Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"The Godfather Stromboli" - I know it's cheesy...but it's CHEEZY'S!

Located in the heart of Towson on East Joppa Road, Cheezy's Pizza...

-is rated number 7 of 91 restaurants in Towson by Trip Advisor
-received 100% Rah review by BooRah
-80% Like It rating by Urban Spoon

I found myself craving for a juicy cheesesteak, but c'mon, when you see something named the "The Godfather Stromboli" on a menu, there's absolutely no resisting it.

The Godfather Stromboli:
Imported genoa salami, capicola, onions, mozzarella cheese & Cheezy's sauce

Delizioso! Cheezy's may just be the Don of Towson pizza shops.

O, and I couldn't get Don Vito to deliver, but I did get a cute little TU freshman, Eric...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pizan's Wings...Not So Much

Pizan's, probably the most popular pizza and sub joint in Towson. They're CHEAP, they deliver ALCOHOL, open UNTIL 4 A.M., and not to mention their pizza is AMAZING. You'll always find Pizan's, located on York Road, packed with drunk college students around 2 a.m. just as the bars let out. It's just the laid back "I'm drunk and want to eat good pizza" atmoshpere. The walls are full of "____ was here" tags that you can hardly read. It's pretty cool and really hard not to make friends with someone who works there too, especially when you're drunk!

But BEWARE! Pizan's wings do not do them justice! My assumption that Pizan's wouldn't let me down was a big mistake. Having had pizza the past three days, I decided to switch it up and order wings. They were delivered by a not-so-friendly, sweaty delivery man too.

When I ordered, the foreign woman, who always takes the calls, said they ONLY had c'mon, if you're going to offer wings you GOTTA have HOT! I figured they'd be a tad bit spicy. Well, they weren't! I felt lik I was eating really bad, really sweet chicken terryaki! EWWW! They were not even a little spicy, they were sweet as can be! I ate ONE, and my lunch was ruined. Afterwrds, one of my managers walked in and said, "O, I could have told you not to order wings from Pizan's." Thanks a lot!

It's safe to say I will only be using Pizan's for pizza or if I have the urge to write on a wall!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Delivery Men Are the Best!

I LOVE delivery men, is it just me?!?! They're so happy! They're always in a rush and so helpful too. I try to keep them with me as long as possible to talk because they always have interesting things to say. I briefly spoke with one of my delivery men (who would like to remain anonymous). He had a split second to spare on his way out for a few questions.

-He was a few minutes later than expected so I asked him what was going on.
"We are so busy, this is my third delivery on this trip then I have to go back for more."

-Have you personally seen any change in business because of the economy?
"Honestly no, we're really busy everyday just like we've always been, it seems like business has been up this week."

-What do you love the most about your job?
"Meeting so many different people like you [me] and seeing people on the regular."

-What type of customers do you deliver to the most?
"Students, they don't stop eating. I do a lot like this one to businesses too. "

-What is the busiest time of day for you?
"Always lunch and we get really busy late at night."

Given my delivery man's shop is not number one in Towson, it says a lot that they are still swamped everyday (refer to my "Delivery Jobs- Untouchable" post). They make about $14,000 a year, but that is not including their tips! Sitting in Pizza Hut, being the eavesdropper that I am, I overheard a conversation in which a woman needed a job "reeeaaaly badly." The first thing the waitress said was they are hiring drivers. The woman refused the position because "her arms couldn't handle driving." Whatever that means, it's beside the point. People are still hungry and lazy, meaning food deliverers are needed!

Universal Pizza & Subs

I'm not a big fan of sausage, bacon, or cheese alone. But boy, when you put it all together on a pizza from Universal Pizza & Subs, IT...WAS...GOOD. When my coworker suggested Universal's "Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger Pizza," I was a little scared. Usually over-sized names with bacon in it usually doesn't produce anything positive from random pizza delivery places! They pulled it off. My coworker and I almost ate the whole pizza! Delivery took about 20 minutes at 1 p.m., pizza came with a hilarious, friendly delivery man too! Universal also offers FREE delivery! I would suggest Universal to everyone in Towson...annnd the BCC Pizza!

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger Pizza:
-ground beef
-cheddar cheese
-provolone cheese
-mozzarella cheese

The bacon was sprinkled on top, underneath was provolone. In between the dough and provolone was the ground beef, cheddar and mozzarella. It had to be at least a half inch thick, delicious for any college night or work-day lunch!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Domino's: Best Delivery Process Ever!

Idiot proof online ordering = Domino's

Domino's has, by far the most convenient and efficient online ordering process. Here it is:

1. Delivery or Carryout
2. Your Location
3. House/Business/Dorm/Hotel
-all of which prompt you to give details (apt. #, suite #, dorm room, business name, etc.)
4. Address
5. Place Your Order
6. Confirm
7. Checkout
8. Give any special delivery instructions for the driver
9. Confirm Order Summary
10. payment method
11. Confirm

*The whole time you are going through this process, there is a summary on the right of the page just so you can see what you have ordered and the price.

The Best Part

After your order has been placed, you can see a time line of the process : when they have received the order, preparation, steps of making the order (dough, oven, etc.), when it gets boxed, when it leaves, and when it arrives. There's no denying that is extremely cool! Even if you don't like Domino's, you have to try this!

Delivery Jobs - Untouchable!

While I was chatting it up with one of my Towson delivery men last week, he told me they were hiring drivers and managers. It made me think with the job market going down the drain, how is the food delivery market holding up? I ventured online and the amount of food delivery jobs available amazed me! Snagajob alone had eight openings in Towson and Baltimore for just Domino's. I took it a step further and searched "cook" and found 2,674 jobs available. I also searched "server" and found 1, 010 jobs available.

Why do you think this is? It could be an indicator that ordering food is so convenient, it takes the factor of spending money (in this "saving money" time) out of the equation. The amount of food-related jobs available has to be directly connected to the amoubnt of business theyre doing. If you think about it, it's very rare that a student or a busy professional would pack a lunch. So that leaves buying food, and we all know there is nothing better than having good food brought to you. It is a concensus, having food brought to you makes it taste better.

So, which do Americans love more, food or money? -that should be a million dollar question!

Hello Towson Friends!

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole Rossi and I'm a senior at Towson University, graduating in May. I'm a Broadcast Journalism major, so blogging is a necessity! I am in radio as of now; so my challenge for after I graduate is switching over to television...ha, good luck right! Being familiar and laying a foundation in blogging will definitelty give me an advantage. I'm very excited!

On a lighter note, I love to eat! My pupose for this blog is to share my sometimes critical, but always honest opinion on Towson eateries that deliver. Believe it or not, Towson is full of students and business people! They eat, and they eat a lot! I am only blogging on places that deliver because students are typically too lazy to pick the food up and the businessmen/businesswomen are typically too busy (if anyone disagrees, let me know). I work and go to school in Towson, so I pretty much have food delivered at least two or three times a week.

Towson needs to know what's good and what's not! After all, there's nothing worse than ordering food, having it arrive two hours later, only to find out the food is horrible. No worries Towson eaters, Your TasteBud is here to help! I'll give you the scoop on the best and worst, from pizza to Chinese!