The Toad House Pizza PubNovember 3rd, 2010 by Leslie Gilbert
So last night my husband and I went out to for dinner. We planned on going to another restaurant, but we checked to see if they had a deal in the Kitsap Card, which the other restaurant did not. As I was flipping through the pages I saw the funny name of the Toad House Pizza Pub and had to read more about it. My husband grew up in New York and he is always searching for a good pizza. Since it advertised having a brick oven we thought we should give it a try. The Toad House Pizza Pub was great.
We had the Artichoke Dip as an appetizer. It announced itself at the table with a wonderful yummy aroma. Then we dug in with these lovely toast rounds and it had a nice subtle flavor. It was very cheesy and creamy. We gobbled up the entire thing and even at the end when we ran out of bread we used a fork to finish. They had enough bread, but you always run out at the end.
Shortly after our pizza, The Winning Combo, arrived. It was piping hot straight from the oven, and they placed it on one of those great pizza stands so we still had room on the table. The crust was very thin in the middle but it fattened up on the edge so you had a crispy and chewy handle. The sauce was a superb base for the pizza, it had a slight herb taste but very subtle. It was a nice complement. All of the toppings were fresh and of a very high quality. It was interesting that they put the tomatoes on top after the pizza was cooked. I had never seen that before. I am supper picky when it comes to tomatoes and I just loved it that way. The pepperoni, sausage, basil, onions was just as good. It came with olives but I made my husband eat them all. What can I say, I am a bad Greek, I HATE olives. Actually anything pickled or brined.
The Toad House advertises that it has over a hundred beers either in bottle or on tap. So I had to order something. If you have read my previous posts about beer pubs you are well aware of my lack of love for the beer. So what did I Order? Spire Apple Cider from Fish Brewing Co, in Olympia. It was alcoholic! It was very tasty, I would definitely recommend it.
The overall atmosphere of the Toad House was great. The staff was friendly and helpful. We could see the pizza oven from our table and it was fun to watch the pizzas come out of it. It was a slow night so I am sure it would be really fun when the place is in full swing. The music was nice as well. It was an eclectic mix and not your average back ground non-music. If I lived closer it would be a great place to just hang out with friends all evening. If you love wood fire brick oven pizzas served in a warm atmosphere I would definitely recommend finding this restaurant in its hard-to-spot corner next to Safeway in East Bremerton.