I have heard a lot about the Fayetteville incarnation of Pies & Pints but since girls who can’t swim shouldn’t be whitewater rafting, I never had an occasion to sample their fare. All the comments I heard were positive so I was excited to try the Charleston location. Crowds and busy schedules delayed the experience but a birthday celebration with my two BFFs finally got me there.
Here’s a sampling of the banter at our table:
Server: Can I start you ladies off with a beer or cocktail tonight? We are featuring blah blah blah on tap.
Friend #1: I’m pregnant so I’ll have water.
Server: Congratulations! Would you like lemon with that?
Friend #1: No thank you.
Me: I’m not pregnant so I’ll have a Michelob Ultra. And you can congratulate me for that.
Server: Congratulations! (laughter all around at my funny joke)
There were several mouth-watering menu items that caught my eye but I kept going back to the Thai Pie – shrimp, curry, toasted coconut, and basil. I’m a sucker for that sort of stuff. My friends ordered the eggplant pizza and the plain ol’ pepperoni. Our server was friendly, funny and kind enough to suggest we order a large and do the “half and half” for two of our choices which would result in a bigger pizza for less dough. So we did. The 10” small pizzas are still too large for me to eat at one sitting (heck, who am I kidding? I could eat it all at one sitting, I just shouldn’t!) and are priced around $12. The 16” large pizzas yield 8 large slices for around $22.
One friend ordered the small spinach salad for $7 which was definitely large enough to share. The ingredients appeared to be very fresh and the add-ons were plentiful. Pies & Pints also offers appetizers, sandwiches and a nice beer selection.
My pizza was De. Lish. Us. The crust was fabulous – on the thin side and crispy. The shrimp had a great flavor and the mild curry and coconut notes came through nicely. I ate two slices at the restaurant and took two home with me which, paired with a salad, was enough for two meals. Reportedly, the eggplant and roasted red pepper pie was also delicious but I didn’t put on a pouty face to try to snag a bite. The texture of eggplant is a turn-off to me.
We ended the meal with house-made tiramisu for $4.50. It was made in individual serving dishes and was a nice portion size for the price. It was good, but the texture was a bit grainy. Honestly, I like Olive Garden’s better even though I know they probably get that from US Foodservice. It’s not a problem for me, though…I’ll just fill up more on that delicious pizza!
I’m gonna do that thing that some of you may not like: I’m gonna compare. I just can’t help it. I felt the creativity of the pizzas at Pies & Pints was comparable to that at Lola’s but the menu was more extensive. Lola’s cramped quarters could be labeled “intimate” but I felt a crowded and was very aware of the conversations around me. I really enjoyed the extra elbow room at Pies & Pints. Pricewise, they are about the same. I liked the crust at Pies & Pints better – it was thinner and didn’t have the cornmeal dusting.
In the future I’d like to try the Grape Pie (grapes, gorgonzola and rosemary), the Black Bean Pie (black beans, jalapeno, salsa, and cilantro) and the Mozzarella Caprese Pie (fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil & balsamic reduction).
Everything about this experience was positive and I highly recommend Pies & Pints. In fact, I tried to go there for lunch today but there was a 20 minute wait. Shucks! FOUR FORKS