarella and Gouda cheese and top it off with arugula and balsamic glaze for the veggies.
It's a great alternative to a sort of veggie pizza minus the sausage...I'm
sure you can ask for it without. And last but not least GOAT, WITH FULL MOON PRESENTATION- this is a pesto base (the green stuff made with basil, pine nuts, garlic and a few other ingredients) has that Prosciutto (spicy ham) on it along with goat cheese that they melt then pop in the oven to crisp up and throw on the top tomatoes, spinach more basil, olive oil and balsamic. Such a great combination of flavors kinda like a fancy grilled cheese on pizza dough with lots of fresh greens added. It surprised me when it came out loaded with fresh spinach on the top but after the first bite I was sold! And later for left overs the spinach melts and is just as good the second time! Enjoy!
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Lori Allen is a local who moved from the Boston area to attend Flagler College and never left. She is a family person that loves the beach, football, working out and finding new places to try. Her love for food comes from her northern background and her love of cooking as well as meeting new and interesting people. She has never met a stranger nor has she ever been afraid to try an intriguing place. (Check out all her reviews on stjohnsmag.com)