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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

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  1. The Pasadena Panda Express with the Orange Chicken Burrito…

    3867 E Foothill Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91107

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    1. re: wienermobile

      damn, that looks vile.

      sorry, man.


      1. re: wienermobile

        Hear hear, for shop house. Still waiting for the Pasadena location to open.

        1. re: PandanExpress

          Being a Chego fiend... I wanted to love shop house, but it just didn't work. None of the sauces were strong enough to bring things together. :(


          1. re: Dommy

            Only went to Chego once, but I think I liked Shop House (and *didn't* like Chego) for the same reason you disliked it. =(

        2. re: wienermobile

          this the first time in history, i believe, that i disagree with a recommendation of yours.
          tried the shop house in westwood.
          came to a different conclusion.

          is it the same place?
          i'm completely befuddled.
          basically we NEVER disagree.
          the position of the chowhound planets has shifted. . .

          1. re: westsidegal

            I agree we usually agree. I have only eaten at the Hollywood location soon after it opened. Could locations be that different? An off day. Or what the hell was I thinking? What did you try? Send me your bill it's on me.

            1. re: wienermobile

              what i tried was so meh that i can't even remember what it was!
              i often find myself in westwood at lunch time and was trying to "branch out" from my usual: the build-your-own salad at 800 degrees.
              made the exploration BEFORE your recommendation, so it was my own error.

        3. top round ain't pizza but pretty sure by 800 degree folks

          i like both for what they are -- step up from fast food

            1. my bad, pizza joints, not all choose-what-you-want and tell-it-to-the prepper joints, …..

              but no worries, i'm enjoying the pics, Weiner.

              thanks guys.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  no worries, man, enjoying the pics.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    When is the 800 degrees in Downtown supposed to open?

                  2. We have a PizzaRev in my neighborhood. Unlimited toppings. It's very cheap but just ok. Thin tasteless crust. They do have the 800 Degrees Coke machine!

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      I LOVE that Coke machine. I swear, it's a swaying factor in deciding where to go to eat ; )

                    2. I like 800 Degrees the best, but there's a new one that opened in Torrance/Redondo called Locale 90 that's not bad either. I haven't had Blaze yet to compare, but it seems that this is the rage in pizza concepts now.

                      Locale 90
                      1718 S. Catalina Ave.
                      Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                      1. re: moreplease

                        more please, is that in riveria village ???? that stretch of catalina ????

                        thanks man.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yep, right in the heart of Hennessey's various restaurants in the Village. In fact, I think the Hennessey folks own the building.

                          Riviera Village has seen a lot of new restaurants in that block or two in the past year, but I just don't see how they all can stay in business. There doesn't seem to be enough foot traffic to fill them all. Lots of "Ladies who lunch", but it's very quiet at night.

                          1. re: moreplease

                            is the midd eastern restaurant that opened about a year or two ago still open there ????

                            thanks man.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Turquoise? Yes. But there was a "Yugoslavian" place that closed, a new sushi place just opened instead (Flying Fin?)

                              1. re: moreplease

                                not turqoise, maybe a couple blocks south of turquoise, like next two one of the two pizza joints.

                                1. re: moreplease

                                  The Bull Pen is dope for drinks once in a while.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    It's great if you want to see swinging singles who are in their 80s! My office is just down the street, it's a hoot on Friday afternoons.

                                      1. re: moreplease


                                        maybe i'll check it out on Friday pm.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Better go early, with this crowd the dinner rush starts at 4:30. :)

                          2. I walked into a Blaze and walked out.

                            It was very unappealing to look at and I didn't like the vibe at all. It seemed like a cheap imitation of 800 degrees. I do really like 800 degrees, though.

                            Mostly, I'm not that interested in going out to eat and having to prepare my own food. I had to endure Big Wok Mongolian barbecue last week and it's just not my thing.

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                            1. re: PaulF

                              is Big Wok the one in Manhattan Beach ????

