Chewy yet crispy crust topped with everything but the kitchen sink is what you get when you order a Combo Pizza from the Westside Bar and Grill
Because I didn't have a decent food plan in order for the week, we were out of at-home options fairly quickly. So pizza came into the picture. I'd been itching to try a pie from the Westside Bar and Grill, self-proclaimed as "Costa Mesa's nicest dive bar". Yelp reviews were pretty damn good, garnering 4 stars out of 37 reviews, so why not?
We checked out the online menu, called them up thinking the kitchen would probably be closed this late, past 10 p.m. on a Tuesday. Lo and behold, they and their kitchen were open! After placing our order for a combo pizza, we headed on down to the location.
The exterior of the joint is fairly raggedy and dive-bar-ish, being at the end of an older building in Costa Mesa. However, when you walk in, the Westside Bar and Grill is a pretty decent-looking joint. Being a Tuesday night it was slow with only a couple dudes at the bar, but I can see why hipsters would want to hang out there. Clean open space, long bar, pool table, surfer adornments on the wall, full liquor license and a generous menu is just asking to be mobbed.
As for the pizza, it was ready when we arrived. After paying, we took off for home, stopping for firewater and can of Coke.
a pizza and bag
The bag contained napkins and packets of Parmesan cheese and pepper flakes.
Opening the box, we saw this beauty:
Ok, it does look a little like a Costco pizza. But I tell you what, it tasted better than Costco pizza. The ingredients were on the fresh side and, obviously, plentiful. The crust, more thick than thin, tasted ok and the toppings overall, ratio-wise, were good.
Better than Napa Valley? Better than Al's New York? Better than Massimo's? Um, no, I'm afraid not. However, considering it's pizza from a bar, it's pretty damn good.
Rodney, being lactose-sensitive thought this was delicious but suspected some lactose sneakiness in the cheese. It was pretty damn gooey.
Large Combo pizza, including pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, olives, onions, green peppers, sausage, and bacon: $30.19 including tax and toke.
Rodney suspected there was cream cheese or some other soft cheese in there with the mozzeralla after having it for lunch, due to the severe adverse effects. I'm not sure I buy that, but parts of the cheese were still "wet" even after refrigeration overnight. If you are lactose-intolerant but can handle some cheese, be aware of this one as it might do you in.