I first went to BJ's a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and decided it was time to go back (Roseville, CA location). First off, it is NOT Chicago-style pizza, but it is very good pizza none the less. The wait to get a table was somewhat outrageous (1 hour at 7:30 PM in the 'burbs), but there were numerous large parties ahead of us. Somehow, the place is very popular with parties of 20-30 people. However, after watching the Kings lose in the bar, it was time to eat.
I ordered the small pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and roasted garlic. I followed a highly recommended tip to request no tomatoes and extra sauce. The pizzas come with little sauce and diced roma tomatoes on top. Now I abhorr vegetables on my pizza, but I have heard a lot of people complaining about the romas too. My friend had the Blackened Chicken Pasta. My berry cider helped me forget about the Kings' loss, and was mighty tasty as well. Amazingly, BJ's has won awards in the California State Fair for their beer.
The food arrived quickly and I was sure that the server would screw up my pizza, but it came out perfect. I love this pizza! The extra sauce did the trick. It is a pan pizza with an excellent crust, and the cheese on top of the toppings (or middlings?). Everything worked well together, especially for a garlic lover like me. My friend also enjoyed her meal, but not nearly as much as me. Her chicken was done well, but there was too much pasta in the bowl for her to finish. She was hoping for some true Cajun spice, but ended up with suburban spice instead. She did note that the stuffed potatoes were good, and I can attest to the good burgers - especially the sinful Sourdough Burger on grilled parmesan sourdough bread (medium rare for a complete - but tasty - mess).
We ordered a Pizookie for dessert, 1/2 chocolate chunk, 1/2 white chocolate macadamia nut. The dish came right out of the oven, slightly undercooked, but it worked well with the ice cream on top. I like my cookies gooey, so the combination worked nicely. Overall, I can understand why the wait was SO long, and will likely return. Pizza and burgers are king, but there are a couple of gems on the menu to appeal to the rest of the group. Only go if you are into pizza or burgers and beer, but isn't everybody?
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