                              if so, and you were there for lunch, you should hit up Two Guns Espresso if you happen to drink and enjoy great third-wave espressos and capps.

                                1. re: mc michael

                                  channeling my inner Sevrog, speaking of which, we haven't heard from him today (did he grab too many donuts from Primo's etc ???????)


                                2. re: kevin

                                  Thanks for the rec.

                                  Yeah, it's in Manhattan Beach and it's my nephew's favorite restaurant.

                                  I'll give the coffee a shot the next time I'm down there.

                                3. re: PaulF

                                  You don't have to prep your food at Blaze. It's sort of like The Counter in that you can make a lot of choices or just one. But I think of Blaze as desperation time: I'm starving and they can feed me fast. Not good but fast.
                                  I do like that you can get Kalamata olives on your pizza there.

                                  1. re: mc michael

                                    Not counting 800 Degrees, I think Blaze is the best of the bunch. The crust is the best and the toppings are better quality and you can ask for the pie to be finished with olive oil.

                                    The ONLY thing is don't get a meat pie. The meats at blaze are terrible. They are at all of these places. I say, if you want a cheap fast pepperoni pizza, go to Little Ceasars. But if you want a pie with fresh moz, artichoke hearts, calamata olives and roasted garlic, finished with sea salt and olive oil... see me at Blaze...


                                    1. re: mc michael

                                      The one time I went in, it just seemed sort of sloppy. The food looked sloppy. The tables were not bussed.

                                      There were a million screaming kids inside. (BTW -- I LIKE kids. But this was too many kids eating pizza and drinking cokes all at once). It felt like Chuck E. Cheese without the mouse. It felt like the snack bar at the batting cages.

                                      I left and ate at Yamada-ya around the corner.

                                    2. re: PaulF

                                      I think I read this wrong as if you were a fireifighter: "I walked into a Blaze and walked out. It was very unappealing to look at and I didn't like the vibe at all. It seemed like a cheap imitation of 800 degrees. I do really like 800 degrees, though."

                                    3. I've gone to 800, Blaze and Pizza Rev and out of them, I like Blaze. Hear me out.

                                      800 -- It's build your own, but it's also Neopolitan style, right? I think they do the neopolitan style a disservice but not limiting the number of toppings you get and I see people with really loaded-down pizzas. I had a fairly simple margherita and wasn't wowed by it. I'd rather spend a few more bucks and get Settebello.

                                      Blaze -- Yes, it's soul-less but sometimes, that's what I'm craving. I like that it's fairly simple to get in and out if you come before the lunch/dinner rush. I like that they offer the vegan cheese. It has this weirdly addictive "this is not food!" flavor that I prefer over the real cheese they have. My recently enjoyed combo was classic sauce, vegan cheese, sausage, oregano, black olives, pesto drizzle at the end.

                                      Pizza Rev -- pretty much like Blaze, but I only went once and did not like it as much as Blaze. Veggies were chopped more finely than at Blaze, which I didn't like. The crust wasn't as good. The sauce wasn't as good. Maybe it's because I kept comparing it to Blaze, but everything fell short.

                                      1. In this category I like Pitfire Pizza but have not tried 800 yet

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                                          1. re: ns1

                                            yeah, pitfire, wouldn't count in this chipotle-way style of fast-food eh-napolean-esque style of pizza.

                                            1. re: ns1

                                              What exactly is Chipotle-style pizza? This thread is a little confusing after seeing orange chicken burritos and yogurt

                                              1. re: Ernie

                                                chipotle style = they have the ingredients in front of you, you pick what you want while they throw it on the dough, then they throw it into the oven once it reaches the end of the assembly line.

                                                i guess in the context of history Subway really popularized this model, but somehow chipotle took it to the next level.

                                                1. re: ns1

                                                  Ah OK, thank you ns1. However I don't see how ordering a pizza like this is different taste-wise vs. asking for specific toppings at any other fast casual type place

                                          2. I like how with 800 degrees you can order online and it's waiting there for you.

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                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              I tried ordering online with Blaze and they didn't even start the thing till I got there. WTF?

