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Oct 27, 2010 11:58 AM

A new pizza chain in Red Bank

Got this link in an unsolicited email:

Seems to be a pizzafied version of Chipotle Grill with organic this and sustainable that all over the site. Locations in half a dozen states and Saudi Arabia (Sucking up those inorganic yet green petrodollars?).

Organic toppings, organic sauce & organic cheese on organic dough. No indication as to whether they have plans to offer any mineral or metallic choices.

Anybody familiar with the place?

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  1. I've been meaning to give it a whirl, especially since they offer whole wheat crust, but haven't gotten there yet. They opened early summer, I believe. They seem to be well liked in other states, but I don't think Californians quite know pizza like us Jersey folk...

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    1. re: MichelleM131

      Michelle - In case you are interested, CBO in Bradley Beach makes a very good whole wheat pie.

      1. re: bgut1

        Thanks, bgut, I'll put CBO on the list.

        1. re: MichelleM131

          Do so Michelle, that's a great call by bgut.

      2. re: MichelleM131

        I know what you mean,still remember what a fiasco California Pizza Kitchen was when it first appeared on the east coast. Everyone rushed to try the Hoisin chicken,smoked shrimp and cheese burger pizzas and never rushed back.

        California Pizza Kitchen
        1415 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ 07470

        1. re: Duppie

          ah but the Moroccan Chicken Salad more than makes up for the faux pizza @ CPK.

          1. re: Duppie

            Some " fiasco" . The CPKs that I've passed are packed to overflowing from the minute they open until closing. That's from 11:30am right through, including the normally slow periods from 3-6pm. CPK is a cash cow. Don't get me wrong, I think the place is awful, but it's a big success.

            1. re: menton1

              Now they have caught on, different times I guess but back in the 90's CPK opened and closed several locations in NJ and NYC in a relative short space of time.The reason given was "Wrong timing".

        2. Definately not impressed. In my humble opinion, not any better than Domino's or Papa John's.

          1. I walked by this place a couple weeks ago and thought the pizza on the table we passed looked pretty good. I checked out the menu and thought it might be interesting. I noted the buy one get one lunch deal and made a mental note.

            Now I've learned a great deal more about the place through this thread. I love it when Chowhound works!

            The bad thing is, now I'm kinda torn. I want to like what they're doing, but they still reek of chain. I want to spend money to help the greater growth of good food, but I really like to support our local economy. Fact is, I'll probably never bother to try the place as there are so many good pies in Monmouth County. Nevertheless, I'd rather see a kid stop at this spot than go to Pizza Hut.

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            1. re: MGZ

              We checked out this place at the end of the summer. The pizza was good. I like a LOT of veggies and whole wheat crust, I know, tall order so I tend to just make it at home. We might go back sometime, but the waitresses were beyond clueless. All in all, it was ALRIGHT. I give them some points for making an attempt at being eco and organic. But the place still screams chain. A few small changes could make the who eco thing a bit more believable (IE: getting rid of the paper towels in the bathroom and replacing with those cool blow ones with the blue light).

              1. re: ohthatsgood

                Actually, they've found that using paper towels for hand drying is more sanitary than the hot air dryers.

              2. re: MGZ

                Make no mistake about it, this restaurant is locally owned....