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Not Your Average Pie

By Jasmine Thomas
On February 24, 2016

Courtesy of Stephen Gude Jr./The Famuan

Don’t make the mistake of planning to grab cherry, apple or pecan pie from a joint like this. They’re serving pizza pie.

Gaines Street Pies was created by two local men who wanted to serve the best pizza in Tallahassee.

After only one year of being open, they launched their second location in Midtown. One year after, they opened a third restaurant in Killearn.  

The duo quickly made Gaines Street Pies a serious topic in the best pizza in Tallahassee conversation.

When walking into this unique-looking restaurant, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a comic book. The walls are colorful and covered with characters. Bottles of Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes and napkin dispensers sit on glossy tables designed with comic book illustrations in them.

The menu is filled with options, offering pizza, calzones, sandwiches, salads, wraps, desserts and beer.

The pizzas come in two categories: heroes and villains. They also have a build-your-own pizza option.

The eatery offers more than 35 toppings including chicken, spinach, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, truffle oil, sour cream, roasted fig, goat cheese, capicola and pesto.

Meals are served on a silver pizza dish.

One of the servers suggested the lunch special they have from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. that includes two slices with one topping each and a drink.

Biting into the warm chicken spinach calzone was very satisfying. I got a mouth full of each topping with every bite. The outside was buttered and crisp.

The sauce at Gaines Street Pies is unlike any other. At some pizza joints, you might tastes more salt than tomato. This tastes fresh and isn’t overused. The pizza has plenty of cheese and is filled with enough toppings.

Check out: The chicken, mushroom and extra cheese pizza.

Needs work: The lunch special pizza slices are premade and sometimes taste like they’ve been sitting for a while.

Details: They accept major credit cards with the Square credit card reader. Takeout and online ordering is available. It’s easily accessible to both universities.

The operation hours of Gaines Street Pies are 11 a.m.-midnight from Sunday to Thursday and 11-3 a.m., on Friday and Saturday.  

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