                                            2. I haven't had 'em all, but I'd think Pieology and Pizza Studio are two of the worst. Pieology is the most vile. No, I take it back, Pizza Studio is equally vile.

                                              Spin! is probably in the middle. After doing 3 of these, Blaze would have to literally open down the street from my office (and one is) before I suffer another one of these chipotle-fied pizza again.

                                              1. I thought 800 degrees was decent but as long as we didn't load down the pie. We got the Margherita anyway as that is how son #1 likes it, just cheese. It was fine, never even heard of the other two you mention, blaze and pizza rev.... And pieology is not around us so never tried it.

                                                Hell we'll just stick to Rocco's or Vittorio's in my hood, real Italian American style with ample sauce & cheese, no falling apart or trendy bs ingredients.

                                                1. The "Chipotle-way" of making pizza just makes shitty pizza.

                                                  So, to answer the question, I have no favorites.

                                                  They all suck. By definition.

                                                  1. I like Blaze, and I will tell you why…
                                                    I'ts because they have pickled pepperochinis to top your pizza with. The sour yellow ring kind.

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                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                      hmm, shrutey, maybe i'll hit that up.


                                                    2. just went to the blaze pizza website.
                                                      can find no prices

                                                      what do they charge?

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                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                        $8 per customized pie. $6 for a simple or one topping pie. It's not much cheaper than 800 degrees. For me, I only go when I have the pizza itch at work and have limited time. If I had the time, I would go to 800 degrees no doubt.


                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                          I haven't tried 800 degrees yet…Are there any in Hollywood?

                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                            800 Degrees at the moment is just in Westwood and Santa Monica

                                                            but coming soon to
                                                            Downtown LA
                                                            800 Wilshire Blvd
                                                            Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                                            Las Vegas – SLS Hotel and Casino
                                                            2780 Las Vegas Boulevard South
                                                            Las Vegas, NV 89109

                                                            2-8 E. Colorado Blvd
                                                            Pasadena, Ca 91105

                                                            The Runway at Playa Vista
                                                            12751 Millennium, Suite #B135
                                                            Playa Vista, CA

                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                              Poop. Never go to the westside. Hmm. Maybe I will combo it up wih a DK run. And then a colonic.

                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                They are opening up in Downtown not far from the 7th and Metro stop. Looking forward to that when we do Target runs!


                                                      2. I've been going to Blaze Pizza because there's one in my area. I think it's pretty decent. I'm not sure what others order but I feel that the simpler stuff is better: 1 or 2 meats, 1 or 2 vegetables. Any more and it just becomes a monster.

                                                        Have yet to try the other places though.

                                                        If you pre-order online, a lot of times they won't even make it until you get there anyway. If you're lucky they'll put it in the oven when you get there. You don't bypass a lot.

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                                                        1. re: kainzero

                                                          You're right about going easy on the toppings-they all look pretty good, so it's hard not to overload your pizza. Like the first time I went to Coldstone Creamery-my ice cream looked like brownish-purple barf. I think I had them mix almost every topping in.

                                                        2. I like 800 Degrees. I live near the first in Westwood, and have been going, occasionally, since. I love the idea; it is a money-maker, and they manage it well. Only problem is the pizza. I order it crisp, well done. I get some char, but the impression of the crust is more chewy than crisp or bite. Cheese and ingredients spill off when it is hot, but they get congealed when cooler. I love the price-point (especially with the recent half-price special) but after the first couple of slices, getting through the rest is a chore. (I actually like Lamonica's pizza better.)

                                                          I like Shophouse better. I split the hot white rice and cold noodles as a base (I wish they had hot or seasoned noodles), add the spiciest meat (the pork?) and the spiciest veggie (the string beans?). Spiciest sauce, the fried garlic on top. Big filling lunch that is somewhat interesting, and usually have some left to supplement an upcoming dinner or be a snack.