Hideaway Pizza has a pretty distinctive history. Its origins go back to 1955 with Campus Hideaway, a pizza joint on the
In 1993, the second Hideaway Pizza was opened in Tulsa, and over the intervening years the restaurant's footprint spread. This week,
We were taken to a sunken area close to the kitchen, and spent several minutes marveling at the kites and digging through the menu. There's a lot on the menu - including a selection of sandwiches, salads and pastas. The appetizers include chicken wings, fried pickles, meatballs, garlic knots and cheesy bread. Our waitress, Bre, suggested mushrooms - in particular, the stuffed mushrooms. We passed on these, but I will be coming back for them after seeing Grav's photo. They're stuffed with vegetables and cheese, and they look remarkable.
The button mushrooms were a delight. A lot of places, fried mushrooms come frozen and pre-battered, but here they had been fresh-dipped in a savory flour batter. They were juicy but still almost crispy
Weird me, I think I’d like fried mushrooms ON a pizza. Maybe I was just feeling it because the scent of pizza baking was heavy on the air, but the idea of halved fried
Fat Darrell sandwich. But I digress.
While Grav went around to shoot photos of the interior of Hideaway Pizza, I dug into a small wedge salad. Sometimes, that's how I roll. And this one's a good one - with both a creamy blue cheese dressing and chunks of blue cheese on top with diced tomatoes and slivers of red onion. It normally comes with the smoked bacon crumbled on top. I was fine with this. A large version is also offered.
The first, the Farmer's Market, we requested on a gluten-free crust. Many of our friends are gluten-
|Meet Kahuna, the Hideaway Pizza mascot. |
Read his story here.
I loved the olive notes throughout. I absolutely adored the combination of banana peppers, black olives, red bell peppers, and feta cheese with artichoke hearts. Sundried tomatoes give a bit of a bite to the flavor. It's prepared with an olive oil and garlic glaze, with mozzarella baked on and feta cheese added right before serving. So fresh and bright... I'll be ordering this one again.
We did sample the Peach Bellini, a frozen beverage with Peach schnapps and champagne amongst its ingredients. It was delightful, but we'll save consumption of these for some time when someone else is driving. Gorgeous and lightly fruity, though.
There's a lot more to explore on the menu at Hideaway Pizza, and I suspect at some point we'll need to make the trek to Stillwater to dine at the original. For now, we're already planning a return trip to Hideaway Pizza with a couple of our gluten-free friends. You'll find Hideaway Pizza on Warden Road in North Little Rock. For takeaway orders, call (501) 270-7777. And check out the restaurant's website.
|Hideaway Pizza's Hurricane Pie.|