Fuzzy’s Pizza & Cafe
Price Range is the average cost per entree. The range does not include drinks, tax or tip.
We are going for averages here, folks.$ = Under $10: My money is funny and my credit won't get it!
$$ = $11 - $20: Just got paid....Friday night!!!
$$$ = $21 - $39: Don't cheat yourself....treat yourself!
$$$$ = Above $40: Splurge baby. Splurge!
CCC: "Triple C" rating. Establishments with this rating have that wow factor -- whether it be exceptional food or world class service. An 'eat-peat' is definitely in order. Consider placing these restaurants on your 'must do' list. Visit at your own risk - these establishments can cause late night cravings.
CC: "Double C" rating. Solid restaurant. Can be either average or above average. They excel in a few categories but may miss the mark in some others. Members will agree that these establishments warrant future visits and will recommend you pay them a visit. You'll find most restaurants with this rating.
C: "Single C" rating. Missing that "it" factor especially as it relates to good cuisine. Triple C members do not recommend this establishment. Not particularly worth the money, gas, time or effort, unless you get a rise out of let-downs. Hold on to your dough and spend it at restaurants with Double or Triple C ratings.
As I drove home the night of Friday, August the 19th, I wondered “Did I end up at the wrong Fuzzy’s?” “Perhaps this was not the original it was advertised to be, but instead a franchise perpetrating a fraud.” Either way, this was not at all what I expected. I heard about Fuzzy’s pizza from a college student. If there’s any demographic who know good pizza, it’s the college population. Fuzzy’s is also a favorite among the Bush family. Any pizza good enough for the former President of the United States has got to be good enough for Triple C. I felt confident Fuzzy’s was it – a pizza powerhouse to contend with. Boy was I as wrong as two left feet.
Let’s start from the beginning. I did a little research on the joint before I totally committed to it. When you enter the website, there’s a nice little message from Fuzzy himself. A very welcoming message that convinced me this is where the sixth restaurant tour should be. Then I viewed the menu. Fuzzy’s offers everything from pizza (whole or by the slice), to baked sandwiches, to pastas and wings. Dishes range anywhere from $3.50 for a pizza slice to $28.50 for a whole pizza. The variety in which to choose from validated my decision. I opted to try the original location – 823 Antoine (I-10 @ Antoine). Why? Because the original is always the best, right? I would soon find out this philosophy does not always ring true.
My first impression as I drove up to the establishment was ookkaaayyyyyy – didn’t expect this, but it’s what’s cooking inside that really counts. You see, this particular Fuzzy’s location is situated in a very small, seriously in need of remodeling, neighborhood corner store type strip center. Sad to say, the interior décor of Fuzzy’s matches the exterior. I walked in with barely a greeting from the staff. I intentionally put a severely confused look on my face in an effort to get some sort of acknowledgement and direction on how to proceed. Do we sit or wait to be seated? Fortunately for us, a couple walked in and immediately sat down at a table of their choice. It all makes sense now — this is what we were supposed to do.
After the remaining members arrived, we proceeded to order at the counter. We were given a little square buzzer to signal when our meal was ready. So we wait… and wait…and wait. About 20 minutes later our individual pizza slices were ready. Does it really take that long to reheat a slice of pizza? I guess it does at Fuzzy’s. The taste was certainly not worth the wait. Let’s dissect Fuzzy’s pizza pie:
Crust: The crust is literally the foundation of a good pizza. The crust on our pizza was doughy and flavorless. It didn’t set the stage for the remaining pizza ingredients and toppings.
Sauce: I know we’re in a recession and restaurants have to cut back somewhere, but please Fuzzy’s don’t cut back on the sauce, especially when your dough is thick and doughy. Don’t subject us to a dry pizza. Lastly, put some seasoning in your sauce!!
Cheese: If you like lots of cheese on your pizza, perhaps you’ll love Fuzzy’s. I must say the quality of cheese is pretty good.
Toppings: I ordered the Fuzzy’s special (minus mushrooms & olives). The ingredients seemed fresh and would appear perhaps one step up in quality than your popular pizza chains.
Although some elements of the pizza pie were good, the overall execution was a failure. I gave the guy who told me about Fuzzy’s a cynical tongue lashing for recommending this place. He informed me that the Antoine location is not the location he frequents. I was supposed go to the Westheimer @ Fondren location. I don’t think this will make any difference in getting me to return to either location. I think I’ll continue my search for the perfect pizza pie.
Until next time…Cheers!!