'Robb Walsh' on Serious Eats

Brooklyn Grimaldi's vs. Texas Grimaldi's

If you don't follow the comings and goings of coal-oven pizzerias around the country—and, really, if you're halfway normal, why would you?—then you may not know there are other Grimaldi's outside the New York City area. Sure, you might know about the Hoboken Grimaldi's, but, wait ... there's one in Texas? Say wha? Yes, there are a handful in Texas and the Southwest, all (or most) rocking coal ovens, from what I can tell. Also, from what I can piece together, they are loosely affiliated with the original only in that a different set of owners licensed the name... More

Do You Put Ranch Dressing on Pizza?

Houston food writer Robb Walsh posted a thoughtful meditation a couple weeks ago on ranch dressing and its application in pizza-related situations. This was in reaction to a Houston pizzeria, Romano's, that banned the stuff outright from its premises (see photo, above). As anyone not on the East Coast knows, people have been dipping their pizza in the stuff for some time now. After taking us through the dressing's origins and making a spirited defense of it, Walsh decides to take the dip: Personally, I have come to prefer ranch dressing over ketchup as a dip for onion rings.... More

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