Fallon and Gilman's Como Pizza Quest

Fallon and Gilman's Como Pizza Quest
Two handsome men searching for a handsome pizza

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

G & D Pizzaria

Sorry for the long break, but we are finally back.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks for both us between studying for finals and sleeping until noon, but we are ready to get back to the rigorous tasks of eating pizza and lazily attempting to write a semi-humorous blog.  I know our last restaurant visit seems like an eternity ago, but loyal followers will remember we went to local favorite G & D Pizzaria, located near the intersection of Broadway and Stadium.   Jenni could not make this visit, and it was the first time Fallon and Gilman had visited this establishment, so we were in for a few surprises.  Could G & D crack the top 5 in the UPR?  What celebrity did The Quest run into?  Can Fallon and Gilman solve the BP oil crisis?  Two of these questions and many more will be answered in the rest of this entry.

The Order:

1 Large Pizza
-          Pepperoni and Italian Sausage
1 Cheesy Bread
2 Bud Lights

Price – $25.15 ($12.58 / person)
Wait Time – 24 minutes

Take it to-go!  Are you a big bear on the move?  Or maybe you are THE Big Bear?  Then grab some G&D’s…and get the f out of that place!
“Huh?!  Wreh?”
That’s right, Jeff (see: Jeff “The Bear” Bailey)!
G&D certainly offered some pretty decent pizza, no question.  But the restaurant felt more like a mix between an Old Country Buffet and a Chuckie Cheese than it did a pizza place.  Kids and old people crawling all over the place.  This just hurt the experience too much for G&D to garner a top-flight rating.
“I do not have TIME for this!”
Nor do I, Jeff.  Nor do I.
The crust, cheese and sauce were all good.  The toppings tasted very good and were arranged very uniquely at one sausage per slice².   And they served tiny beers for $2.50.  Lame.  The pizza gets high marks, the restaurant does not.

Sauce – 3
Crust – 3
Cheese – 4
Toppings – 4
Ambiance – 1
Presentation – 5
Service – 2
Prices – 2

Average – 3

Gilman’s Take:

When our pizza was brought to our table, I had flashbacks to our experience at Tony’s Pizza Palace as the pizzas looked eerily similar.
It also reminded me of another Fallon and Gilman related doppelganger incident I witnessed this week which can be seen in the picture to the right.  Although their appearances were the same, the two pizzas could not have been more different.  At G & D, the cheese and toppings actually stayed on the pizza when you attempted to take a bite out of it, and the crust was not burnt at all.  The only bad thing I could say about the pizza was that the toppings were a little scarce.  But just as G & D’s pizza had its UPR approaching legendary status, the ambiance took it down a peg or two.  If I had to guess, I would say TLC was filming a new reality show where toddlers tried to run a pizza restaurant because kids were running around everywhere.  I’m not saying I wouldn’t watch that show, because I almost certainly would.  However, I’m not interested in actually eating at that kind of restaurant.  Also, there was a baby next to us wearing glasses, which always makes me uncomfortable.  However, through all of the kids, we were able to spot The Quest’s first celebrity guest: Mizzou football head coach Gary Pinkel!  He was too shy to approach us, but we appreciated his presence and support.  Overall, my stance on G & D Pizzaria can be neatly summarized.  The good: the pizza, Gary Pinkel.  The bad: toddlers, glasses baby.

Crust – 4
Cheese – 5
Toppings – 3
Ambiance – 1
Presentation – 4
Service – 3
Prices – 3

Average – 3.38

Ultimate Pizza Rating – 3.19

That will do it for this week.  We should be updating more frequently now, so keep checking the site.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see where we will be next.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010


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Monday, May 3, 2010

Tony's Pizza Palace

This week the Quest made its way downtown to visit a little place called Tony’s Pizza Palace.  Located near the intersection of 5th and Walnut, Tony’s is fairly obscure when compared to many of the other downtown restaurants.  Because of this, we hadn’t heard too much about Tony’s going into our visit.  However, a positive review from the Quest might propel the Pizza Palace from anonymity to notoriety.  How did it do?  Keep reading to find out.

The Order:

1 Large Pizza
                -1/2 cheese, ½ meatlovers (beef, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, and pepperoni)

1 Order of Mozzarella Sticks
1 Pitcher of Bud Light
Price - $34.65 ($11.55 / person)
Wait Time – 17 minutes

Fallon’s Take:

Linguo the Grammar Robot says, “g-error!”  That’s right, Linguo.  Tony’s Pizza Palace committed an error of its own when it put together our pizza.  Here are the pros of the Palace:  The term “Palace” is in the title of the business.  Our waitress carried her baby around while taking orders.  The cons?  The pizza.  If only Linguo was adept at making pizza at Tony’s rather than making sense out of the English language structure… and if only he wasn’t a fictional cartoon character… or something.  So avoid Tony’s Pizza Palace like the world’s most famous grammar robot avoids double negatives!

Crust - 2
Cheese - 2
Toppings - 5
Ambiance – 4
Presentation - 2
Service - 4 (See: Baby)
Prices – 2

Average - 2.75

Gilman’s Take:

Right when we walked in the door, I recognized that the ambience of Tony’s Pizza Palace was going to be hard to beat.  The open kitchen, family atmosphere, and Ms. Pac Man and original Die Hard arcade machines prepared me for what I thought was going to be another successful Pizza Quest.  Once we sat down I felt more like Ms. Pac Man as I was ready to devour hundreds of circular objects and maybe even a few blue and white ghost-like creatures.  However, as the night progressed, I began to feel as helpless as the hostages in Die Hard.  While the toppings, ambience, and service were off the charts, the crust, cheese, and sauce created a situation that not even John McClane could fix.  The crust was burnt and the cheese always slid off the pizza.  Needless to say, Tony’s Pizza Palace did not make me want to yell “Yippee-Ki-Yay!!”

Crust - 2
Cheese - 3
Toppings - 5
Ambiance –5
Presentation - 3
Service - 4
Prices – 2

Average – 3.38

Jenni’s Take:

Tony’s Pizza Palace…certainly no Festivus that’s for sure. Although, I do have some grievences I need to air. Thin crust? C’mon?! There I was. All ready for the “feats of strength” and they serve us pizza on a piece of cardboard verrrrryyyy thin crust. Did I mention that the crust came separate from the cheese, sauce, etc.? Neither did the Palace. Not until one tries to take a bite and everything slides apart is this discovered. Maybe I’m being too harsh on Tony’s. It’s certainly no Ross Gload…certainly. It’s more of a Kenny Bania. Yeah, it’s there and that’s fine…but necessary? Meh.

Sauce -3
Crust -2
Cheese -4
Toppings -N/A
Ambiance –4
Presentation -3
Service - 3
Prices –3

Average –3.14

Ultimate Pizza Rating –3.09

Week 2 of the Quest is in the books.  We’re thinking about eating mid-week from now on so we can have the post up by Friday.  Whether that happens this week or not, we should have some bonus material up soon that we are very proud ofLINGUO’S CORRECTION: of which we are very proud.  Continue to check the site daily and tell your friends about us.  Once again, we encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t be afraid to come see us at any of the restaurants at which we eat.


Last week, we took some shots at the Kansas City Royals to the dismay of some of our Kansas City readers.  I don’t apologize for this, and, in fact, will probably make fun of them a lot over the course of the blog.  However, I want it to be known that I have nothing against Kansas City or the members of its population.  I’ve had some great times in Kansas City, and I certainly don’t regard St. Louis as a far superior city.  The Royals are just comically bad.  But you could say the same thing about the Rams.  (Happy, Brittany?)

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