Archive for January, 2010

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Harvard Sq. Pizza Deals

January 20, 2010


I feel like everyone knows Crazy Dough’s, but who knows, maybe some folks don’t?  It’s that pizza place in The Garage, or the one on Boylston near Berklee with the ever-changing variety of pizzas.  It’s got some great slices deals and the ever awesome $4 pitchers of PBR, but don’t expect to show up and get tanked without ordering food.

While at times the pizza can be hit or miss due to the selection or the staff, over the many years I’ve been hitting this spot I’ve had so many more good experiences to the few less than stellar ones.  Its hard to top the tasty $5 for two slices of cheese and a soda, but often times I spend the extra $2.50 for the gourmet slices.  Their BBQ Chicken pizza, while often something I’m not a fan of at other spots, always wins me over.  The buffalo chicken is also one of the better ones around.

So while not a perfect pizza spot, when you want something quick and cheap and are in Harvard Square, check it out, share a pitcher of beer (or get a Longtrail Double Bag), and enjoy the people watching in the Garage.

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Zaps? ZAPS!

January 7, 2010

While “Try Something New” is the catchphrase that new Allston restaurant Zaps uses to get people to try their Zap sandwiches, it should be something more like “welcome back, old friend.” A Zap is an open faced toasty sandwich that comes from Poland apparently, and while I had never had one before my visit to this new shop, it felt like I had been eating these tasty treats my whole life.

Reminiscent of a French bread pizza, the Zap (short for zapiekanka) is a really great new lunch option, but I can see it being a great late night snack as well.  These crunchy, yet somehow soft, “sandwiches” are well over a foot long, and came in a variety of toppings.  For around $7, you can get a Zap of your choice, a bag of chips, and a beverage.  The friendly staff also pointed out that not only do they have a variety of sauces to top these savory sandwiches, but to give the garlic sauce a try.  It was little tips like this that really showcased what a cool little spot this is, and that garlic sauce was a wonderful addition to my already delicious zap.

The zaps themselves, boy do they do these things right (I would assume. Even if they are doing them wrong, they are doing them DELICIOUS!).  A little bit of crunch encases a soft, warm bread, topped with melted cheese and your choice of toppings.  While all the zaps come with a cheese/mushroom combo, you can top them with just about anything or try one of the signature zaps.  The Country has bacon and onion (and was super delicious), The Farmer has corn, ham and chives, and The Greek has feta, olives, and onions, just to name a few.  If you aren’t happy with these options (and you’d be crazy not to be), you can always customize and do something crazy like jalapenos, pineapples, and pesto (not recommended).

While Zaps is still new, it seems like they have ironed out most of the quirks.  The zaps take about 5 minutes to make, are a real decent price, and they even deliver via mixmenu.com (if you are into that kind of thing).  I hope this trend catches on, as these things are about as addictive as you can imagine, and are a much welcomed addition to the Allston area.

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