9.12.2016

Eat the Guide: Mid City Pizza on Banks


Hello and welcome to the NOiG series Eat the Guide!  In this series, I explore the scores of restaurants included in the NOIG Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Guide.  You can follow along in the guide or right here on the blog, or both of course.  See previous posts here, and enjoy!

On Saturday, September 10th, I took a visit to Mid City Pizza on Banks Street.  Having begun in a rather more humble space across the street, the pizza parlor now inhabits a spacious and attractive corner storefront and boasts some of the best vegan pizza in town.

Appearance and Atmosphere:  This is a very casual restaurant with decor inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons.  Look for fun details all over the space.

Hours of Operation: 11am to 12 midnight, seven days a week, with happy hour every day from 11am to 6pm.

Service Style:  Pizza and anything else is ordered at the main counter and paid for up front; pizza is brought out to your table when ready.  This seems to be a common model for pizza restaurants around Nola.  Delivery is available in the Mid-City area.

Available Vegan Options:  Vegan options include vegan cheese (Daiya) and a plethora of veggies for pizza.  Make sure to request vegan sauce - it is always on hand but not the default.  They will probably also make you a vegan calzone, though I haven't asked yet.  On Mondays you can get a vegan red beans and rice pizza which is interesting and fun; it only comes in a small size because otherwise it would collapse under its own weight.  Check the counter for Girls Gone Vegan goodies, which are usually available and are both vegan and gluten-free.

Alcohol or Espresso:  No espresso here, but there's beer on tap and by the bottle including Abita.  There is also wine and cocktails.

Price Range:  Pizza starts at $7.99 for a small plus $1 per topping, and $15 for a large plus $1.25 per topping.  Vegan cheese adds $3 for a small and $5 for a large.  Meaning that a large vegan cheese pizza is, yes, $20.  But a large is LARGE - like, there's no way you're finishing that thing if less than three very hungry people are involved.

My Experience:  Mid City Pizza always feels relaxed and easy, and this visit was no different.  After making friends with the vegan behind the counter (there seems to be always at least one vegan working there) we settled in to chat while our pizza was being made, which takes a little while.

The pizza came out steaming hot and delicious, and paired perfectly with my Abita Amber pint.  These folks understand Daiya, and add more of a sprinkling than a thick layer of the cheese.  We also had mushrooms, red onion, roasted red pepper, and (fresh!) pineapple.  Having ordered a Large, we could of course only finish half and had the rest to snack on over the weekend.

Final Thoughts:  Mid City Pizza offers the best thin crust game around.  They also go out of their way to make sure that vegans are well-accommodated, which makes them well worth a visit in my book.

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