Tonight my wife and I headed over to Solos Pizza Cafe in Eagan to take advantage of their grand opening special–free pizzas to those who sign up (there is still time as of the date of this post just a limit of two per household). While I had seen their menu before, I swung in to check out the restaurant before it, and next door neighbor Smashburger in Eagan opened, I was totally unimpressed and had no real desire to check it out but I’ll eat almost anything for free.
We got there early (about 4:30) and there were already a couple of people eating. The menu was long and boring. None of those pizzas really did it for me and while they have nice looking ingredients (aside from tomatoes which were awful) I just wasn’t all that impressed by my options as I am really not into meat on my pizzas and all but two had meat on them. After much hemming and hawing I went with the Taste of Italy pizza which includes olive oil, chicken (yes meat on my pizza), asiago, spinach, tomatoes, onion and garlic. My wife ordered their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger which has marinara, ground beef, smoked bacon, onion, cheddar, banana pepper and a dash of BBQ sauce. Both pies are priced at $7.45 for the size we had and they are comparable in size to what you can get at Punch.
The pizzas are prepped before your eyes and stuffed into a conveyor oven much like what they have at Quizznos. A few minutes later they deliver your pizza to your table. The “dash of BBQ sauce” was clearly more than that and the garlic on the Taste of Italy was noticeable from the get go (and I love garlic). Both pizzas came with too much cheese and too chewy of a crust (and I like chewy crusts). The garlic on mine was all I could taste and the BBQ sauce on my wife’s was I could taste on her’s. While these were both quite acceptable for something I’d make myself at home or get for free at a local pizza chain’s grand opening celebration, they were not at all worth the prices listed on the menu.
While I was impressed with the look of the ingredients, the pizzas themselves and the tastes they offered just weren’t good enough to compete with many of the other local places and even the take and bake chains. If you’re looking to get great toppings which you can’t taste I’d say this is the place for you. Otherwise you’re better off at any number of other pizza joints around town and being that I think that pizza in Minnesota is generally awful, that’s saying a lot.
Have you been to Solos Pizza Cafe in Eagan (or any of their other metro locations?) If so what did you think of their pizzas, their toppings, and their prices? How do you think that Solos Pizza compares to other places around town? Any similar pizza joints you know of? Whatever you have to say about Solo’s Pizza Cafe go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Solos Pizza Cafe
1270 Promenade Place
Eagan, MN 55121
See all the photos from Solos in Eagan on Flickr here.