Way back when this cheesy tour was in its infancy, we traveled to Davis Bros. Pizza on Glen Avenue near Sheridan Road. I just found out that that’s the first casualty in this Year of Pizza, I heard they closed that store a few months ago. That leaves one lone Davis Bros. pizza parlor left and that’s the one that’s in East Peoria. Fitting that the last Davis Bros. Pizza still standing is across the river where they first set up shop 66 years ago. Let’s go over there and compare that one with the one that closed over here in Peoria.
Here we are the Davis Bros. Pizza restaurant in East Peoria. Right off the bat this place looks at least twice the size as the one that we ate at in Peoria last March. Let’s go in and take a look around.
Another difference is that this place has a bar! Okay, now we’re talking, let’s go get a beer!
Here’s bartender Laura serving up the first beer of the evening. Laura’s been working here for over 14 years and told me that they’ve been in this location since 1997. They’ve been in business in other locations since 1948 here in East Peoria. You can read the entire history of Davis Bros. right here.
The atmosphere in here is clean and no frills. Here’s the left side of the bar...
And here’s the right-hand side.
No craft beers on tap here, just good old straight-forward brews served up in between what appears to be leftover remnants from St. Patrick’s Day.
Plastic pitchers that would be just as home in a bowling alley tavern loom overhead at the bar.
I don’t want to be the guy to remind Davis Bros. that 2014 is just about over...I think an updated sign may just be in order, but hey, that’s just me!
As I said earlier, it’s a no-frills joint in here with red booths in the middle of the room and tables behind them...
And more green booths line the back wall opposite the bar.
There’s an all you can eat salad bar wagon up in the front of the dining room, but I decided to skip the rabbit food and stick to pizza tonight.
Here’s a framed picture of the original Davis Bros. here in East Peoria on the wall.
Laura told me that this telephone booth was housed in that original Davis Bros. building! Little did they know back then that would be these somewhat evil things called “cell phones” that would make this wooden phone booth obsolete.
The sign says, “Telephone Doesn’t Make Change.” Maybe that’s because the telephone doesn’t even exist in there anymore!
This is the backroom and it can be rented out for a party, like the one that’s going on tonight.
Here’s the pizza menu on the back wall with the cartoon Davis Bros. Italian chef in the center.
There’s a framed photo of The Three Stooges mixing it up on this wall over here. Nyuk, nyuk and nyuk!
The kitchen is behind that wall over there, let’s go take a look and see what’s shaking back there...
These are the guys making our 43rd pizza and they said it’s just about ready...
So let’s hightail it back to the bar.
And of course Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is waiting for us like a red-headed step child. When oh when will I remember to start bringing Ragin RR’s giant Tabasco bottles with me?
Alright, here's Laura serving up pizza number 43!
It's been sauced and peppered and ti looks like a good pie!
I've chosen a quartet of the rectangular slices for the all-important cooling process as I order another beer from Laura.
I liked the pizza the last time we went to Davis Bros. in Peoria, but I did notice that there wasn't a lot of cheese on the pie. So this time I ordered it with double cheese and it made all the difference in the world. This is one unique tasting pizza, the sauce and finely seasoned ground sausage really give it a different taste from the other pies around town.
This is all i can eat, I really enjoyed this week's pizza and the extra cheese made all the difference in the world.
Okay, time for the next day cold pizza challenge and no, I still haven't filled up the craft beer corner of the MBIP fridge with a new six pack...what the hell is that standing in the corner anyway?
Oh no, it's members of the Nude Family we bought in this post. They creep me out big time. Let's just move on to the cold pizza...
It's delicious. We'll see you all tomorrow!
Three and a quarter Chef Boyardees—A really unique and different taste and texture for pizza in an iconic East Peoria pizza parlor. I suggest you order it with double cheese for the best taste in a Davis Bros. pizza pie.
Davis Bros. Pizza
2402 E Washington St.
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