Blind Lady Ale $$$$
I want Blind Lady to be good. I want it to be very good. They have a great beer selection and pretty good beer prices. They should offer pitchers. I think they need to work on their pizza prices. I have a hard time justifing 13+ for an individual pizza. They do have two for under 10, but they lack cheese and flavor.
My other peeve was that they were playing the same soccer match on both the screen and on the very very small tv at the bar. I was out with friends and it would have been fun to watch a baseball game on the large movie screen. If your excuse is that no tv allows people to talk, I get that, but the acoustics are extremely poor and it is hard to hear anything.
I want to support local business in my community, but for that support I need a little give back, like affordable prices. It does not make me feel good or a part of the community to pay to much for a product that I know should be less. I feel taken advantage of.
I was there recently and we had the marinara pizza for 7 and Margherita was 8. The Margherita was much better. The sauce on the marinara made the pie shell get soft and wilty. I think the community would be better served if they lowered their prices.
A family sized pie at Bronx or Sicillian thing are inthe 14 range, but no beer.
Oggies lacks the ambiance and neighborhood feel of Oggies, but they do have the beer selection and their pizza prices are lower price and they have a good happy hour that includes food. they also have coupons. At oogies a family will spend about 44. Kids are 5 each, pizza for 2 is 19 and a pitcher is around 12. They also have a on line 5 off coupon if you spend 30. I can also watch a variety of sports.
A family of four will spend an average of $60 at Blind Lady.
4 beers 5 each 20
2 kids pizza 10
2 cans of lemon soda 2
2 adult pizzas 26
Bronx has much lower overhead than Blind Lady. They serve with paper plates and styrofoam cups, have no employees bringing food to tables, and they use 100% commodity ingredients for everything.
Blind Lady uses a lot of local and organic produce, makes most everything in-house, and uses really nice cheeses to make their pies.
I don't think it's reasonable to expect Bronx pricing at Blind Lady. The product and service level are completely dissimilar. Another way to look at it is if you want Bronx-style pizza and prices, you can go to Bronx or Luigi's. If you want what Blind Lady does, then you pay what they charge.
You make a good point, I just feel their pizza is lacking in flavor and substance, and a bit overpriced for what you are getting. I would like to see a plain cheese pizza on their menu for 8. I think they should have a plasma with sports or retro music videos like the English Beat, Joe Jackson or Elvis Costello. The bar tv is a joke. I wanted to go there to watch the Lakers play,I called ahead, and they were not sure if they would even put it on the small tv.
I don't know - your criticisms all sound to me like you wish they were a different restaurant. Personally I love the fact that they don't have TVs playing sports all the time. I like that they keep the music down. I like the atmosphere how it is. They could use a little more soundproofing, because it can get loud when a lot of people are talking, but overall I think the vibe of the place is damn near ideal for me. Horses for courses, right?
I think any comparison between Oggi's and BLAH is way off base. The quality of the food at BLAH blows OGGI's out of the water and while you can get dough with toppings at both, I cant even really put them in the same food category. To me, paying $16 more for a meal at BLAH vs. a meal at OGGIs is a no-brainer.
The pizzas at BLAH have been slightly inconsistent in that the Margarita has tasted different different times we have been there, but generally taste good. While you can get excellent pizza for less money at Luigi's or Bronx, an individual pizza at BLAH is enough food for me for dinner, especially if I split a salad as well. That winds up being about $20 for 1/2 salad and a pizza - not an unreasonable price for an dinner that may include good quality salumi or house-made sausage.
In my opinion, they have the best food of any beer bar in SD and a selection that is second to none. They also serve in glassware that is marked to insure a full sized pour with proper head.
In regards to the TVs vs. No-TVs debate, that is totally a personal preference, and for me, I would like them to have flat screens everywhere with every sports package available. I agree that the noise level can be uncomfortable and I hate that people are hanging over you waiting for your table.
I can understand that you would prefer them to be less expensive and that you would prefer that their contribution to your neighborhood be a low cost place to eat and drink. However, from my outsider's perspective, I would say that they are contributing a place that welcomes families, uses artisan meats and almost exclusively local produce as well as a business that participates in numerous local charities. I strongly disagree with the feeling that they are somehow taking advantage of people.
I'm not really sure I would consider Blind Lady's pizzas personal size pizzas. I'd be pretty hard pressed to eat a whole one by myself and it seems more like a good size for 2 people (especially if you get a salad or app along with it). Yeah it's smaller than Bronx or whatever but it's not that much smaller and the food is far more satisfying. Plus as Josh mentioned, they use much better quality ingredients.
Was there some special soccer match going on at the time? If so, that could be why they were hesitant to change it. I know they do advertise showing certain games from time to time.
They do offer pitchers of beer at certain times on certain days: http://blindlady.blogspot.com/2009/08...
I love BLAH and though I don't agree it's in the $$$$ category, it's pricey enough that I can't eat there as much as I'd like. I don't have a problem with the prices at all, I don't think paying $13 for a pizza like Blind Lady's egg and sausage pizza is too much to ask at all. I have the major setback of being a wine drinker (I know it's a beer place, but throw us wine drinkers a bone, BLAH!) and usually a single diner. Lunch is $40 including tax and tip. For me, a splurge but one I am willing to make. Actually that's not bad considering I have the rest of my pizza for dinner.
Don't miss the TVs either. I can even deal with all the kids - it's just a part of BLAH's charm.
In a perfect world, BLAH would do something like a mini-pizza/salad for us solo diners and have a few more reasonable wines by the glass. In the not so perfect world, I'll still make my trek out there one Sunday afternoon a month.
I do like craft beer... I hang out at the Vine a lot (where everyone is into beer) and have a good friend who works for Stone so I am always trying sips here and there. It is drinking a whole one that is hard for me but this is probably just a mindset. Next time - I'll try to break out of my box.
I think it's hard to compare a pizza place to BL. Certainly ingredients play a big part, not sure if most pizza places use quality tomatoes, mozz, etc. let alone an outstanding dough. IMO, their beer is priced well (4 beers for $20) and I think a single pizza will feed 2. A Marghertia for 8 sounds fair to me, actually it's one of my fav's, purely simple.