July 28, 2013
1. Fat Jack’s Pizza, Lima
Location: 1806 N. West St., 2340 Spencerville Road, and 801 Findlay Road (carry-out only), Lima
Phone: West St.:419-227-1813; Spencerville Road: 419-229-2002; Findlay Road: 419-223-6100
Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: Hand rolled and hand tossed, this is pizza made the old fashioned way. Offered in thin or thick crust, Fat Jack’s pizzas come in a 6-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch or 21-inch. With 13 different toppings to choose from, pizza lovers have a lot of option. Even those who need to eat gluten free can enjoy pizza at Fat Jacks. They offer their gluten-free pizza in a convenient 10-inch size.
2. Beer Barrel, Lima
Location: 2625 W. Market St.; 1840 S. Dixie Highway, Lima
Phone: Both locations: 419-229-6211
Hours: Market Street: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 11 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday; Dixie Highway: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: All the dough for their pizzas is made fresh every morning. Baked in a stone deck oven, only the finest toppings are added. With 29 different toppings and several crust styles to choose from, there is something for everyone. For those with more adventurous taste buds, be sure to try one of their specialty pizzas like three cheese and Italian salami, zesty Thai chicken, or roasted eggplant vegetable pizza.
3. Chuffer’s Pizza and Drive-Thru, Spencerville
Location: 13305 Spencerville Road, Spencerville
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: In business for 22 years, Chuffer’s has become a pizza favorite for many people. That may be because everything about their pizzas is made fresh. Not only do they make the dough and sauce from scratch every day, but they hand dice all the toppings. While traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms are always favorites, customers also snap up the chicken pizza.
Honorable Mentions: Padrone’s, various locations; Westgate Lanes, Lima; Pizza Hut, various locations