Tobin’s Pizza is a pizza parlor in Bloomington, Illinois that has been in operation for over 50 years. With a track record that long, they must be doing something right. So I’d say it’s time to take this Pizza Tour on the road and those of you who have been following this journey of pizza pies know that when a road trip is scheduled, that can only mean one thing...
A knock at the door of MBIP Headquarters! Well, three to be exact, this guy always knocks in true Tony Orlando and Dawn fashion.
It's the official MBIP wheel man and pal, Scott Turley! And he's got a bag with him...
Filled with O'Fallon Kite Tail beer to fill the void in the Red Stripe corner of the MBIP fridge, very nice! Thanks, Scott!
After we sampled the Kite Tail, we are on the road towards Bloomington with Scott driving and me chattering away in the shotgun seat.
Being in the passenger seat makes going over bridges a little less harrowing, but I still have a minor manic panic attack going over them. But pizza must be had, so we soldier on.
And through the magic of these here interwebs, we're already at the Bloomington exit, stage left.
There's this week's pizza pie destination, Tobin's Pizza. Let's park and let this pizza party begin!
Here's some of their delivery cars in the parking lot. They have the biggest fleet of delivery mobiles in the downstate area. Just check their website if you don't believe me.
As you can see, Scott's hungry and he's more than a few steps ahead of me.
But he's got the door, what a gentleman! They're open Labor Day, just a reminder that this summer is more than halfway over. Time flies when you're eating pizza pies. And yes, that was a "poet, don't know it" moment.
Here's the front dining area, we're going back to another room that's all booths and you'll see a picture of that in a little bit.
This is Amanda, our pretty and friendly waitress for the evening. We ordered and now let's take a look around in here.
The thing I love the most in here is all these pictures lining the walls, I could spend the whole night looking at them.
Pizza patrons from the past, these look like photos taken from the '70's.
Check out the Santa photos. Ho ho ho!
Here's two of the Tobin's Pizza staff, Mikhayla and Phil, everybody here is really friendly and it's a fun place to hang out in.
Scott pointed this out to me, too funny!
Here's the booth room I mentioned earlier where we're sitting. It's kind of cool in here, it kind of feels like sitting in a train car. What's Scott looking at?
It's the history of Tobin's Pizza in one handy-dandy picture frame!
Suddenly...chicken wings! We ordered these for an appetizer before the pizza. They look really good!
The wings were really tasty. The sauce wasn't too overwhelming and it had a nice flavor and just a little bit of kick that hit you a little bit after your first bite.
This is Moe Davis, the owner of Tobin's Pizza, a nice guy who bought the pizzeria from the original owners 16 years ago.
I asked Amanda for some hot sauce and she brought some of their house BBQ sauce along with the hot sauce that you just can't escape from in this area, Frank's Red Hot Sauce. But Scott's got a trick up his sleeve...
He smuggled in a bottle of his favorite hot sauce, Cholula. Nice work, Scott!
And as if on cue, here's Amanda with this week's pizza pies!
I got a combination pie with extra cheese, ham, sausage, onion and bacon. It looks and smells great!
Scott got the vegetarian pie, which as you can see, he's already dug into. By the way, these are small pizzas, I can only imagine how big the large ones are!
I've out two slices on a cooling plate, I don't want to get a case of burnt pizza mouth from the hot cheese!
The pizza here is great and really has a unique taste. The crust is between thin and thick and has a nice texture to it. The toppings are fresh and plentiful but the real treat here is the homemade sauce. It's got a savory kind of smoky flavor to it. both Scott and I agreed that it was a wonderful and original pizza sauce.
Cheers and Cholula from Tobin's Pizza, a wonderful stop on this tour and well worth a road trip to sample their tasty pizza pies!
And now for this week's cold pizza challenge with the four remaining Kite Tails standing attention in the background...
It's delicious! We'll see you all tomorrow!
Three and a quarter Chef Boyardees—Great pizza worth driving for! And thanks to Scott for driving again!
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Bonus Pizza Art by Jaws the Cabbie
Jaws the Cabbie sent in this slice of pizza art to accompany today’s post. Ha! Thanks, Jaws!