Fat Pie Pizza, Fairhaven
We went yesterday, late afternoon. Happy hour menu looks really good.
We wanted to try both styles of pizza. Detroit and Chicago....both of which I liked...both of which I don't really consider pizza ;)
First we ordered the happy hour ceasar salad. It comes with a little disc of Parmesan crisp. Nice little size for 2.99. You almost need to order an app and drink, as the pizza will take about 30 minutes to get to you. The Chicago is 30 minutes, the Detroit is 25 minutes. I can't imagine just sitting there with water for a half hour.
They have a half priced bottle of wine menu during happy hour too. Nice. We ordered a decent red for 15 bucks. Can't beat that.
Okay....the Detroit we ordered had caramelized onion and Gorgonzola. I believe the name was the 57 Packard. It was good. The Detroit style is more like toppings melted on focaccia bread. Very doughy and Chewy, not browned on the bottom. I have never been to Detroit so I am not sure how this compares. I liked it. It reminds me more of cheesy bread with toppings than pizza. I intend to try more of this style there.
The Chicago style we ordered was the union square. It was made with bolognese sauce and completely filled with meat. It looked like a huge filled meat pie covered in cheese. It had a unique flavor (reminding me of a Greek sauce maybe). I asked the manager and he confirmed it was nutmeg. It was tasty, but heavy as a brick. Flakey, buttery crust, well made to be sure, did not squish or fall apart when cut into. I would have never called this pizza. I only say this, because if you are having a pizza craving....this might not satisfy it. This is a pizza *pie*.
We talked with the general manager a bit. He said this restaurant was inspired (by the owners of rocket donut) to create a different pizza experience here. They really enjoyed these different pizza styles and wanted to recreate them here.
They are making their own sausages. They are looking to expand in that area as well. They have put much effort into sourcing ingredients and creating the pies they want on this menu. No "copy cat" stuff here.
The challenge was having people wait for 30 minutes and making sure that the order is perfectly correct. There is no "sending it back" when there is a half hour wait for each pie. They are figuring all that out. So far, they have had positive feedback. We ate downstairs in a booth by the window. I didn't go upstairs.
I think they are putting out a quality product. It will be interesting to see how west coast hamsters will take to these pies.
For the record, I liked the Detroit style best this time. I will want to go back and get a Chicago style with some veg in it, this one was too big of a meat bomb for me, but that is just a personal taste thing. If you dine with a big meat lover with a big appetite....order this one!
All in all, I liked the concept and the food here. Nice friendly, informative, efficient staff. Go give it a try!
Great report, thanks !
I certainly hope those wait times come down, cuz if I go with my family I can't imagine waiting 20-30 mins just for a pie or two. Fairhaven Pizza gets your order to your table < 20 mins (I timed them, actually). I wonder if we can "call ahead" to order and tell them it's for eating in ?
Will definitely *not* go for the Chicago-style (sounds like deep dish, almost like a crusted lasagna), but the Detroit could work.
They need to update their website and FB page !!
The wait times are not supposed to come down, because they are needed to cook the thick pies. I never thought about calling ahead (I don't have little kids) but that might work. It goes by fast with a salad and wine.
They said they were talking about what to do in certain situations because of the wait time. They might offer snacks or things to do for kids, I didn't ask. If you call and ask, report back. It would be good for people to know that!
Chicago is deep dish pizza.
"Toppings melted on foccacia" doesn't sound like Dee-troit pizza. If you get the Cooking Channel, look for Pizza Cuz and check out the episode titled "Neighborhoods". One segment is about Buddy's in Detroit, which is true Motor City style. The crust should be browned, almost fried, and crunchy
Little Caesar's Deep Deep dish is chain-style Detroit pizza
Pizza is one thing I DON'T seek out when visiting the PNW :), specifically MV and Bellingham as that's where my family lives. We are too happy to eat seafood for just about every meal!