Drive 15 minutes, deep into the burb part of The Woodlands, to finally reach Crust Pizza Co. It’s worth every painful minute, for this relatively new restaurant has quite possibly created the best Mediterranean Veggie Sub in Texas.
The owners, Mark Rasberry and Clint Price, decided to go for neighborhood clientele, um, a bit outside the loop of the loop. Drive up service for to-go’s is convenient, as well as having hired a delivery service with an impeccable record for customer satisfaction.
A stack of menus is at your mercy, while a spunky teenager, with a service industry pip in her skip, eagerly waits to take your order. The menu is sassy from start to finish. By no means should Crust be confused with blah blah blah pizza places of the past.
Dominos & Papa John’s = Yada.
Leisurely visit the “take care of yourself station” and fill your drink with, none other than… crunchy ice. Ice with a status of crunchy is key in effortlessly taking one’s experience to the always exciting next level. Seeing crunchy ice as an option simply forces one to become giddy.
Crunchy Ice = Score
Upon placing an order number on the table, as to guarantee drama free food delivery, a blonde teenager, wearing the Guinness Book of World Record’s shortest of all shorts appeared. With an iPhone placed snug as a bug in her back pocket, she suddenly began a slow motion sashay across the room.
Comparable to a car accident on I-45, one can’t refrain from the always uncomfortable slash inappropriate… girl stare. AVH must go ahead, without wasting a single Duke’s of Hazzard County comment, and give this senior starting college soon a… Double Daisy Duke Wow.
While waiting for the Mediterranean Veggie Sub, a house salad with mixed greens, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives & croutons arrived, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. Though basic, as lots of house salads may be, the ingredients were as fresh as it gets.
Before experiencing sub glory, confusion caused a mini distraction, as this plate looked oddly empty. Life isn’t going to end without a side or a… garnish, but come on, there must be more. Sub section menu investigation concluded this dish is supposed to arrive with… kettle baked chips.
When you receive a gift, such as the Mediterranean Veggie Sub, worrying about measly kettle chips is preposterous. Who needs kettle chips when in your mouth is an explosion of flavor like no other sub. Zero exaggeration exists when stating: Subness such as this will knock socks off & blow skirts up while simultaneously forcing a tail to sprout solely for the purpose of… wagging.
While discussing salads at the counter with the… chef, he was well above average excited about the Greek. Romaine lettuce is tossed in balsamic vinaigrette, with cucumbers, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, and feta. Even after expressing how fluffed up I was about the Hawaiian salad, it was as though this chef thought to himself… Yada. As to abide by food wanting rules, AVH had only one option… order both.
The highly anticipated Hawaiian salad has mixed greens, sundried tomatoes, pineapple, cranberries, and cashews tossed in walnut raspberry vinaigrette. Standing out more than anything, on both salads, was the raspberry vinaigrette. Once again, surprisingly amazing flavors when least expected. While the Greek salad is far from subpar, it is one-upped by the Hawaiian. Indeed.
Probably the least favorite of all eaten would be the Veggie Spaghetti… spinach, mushrooms, and onions, as well as red, green, and yellow peppers. Not that this pasta dish was frightening, or even the dreaded… bland, it was just a bit of a bore slash sorda snore. Another option for AVH humans is the fettuccine primavera with spinach, artichokes, garlic, and fresh mushrooms in a creamy tomato sauce.
Pizza Title: The Natural on Whole Wheat
When whole wheat is a part of the title, um, one would assume they are headed down the highway to Healthyville. Not always the case, as common sense sends a hint when the main ingredient is… Alfredo.
Holding on to healthy hope, ordering commenced. Baby spinach, Roma tomatoes, fresh garlic, virgin olive oil, feta & mozzarella cheese arrived oozing Alfredo sauce. Every part of this pizza pounded palate joy. Simple solving of this potential obesity causing problem… request the chef hold half of the Alfredo next time.
Those having lunch or dinner delivered in suburbia, unfortunately, will miss out on a few desserts. Due to a potential melting debacle, there will be no root beer or coke floats in your future. Don’t even think of ordering Blue Bell ice cream to-go either. No means… No.
Moving on to sunshine & rainbows, vanilla or chocolate cannoli are available, as well as cheesecake, tiramisu, and brownies.
During our interview, Rasberry explained his role is mainly dealing with the business aspect of this venture. Having never waited tables, or even worked in a restaurant, this is where his partner steps in. Price worked his way up the restaurant ladder, giving him the experience necessary to successfully handle the front & back of the house.
Much is to gush for owners as down to Earth and involved as Price and Rasberry. We can all wish for a day in which there is a location somewhat closer to civilization. Until then, driving for the kind of quality Crust Pizza Co. provides will smack a smile on your face and leave it there the whole ride home.
FIVE: High 5!
FOUR: Please & Thank You
TWO: Double Wow
ONE: Wow + Ouch = Wouch