After a hiatus on the blog, I’m back to recap some of my latest PIZZA finds.. Whether you like your pie thick or thin, there’s some new-er options to try in the city to satisfy your pizza craving. All of these businesses are also serving up locally brewed beers with their slices, perfect for the warmer weather we are about to get! Let’s get right to it – here’s 3 new pizza spots to check out in Edmonton!
Birch & Bear
11965 Jasper Ave
Created by Toast Culture, Birch & Bear serves up west coast inspired artisan style pizza. Their pizzas are thin crust and made from scratch with locally curated ingredients, some combos that are quite unique. There are both vegetarian/vegan (birch) and meat (bear) options on the menu, so truly something for everyone. I really loved the pizza that I got here: Potato, Capicola and Truffle Oil ($22). The thin crust was perfectly crisp and fluffy, so good. I absolutely loved potatoes on this pizza and thought the overall flavours melded together so deliciously. Bonus that the truffle oil was actually prominent too!
The pizza was quickly devoured and I look forward to coming back again. If you’re in the mood for a balanced meal, there are some salad options on the menu too but truthfully, the pizzas are the star of the show here. PS you can also turn any pizza into a calzone!
Community Taps + Pizza
8232 Gateway Blvd NW
If you’re on the hunt for a new casual spot to hang out and grab some pizzas and drinks, check out Community. They just opened up a location in YEG (first location was in Vancouver) and their menu is beer and pizza centric. There’s quite the variety of craft beers and cocktails/wine here. They’re also big on “community” and bringing people together over good food and drinks! I love that philosophy and was happy to come try their menu on a hosted experience.
For pizza, Community offers two pizza styles – New York (thin crust) or Detroit (deep dish/thick crust). Whether you fancy a thin or thick crust, they can accommodate both here with 14″ or 18″ pies. Between my fiance and I, the 18″ was more than enough! The large portions are guaranteed to have you leaving stuffed or at least with some leftovers. Keeping with my truffle theme here, I tried the Truffle Shuffle 2.0 ($28.5) and it did not disappoint. The rosemary crema was unique and complemented the savory mushroom medley combo nicely.
There are also some non-pizza extras on their menu including shareable appies, salads, pastas, and handhelds. In addition to our pizza, we did try the Community Meatballs ($12) and ended the meal with the Chewy Chocolate Skillet Brownie ($10). Both were good and overall, I had a good dining experience here. The atmosphere was inviting and friendly. Find them along Gateway Blvd, shortly after Whyte Ave (nearby El Cortez).
7341 104 Street
Though High Dough is not an entirely new business to the Edmonton food scene, their new location along 104 st is new and also quite the eye catcher with their yellow walls. I popped in to try their Detroit deep dish pizza and let me tell you, these pizzas are large, filling and hearty! I normally do not love deep dish pizzas but have to admit High Dough does it well. Their pizzas come in one size (10″ x 14″) and are easily shareable. The crust is nice and crispy and definitely has some height to it. There’s quite a variety of toppings and you can choose from their “signature” options or build your own.
Again, sticking with my love for truffle… I tried the Truffle Shuffle ($26), as well as the Donair, Don’t Care ($25). The truffle shuffle was enjoyable and though the truffle honey was a nice touch, it was somewhat overpowered by the other toppings that were included. Nonetheless, a good pizza choice! The donair, don’t care was a bit heavier and had a nice kick to it but ultimately, a runner up option due to my truffle loving taste buds. You can pair your pizzas with their fair selection of local beers, cocktails, and wine!
For the next little while, I’m Pizza’d out but hopefully this helps you locate a new-to-you business to check out for your pie cravings. Thanks for reading, enjoy!